Shorian Nation eNews
October 30th, 2022
Areas of Play
With the passage of the 2022 bond, Lake Shore Public Schools is committed to developing the areas of play at each building.
Share your ideas of creative ways you would like to see your child play.
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We asked 100 6th graders, “Who is Dr. DiPonio”? Wildly entertaining answers resulted from our 2019 Family Feud: Lake Shore Edition event.
Four years ago we hosted an event fondly known as Family Feud. We are excited to resume the tradition.
The Lake Shore Foundation invites our community to support teachers, students, and administrators in this head-to-head competition on Thursday, November 10th at 6:30pm inside Lake Shore High School's Auditorium! There will be raffles, food, friends, and a game show which will provide an enjoyable evening for everyone!
Our first Family Feud Winner was The Kennedy Middle School Family and they are ready to defend their title, but your support, by purchasing a ticket and by being part of our studio audience, will make everyone a winner!
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.
To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
Special Education Bond Election
This November, the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) will be asking voters to consider a bond proposal to re-build and improve the buildings where students with the most significant special needs from all 21 local districts attend school year-round.
If approved by voters, the bond proposal calls for a 0.17 mill tax increase. The cost to the average Macomb County homeowner will be less than $20 per year… or about 5¢ per day. These funds remain in Macomb County for special education students.
To learn more about the bond proposal, visit the MISD Bond website.
The district will participate in its 4th annual Seasonal Cleanup which takes place on Thursday, November 3rd.
The Shorian Nation, armed with rakes and collection bags, continues to remind our community why it is important to give back.
If you are a senior citizen or know of anyone who could benefit from our services, please call (586) 285-8483 or schedule online at https://tinyurl.com/2022lspscares.
Free Hotspots and Internet from T-Mobile
T-Mobile believes access to education is access to opportunity. That’s why they’re offering free hotspots and internet to 10 million eligible households. Use this link to learn more!
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Lake Shore Cares: Thanksgiving
In keeping with our goal of a strong community connection, Lake Shore Public Schools will be working to support those most in need of a Thanksgiving meal.
If you or someone you know is in NEED of meal assistance, please complete the REQUEST FORM to be placed on the list to receive incoming donations.
If you are able to ASSIST those in need this Thanksgiving, please complete the DONATION/VOLUNTEER FORM (donation due date 11/12/2022). The smallest donation can make an impact! Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to deliver the meals on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Lake Shore Cares: Holiday Help
In keeping with our goal of a strong community connection, Lake Shore Public Schools will be working to support those students & families most in need of Holiday Help this year.
If you or someone you know is in NEED of holiday assistance, please complete the REQUEST FORM to be placed on the list to receive incoming donations.
All request submissions are due by Thursday, November 17, 2022.
If you are able to ASSIST those in need of holiday help, a WISH LIST selection sign-up sheet will be available and published on our LSPS social media channel on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
Gift donations will be due on 12/16/2022 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to the Lake Shore Adult & Community Education Building at 23340 Elmira, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082 (off Harper). Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to deliver the holiday help on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
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 INTEGRITY and CREATIVITY.
People with the character strength of integrity are honest and speak the truth. They present themselves genuinely and sincerely.
Located inside Lake Shore High School, the Shorian Shop features popular clothing merchandise, tasty treats, and Lake Shore trinkets. Our school store offers the chance to teach upperclassmen real-world skills like marketing and sales, accounting, and employability skills that will last a lifetime.
With that responsibility comes student employee integrity. Examples include showing up to their store position on time, ready to do work, managing the cash register accurately, and taking responsibility for their own actions.
Sometimes people come with attractive offers of pleasures and entertainment and forms of life that are unhealthy and evil. And if we are going to succeed, we’ve got to learn early in life to say “No.” “No, I won’t.” “No, my standards don’t permit me.”
Customers with integrity also behave ethically and do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Informing a cashier that they gave you too much change is one way of showing integrity at the Shorian Shop.
The Shorian Shop is open on weekdays, with the exception of Wednesdays, from 11:13-12:55pm inside Lake Shore High School.
Thank you store managers Ariana Barkowski and Isabel Whoroff and 14 student sales assistants in the Marketing and Sales class who provide this service to our school.
Jan Radlick, Marketing and Sales teacher, said, "These students are the cream of the crop, great kids, and vetted by other teachers to serve their peers. They have the best character."
People with the character strength of creativity like to come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.
In Mrs. Dmochowski's Art classes at Kennedy Middle School, students are creating paper mache pumpkins, a craft that is easy and seasonal.
Ask and you shall receive. An email request for plastic bags resulted in enough for 120 students. Once assembled into the shape of a pumpkin using the art element of form, students worked on applying paper strips to their shapes, a messy, but enjoyable process.
Students like the messy stuff so they were glued to the assignment right away, no pun intended. "Projects like this help to encourage those who do not think of themselves as artists," Mrs. Dmochowski reflected. "They feel encouraged and are the best workers with this hands-on assignment."
Aubrey Currey-Virge is a self-titled Halloween person. This 7th grader plans on painting her pumpkin white to match her room and keep it on her dresser as a decoration. Some of her friends had other plans like giving their pumpkin a name like Harold or painting with nontraditional colors. Mia Fountain said, "I am a perfectionist and want my pumpkin to look just right." By the details in her pumpkin's shape, we noticed how much time and effort she's put into it.
Because paper mache is is communal project, involving many fingers in the flour and water mixture, they haven't done this activity since COVID.
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are OPM - Knowing my words and actions affect others (10/31-11/4) and Bravery (11/7-11/11).
Special Integrity Recognition
Integrity is not something you show others. It is how you behave behind their back.
Yet, we felt the need to share this story as a demonstration of integrity and praise for Anthony Brobecker.
Anthony, a first-year student at Violet Elementary, found a diamond engagement ring, turned it into the office, and the owner claimed it. He was given a hand-written, heartfelt thank you for his demonstration of integrity.
We are so proud of him and know that many others from inside our Shorian Nation have made similar decisions. For this good deed, we delivered a Slurpee Surprise coupon on behalf of the entire district. We appreciate his teacher, Mrs. Hoehing, for sharing this story with us.
Jim "Basketball" Jones Assembly
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 Masonic Heights Elementary, sponsored by the building PTO, 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.
In the video, Jones asks, "What's the number #1 skill for elite kindness?" The answer: Awareness.
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.
To order his children books, Bouncy: The Basketball That Couldn't Bounce and Bouncy and the Power of Yet, please follow this link.
Michigan Poster Presentations
In Mrs. Fleszar, Mrs. Peacock, and Mrs. Reno's classes at Masonic Heights Elementary, 3rd graders completed The Places We Have Visited in Michigan poster presentation. The requirements were to choose a location that they have visited in Michigan, include photos and a map, share three activities you can do there, and share their work with their Tigers community to inspire others to visit places like Caseville, Boyne Mountain, Silver Lake Dunes, Pictured Rocks, and our favorite, Saint Clair Shores.
Grace Schedlbauer visited her grandpa's cottage in Caseville a bunch of times this Summer, exploring the beach and spending time with family. Since then he has sold the cottage so it was a very special visit in 2022.
Hank Witte visited Boyne Mountain where he experienced water slides, the arcade, and found a Petoskey rock nearby. His favorite part was "seeing his grandma and grandpa who live in Virginia, but travel every year to Michigan to vacation in Boyne with him."
Lilian Houtos visited Silver Lake Dunes and completed this assignment on this location because she loved the dunes ride. Her favorite part was "the hills and jokes."
A Personal Best recognition was given to Xavier Paton for his Pictured Rocks poster. He liked the rock formations, but was excited to tell us all about how he caught a baby turtle and frog. "I couldn't keep them because I didn't want my two cats to eat them," he said.
Leah Roberson completed her poster on Saint Clair Shores. That's where she's made a lot of friends and plays softball on the Lucky Charms team. "My favorite memory was when I hit my first triple." Thank you for the reminder that you can make great memories in your hometown, too!
Reaching for the Future
The 19th Annual High School Transition Conference titled Reaching for the Future was held at the Macomb Intermediate School District for seniors.
Lake Shore was limited to 10 students and they were provided with worthwhile information on the topics of Driver's Training, Social Responsibility, Job Skills, Macomb Community College, Living Independently, and Employment Services.
Shorians from Lake Shore High School were able to hear from keynote speakers Marina Morris and Anthony Ianni as well as choose 3 sessions of interest.
During this morning's keynote address, Ms. Morris told her inspiring story about overcoming society's perception of her cerebral palsy which can also be watched in this Sixty Second Story TEDxOaklandUniversity Talk: https://youtu.be/2SqdVZqb0ss
She used two powerful words "watch me" as a reminder whenever she feels defeated. She looks those who are nay-sayers in the eye or herself in the mirror and chants those words.
Marina inspired students from across the county to have the courage to believe and achieve dreams. She prodded, "Surround yourself with those who believe in your dreams more than you do and don't be afraid to ask for help." We appreciate all of the guest speakers for sharing this same message.
We are watching you and supporting you, Shorians.
With the passage of the 2022 bond, Lake Shore Public Schools is committed to developing the areas of play at each building.
Mrs. Nicholl's 3rd graders at Rodgers Elementary met with our Construction and Architecture teams from Partners in Architecture, Barton Malow, and Viridis to give input in the development of a plan for areas of play. Is there a better target audience than a group of high-energy elementary kids?
Professionals presented mock images and drawings, asking students to reflect upon these initial concepts and share their thoughts. While some students like Ayler Skebo liked the modular structures that provided a lot of climbing opportunities, others like Claire Sheffield enjoyed simple standalone pieces like the Spring Rider. Nora Hill's favorite was a soccer field and for good reason. She explained, "I have played soccer for 4 years and would like to have one on the playground so I can practice for my Saint Clair Shores recreational team."
Meagan Zablocki with Partners in Architecture enjoyed the hour long focus group for kids. "I feel old and out of touch with what may be the best play options for kids. It was important for us to hear from the students who will be using these play structures everyday."
Not only were students able to share their universal likes for climbing and rolling, they also explained, in detail, how they could imagine themselves using large-scale structures. Josh Wolfer even drew his own dinosaur stairstepping funzone. It was a great way to see their own inventive ideas transfer from brain to paper.
Mrs. Nicholl thought including the students in this process was a wonderful experience. She said, "They enjoyed designing plans and speaking to the adults about their preferences for the new equipment."
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 were curious why Ms. Habrowski's students at Masonic Heights Elementary and Ms. Wilson's students at Rodgers Elementary were scattered around the room, completing different activities at different times, but quickly realized that their use of well-chosen centers and project-based learning gave these 1st and 2nd graders a chance to practice and use teams to solve problems.
While some 1st grade students were busy exploring short vowel sounds on Seesaw others were reading Zac and Cat with their teacher and retelling the story. We also observed others engaged in self-directed reading while some friends finished word work.
Pilot flexible furniture replace traditional desks in many of our classrooms. Giving students control over their learning environment allows students to find comfortable positions throughout the classroom while leaning or wobbling to suit their collaborative needs.
These 2nd graders were given even more control by answering this question: How can we best design our classroom for work and play? Students used cards to piece together ideas for the way thumbprint, fusion, and circle tables would be arranged to best suit their own needs. They even moved their desks and tables around as a class!
It was a sea of engagement, applying skills and strategies in a fun way.
Bonus: The company in charge of the design and décor for our bond updates has dropped off a materials board that is on display in our main offices to get staff input. We appreciate these collaborative processes!
We appreciate our staff for their growth mindset.
We began our coaching cycles this week with our mathematics department at Lake Shore High School. We were impressed with the variety of activities featuring math stations, fly swatter bingo, labeling graphs, and reviews.
During the Summers of 2017 and 2018, 220 teachers participated in 11 training sessions, through a strong partnership with Communications by Design (CBD) consulting, to transform how we educate our students and change what our classrooms look like so that our students are operating at the optimal level of engagement and achievement.
Our teachers continued to facilitate transformational learning experiences for Lake Shore students through modeling workshops in 2019. The workshops provide learning experiences that connect priority standards and curriculum work to transformation goals, show what transformation looks like in our classrooms, provide a format for how to plan and execute transformative learning experiences, and reflect on both the process and outcome.
For our coaching cycle with CBD in 2022, lessons will be observed at the secondary level by Erik Cliff through the lens of the transformation matrix, Triple E framework, and/or the Danielson standards that have been prioritized by our wonderful team of district-wide teacher leaders who serve on our District Curriculum Council. The hope is for our teachers to feel empowered to take risks and try new things in their student-centered classroom.
Mastery of expressions using exponents, scientific notation form, simplifying exponent expressions, solving equations, or building graphs properly can be a challenge, but our staff carefully crafts lessons to make learning active and fun through discussion and hands-on team activities.
Color Guard is to interpret the music that our marching band is playing by synchronizing flags and through dance.
As a member of the 6-person team for her first year, Alaina Handy loves it. "It is my favorite thing to do. I have some of my best friends on the team and enjoy creating routines," she said.
Right now, they use songs like Try Everything by Shakira to Crocodile Rock by Elton John to create beautiful movement.
Alaina's dance background in tap and ballet as well as ice skating has helped her performances, but prior experience isn't necessary. "If you are passionate and willing to keep practicing, you are welcome to join us." She expressed that a J-Toss is a bit complex, but she continues to work through the motion for a flawless look.
Everyone needs encouragement and their Color Guard coach provides that. "Coach Mia Chessar is so nice. She always pushes us to be our best."
We enjoyed watching this team from Lake Shore High School practice on their own, but they also made the commitment of joining the marching band on Tuesday evenings for a 2 hour rehearsal together. Keep working hard, Color Guard!
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 8th annual Cancer Awareness campaign by selling t-shirts and raised a total of $300. All funds will be donated to The Super Drew Foundation to provide families battling Pediatric Cancer with services and experiences that provide them an opportunity to feel normal in an abnormal situation.
The Super Drew Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in honor of Drew Akash who was diagnosed with Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma, an inoperable brain tumor. The mission of The Super Drew Foundation is to provide families in Metro Detroit with the same love and support that the family has generously received.
Mary Poppins would describe our Fall Fest as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It was the music, the costumes, the food, the shopping, the animals, the decor that made the October 22nd event extraordinarily good. The 68 degree weather was a nice bonus!
Seventh grader Alysse Garcia from Kennedy Middle School loved the event. She enjoyed performing with Cambiata on stage. "I even won a goldfish using a raffle ticket from the Lake Shore Foundation booth," she claimed. She already named him Bubbles.
Tour Day and District Music Programs
Recruiting elementary students for band with a Tour Day was the mission. Every child who wants to learn music should get the experience and we offer a robust program. Students need to be shown the band, told about its activities and benefits, and convinced that band is an option for them by giving the kids a chance to hold and try instruments. Instruments that were showcased included trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, clarinet, and flute.
Listening to the 60 members of Lake Shore High School's Marching Band musicians played Fall Music Festival performances like Try Everything and Under the Sea in front of a live elementary audience had everyone excited about the opportunity to play an instrument; They received a Division I performance rating at the MSBOA Marching Festival earlier this month: https://youtu.be/wbl65lchcpI
We also wanted to share the variety of music experiences our Shorians receive at Lake Shore. Because at every level, Shorians are fans of music.
In Mr. Arnold's 6th grade Band class at Kennedy Middle School, students are learning about pitch, beat, and rhythm while assembling their instrument carefully and making music to Au Claire De La Lune, Hot Cross Buns, and Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Mr. Arnold's smile and enthusiastic approach to teaching is the reason why his students are eager to grow musically.
In Mrs. Wischmeyer's Music Special at Masonic Heights Elementary, Ms. Knipstein's 5th graders were reviewing familiar, simple rhythm patterns as they progressed through 12 steps to music literacy that include listening, reading and then writing. They responded to music by moving artfully across the room using "Sasha", a folk dance from Russia, as their guide.
Active learning in Mrs. Wischmeyer's class is a staple. She explained, "Folk dancing is a fun way to experience traditions of other cultures while connecting with peers and moving artfully to a variety of music genres. Folk dancing also reinforces musical concepts of beat, rhythm, and form."
With 11 years of experience, Freelance Choreographer Molly Zaleski visited Mrs. Elkins Fusion class at Lake Shore High School to rehearse their choreography to Thriller by by Michael Jackson using her expertise.
Mrs. Lynch''s 4th grade class visited Mrs. Rueger-West's Music Special and rehearsed Ghost of John and Ghostbusters complete with movement and improv.
Boo Bag Deliveries
We are expressing our appreciation for the Shorian Nation (and our bus drivers) with some surprise boo bags.
Hidden behind her brother was a red bag filled with candy and swag for Brynn, the cute little girl from Masonic Heights. That red bag is symbolic of #OtherPeopleMatter.
On behalf of the entire district, our Transportation Department randomly booed several students as a thank you for selecting Lake Shore Public Schools. Our bus drivers are simply the best (and so are our students)!
Our 430 employees are thrilled to serve 3,339 students at Lake Shore Public Schools, 642 new students who reside in 21 different Macomb County school districts.
The Halloween season is 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 bag of sweet treats as a way to express our appreciation to you and your family.
Mary Caeputo is in her first year as a driver with Lake Shore. She delivered 11 bags this week to make other first year students feel special. She said, "Being a Shorian means you are family and it is important to share how much you care about others. Little things count."
Do you remember all of those bus drivers that we mentioned at the beginning of this story? Dawn B #6 is decked out for Halloween. I bet our students, of all ages, enjoy riding in style!
October Slurpee Surprise Honorees
Congratulations to our October Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center
Aliyah Harrison- Kindness
Masonic Heights Elementary
Gabe Celli - Perseverance
Emma DeHayes - Helpfulness
Dani Scheuer - Leadership
Mason Randall - Other People Matter
Katelyn Kilpatrick - Kindness
Mrs. Curry - Kindness
Jaxson Herring - Curiosity
Blake Ruzinsky - Kindness
Ms. Salem - Kindness
Kennedy Middle School
Lawrence Frederick - Kindness
Tristan Wuerzinger - Perseverance
Weston Roediger - Leadership
Colt Schmelzle - Love of Learning
Lake Shore High School
Frida Morha - Leadership
Heath Council - Humor
Julian G. Smith - Hardworking
Isobel Wharff - Friendship
Maria Mitchell - Leadership
Mrs. Kemner - Integrity
North Lake High School
Kelly Martell - Teamwork
Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries! Because of Store Owner Virgil Johnson's generosity from 7-Eleven store #27162, these are FREE slurpees!
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.
Read a recent story featuring our Swim team here.
Winter sports schedules are being updated at this time. Check the website often for the latest game dates and times.
Athlete of the Week Recognitions
Congratulations to AOTW Charlotte Domas, member of the Cross Country team at Kennedy Middle School. Coach Nathan Heier had these powerful, encouraging words to say about her:
"Charlotte brings a sense of humor and determination to EVERYTHING she does. Charlotte was the top Kennedy during the Dakota Meet on October 6th. She has been one of our most consistently improving runners this season. "
Congratulations to AOTW Aja Thompson, Cheerleader at Kennedy Middle School. Coach Alyssa, Coach Anna and Coach Kaleigh shared this standout statement with us:
"Aja is one of our only 3 year KMS cheerleaders! She has always been an outstanding leader to her teammates and has never failed to make us all laugh! She has an amazing attitude and work ethic. She gives it her all during practices and game days! Keep up the amazing work!"
Congratulations to AOTW Grace VanDenstorm, Captain on the JVA volleyball team at Lake Shore High School. Coach Taylor Dietz shared her contributions with us:
"Grace is a positive light on the volleyball team. She gives 100% percent at games, practices and tournaments. She’s been trying new things this week in practice and doing well at them — she’s been hitting line and jump serving. She’s been a go-to player all season and continues to get better every day. Keep swinging Grace!"
Congratulations to AOTW Blake Towers, member of the JV Soccer team at Lake Shore High School. Coach Luke Warrick had these powerful, encouraging words to say about him:
"He is a great teammate, a real athletic freak, and has the most of the team's points as a defender. Incredible player!"
Congratulations to AOTW Josh Brown, football player at Kennedy Middle School. Coach Dennis Kensicki shared this standout statement with us:
"Josh shows up for practice every day and is a leader on the football team. He was the leading rusher in the game vs. South Lake!"
Congratulations to AOTW Lola Delise, 7th grade volleyball player at Kennedy Middle School. Coach Michelle Bailey shared her contributions with us:
"Lola has been working on her confidence on the court and is doing great. She's got killer serves, and has had some fantastic saves against some of our tough servers."
Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,339 students in a safe and nurturing environment.
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