Shorian Nation eNews
September 4th, 2022
Welcome Back, Shorians
With the start of the 2022-23 year almost underway, we wanted to share our enthusiasm for the new academic year.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6th. To access building-specific schedules, including start and end times, reference this link. Bus schedules are located here. Please refer to our District Events Calendar and event flyers for confirmation of all event details.
Smile! It's almost Picture Day!
Our website and social media channels gives us the biggest megaphone to share our hard work. Please help us flood the community with powerful messages that inform and praise our schools, staff, and students by emailing us feel good photos and stories to email@example.com.
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.
Lake Shore Public Schools, in partnership with Chartwells Food Services, provides healthy meals to all children. Families can use our Nutrislice app for access to menus.
You asked, we listened! Introducing Family Portal by Meal Magic for all things Food Service such as making deposits, transferring between students, viewing account history, setting daily spending limits or other restrictions!
Even though the Federal Government has discontinued free meals to all children, Lake Shore Public Schools is seeking to obtain completed Free and Reduced Meal Applications from all families; It is important to receive these applications in order to attain the maximum amount of federal assistance for other programs (outside of free meals) that greatly benefit our students and families such as school funding, technology funding, SAT, ACT, and AP test discounts, college application discounts, athletics, grants, and instructional support programs.
The easiest way to apply is by visiting https://www.familyportal.cloud.
In addition, families may download the 2022-23 Free and Reduced Meal Application directly.
Our districtwide 1:1 Chromebook initiative is designed to cultivate learning. We are excited to distribute upgraded devices to all students this year!
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. To view our 1:1 Frequently Asked Questions document, visit this link.
Have you turned on your Chromebook lately or tried logging into PowerSchool or Schoology? If you need technology support, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents, please include your child’s first and last name and building.
Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is open!
Lake Shore Public Schools provides an exceptional education for all 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: http://lakeshoreschools.org/enrollment.
We are more than a school district. We are a Lake Shore family: youtu.be/p6CmvG5i420.
Enrollment is also open for our Lake Shore Early Childcare Center. For more information, visit their webpage or contact our Early Childhood Coordinator, Kelly Biondo, at (586) 285-8570 or email@example.com.
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 while recognizing that our virtual and hybrid learning models feel like relationship obstacles, 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.
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are CURIOSITY (9/19-9/23) and TEAMWORK (9/26-9/30).
Happy ALMOST birthday, Lake Shore!
We're proud—proud of our past and prospects of our future.
Since the beginnings of Michigan public education in the 1840s, local students wishing to attend high school had to travel to Mount Clemens or Detroit, or beyond. The need for that ended at the school board meeting on July 14, 1919, when approval was given for the start of secondary education in this district. That September, “junior high” began being offered in the Lake Shore school house.
Another grade was added each year thereafter—9th grade in 1920, 10th in ’21, 11th in ’22, and finally, 12th grade in school year 1923-24. Thus, June 26, 1924 marked the date of the first graduation ceremony at Lake Shore High School. The class was comprised of three students, two boys and a girl: T. Jay Barton, Nelda Egle, and Clifford Frazo.
The Class of 2023-24 will mark the 100th anniversary of K-12 education in our district. We will kick off our centennial celebration beginning at the Class of 2023’s commencement ceremony, less than one year from now.
For ALMOST 100 years we've had an unwavering belief in education rooted in moments in time that share our inspiration, innovation, and celebration. The Shorian Nation believes in the transformative power of education for all students.
If you have any interest in serving on our Lake Shore 100 years planning committee, we encourage you to fill out this form.
Cheers to ALMOST 100 Years, Lake Shore! Once a Shorian, Always a Shorian!
Miss Outstanding Teen Saint Clair Shores
Congratulations to Grace Hanke, recently named Miss Outstanding Teen Saint Clair Shores. The word grace means courteous goodwill and we certainly believe her family made the right decision when choosing her name.
She’s a junior at Lake Shore High School and will graduate in 2024. The plan is to get a degree in Bio-Medical Engineering at the University of Michigan.
The decision to compete for Miss Saint Clair Shores Outstanding Teen stemmed from her passion about our city and desire to be more involved. She said, "I believe my leadership skills would not only make me a good role model for teens, but get more teens to come out and be a part of this pageant."
"The judges evaluated us contestants on personal interview, fitness, talent, and on stage question. To elaborate: personal interview was a eight minute interview with the judges about ourselves and current events, the fitness portion was a workout routine we individually performed on stage, for talent I sang How Far I’ll Go from the movie Moana, and the on stage question is one specific question picked at random for each contestant to personally answer." Wow, what an incredibly thorough process! It is quite obvious that this teenager is going far.
Her main goal as Miss Outstanding Teen Saint Clair Shores is to make social media a more comfortable and realistic place for teenagers. Her social initiative is Social Media vs Reality: The Impact on Self-Perception. In order to show realism, she plans to use social media platforms to spread authenticity and hopefully get more teens out of their comfort zones.
She was kind enough to share some of her favorite Shorian memories, too! She sang the national anthem for senior night and when Mojo in the Morning came to a home basketball game! She claims that her list could go on and on about Lake Shore events.
"I enjoy every moment at my school. A special thank you to Lake Shore's amazing staff for being there and believing in me and every student!" The appreciation extends to her coaches who have taught her good sportsmanship and teamwork. They have grown my love for my sports and make learning so much more fun!" She is currently a member of the Varsity Volleyball and Basketball teams under the leadership of Coach Kwapisz and Coach Gwozdz.
It is always important to have someone to look up to and Grace easily named her three older sisters Paige, Madison, and Alaina as her role models. "They are all so smart, responsible, and hard working. They all attend/attended college and are very successful, which I hope to be some day."
A piece of advice she lives by is this: Nobody’s perfect and everyone makes mistakes. She described, "I personally get really hard on myself when I don’t fully accomplish something I worked really hard for or make a mistake, and I help myself by remembering this."
Grace's simple elegance and zest for life has her setting lofty goals and helping others feel more confident.
Teachers Provide High Quality Instruction
It was officially our teachers first days back to their buildings this past Wednesday and Thursday where they are busy meeting with departments to plan for the year, preparing their lesson plans and classrooms, and completing professional development modules! Masonic Heights Elementary and Violet Elementary visited Learning Gizmos for a Private Shopping Day, too!
We continue to work with Communications by Design (CBD), an education technology consulting company focused on supporting technology integration and instructional practices. This strong partnership with CBD Consulting transforms 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 continue to facilitate transformational learning experiences for Lake Shore students through modeling workshops and project based learning trainings. 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.
Lake Shore also knows the importance of technology in the education system today. Using district-issued Chromebooks, deployed for the past 6 years, students of all ages can engage with learning using a variety of resources accessible on Schoology, our learning management system (LMS). Since 2017, Lake Shore Public Schools has fully adopted Schoology as its districtwide LMS because of its intuitive learner-centric design, its ability to support different teaching methods, and its strong integration capabilities.
Our community can expect 180 days of high-quality instruction in a safe environment and supported by Lake Shore teachers in which high, clear expectations and positive relationships are fostered and active learning is promoted.
Bonus: Thank you, Food Service Department, for a delicious spread of breakfast foods as your kind way to welcome back our staff.
Transporting Smiles and Destinations
Lake Shore Public Schools prides itself in providing a fleet of buses that are safe and reliable for the riders we serve.
Our 12 buses meet all safety points and have received a green tag from the Michigan State Police. This means that we have a 100% pass rate through the school bus inspection program.
Our 10 bus drivers transport to Rodgers Elementary, Masonic Heights Elementary, and Kennedy Middle School during the school year.
With a combined 200 years of service, they are personable and dedicated to ensuring safety for everyone aboard.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more school-age pedestrians have been killed during the hour before and after school than any other time of day. And, although drivers are required by law to stop for a school bus when it's loading or unloading passengers, they often don't. Please use caution and review this PSA on school bus lights: https://youtu.be/3YQiPzHDbfA.
Bonus: Check out All in a Day's Work featuring Transportation Coordinator Val Harvey on pages 12 and 13 and The Lake Shore’s Special Olympics in the news brief section on page 35, both published inside The Shores: https://issuu.com/towar/docs/shoresmagaugsept22.
Welcome Back Celebrations
During the week of August 7th, we met Masonic Heights, Rodgers, and Violet Elementary students at our Summer Playground Meetups and continued to greet families at our Welcome (Back) to School Celebrations on August 31st with elementaries and September 1st with our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center.
Parent Hillary Welch attended the Masonic Heights event with her two kids, Emma Dehayes entering 4th grade and Dylan Welch entering 2nd grade.
She said, "We're grateful to be part of a community that works so hard to come together even on break. My kids were thrilled to spend the afternoon with their friends and their favorite teachers."
They're looking forward to another amazing year making memories with their Masonic Heights family. Don’t blink. These imaginative, carefree souls will soon walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma.
Middle School Orientations
At our 7th grade Orientation, second-year Clippers had the opportunity to pick up their schedules, tour the building, order spirit wear, pay fines, obtain extracurricular information, register for InfoSnap, receive Yearbook information, and have the opportunity to have their Chromebook traded in for brand new.
The transition to Kennedy Middle School from Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, Violet Elementary, or another elementary school may feel overwhelming. New school. New schedule. New friends. 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, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Gaffigan, and KMS staff for your leadership, kindness, and extraordinary patience as you help our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students navigate the new year with your friendly demeanors and understanding mindset.
Lake Shore Orientation
At our Lake Shore Back to School Orientation, we wanted to focus on the welcome event itself and the camaraderie of the Shorian Nation.
The presentation, geared toward freshmen and new students, was facilitated by our wonderful Lake Shore High School counselors who shared expectations, resources, and advice for a better student experience.
Information addressed in their slide deck included important calendar dates, daily schedule, attendance, policies, 1:1 technology initiatives, curriculum, building security, lockers, athletics, activities and clubs, student support, and counseling: https://cdn.smore.com/e/d3szj/yrh4Bb
Shorian Pride is more than a sticker. It is the feeling of unity, displayed by deep, long-lasting relationships in a family environment. It is when you find yourself calling Lake Shore your home and referring to your classmates as siblings.
Our student body still displays their spirit in a variety of ways. At Lake Shore High School, our student body is referred to as the Shipyard, support our athletic teams. Students wear the traditional red and white gear to share their love for Lake Shore. Students may choose from several extracurricular club options, meeting well after the last bell, because of their sheer dedication.
There are so many reasons for students to get excited about the upcoming school year. Freshmen friends Miguel Flores, Logan Kutschke, and Katelyn Zelenak shared their passion for sports; Logan loves football, Miguel hopes to earn a spot on the wrestling team, and Katelyn is eager to play soccer. Whatever you want to do, we'll always find a place for you at Lake Shore.
We are in the process of building 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*.
Team photos, player headshots, video feed, and featured stories are on deck to be added. Stay tuned!
In addition, follow @ShorianSports on Twitter for access to live sports updates from your favorite coaches and teams!
Get unlimited access to watch all your Shorian events 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.
*At this time, only Varsity sports will be featured.
Freeze Frame: Summer Camps and Enrichment
The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.
Our free Summer extended enrichment learning opportunities focused on accelerating and expanding on student learning which have been documented in our Freeze Frame.
Assistant Superintendent of Academic and Student Services Rachelle Wynkoop visited several camps over the Summer. She shared, "The L.I.F.E camp had some great learning experiences! Their community service project was refurbishing one of the courtyards at Rodgers. Lot of laughter and smiles!"
Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,327 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.