Shorian Nation eNews

September 19th, 2021

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Cup of Joe

A Cup of Joe with Dr. Joe DiPonio, Superintent of Lake Shore Public Schools

Newsletter Overview

Within this Shorian Nation newsletter, you will hear a video message from Superintendent Dr. DiPonio, review our Positivity Project character focus strengths, and read stories that feature inspiration, innovation, and celebration.

Your 2021 Homecoming Week begins September 21st which will include a mix of building celebrations. We're working hard to honor this historic tradition with meaningful experiences while balancing the health and safety of the entire Shorian Nation.

This year's Homecoming theme is Holidays.

Homecoming is a time to announce your Lake Shore pride. And after you’ve graduated, it’s a time to return to Saint Clair Shores and reminisce about your school days. Please review all of the details for our Homecoming events in this post.

All proceeds from Homecoming events will be donated to the Paige DeVine Redlin Women Empowering Women Scholarship Fund. #FightWithPaige

Upcoming Events

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 the OTHER PEOPLE MATTER MINDSET and CURIOSITY.

Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityInAction mindset is our top priority. Because of our goal to inspire students to build positive relationships and become their best selves, we invite you to follow this Positivity Project Calendar.

This calendar outlines all 24 character strengths, 1 highlighted per week. Our teachers create engaging and impactful lessons — differentiated by grade-level — and share through presentations, student recognitions, classroom discussions, and building-specific displays.

People with the character strength of curiosity likes exploration and discovery. They ask lots of questions because they want to learn more about anything and everything.

In September, the energy is high for both students and staff. It is a time for new beginnings, which begins with relationships. Our teachers connect with students where mutual respect and communication prevail. We value students and put them first, which is shown through our planning, reflecting, and decision-making.

As we enter into our first week of highlighting a specific character strength within the Positivity Project, we can't think of a better example of curiosity than introducing a new campaign called #FacesFriday, a collection of miniature biographies that help our Shorian Nation learn more about the people in our district. This past Friday we will focus on our 31 new teacher hires!

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are TEAMWORK (9/19-9/25) and OPEN-MINDEDNESS (9/26-10/2).


Shorian Nation Advice

In the first week of school, we asked: What one piece of advice would you share with Shorian Nation students?

Please use our Padlet to add to our staff responses:

When you hear good advice, you should always do two things: Take it in and pass it on.

Here's a favorite from our Mascot Shorey: Believe in yourself. The way you see yourself is the way you will treat yourself, and the way you treat yourself is what you become. Remember, Shorians are strong, kind, and are capable of accomplishing lofty goals.

Lake Shore Public Schools is committed to care for the social-emotional health and wellbeing of its students and staff. Our strength comes from a community who cares. We are appreciate being part of a community that values education and is part of the solution for a healthy culture.

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Jim "Basketball" Jones

With over 20 years as a professional school assembly speaker with over 7,500 school assemblies performed, Jim "Basketball" Jones is a leader in the school assembly and character education field.

Jones visited our elementary schools, sponsored by building PTCs, inspiring students with his core message of allowing kindness to be the foundation of one's character. He is encouraging our students to be the best versions of themselves while understanding and accepting the differences in others.

Fourth grader Jaxson Pokrefky displayed kindness and incredible Fortnite-inspired dance moves with his teacher Mrs. Bloomhuff to win a stuffed Yeti. He expressed his excitement for the assembly at Masonic Heights Elementary by repeating the word fun! "I had so much fun today! The dancing was fun and the tricks were fun," he said.

Jones' growth mindset stems from how he was raised. He shared, "My parents were mentors, always telling me that I am important. As labeled a Special Education student, I had a tough time connecting with others, but it was never difficult for me to dream." This dream of encouraging others, while performing basketball tricks, came to life, and his passion exists because of this goal.

Lake Shore Public Schools School Assembly with Jim "Basketball" Jones


Classroom Setups

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. School supply boxes were delivered, floors received a fresh coat of wax, Chromebooks, cords, and cables were inspected for quality insurance, and continuous landscaping enhancements increased overall aesthetics; These are staple parts of the planning process for every new school year. But for a teacher, intention begins with classroom setup.

Upon entry, but not before a variety of morning greeting choices such as air hug, wave, or thumbs up, students noticed classroom layouts to maintain social distancing. Carefully crafted getting to know you activities and a simple surprise or two lay neatly on desks. Bulletin boards displays, both in traditional and digital forms, adorned the walls to convey information and encourage participation. There were books, folders, P2 sightings, all meticulous placed for ease of access and understanding. It was as if our staff, in addition to Teacher Education degrees from higher education institutions, also earned Interior Design endorsements.

Family Connections

Usually held right before school begins or the within the first two weeks of school, our building in-person Meet the Teacher evenings gave parents and students the chance to get acquainted with the teacher (or teachers), see the building and classrooms, and perhaps get a quick overview of class expectations and the year's curriculum.

In 2020, teachers like Ms. Kraus at Rodgers Elementary used Google Meet as a way to make positive, personal connections with her families with the purpose of building relationships and answering questions. By using video conferencing, students like former 5th grader Justin was able to show things that mattered to him in his home such as Bandit and Sebastian, his two cats.

Thank you, to all of our families, for sharing your child's strengths, challenges, interests, hobbies, goals, and needs with our staff.

Building Relationships

Mrs. Spriet, 2nd grade teacher at Masonic Heights Elementary, knows the importance of establishing routines and demonstrates her procedures by explaining, modeling, practicing, implementing, and reviewing them. In this morning meeting, she shares the daily agenda and reinforces procedures, making those routines a habit and putting trust in the process. This creates a class community and builds relationships.

Students also use their "circle time around a campfire" to play a getting to know you activity. Using a beach ball, students revealed information about themselves in a fun way that required both active listening and speaking skills.

We are appreciative of your support, patience, and flexibility as we continue to introduce ourselves to our community of learners.

Bonus: Thank you to the family of our former teacher Glenn Boyd whose tribute is a reflection of the many lives he has impacted at North Lake High School.


First Day of School

The sky is not the limit. Your mind is.

On September 7th, we welcomed all 3,168 students to the Shorian Nation with warm greetings, organized learning spaces, and opportunities to engage with our learning communities. Our staff is Opening Up both our buildings and hearts to you:

The first day of school is certainly a busy one. But with all of the excitement, it is one of the most ideal days to catch on social media! Please continue to share your child’s eagerness for the 2021-22 school year by posting your first day of school photos and tagging #myLSPSFirstDay.

Shorian Checklist:

  • Successful #myLSPSFirstDay
  • Made a Shorian connection
  • An amazing 2021-22 school year

Whether it's your first day or your last first day, have a great year, Shorians!

Lake Shore Public Schools First Day of School 2021
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New Shorian Teaching Staff

We are excited to welcome new employees who bring new ideas, increase our skill set, and improve our morale.

The first year in any new role can be intimidating, exciting, and challenging. With Shorian Nation support, we will identify and celebrate their strengths while supporting them in this profession.


All ticketing, with the exception of the paper pass, will be done through Gofan. You may access Gofan by downloading the app, searching Lake Shore Athletics, locating the event you’d like to attend, and paying with a credit/debit card. Bring your phone to the event and we’ll redeem that ticket for you at the gate. Do NOT redeem your ticket(s) at home.

Annual Passes are on sale in the Athletic Office or on Gofan priced at $30/adult and $25/student. These passes are good for all home, regular-season Athletic Events. Gofan annual passes are assessed a $3.50 (adult) or $3.25 (student) convenience fee per pass.

Adults are $5 per person and students with a current school ID are $2 per person. There is a $1 convenience fee per ticket assessed on Gofan. Anyone over 60 or in 5th grade or younger are free! In addition, any Lake Shore staff member or MAC pass holder are also free. Do NOT purchase a Gofan ticket if you meet these criteria.

Bonus: Congratulations to Noah Baier and Gerald Kaiser for being named our Athletes of the Week!

Noah placed 10th at Oakland U invite with time of 13:40! The time was also a PR! He plans to continue his running in college next year.

Gerald is the goalie on the soccer team and has only given up 3 goals so far and has made numerous spectacular saves to start the season. He carries a 3.2 GPA and also plays baseball!

Freeze Frame: Chalk Cheer


Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,168 students in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our guiding principles, Inspiration, Innovation, Celebration, are woven into the fabric of everything we do and will be the focus of every update. Expect an eNews email biweekly update as a reliable way to communicate with our stakeholders.