Shorian Nation eNews

March 8th, 2021

Big picture


Newsletter Overview

Within this Shorian Nation eNews, you will review information about our Shine of the Shores event, blood drive, updated building schedules, positivity project, CDC reminders, and stories highlighting inspiration, innovation, and celebration.

We are committed to keeping you informed as we confront COVID-19 together. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 as it pertains to school and your needs, please email

Big picture

Building Schedules

To access building-specific schedules, including start and end times, reference this link and follow the current schedules linked below:

Lake Shore High School

North Lake High School


Kennedy Middle School


Masonic Heights, Rodgers, Violet Elementaries

Shine on the Shores

Lake Shore Public Schools invites all students, families, and community members to our 1st inaugural Shine on the Shores event!

After two years of showing up to support Beaumont Children's Pediatric Advisory Council's Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, we have decided to serve in our backyard this year.

For 1-night only at 7pm on March 17th, our Shorian Nation will stand outside Lakeshore Senior Living (28801 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores) and shine a light into the hearts of the residents while sharing this unified, simple message: We are thinking of you.

If you plan on meeting us at Lakeshore Senior Living, please arrive by 6:45pm. The event begins at 7pm and lasts roughly 15 minutes. Dress warm and in Lake Shore gear and bring a flashlight. Thanks to Sgt David Lawson with the United States Air Force, we have flashlight donations available, if needed.

In order to meet proper social distancing guidelines, we are asking that our Shorian Nation stay with their families and spread out across the parking lot. We suggest to park onto St. Gertrude Street and walk to the front of the building. Please line up along either of the circled red areas in the pictures or the main sidewalks.

Joining us will be the Saint Clair Shores Fire Department represented by Matt Chambers and Saint Clair Shores Police Department represented by Jessica Drulia. We are fortunate to also have performances by our own students from our Music Department.

Please use #myLSPSShines when sharing photos from the event. HOSA has pretreated several posters for everyone to share. Feel free to make a poster to bring to this event, too!

BONUS: Using this random picker link at, a resident will be chosen. Once you have a name, please write a heartfelt card. Include a penny inside for good luck! Bring it with you to Lakeshore Senior Living and place it inside the drop box located at the outside entrance. Note: Several premade cards have already been designed by our own high school National Honor Society students and IAM Senior Haley Peterman!

Enjoy last school year’s Moonbeams video, created by Class of 2019 graduate Adele Puckett:

Blood Drive

The Lake Shore National Honor Society is working to support our community in coming together. Please join us for a blood drive at Lake Shore Schools on Monday, March 29, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit to schedule an appointment.
Big picture

Enroll Today

Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is open!

Lake Shore Public Schools provides an exceptional education for all 3,217 students in a safe and nurturing environment. Our students are empowered to excel in an evolving global society, supported by the collaborative effort of staff, families, and community.

From preschool through our graduating seniors, Lake Shore students are a part of a strong school system that works hard every day for the benefit of our students. Our guiding principles, Inspiration, Innovation, and Celebration, are woven into the fabric of everything we do.

Enroll as a new resident or new schools of choice student by using this link:

We are more than a school district. We are a Lake Shore family:

Enrollment is also open for our Lake Shore Early Childcare Center. For more information, contact our Early Childhood Coordinator, Kelly Biondo, at (586) 285-8570 or

#I Choose 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 CHEERING OTHERS' SUCCESSES and ENTHUSIASM.

People with the character strength of cheering others' successes are happy for others and cheer them on when they find success.

Mr. Popp and Mr. Gaffigan hold the title of Dean of Students at both Lake Shore High School and North Lake High School. They are known for the implementation of disciplinary actions, but they serve in a much larger capacity than this negative generalization.

Building relationships with students and staff is Priority #1. They are the voice behind a supportive phone call, the patience behind a tough conversation that explores the whys of a behavior, and the perspective we all need to experience when sharing important information. In addition, they constantly point out successes, focusing on praise rather than failure. This empathic approach is a proven method to inspire others to see their own potential.

Thank you, Mr. Popp and Mr. Gaffigan, for the scheduled Google Meets, messages on Schoology, and quest for zero disciplinary issues. You are the difference!

People with the character strength of enthusiasm approach life with excitement and energy. They energize people around them.

Our Lake Shore Public Schools' Community Photorama provided an outlet for an outpour of enthusiasm. We genuinely care about our community and wanted to highlight the special places around us with photo opportunities and service projects. What does the Shorian Nation love about our community? View this video to discover those reasons:

Thank you to National Honor Society members Kary Bajis and Alexia Batayeh for volunteering your time to assist with this event. A special thank you to our donation locations, Lakeshore Senior Living, Nucci Veterinary Clinic, and Lake Shore Presbyterian Church, for serving as our service learning locations!

The winners are:

Elementary: Team Stray Cats of Masonic Heights Elementary, Team Kemner Kids of Rodgers Elementary, Team Logan's Doordashians of Rodgers Elementary

Middle School: Team Army Ants of Kennedy Middle School

High School: M's Squad of Lake Shore High School

Best Photograph: Team Snow Wolf Slayers of Masonic Heights Elementary with their Mermaid Statue creativity

Overall Winner: Team Wolf Pack of Violet Elementary

2021 is throwing a lot of challenges our way. Tapping into our positive relationships and our character strengths, by demonstrating #PositivityInAction, will be critical in helping us be resilient and successful in the face of these tough times.

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE (3/7-3/13) and LOVE OF LEARNING (3/14-3/20).

Lake Shore Public Schools Business Community Recognition Trip

CDC Reminders

Take steps to care for yourself and help protect others at Lake Shore Public Schools and our community by practicing healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Put space between yourself and others

Learn more about staying safe and healthy by visiting the CDC website.

Mask Up Lake Shore Public Schools

Now Hiring

Raise your hand if you’d like to join our Lake Shore Family?

We are now hiring skilled, passionate, culturally and academically diverse individuals of the highest caliber to join our team. Apply for the following positions at

  • Child Care Workers (Infant, Toddler & Preschool) - Early Childhood Center
  • Lunch/Recess Monitors - Masonic, Rodgers, Violet and KMS
  • SACC Before/After School Caregivers - Masonic, Rodgers, and Violet
  • SACC Team Leaders - Rodgers and Violet
  • SCSACE Homebound Teacher
  • Substitute Custodians - All Buildings
  • Substitute Food Service - All Buildings
  • Substitute Special Education Teaching Assistants/Parapros - Rodgers, KMS, and Lake Shore High
  • Substitute Bus Drivers - District
  • Substitute Teachers - All Buildings
Big picture


Rock Your Socks

Special Education Teachers Mr. Carney, Mrs. Stafford, and Mrs. Streetman, with assistance from their students, are tie-dying 321 pairs of tie dye socks for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st. The goal is to raise money for the Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan. The MoCI Department asks that the Shorian Nation wear their socks on Friday, March 19th, take pictures of these colorful, ankle-length stockings, and post them on social media using the hashtag #RockYourSocksDay.

Executive Director Paulette Duggins from The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan will be visiting Lake Shore High School to accept a check of all the proceeds that are collected from selling $3 socks beginning Tuesday, March 16th-Friday, March 19th inside the high school cafeteria. If you are a virtual student or member of our community who wishes to purchase a pair, contact MoCI Teacher Mr. Carney at

Big picture

Throwback Reading Activities

As we continue to incorporate reading into our daily routines, we wanted to remind you of several nostalgic, literary experiences from the past. Reading is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development.

High school students read holiday stories to elementary students

Positivity Project book themes created decorated classroom doors

Middle school students create favorite reads with pumpkins

One book, one school initiative

High school students read 100 most popular Kindergarten books

USPBL Reading Program encourages reading development in students

Dissecting owl pellets as extension of learning using Poppy

Book drive collects 600 materials for kids


March is Reading Month

Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.

In recognition of March is Reading Month, we have created a reading schedule featuring heartwarming, witty, and laugh-out-loud Piggie and Elephant series from bestselling author Mo Willems that is perfect for read alouds and early readers alike.

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. But Gerald and Piggie are best friends. They remind us all about imagination, thinking outside the box, accepting help, the importance of a positive outlook, teamwork, perseverance, flexibility, patience, and friendship. These character strengths are exhibited often by our own Shorian Nation despite distance, windows, or screens.

These are our featured special guest readers for the month of March:'

Management Mondays

Superintendent Joe DiPonio, Maintenance and Operations Director Wayne Satterfield, Director of State and Federal Programs Lori Farr, Transportation Coordinator Val Harvey, and Accounting Supervisor Rachael Hallendy

Teacher Tuesdays

Kindergarten Teachers include Nora Boren representing Masonic Heights Elementary, Julie Pillars representing Rodgers Elementary, and Christine Colling representing Violet Elementary, Preschool Teacher Kelli Herr, and Early Childhood Coordinator Kelly Biondo

Wise Wednesdays

Seniors from Lakeshore Living

Teenager Thursdays

Students from Lake Shore High School include Bill Brookshire, Andrew Munger, Madi Cook, and Katie Budnick

Famous Fridays

Essential Leaders from the Saint Clair Shores community include Owners Matt and Eliza Ahearn from Wally's Frozen Custard, Jerry Monterosso from Guastello's Market Village, Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Drewek from SCS Public Library, and Chief Nursing Officer Brad Lukas from Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

We are sharing a March is Reading Month read aloud recordings calendar on Seesaw and Schoology with all preschool and lower elementary students with permission from Scholastic.

Follow Masonic Heights Elementary on Facebook for their reading video series in honor of March is Reading Month.

Big picture

Indoor Tower Gardening System

Team Mrs. Pavlovich, Mrs. LeCouffe-Bens, Mrs. Todd, and Mrs. Deckert at Violet Elementary submitted a successful grant request to the Lake Shore Foundation for Educational Excellence (LSFEE) for an indoor tower gardening system.

Michigan’s outdoor growing season is often unpredictable. Since the success of a summer outdoor garden relies on factors beyond our control (heat, rain, or drought) producing a viable and prolific garden is limited.

If an outdoor garden were to be planted, it would also require maintenance (weeding and watering) from volunteers willing to provide these services.

Since their goal is for the students to experience the plant life cycle, from seed to harvest, planting outdoors has not produced the desired results.

This project’s target audience is all 2nd grade students. Since the Indoor Garden System is on wheels, it is mobile so all the Violet students will have the opportunity to watch the plants grow.

Thank you, LSFEE, for your financial assistance with this project. The Foundation was established in 1986 for the purpose of using charitable contributions to benefit all Lake Shore Public Schools' students. Their mission is to help students reach their goals of excellence by funding support for important educational activities not provided by the schools.

Big picture


100 Days of School

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the year. Of course, counting popcorn kernels is acceptable.

To celebrate 100 Days of School, lower elementary students dressed as if they were 100 years old and demonstrated their newly acquired knowledge of numbers and quantities up to 100. They even discovered how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop!

Administrators Week

It was Administrators of the Lake Shore Public Schools Week, a celebration held from March 1st-5th to recognize administrators for their invaluable contributions and efforts to our schools.

The Board of Education recognized two weeks ago by reading this resolution at the February meeting.

The success of this nation, state, and community directly depends upon the quality of education our youth receives. Thank you, Shorian administrators, for your leadership in creating culture of family, high expectations, accountability and vision. Their leadership skills and abilities directly affect the performance of all employees and the relationship between staff and students, the most important factor for the quality learning.

Big picture

February Slurpee Surprise Recognitions

Congratulations to our February Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

Sam Bross: Humility

Masonic Heights Elementary

Callie Alarcon: Perseverance

Marko Qorraj: Prudence

Nate Hamden: Integrity

Rodgers Elementary

Morgan Jump: Kindness

Lucas Osmond: Integrity

Madison Hayward: Perseverance

Violet Elementary

Jaden Lines: Perseverance

Skylar Carter: Prudence

Alex McGhee: Optimism

Kennedy Middle School

Kelcey Slanec: Enthusiasm

David Cepak: Kindness

Leannah Schaal: Kindness

Mr. Warehall: Kindness

Lake Shore High School

Kaleigh Wioskowski: Love of Learning

Madison Oakes: Positivity

Bailey Jeric: Perserverance

Ashley Villasurda: Perspective

Shelby Herzog: Appreciation of Art and Beauty

Brendan McGee: Effort

North Lake High School

Kailey Daniels: Perseverance

Olmeda Joins 1,000 Point Club

Red versus Blue. 13 miles versus 11 mile. Shorian versus Husky. The intense competition between Lake Shore and Lakeview is why we are called city rivals.

On Saturday our Varsity Boys Basketball Team faced off against Lakeview. The Shorians played on home territory with perseverance, dedication and a hungry appetite for some husky meat.

The strength of a team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Shorians win thriller over Huskies with a final score of 65-44.

Congratulations to Varsity Basketball Player Nick Olmeda as he is the 6th player in school history to join the 1,000 point club!



Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,217 students in a safe and nurturing environment including 1,400 students who opted for virtual learning. 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.