Shorian Nation eNews

June 5th, 2022

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Cup of Joe

A Cup of Joe June 5, 2022 with Dr. Joe DiPonio, Superintendent of Lake Shore Public School

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Are you, a friend or family member celebrating at these Lake Shore events? We want to see your posts and photos. Please use #LakeShore22 to be a part of our news feeds.

6th Grade Awards

Wednesday, June 8th at 2:30pm

Kennedy Middle School Gym

7th Grade Awards

Thursday, June 9th at 2:30pm

Kennedy Middle School Gym

Masonic Heights Elementary 5th Grade Celebration

Monday, June 13th at 6:00pm

John U'ren Stadium

North Lake High School Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 13th at 6:30pm

LSHS Auditorium

Rodgers Elementary 5th Grade Celebration

Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00pm

John U'ren Stadium

8th Grade Awards

Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30pm

LSHS Auditorium

Violet Elementary 5th Grade Celebration

Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00pm

John U'ren Stadium

Note: In our next and final eNews of the 2021-22 school year, released on June 19th, we will be sharing special coverage of the events above as well as our ECC Preschool Graduation and LSHS Commencements.

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Upcoming Events

Summer Programming

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Lake Shore acknowledges the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year.

This is why we continue to offer an opportunity for students to attend Summer programming. These learning and enrichment experiences will make a life-changing difference in the lives of young people.

The following programs are available for immediate registration:

Summer Enrichment Programming

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center Summer Camp

School Age Child Care Summer Camp

For more information, contact Cindy Sam, Director of Student Assistance and Recovery, at or Kelly Biondo, Early Childhood Coordinator, at

Lake Shore Public Schools Summer Programming & Enrichment

Familiar Faces in New Places

Bond Kickoff and Focus Group

At Lake Shore's initial Bond Kickoff and Focus Group meeting, staff listened to the general overview of Bond Projects, the design and construction process, were given an introduction to our Construction and Architectural team, and will have an opportunity to sign up for focus groups designed at providing recommendations and input.

Superintendent Dr. DiPonio said, "There are exciting days ahead for Lake Shore and I am thrilled to work alongside of you as we lay the groundwork for a successful and collaborative bond process."

It is important that we work together in the current project initiation and pre-planning phase as we continue to establish team protocols, confirm district goals and priorities, establish an initial schedule, and develop a project plan together. "Collectively we are smarter than we are individually," Dr. DiPonio continued. "We must be as wise as possible as we continue to make collective decisions for the betterment of Lake Shore."

All bond projects are slated for completion by 2028.

We invite you to join Superintendent Dr. DiPonio in providing input, recommendations, and insight into the upcoming bond work. If you are interested in joining a focus group, please click here.

Bonus: It was a great day of discussion and collaboration with stakeholders throughout the district on Saturday, May 21st as we embark on Strategic Planning efforts at Lake Shore.

Positivity Project

Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityInAction mindset is our top priority. These past two weeks we focused on the character strengths of COMMITMENT and OUTRO WEEK - OTHER PEOPLE MINDSET.

People with the character strength of commitment are dedicated to a cause and pledge to do something in the future.

We just wanted to share one more T H A N K Y O U to our community for your commitment to Lake Shore Public Schools.

You said YES to LSPS and a $66.7 million no tax-rate increase on May 3rd, 2022.

Thank you for voting YES to improve instructional spaces, address infrastructure needs, and update and improve community spaces.

Ms. Haas and Mrs. Semack's 5th graders at Rodgers Elementary created chalk appreciation art around the school. Way to show your love, kids!

Learn more about what's included by visiting this webpage at

In our Outro Week we finalized our Other People Matter Mindset for the 2021-22 school year with a spotlight on our Seniors.

Congratulations Class of 2022 from our Director of Maintenance and Operations Wayne Satterfield, Bus Drivers Fran and Dawn B., and on behalf of everyone from our Lake Shore Transportation Department.

That's a wrap! We look forward to seeing all of our character strengths displayed during the upcoming 2022-23 school year.


Senior Volunteer

Those who can do, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. That's Senior Matthew Eaton, a volunteer at the Michigan Transit Museum (MTM) in Mt. Clemens.

When he spotted a train for the first time, he was immersed. He loved the sheer size, the rumbling sound. Luckily, his Preschool was 10 feet away from railway tracks. That and his 3rd grade field trip to Huckleberry Railroad spawned his dream of becoming a Railroad Engineer. That and a little help from Class of 2021's Max Borzarth, one of the current conductor's at MTM.

Today he spends 7+ hours every weekend doing what he loves without pay and recognition until now. We figured we could solve the latter for this humble, driven by kindness type of kid.

Like many fellow Shorians, Matt hasn't had an easy path in life. During his childhood, he moved a lot. He remembered the decision to hold him back in 1st grade and his struggles with learning. After his grandpa passed away in the Summer before his 4th grade year, he moved into his now home on Parkway. That decision led him to Lake Shore.

It was there and at Masonic Heights Elementary that he met Mr. Gardiner, a caring teacher who provided him with uplifting conversations and engaging, hands-on lessons. That was just the beginning of what would be countless opportunities to build connections with Shorian staff. "I love all of my teachers," he said. "Mr. Daly and Mr. Mazzola's positivity played a large role in getting me out of a dark place."

He reminisced about the time his family was without a vehicle. He would ride his bike to school in rain and snow and balance groceries on his handlebars for 6 years. With help from within Lake Shore High School, Mr. Lount donated his father's bicycle to Matt. It was a gift that he'll never forget even though he drives a 1996 Dodge Dakota now.

Matt volunteers to shovel the snow at the district-owned and used for our Building Renovations house at 21213 Parkway during holidays. "He does Home Depot runs with me for class supplies and whenever I see a train, I send him a picture of it," Mr. Mazzola shared.

Matt's state of current happiness was found by his faith in God, following his passion, and being surrounded by love that is provided at Lake Shore. He also credits his mother, Barbara Eaton and the MTM for being there for him as a family and second family should.

Matt is currently replacing 400 ties, moving 100 pound tires along tracks, moving 400 pound motor cars, and riding in the cab of a locomotive for free.

The main reason why he does it is all about passion and giving back to an industry close to his heart.

Bird Expert, Bird Houses

Community partnerships and real world application are important in education.

Motivational and guest speakers in schools expose students to real world experiences from people who are in unique career fields or life circumstances, and are the link students make between what they learn in the textbook and information shared from an expert.

Mr. Taylor's Backyard Ecosystems class at Lake Shore High School is a perfect example of this application; They invited Jan Bills, owner of Two Women and a Hoe and certified landscape designer, to share her gardening knowledge which included sustainable landscape and garden designs, creativity, integrity, and customer service in 2019.

Students at Lake Shore High School heard from in-person field bird expert and Class of '72 Lake Shore graduate Rosann Kovalcik from Birds Unlimited. In 2021, she visited through a Google Meet to share her expertise.

In preparation for an upcoming test, students have been studying bird types and the sounds that they make. Kaitlyn Samu won a bathouse for her best decorated birdhouse, the one with the butterfly and bird on top. Runner-ups were Mira Helsel, Ashleigh Brooks, and Fara Summerfield.

Junior Fara loved learning about the different bird species, their interactions and behaviors, and, as an artist herself, the beautiful wing patterns. She said, "Blue Jays are most interesting. They are the bird world squirrel because of their pouches and their hobby of burying nuts. They are one of my favorite birds!"

This class is also working in raised garden bed stations, located outside of his classroom in the easily accessible courtyard, using seeds and breaking up root systems that have already been started.

Summer Enrichment with Freedom

We are introducing you to Freedom Powers, a 6th grader at Kennedy Middle School.

When our Summer Enrichment program offerings were released to the Shorian Nation last year, Freedom's mom signed him up for Mountain Biking and Hiking. Instructors Mr. Pellerito and Mr. Warehall's welcomed beginning and experienced riders with the goal of exploring different paths at Stony while living a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.

What they may not have expected is that Freedom hadn't learned how-to ride a bike yet. When he was informed, by his mom, that a portion of his Summer would be spent in this club, Freedom felt defeated. He was worried that he wouldn't be able to fit in and to learn.

But it was proven otherwise.

Freedom started small. He rode on a trailer bike with Mr. Pellerito and practiced with Mr. Warehall in a vacant parking lot until he was ready. It just happened, over time, with many attempts. He started pedaling on his own, maintaining balance while facing his fears.

He remembers fondly riding 6 miles on his own. Freedom said, "I was so proud. I loved the experience of biking around trails, meeting new friends that I'd soon be joining in middle school, and, of course, speeding downhill." He also credits his teachers for their help. "They were really cool."

When asked if he will be repeating this club again this year, his response was quick and to the point: "Yes!"

We encourage you to try something new like Freedom. With so many offerings to choose from, there's bound to be a program that sparks your interest.


Shorian for a Day

Our experienced, dedicated Shorians at Lake Shore High School are here to help new students learn more about our school and experience a high level of personal and highly detailed conversations as they move from place to place.

But these tours aren't just designed for new students. We also like to welcome back old friends.

Class of 1953's Carol and Donald were friends throughout school and that's the way they kept it until just recently.

Last year, a Christmas card reconnected the two and, after several conversations and visits, resulted in a relationship. The power of the Shorian force was strong.

Today they toured Lake Shore High School together, visiting nostalgic places with assistance from 10th grader Zachary Cardenas and 11th grader Owen Storbeck.

Carol's favorite class was music so Mrs. Elkins and her choir students treated her to a special performance of Halls of Lake Shore. As a piano teacher for over 200 students, Carol played for the class; This intergenerational sharing of talent was beautiful.

Donald was invited to play an impromptu game of fowling in a physical education class. He also enjoyed looking through old photos inside the media center.

With 44 students in their graduating class, both Carol and Donald agreed that things have changed. "The school is much bigger." In their experience, the "cozy" environment from the past was appreciated because they knew everyone.

Donald left students in Mrs. Tharme's class with this wise thought: "Enjoy your lives! It is short." These words couldn't be more true as they took a photo holding a few Senior lawn signs. Thank you, Mrs. Tharme, for coordinating this tour and sharing your mom with all of us!

New-to-Lake-Shore's Gareth Gulu shadowed current 10th grader Peter VanHulle. He learned all about his favorite spots and classes.

It’s no secret – the best way for you to get to know Lake Shore is to spend time here. We are so grateful for the opportunity to show you around.

If you would like to visit the high school or another building within the district, please the school directly to schedule a tour. We all know you’re never a Shorian for the day. It is a lifetime kind of deal.

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Tour Day at KMS

The transition to Kennedy Middle School from Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, Violet Elementary may feel overwhelming. New school. New schedule. New friends. To help our incoming 5th graders adjust to this new normal, we held a Tour Day at KMS.

On their small group tour, Counselor Mrs. Turner shared 15 most important components of middle school which included procedures, timelines, and locations. Now in her 9th set of tours, Mrs. Turner was so impressed with the elementary students. She said, "This has been the best group of kids. They are attentive, respectful, polite, and engaged."

Over time, those 3 middle school years transform from anxiety to excitement. It is the atmosphere at this special school where students learn to adapt, develop skills of independence and responsibility, and prepare for new opportunities.

Thank you, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Gaffigan, and KMS staff for your leadership, kindness, and extraordinary patience as you foreshadowed what's to come in the next school year with your friendly demeanors and understanding mindset.

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Read Live with Violet

Violet Elementary is a 2022 Read Live School of the Year Runner-Up and received a $500 Read Naturally Gift Certificate.

Violet has used Read Naturally programs for nearly 17 years. Read Live is now the backbone of the school's intervention reading curriculum. Violet currently uses Read Live with third, forth, and fifth grade students who have made substantial progress and gained confidence.

The Read Live School of the Year Award recognizes schools whose students have substantially improved their reading skills with Read Live. Thank you to Mary VanNieulande, Paraprofessional, who submitted the nomination.

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Black Pearl Wins Boat Race

The annual Design Studio Cardboard Boat races took place inside our pool at Lake Shore High School. Most seaworthy boats were built using only cardboard and duct tape, the ultimate test of planning, materials, waterproofing, and structure. Several boats were solid with a durable support system to meet this objective: Don’t get wet!

The following 2022 boats were top 3 finishers:

1st Place: Black Pearl

Mr. Mazzola's class

2nd Place: Boats and Bros

Connor, Tyler, Vince, Rayn

3rd Place: Slaytastic

Teraye, Mario, Greg

This activity teaches the act of defining a problem, cause of the problem, identifying a solution, and, when racing again, knowing what to do differently. That's problem solving at its finest.

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Soft Skills with Batter Up Waffle

Kim Lyscik, Pre-ETS Counselor from Michigan Rehabilitation Services, arranged a food truck to visit for students receiving Pre-ETS education through Kim and Leslie Peterson from Goodwill Industries. Pre-ETS education involves teaching students soft skills needed for employment.

Food trucks have become increasingly popular. Growth potential in the food truck industry is projected to continue to increase in the next five years. Students participated in an informational interview with the food truck co-owner William Levy where he shared how his food truck business started, changes to the menu over time, favorite waffles, and answered other entrepreneurship questions.

Thank you to Batter Up Waffle Company Food Truck for serving up waffles to our students and Ms. Kyrstyn Karle-Sloan for coordinating this educational opportunity for Ms. Rabine's students! Based out of Shelby Township, consider booking their truck for your upcoming events. The Garlic Parmesan and Oreo Waffles are top sellers and for good reason!

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Elementary Field Day

Our elementary students celebrated the end of the school year by participating in Field Day events. To have a field day means to get a lot of pleasure and enjoyment from doing something; We are certain this was a true expression for our Tigers!

Although students were excited to earn the W in water balloon toss, football toss, flying shoes, 50 yard dash, or tug of war, they also rewarded with hugs and high fives from their friends for effort. Good sportsmanship always wins.

We look forward to seeing our Rockets and All-Stars participate on Friday, June 10th. Thank you to Mrs. Pecoraro, Mr. Osterland and Mr. Warrick for making these special days for our students!

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ECM Graduation

We celebrated our Early College of Macomb graduates!

The Early College of Macomb welcomed its first group of 11th grade students in August of 2010 and has been educating students from 21 Macomb County school districts for the past 12 years. On Thursday, May 12th, the ninth graduation class of 13th year students celebrated at the ECM Graduation Ceremony by receiving their Associate Degree or Technical Certificate. Lake Shore graduate Anna Old recited the pledge!

The ECM is a public, tuition-free, three-year early college program serving students throughout Macomb County. It represents an extraordinary partnership among the 21 Macomb County school districts, the MISD and MCC. Our 16 current Seniors attended Lake Shore High School classes, as well as on Macomb Community College's campus, and engaged in an exciting college preparatory, career-focused curriculum taught by both high school and college instructors. The ECM offered the ability to select diverse college courses related to the student's educational and career goals, and enhanced this opportunity for Macomb County students through tutoring, mentoring, and student skills instruction.

These graduates earned the 62 college credits required, which can now be transferred to a four-year college or university.

Congratulations Benjamin Blaesing, Alyssa Bollini, Erin Calandrino, Lauren Cataldo, Morgan Clausen, Layla Conte, Chloe Cuppetelli, Brendan Downey, Ezekiel Fante, Chandler Fox, Nicholas Reske, Christina Shakori, Emily Spear, Isabella Taylor, Abbey VanAssche, and Jordan Wisbiski!

Photo credit: Great Lakes Aerial Video Services

We also celebrated our 2019 cohort of Galileo teacher leaders!

Since 2005, the Galileo Institute has supported the advancement of teacher leadership through a variety of projects and initiatives. The Galileo Institute also serves a s a partner to the Galileo Teacher Leadership Academy, a 29 district consortium that has prepared more than 900 Southeast Michigan teacher leaders since its founding in 1997.

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Lilly, National Spelling Bee Participant

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Impressive Dance Moves and Behavior

School dances are an opportunity for students to socialize with friends, cultivate positive emotions, and create memories that will last for a lifetime.

We loved seeing all of the sweet moments between fathers and daughters at our Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-themed elementary Daddy-Daughter Dance as well as the incredibly beautiful formal attire and lively dance moves from our high school students at Prom.

Lake Shore High School's Prom was held last night at Roostertail, a beautiful indoor event space Detroit. With over 25,000 sq ft. of floor to ceiling windows, Roostertail offered stunning views of the Detroit River with the backdrop of the city skyline.

Principal Dr. Bross shared, "The staff was so impressed by how well behaved and polite our students were that they pulled out all the stops for our kids which included extra decorations, a pretzel wall, a sundae bar, bubble machines, confetti, and water fountain displays free of charge because of our amazing Shorians." We love hearing this feedback and can attest that our students work hard, always do their best, and are courteous to others. That's the Shorian way.

Preston Peiffer and Nevaeh Kempinski were announced as Lake Shore High School's royalty. Earlier in the month, Joshua Schneider and Skylar Smith were named North Lake High School's Prom King and Queen.

Thank you to the staff, PTOs, and student leaders for creating events that made our students feel special. The preparation and planning beforehand, the execution during, and the cleanup after is no small task. A greater sense of community resulted from your efforts and we cannot be more grateful for your thoughtfulness.

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Senior Sunrise and Prank


Our Athletic Department at Lake Shore High School celebrated its college-bound student-athletes with an unofficial letter-of-intent signing day.

As an opportunity for family and friends to share in the big moment, each coach was in attendance as our Athletic Director, Mr. Hartley, interviewed each student.

Congratulations to the following 14 athletes:

Ben Augustitis

Bowling at Lawrence Technological University

Noah Baier (absent)

Cross Country/Track at Michigan Technological University

Jena Herbon

Softball at Madonna University

Antonio Huston

Football at Erie Community College

Jalen Jackson

Basketball at Kellogg Community College

Skylah Jackson-Buford

Cheerleading at University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Kevin McGhee

Football at Erie Community College

Jacob Moceri

Lacrosse at Tennessee Wesleyan University

Davon Pearson

Football/Basketball at Albion College

Vincenzo Pizzo

Baseball at Delta Community College

Xzorion Simmons (absent)

Football at Erie Community College

Rachel Stepanenko

Volleyball at Roosevelt University

Abbey VanAssche

Lacrosse at Adrian College

Sydney VanDerHaegen

Softball at Aquinas College

Bonus: Mr. Mazzola became a Gold Medalist in Cornhole at Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center by the National Senior Games Association!

For the 2022 National Senior Games presented by Humana, Cornhole will be capped at no more than 850 participating athletes. For more information, visit

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Congratulations to our May Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

  1. Jayde Estes- Humility

Masonic Heights Elementary

  1. Marissa Scaramuzzio - Kindness

  2. Henry Buchholz - Bravery

  3. Brianna Keary - Self-Control

Rodgers Elementary

  1. Karlene Czachorowski - Teamwork

  2. Isabella Jones - Creativity

  3. Eric Bowen - Integrity

Violet Elementary

  1. Niyla Abdul-Aziz - Self Control

  2. Aliylah Cagley - Self Control

  3. Grayson Kolosick - Effort

Kennedy Middle School

  1. Fatme Ghandour - Enthusiasm

  2. Thalecia Alley - Perseverance

  3. Thomas Margitish - Enthusiasm

  4. Mr. Gillich - Love

Lake Shore High School

  1. Ms. Honold - Curiosity

  2. Kehara Shabazz - Kindness

  3. Lainey Catlin - Forgiveness

  4. Fidelis Morha - Insightful

  5. Katie Budnick - Leadership

  6. Kathryn Arnold - Perseverance

North Lake High School

  1. Wyatt Poole - Humor

Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries sometime this week! Because of Store Owners Kayla-Ann Catellier and Virgil Johnson's generosity from 7-Eleven store #27162, these are BOGO slurpees!

Lake Shore Public Schools Slurpee Surprise

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