Shorian Nation eNews
June 4th, 2023
Featured Shorian Memory: Graduation
Class of 2023
It was graduation day on Saturday, June 3rd at Lake Shore High School!
A copy of the program can be found here.
The bagpipe entrance, reflections from speeches, and music from our choir and band performances were truly breathtaking; We also enjoyed a few special additions for our Centennial Celebration:
All 220 graduates wore wear the same gown this year – red with white arm stripes. This is as opposed to red for boys and white for girls. We wanted to promote unity and have a change for the 100th.
Each graduate was given the opportunity to invite their Lake Shore staff VIP to attend graduation. This VIP was a staff member that had the biggest positive impact on their education experience. The VIPs were seated on the field in a reserved area so they could hug, high five, fist bump or politely wave at their beloved students.
We brought in a 50 year alum and local businessperson, Michael Agnello, to give a speech on what it means to be part of the LS legacy. We also had current Senior Presley Saleh talk about what it means to be a Shorian and a current 5th grader Rebecca Parrinello speak about the future of LS.
Our keynote speaker was United States Senator Debbie Stabenow!
Governor Whitmer had a few congratulatory remarks.
A short fireworks show after they tossed their caps and photo ops in the concourse (LS backdrop, draped “glam” area, and a balloon arch displays also made this day extra special.
Good luck, Class of 2023: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11EY5OtEwA0nTX4_BUffAvEQuQLRifkeQV-gh-6zEsFA/edit?usp=sharing
The stack of professional photos from Stewart Fine Portraits can be downloaded for free using this link.
Across our community, what unites all of us is that providing educational excellence to our children is nonnegotiable. Our Shorian Nation recognizes the value of our Lake Shore students, volunteers, administrators, teachers and staff members and the synergy and learning that occur in our district.
Bonus: A special thank you to the oldest LSHS alum - 101 year old WWII vet and POW, Albert Williams for joining us!
Save the Date Celebrations
Please save the dates for the following ceremonies:
6th Grade Awards
Wednesday, June 7th at 2:30pm
Kennedy Middle School Gym
7th Grade Awards
Thursday, June 8th at 2:30pm
Kennedy Middle School Gym
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center Preschool Graduation
Friday, June 9th at 2:30pm
Masonic Heights Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Monday, June 12th at 6:00pm
John U'ren Stadium
North Lake High School Commencement Ceremony
Monday, June 12th at 6:30pm
LSHS Performance Gym
Violet Elementary Kindergarten Celebration
Tuesday, June 13th at 2pm
Rodgers Elementary Kindergarten Celebrations
Tuesday, June 13th (Mrs. Pillars and Mrs. Sheats) and Wednesday, June 14th (Ms. O'Shee and Ms. Wojcik) at 2pm
Rodgers Elementary Cafeteria
8th Grade Awards
Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm
LSHS Performance Gym
Masonic Heights Elementary Kindergarten Celebration
Wednesday, June 14th at 1:30pm
Masonic Heights Elementary
Violet Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00pm
John U'ren Stadium
Rodgers Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Thursday, June 15th at 10:00am
Kindergarten Screenings and Enrollment
Kindergarten screenings for the Class of 2036 are now taking place across the district.
The goals are to give parents and their child opportunities to meet other incoming Kindergarteners, expose them to a school setting, provide an opportunity to participate in various activities with teachers, provide parents with materials to work on at home to help prepare their child for the fall, gather contact information to share with other Kindergarten families, and share valuable information regarding our schools.
Developmental Kindergarten is another opportunity for students and families for 23/24 school year.
The Lake Shore Developmental Kindergarten offers an adjusted kindergarten curriculum and activities for students with birthdays between June 1st and December 31st. Developmental program is a two-year program, with the first year in the district DK classroom and the second year in a traditional Kindergarten classroom at their assigned home school, not necessarily the same building the DK classroom is housed. Students who need extra time to develop self-regulation, as well as an academic foundation, could benefit from this option.
To learn more about our DK program, visit https://www.smore.com/txqey.
Lake Shore Public Schools selected Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental health care coordination, to expand access to community mental health and substance use treatment providers for students, staff, and their families. Care Solace provides a Care Companion™ team who can quickly and confidentially find available providers in the community. Care Solace also equips school systems with a customized online tool that gives community members a way to anonymously search for community-based providers matched to their needs.
Lake Shore Public Schools will use Care Solace to support its mission of providing an exceptional education for all 3,339 students in a safe and nurturing environment.
With Care Solace, families and staff gain access to a dedicated Care Companion™ to navigate the mental health care system on their behalf, calling providers to find the right fit and availability. They help families with private insurance, Medicaid, and no insurance, and are available 24/7/365 in any language.
Care Solace’s care navigation system uses proprietary technology and a vast database of behavioral and mental health care resources to find carefully verified therapists and programs in minutes.
"The effects of loss, isolation, uncertainty, and fatigue brought on by the pandemic continue to pose new challenges for students, staff, and their families," said Chad Castruita, Founder and CEO of Care Solace. "We are proud to support Lake Shore Public Schools in prioritizing the well-being of its school community by providing timely access into mental health care and substance use treatment services.”
The Care Solace service is now available at no cost to Lake Shore Public Schools students, staff, and their families. For more information about Care Solace, please visit https://www.caresolace.org.
Care Solace is on a mission to calm the chaos of mental health care. The organization provides mental health care coordination services for school systems, existing to ensure that students, staff, and their families quickly connect to verified providers in their communities. Care Solace offers proprietary software to aggregate mental health care providers and substance use treatment options. Currently, Care Solace proudly serves three million students and twelve million staff and family members in over 700 school systems.
Enrollment is Open
Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year is open!
Lake Shore Public Schools provides an exceptional education for all 3,339 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 schools of choice student for the 2023-24 school year by visiting http://lakeshoreschools.org/enrollment/enroll
Please email Enrollment@lsps.org with any questions.
We are more than a school district. We are a Lake Shore family: https://youtu.be/cnI0-L49tfc
The Lake Shore Public Schools' Board of Education approved a $66.7 million no tax-rate increase bond proposal for the May 3rd, 2022 ballot and it passed!
Lake Shore has a strong legacy of being excellent stewards of the community’s resources. We are committed to provide you with bond updates as we continue to prioritize our students' future.
- Bond Mailers (5/2023)
- Bond Building-Specific Boards (3/2023)
- Bond Updates and Summer Break (2/2023)
- Bond Overview and Schedule
- Bond Updates
- Project List
To learn more about the bond, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
P2 Community Well-Being Roundtable and Luncheon
Lake Shore Public Schools hosted a Community Well-Being Roundtable and Luncheon to engage with educators from across Michigan and discuss and walk away with evidence-based strategies to strengthen desired student outcomes.
Moderated by the Positivity Project's Elizabeth MacWilliams and Melissa Killingbeck, we aimed to answer and provide feedback to the following questions:
- What happens when a district is fully vested in supporting the fundamental health and wellness needs of its students?
- What does it look like when a district offers consistency and continuity across Pre-K-12 character and relationships-driven resources?
- What can we do to better serve and support the complex and evolving needs of students in our state?
Thank you to the 30 participants for joining us today from Lake Shore Public Schools, L'Anse Creuse Public Schools, Whittemore Prescott Area Schools, Goodrich Public Schools, and Pinckney Public Schools to discuss best practices in supporting the fundamental needs of students, staff, and families.
Lisa Dover, Student and Family Specialist from Country Elementary in Pinckney engaged in a meaningful discussion and shared her interest in P2. She said, "As a building, we have been vetting SEL programs and P2 checked the box for us! There's nothing better than having K-12 continuity in terms of a common language. I enjoy seeing the focus on personalized strengths and how I can apply them in life."
Curriculum Manager Melissa Killingbeck from P2 said, " I loved that there were so many stakeholder groups represented. We had teachers, counselors, principals, central office administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents. What an amazing opportunity to have so many diverse perspectives on topics surrounding student, educator, and parent & family well-being."
A version of this summary sentence was said by many visitors: "This was so needed — I just wish it could have been all day!" Luckily, we are already in the process of a continuation of what we started today with a target goal of this fall.
For more information, visit www.posproject.org and take a look at P2's tiered resources.
Safety starts with our students, but what is the job of our Safety Patrol?
Safety Patrol members from our elementary schools contribute to the 654,000 students nationwide who are helping keep other students safe on their way to and from school. Our Patrollers direct peers, teaching them about traffic safety, protect students from hazards of crossing roads, and serve as role models, helping inside classrooms or hallways, too!
Safety Patrol members, like fifth grader Sofea Manevski at Rodgers Elementary, love talking with peers, being their first smile of the day at school, and of course, ensuring safety. She said, I applied (for this position) because I love helping people."
Crossing Guard Sharon Weinert is in her first year of the position at Violet Elementary. She said, "I love my kids. I love saying good morning to them."
When Aurora Partlow, a 5th grader, cutely corrected Ms. Weinert with "but we aren't actually your kids," and the adult crossing guard replied, "You are all my kiddos. I am responsible for keeping you safe."
Thank you to our Safety Patrol teams for watching over us this year!
Pen Pal Program
We appreciate Social Worker Mrs. Filer and Resource Room Teacher Mrs. Materna for creating a loving, pen pal program at Masonic Heights Elementary.
Mrs. Materna explained, "Our Pen Pal group includes students with autism in 1st-5th grade. One of our goals is to help our students become more comfortable with SCS first responders and vice versa. We also wanted to spread awareness and acceptance into our community, that is why I chose to ask SCS PD if they wanted to work with us and start a Pen Pal group.
The Pen Pal group meets 1-2 a month to write/respond to the letters they received from their Police Officer Pal. Some of the Police Officer Pals have visited Masonic throughout the year for special events. During April, a group of Police Officers visited Masonic and spent time with us. We enjoyed each other's company by having popcorn, reading books, playing with Legos.
This is our first year doing Pen Pals. I hope to continue this group throughout the student's elementary school years, so that the students and Police Officers can continue to build their friendship."
Middle School Tour Day
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, 8th grader Brielle Starks, one of 12 NJHS Tour Guides, shared 15 most important components of middle school which included procedures, timelines, and locations.
Now in his 28th set of tours, Counselor Mr. Plotkowski enjoys giving these incoming students a first-hand middle school experience.
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, Principal Mr. Johnson, Assistant Principal 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: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_Vu-Y-Vlff7qIzjX7aQ91RMl_XpY4GsQ/view?usp=sharing
Shorians for the 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.
We call this Shorians for the Day!
Visiting us from St. Germaine and St. Isaac are Angelo Rizzo and Matthew Smith. They shadowed Collin Taylor and Jacob Bartolomeo and learned all about their favorite spots and classes.
Angelo's brother and sister both are graduates from Lake Shore in '17 and '13 and informed him about the district already. He reported, "They said this is an amazing school. They loved playing soccer and swim and enjoyed their time here."
Matthew heard about this special tour day at our Open House that he attended earlier in the year. "I liked the sports and club options and the staff seemed very friendly. After exploring the school, I am certain I will come here."
There were 15 student tour guides matched with both new-to-Lake-Shore students and current Kennedy Middle Schoolers. We appreciate all of their wisdom as they helped future Shorians learn more.
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 reach out to 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.
American House and LSPS Partner for 8th Time
American House and Lake Shore Public Schools continue to partner to enrich the lives of seniors providing activities and entertainment as a service to others: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V6AdLPdxl0CSOQgJYkkyQ4F-yb423Z-b/view?fbclid=IwAR01MOkmTiKnUmqo5gmaZDe0okIsAYSELesAdV5AImi22tRyg1uPLQFIqi8
Eighty-one 4th and 5th graders from Mrs. Wischmeyer's Masonic Melodies class at Masonic Heights Elementary performed 9 songs today!
Resident Ms. Chris joyfully said, "The performances were wonderful! They made our day. We are going to remember these songs forever. They can visit and practice anytime!"
Lake Shore has visited American House 8x this year, creating joy and connections that have touched so many hearts. Thank you for sharing your residents with us!
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 Dawn Barath to share her expertise on gardening. "I earned my Master Gardner license through Michigan State University and enjoy sharing my favorite plants, trees, and bugs through student-driven inquires over the past 3 years," she said.
Students at Lake Shore High School also heard from in-person field bird expert and Class of '72 Lake Shore graduate Rosann Kovalcik from Birds Unlimited in 2021 and 2022.
For years, Jan Bills, owner of Two Women and a Hoe and certified landscape designer, also shared her gardening knowledge which included sustainable landscape and garden designs, creativity, integrity, and customer service in 2019.
In preparation for an upcoming test, students have been studying bird types and the sounds that they make. Annika Florek won a bathouse for her best decorated birdhouse. Kayla Domas was the runnerup!
Kayla loved learning about the different bird species, their interactions and behaviors. She said, "My favorite part is the variety and uniqueness of each bird. I love how Ospreys are colored and how they look when they hunt!"
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.
The Final Countdown
Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. Congratulations Class of 2023 from Lake Shore High School and North Lake High School!
Lake Shore Public Schools has recognized the achievements of our Class of 2023 as they emerge in our society as leaders.
We have attempted to support this class by honoring them with aerial photos of our ‘23 buses, personal lawn signs stationed along 13 Mile, graduate name displays on our marquee signs at all buildings and on the stadium big screen, social media campaigns, postcard mailings, Senior video and walk, celebratory Honors Ceremony, prom, scholarship recipient announcements, and tomorrow's in-person graduation.
Today students were provided with a carnation during their walk to gift to a staff member who they had a special connection with.
Senior Caylem Mitrowski handed her flower to Mrs. Nicholl, her former 3rd grade teacher and biggest inspiration. Back then, she gifted this teacher a mug that said #1 Teacher. Mrs. Nicholl still uses this present today!
In addition, staff, at all levels, have taught invaluable lessons of courage and commitment, reaching out to share care and concern.
Watch this preview of our Senior Class Memory Video: https://youtu.be/9htMU2rpMpo
Purchase a copy of this or our Graduation DVD by submitting this form.
Once a Shorian, always a Shorian!
Special Education Graduation
We celebrated 8 graduates from our MoCI and MiCI Special Education programs from the Class of 2023 at Lake Shore High School.
Teachers Mr. Carney, Mrs. Karczewski, and Mrs. Fain shared congratulatory remarks while graduates received individual recognition for their achievements. the Pomp and Circumstance processional, Women's Chamber Choir performances, staff and students spoke about their own favorite memories which are also illustrated in a slideshow highlighting the year’s achievements.
Superintendent Dr. DiPonio shared, "I am inspired by everything that you do. You are everything that is good about public education." He went on to list several P2 character strengths and explained that these students, both graduates and Senior leaders, are everything we need in the world.
Everything and, of course, more bubbles!
Principal Dr. Bross officially performed the tassel ceremony, declaring these students graduates of Lake Shore High School, symbolized by the moving of the tassel from right to left.
Students looked beautiful, adorned in their graduation regalia and celebrated this day with staff, friends, and family at Lake Shore High School's Auditorium.
Congratulations Adrionna Carson, Aja Jacobson, Antoine Fortune, Dallin Carson, Gavin Maksymiuk, Lataysia Seamster, Paige Hogan, and Seth Stemmerich!
Bonus: Thank you MiCI students for carefully placing our Senior lawn signs along 13 Mile.
Music is the voice of the soul.
Back by popular demand, Lake Shore High School and Kennedy Middle School Bands performed live as a prelude to Music on the Lake inside the shell at Veterans Memorial Park.
It was a night of music and fun as we celebrated these performances. It was a Shorian Spectacular, family-friendly evening for all!
An Enchanted Forest Prom
School dances are an opportunity for students to socialize with friends, cultivate positive emotions, and create memories that will last for a lifetime.
Lake Shore High School's Prom was held last night at Blossom Heath, a grand dining experience decorated in an Enchanted Forest theme. A total of 221 tickets were sold for this grand event carefully prepared by Mr. Couck and 8 Student Congress students.
Nicky Maye and Faith Lowry were announced as Lake Shore High School's royalty.
North Lake High School also celebrated with a Prom and Senior Bonfire!
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.
Bonus: We loved seeing all of the sweet moments between fathers and daughters at our elementary Daddy-Daughter Dances.
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 so many activities, they also rewarded with hugs and high fives from their friends for effort. Good sportsmanship always wins.
Lake Shore Class of 2003 graduate Brian Fay volunteered to help his son Eli's 1st grade class because of his own love for the district and desire to give back. He said, "I attended Masonic Heights, had Mr. O as a Gym teacher, and lived in Tangletown. The neighborhood hasn't changed in 30 years. Principal Mr. Barranca is amazing. He is hands-on, personable, committed, and I enjoy the weekly Roar."
Thank you to Mrs. Pecoraro, Mr. Osterland and Mr. Warrick for making these special days for our students!
Congratulations to our May Smoothie Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center
Blair Rasiuk- Enthusiasm
Masonic Heights Elementary
Connor Stargel - Leadership
Marissa Scaramuzzino - Self-Control
Aurora Starnes - Perseverance
Cris Belanger- Adaptability
Taylor Brosnan - Teamwork
Gunner NWaogu - Bravery
Mrs. Merten - Humility
Mrs. Perkins-Rose - Fairness
Mrs. Rafferty - Teamwork
Kennedy Middle School
Mr. Chesser - Generosity
Mrs. Bushaw - Kindness
Bella Koprinz - Kindness
Jayde Wichmann - Kindness
Lake Shore High School
De’Kyra Stinson - Perseverance
Mr. Daly - Leadership
Eddy Hayes-McEaddy - Kindness
Ms. Parenteau - Kindness
Ms. Rabine - Teamwork
Dalton Rutt - Kindness
North Lake High School
Aurora Roberts - Self Control
Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries! Because of Store Owner Tony Zarife's generosity from EOS Cafe and Coffee House, these are FREE smoothies!
We have built a new online home for our athletic department. Our goal is to bring our athletic programs to life by sharing schedules, scores, and social media while ensuring our athletes get the promotion they deserve. Visit the Shorian Sports website for 24/7/365 access to the information you have always wanted and follow along with our sports action.
- Photos of Lake Shore’s district softball victory over Fraser
- Megan Morell reached a PR at the State Track Finals with a 10’3”!
We have partnered with Kroger to help fund our athletics. Please read this letter from our Athletic Coordinator Rich Bowers.
Our Athletic Department at Lake Shore High School, along with proud families, coaches, and administrators, 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 Coordinator, Mr. Bowers, interviewed each student.
According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, just six percent of high school athletes nationwide continue on to compete in any NCAA division collegiate program. Lake Shore is proud to celebrate our LSHS Class of 2023 student-athletes who achieved this exceptional milestone:
Olivet College, Softball
St. Clair Community College, Softball
Madonna University, Softball
Macomb Community College, Softball
Northwood University, Soccer
Delta Junior College, Soccer
Adrian College, Soccer
Lawrence Technical University, Soccer
Albion College, Football
Olivet College, Football
West Bay Collegiate Academy, Football
Penn St. New Kensington, Soccer
Madonna University, Volleyball
Lake Michigan College, Baseball
Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Athlete of the Week Carlie Chamberlain, Varsity Soccer player from Lake Shore High School. Coach Chris Gwozdz described her as the following:
"Senior leader. Plays the sweeper position, and is usually the last line of defense on the team. As the last defender back, Carlie is the leader of the defense on the team. The team has not allowed a single goal in league play, and Carlie's play and leadership is a big reason why."
Congratulations to Athlete of the Week Kehara Shabazz, Track and Field athlete from Lake Shore High School. Coach Jackie Phillips wrote:
"On Friday at the Marysville Invitational, Kehara won the 100 dash and was 2nd in the 200 dash. She also led off our 3rd place 4x100 relay. Kehara is undefeated in the 100 dash in dual meets this season."
Congratulations to Athletes of the Week Aly Senish and Mira Helsel, Varsity Softball players from Lake Shore High School. Coach Carl Agosta wrote these positive statistics:
"Aly currently holds an ERA of 2.75 with 137 strike outs."
"Mira is batting .415 for the year with an .937 ops."
Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,339 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.