Shorian Nation eNews

November 2nd, 2020

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Dear Lake Shore Public Schools Community:

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.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 as it pertains to school, please email

Lake Shore Public Schools Mascot Debate Vote 2020


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
Hybrid Students
Virtual Students

North Lake High School
Semester Overview
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Kennedy Middle School
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Masonic Heights, Rodgers, Violet Elementaries
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Virtual Students

For information about a featured community event on November 7th for elementary families titled Fall in Love with Reading Festival visit this link.

2020-21 District Calendar

The 2020-21 District School Year Calendar has been revised, released, and can be downloaded at

Please refer to the District Events Calendar at for confirmation of all events and dates. On Early Release Days, which have shifted to Mondays, students will be released 45 or 90 minutes earlier than their regularly scheduled dismissal time.

Did you know that you can subscribe to email alerts on our Events Calendar? Click the envelope to stay updated!

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Food Service Distribution

In an effort to support our families and greater community during this unprecedented time, Lake Shore Public Schools, in partnership with Chartwells Food Services, will continue to provide free, healthy meals to all children under 18 years old and special needs children up to age 26 regardless of where they go to school or whether they qualify for free and reduced meals. Families do not need to pay for meals or order online at this time, but can use our Nutrislice app for access to menus.

To help minimize the amount of social exposure, families and children can either drive or walk up to the following outdoor distribution location on Mondays from 11:15am-1pm and 4pm-6pm to collect 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches to take home until June 30th.

Lake Shore High School

22980 E. Thirteen Mile Road, Saint Clair Shores

We want to make sure you know that Free or Reduced Applications are available for students and that the registration process is easy, confidential and can help your children stay well nourished. You are still encouraged to check out this website for more information and to apply. Applications may take 10 business days to process.

District Heart Challenge

Our district is proud to participate in the American Heart Association’s District Heart Challenge! We want to inspire staff to be active and learn about how to keep our hearts healthy.

Wellness Tip: November is Eat Smart Month!

Throughout the month, we encourage everyone to take the first step to commit to healthier eating. Making small, simple changes today can create a difference for generations to come.

Stay smart this holiday season with these simple tips.

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Technology Assistance

Our districtwide 1:1 Chromebook initiative is designed to cultivate learning. Currently, Lake Shore Public Schools has 3,400 Chromebooks distributed to both students and staff.

Chromebooks run the Google Chrome operating system, a lightweight OS that is designed to run apps over the web. The devices are protected from viruses and managed by the district through a central web console. These computers allow access to anytime, anywhere, anyway learning, and allow students to build technology skills and responsibility in a safe and caring environment.

Technology Tip: You can use keyboard shortcuts to complete some tasks more quickly.

  • Visit this link to view a master list of Chromebook shortcuts.

If you need technology support, send an email to Parents, please include your child’s first and last name and building.

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.

We are 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

  • Social Worker/Behavior Specialist
  • Lunch aids
  • Infant, toddler and preschool child caregivers
  • Before and after school School Age Child Care (SACC) caregivers
  • SACC Team Leader
  • Special Education teaching assistants (elementary, middle and high school)
  • Long term substitute teachers
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Serving Shorians: Connect and Support

Need a ride? Have an extra space in your car? Looking for a tutor or sitter? Want a card sent to an ill child?

Our Serving Shorians: LSPS Connect and Support Group will help you get plugged into Lake Shore while paying it forward.

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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 FORGIVENESS AND CREATIVITY.

People with the character strength of forgiveness like to forgive those who have done wrong. They accept that people make mistakes.

Junior Malakhai Dorris, by his own admission, used forgiveness and a growth mindset to move out of the past and into the present, giving him control over his life.

As a freshman at Lake Shore High School, Malakhai dropped the ball by procrastinating. His lack of focus created credit deficiency which led to his decision to switch to North Lake High School, our alternative school that provides an education tailored to meet individual student needs, supports a sense of belonging, and develops a positive self image.

Although change wasn't immediate, Malakhai, with support from his parents and administration, began giving school his undivided attention. Dean of Students Mr. Gaffigan applauds his improvement. "He takes ownership and realizes that he is in control of his own future. This is demonstrated in his classes and at his after school job at Tubby's."

His advice to his former freshman self is to do things differently. He self reflects by sharing, "It would be difficult to have the future I want for myself without a high school diploma".

People with the character strength of creativity like to come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

Special Education teachers Mr. Carney and Ms. Stafford at Lake Shore High School are always trying to find new ways to create meaningful lessons for their 20 MOCI students. Using Boom Cards, self-grading exercises that are gamified for students, has allowed this duo to connect content while helping their students gain technology skills. Senior Taylor Rychel practiced his clock times through interactive, paperless Boom Cards. Because they're self-checking, students receive instant feedback.

2020 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 PERSPECTIVE (11/1-7) and BRAVERY (11/8-14).


Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week: Noah Baier, Caleb Goodwin, and David Kohl from Cross Country.

Get unlimited access to watch all your Shorian events this year on the NFHS Network. We've invested in new technology that will bring you every game from the gym and stadium LIVE online so that fans of Lake Shore High School will never miss a home game!

Subscribe for unlimited access by visiting the NFHS Network. Subscriptions start at just $9.95 a month.

We believe a balance of academics and athletics creates a well-rounded student. Students who participate in sports not only gain the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, they also learn lessons about sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, respect, and knowing how to win and lose.

If you have any questions about schedules or policies, please contact our John Hartley, Athletic Director, at (586) 285-8903 or



We recognize our Lake Shore servant leaders and philanthropists who dedicated the entire week of October 19th-23rd to the participation in the district's 2nd annual Fall Cleanup.

The Shorian Nation, armed with rakes and shovels, remind our community why it is important to give back to homes and areas through #PositivityInAction.

Once completed, students and staff left two pieces of evidence indicating that they were at a resident's home:

  • The absence of leafs.
  • A signed letter sharing their gratitude for being part of this project.

Our administration team and student body, transported by our first-rate bus drivers, showed their unwavering commitment to service.

Operation Gratitude for #myLSPSHeroes

Mascots love candy. Veterans love it even more.

Lake Shore Public Schools has partnered with Operation Gratitude to donate leftover Halloween candy to Deployed Troops, Veterans, and First Responders with the goal of forging strong bonds between the civilian and service communities and schools nationwide.

Please drop off your sugary, wrapped donations to our Operation Gratitude box located inside our Administration building at 28850 Harper Avenue. We have also taken over the Little Free Libraries at Rodgers Elementary and Violet Elementary to serve as an outdoor location for your donations.

The deadline for donations is Veteran’s Day.

Clippers for a Cause

One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Kennedy Middle School's Clippers for a Cause campaign continues to support all individuals with cancer.

This year, our middle school participated in their 6th annual Cancer Awareness campaign by selling t-shirts and raised a total of $300+. All funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society; It is their mission to free the world from cancer. Until they do, we all will be funding, sharing information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention.

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In an effort to add levity to the current political climate and to engage our students in the process of democracy, we hosted a campaign that featured each of our beloved mascots, including the newly added Barracuda and Captain Clipper!

Our Shorian Nation were treated to “ad campaigns”, a debate featuring our principals and their mascot friends, and the grand finale of casting votes for their personal favorite mascot and/or the one who exhibits the most #ShorianPride. Follow this timeline to rewatch and participate in all of the fun:

October 27th and October 29th: Ad campaign videos were shared

Masonic Heights Elementary:

Rodgers Elementary:

Violet Elementary:

Kennedy Middle School:

Lake Shore High School:

North Lake High School:

October 30th: Debate featuring mascots and principals


November 4th: Digital vote and winner announcement


Time Warp

Our 8th grade choir (plus some special guests) Kennedy Middle School gave a special rendition of the Time Warp in honor of Halloween! They wanted to show our Lake Shore community that they are still making music, in a safe way, and still loving it.
8th Grade Choir singing Time Warp



Deck the halls, literally. Thank you, Lake Shore High School students, for expressing these assigned decades in creative ways: Seniors: 1970, Juniors: 1990, Sophomores: 1980, Freshmen: 1960.

Let peace and love reflect in our fashion choices from #myLSPSHoco20 spirit days!

We also shared Homecoming photos from our alumni. Homecoming photos throughout the years brought back many memories of students enjoying their youth as well as help them to reconnect with former classmates and meet other Shorians.

Marching Band receives Division I Rating

Seventy-five Lake Shore received a Division I performance rating at the MSBOA Marching Festival, a consistent rating for over 15 years.

MSBOA Marching Bands perform a show and are judged in three categories: Music, Marching and General Effect. Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association has specific criteria and rubrics for the adjudication. A Band must receive a final rating in two of the three categories to receive an overall rating of Division I.

October is Principal's Month

Governor Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring October 2020 Principal's Month in Michigan. Our building principals are servant leaders responsible for managing the major administrative tasks and supervising all students and teachers.

Please join us in recognizing Janelle Bross representing Lake Shore High School, Jeff Lip representing North Lake High School, Chad Johnson representing Kennedy Middle School, Matt Barranca representing Masonic Heights Elementary, Cindy Sam representing Rodgers Elementary, and Joan Grassi representing Violet Elementary.

Halloween Booing and Costumes

On behalf of the entire district, our Transportation Department randomly booed several students as a thank you for selecting Lake Shore Public Schools. Our 370 employees are thrilled to serve 3,217 students at Lake Shore Public Schools, 437 new students who reside in 21 different Macomb County school districts.

The Halloween season was filled with ghosts and goblins, but Lake Shore Public Schools is not a scary place at all. In Shorian “spirit”, we provided several Shorians a lawn sign and bag of sweet treats as a way to express our appreciation to you and your family. In addition, student ambassadors shared a sweet thought, within a hand-written letter, on behalf of the Shorian Nation.