Shorian Nation eNews
October 2nd, 2022
Student Count Day
Three more days until Student Count Day.
Student Count Day for the State of Michigan is Wednesday, October 5th, 2022. It is important for students to attend classes as verification of your attendance on Wednesday; It is one of two days during the school year which the enrollment taken helps determine how much state aid schools receive.
Students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. Please make every attempt to be present on this day and every day.
Color Runs/Spirit Walk
Elementary students are raising money for their schools and need your help. We have partnered with 99 Pledges to setup donation pages and spread the word.
Masonic Heights Elementary
On Friday, October 7th, Masonic Heights, Rodgers, and Violet will celebrate their fundraising efforts with Color Runs/Spirit Walk.
There are many physical and emotional benefits to participating in a fun run such as physical health, mental health, fitness, weight loss, team building, laughter and social interaction. We are excited to track and share process to make fundraising fun and competitive and we look forward to celebrating our proceeds with the community.
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 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.
OK2SAY Student Safety Program
See something? Say something.
Lake Shore has encouraged students to use this program in 2018 when an advocate for the Michigan Student Safety Program visited Kennedy Middle School and in 2019 when Don Ferguson from the Michigan Attorney General’s Cyber Safety Initiative team visited Lake Shore High School. It has been 3 years since our Clippers had an all-school assembly. Don returned last week and shared the importance of the OK2SAY program.
OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment.
Anyone can report tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While continually evolving and reviewed annually, in this document you will find a list of recent and current safety measures implemented by Lake Shore Public Schools to provide the safest environment for our students and staff.
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 CURIOSITY and TEAMWORK.
People with the character strength of curiosity likes exploration and discovery. They ask lots of questions because they want to learn more about anything and everything.
Over at North Lake High School, students researched parade float ideas and found flappers, gangsters and speakeasies as common topics. They wanted to take a deeper dive into the 1920s and learn about the culture, events, and other topics that define the decade.
The students watched two documentaries about the time period. They then took one topic that interested them and did research into that one particular idea. Then they created a miniature float. These were the students responsible for the creation of prototype floats and their associated themes.
Teacher Mr. Carito explained, "The staff and students of North Lake and the staff of LSECC were then able to vote on their favorite design. The winning idea(s) were made into the float that they used for the homecoming parade."
People with the character strength of teamwork work well as a member of a group or team. They are loyal and sacrifice their individual desires for the greater good.
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.
There are many stories that remain untold. There are “behind the scenes” people that deserve to be recognized and saluted.
Our ability to put together a successful Homecoming is tied directly to the behind-the-scenes people who disguise themselves in the shadows, never asking for credit, but instead committed to the idea that #OtherPeopleMatter.
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are OPEN-MINDEDNESS (10/3-10/7) and OPM - Being present and giving others my attention (10/10-10/14).
BOE Student Representatives
Senior Faith Lowry has taken the Oath of Office, becoming the newest student representative for the Board of Education. She will sit on the Board for the 22-23 school year with Junior Marissa White, providing valuable input and student insight. Learn more about Faith and Marissa below:
Faith Lowry is on the varsity softball team, a member of NHS, is a part of the MMSTC program. She is the Senior class president and hopes to study environmental engineering abroad.
Lake Shore High School Junior Marissa White is a life-long Shorian proud to be sharing roots of both Rodgers and Violet elementary. Marissa is the Junior class president, is fond of math and science, and hopes to pursue an environmental research career.
Learn more about our entire Board of Education including access to meeting dates and agendas by visiting this webpage.
Physical Education Special
It was the end of the day and 27 of the youngest students from Mrs. Sheats’ Kindergarten class at Rodgers Elementary were escorted to Mr. Warrick's Physical Education Special.
Mr. Warrick led the class in a series of stretches such as toe touches, shoulder circles, and child's pose followed by the traditional games of duck duck goose and hot potato.
He had it all under control or so he thought.
Enter the need for flexibility.
Because these students had boundless energy, they decided to take a break from planned activities and perform movement exercises across the gym. Students ran, skipped, crab walked, and dove across the floor, starting and stopping with the cue of music. It was a perfect way to encourage physical activity while having fun!
This is just one of four Special elective classes our elementary students receive everyday; The other options, and just as important, are Art, STEAM, and Music. These classes help our Tigers, Rockets, and All-Stars feel that their interests and talents are valued.
New Staff Welcome
In September, the energy is high for both students and staff. It is a time for new beginnings, which begins with relationships. Our teachers connect with students where mutual respect and communication prevail. We value students and put them first, which is shown through our planning, reflecting, and decision-making.
Join us in sending a warm welcome to these 9 new staff members:
All Elementary Buildings
Teri Rhadigan, Elementary Art Teacher
Masonic Heights Elementary
Gina Thomas, 4th Grade
Arianna Amateis, 3rd Grade
Megan Champine, 1st Grade
Anna Randazzo, 1st Grade
Amy Salomone, School Social Worker
Haleigh Whisman, 1st Grade
Kennedy Middle School
Austin Potter, Physical Education Teacher
Lake Shore High School
April Gardner, School Social Worker
Thank you for filling our students' buckets!
Bonus: MSGCU is offering grants worth up to $750 to fund innovative classroom concepts. The submission period ends on October 3, 2022, at 8 a.m. so we encourage you to submit an idea today: https://www.classroomcash.org/
Nominate an educator for the Michigan Lottery's Excellence in Education award and they could win up to $10,000: https://www.michiganlottery.com/excellence-in-education
How did the Shorian Nation display school unity and spirit in their attire?
During this highly anticipated HOCO week, the Shorian Nation was encouraged to follow a silly, student-created dress code. Thank you for celebrating your school pride by participating in these unique days!
Colors speak all languages. Class Color Day at Violet Elementary and Masonic Heights Elementary was a beloved spirit day full of bright, fun shades to kick off spirit week. Although we saw every color of the rainbow in our buildings, we cannot help but love red and white the most.
Students put on their coziest pajamas and comfiest slippers to lounge during day two of our homecoming celebrations! Rockets got ready for the main event in their best sleepwear.
Sports Jersey Day was created to show off your favorite sport or your favorite team with as much spirit as you can. We spotted students at Kennedy Middle School wearing Lions jerseys.
Adam Sandler Day had students dressed in outfits from signature movies. Everything felt comical and comfortable at Lake Shore High School. Anything but a Backpack Day had students transport their school supplies in, you guessed it, anything but a backpack.
Friday is our #ShorianPride day and we are so excited to see a commitment to red and white. In what ways will you be able to stick your pride for school everywhere and leave a permanent mark? Once a Shorian, always a Shorian.
National I.T. Professionals Day
In recognition of National I.T. Professionals Day, we are celebrating our technology staff.
Our support team leads teachers in implementing technology through coaching, demonstrations, and professional development. They serve as our help desk for our technology infrastructure, helping both staff and community with our digital learning platforms.
Our technology support team resolves issues in a timely manner with friendly customer service. Thank you for being reliable, dependable, and able to handle our tech needs.
To learn more about our Technology Department, visit this webpage.
Bonus: During our September 19th District Professional Development, Consultant Erik Cliff from Communications by Design shared his expert knowledge in student-centered coaching to keep our staff moving forward in engagement and classroom transformation. This training included prioritized Danielson Standards where effective technology integration can help support these goals.
Happy 235th Anniversary to "We, the People"!
Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the day the US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787 and honors all who have become citizens.
In Mrs. Finn's class at Violet Elementary, 5th graders were tasked with helping John Potter get an escape helicopter within an hour, but the only way to do so was to go on a top secret mission. Students visited stations, decoded and deciphered interesting facts about the U.S. Constitution, and solved the 4 digital combination to unlock a safe and retrieve the constitution!
Nico Delise liked this mission a lot. He said, "I enjoy working in teams, helping people, moving around the classroom, and learning with a fun purpose."
Other classmates shared the joys of solving stuff. "It is like math or a puzzle."
In the end, students learned about amendments, Federalists, congress, states that ratified the Constitution, and many other important facts together.
The entire Shorian Nation showered Lake Shore Public Schools with Homecoming love. It was clear that you're a fan of our school district.
As Homecoming festivities come to a close, the school days will return to normal on Monday. Spirit days, hall decorating, assembly, floats, Court crowning, and the Homecoming game will always be the most memorable moments of the week.
The week began with a win for the Seniors over the Juniors at the Powderpuff game, raising money for the Paige Redlin Women Empowering Women Scholarship Fund and hall decorating.
Our Varsity Football team, with a hard fought battle, lost with a final score of 23-20 against the Cousino Patriots.
Juniors brought home the Shorian Shield, showing the most school spirit! 2021 Homecoming King Joey Battaglia and Queen Katie Budnick passed their crowns to Seniors Ryan Peters and Mira Helsel winners of the 2022 titles Homecoming King and Queen. The pair would like to thank their classmates and friends for the constant support and votes along with choosing them to represent their class as role models and outstanding students.
To access Stewart Fine Portraits' gallery of photos, visit this webpage.
Red Carpet Rollout
Congratulations to the following students who had the honor of representing their class as members of our 2022 Homecoming Court.
Every year, with exception of the seniors, one male and one female from each grade are chosen to represent their grade on Homecoming Court. These students stand out as role models and are chosen by their own student body. However, these outstanding individuals do not have the chance to win the title of “Queen” or “King” of court; three males and three females from the senior class are chosen to compete for the throne.
Patrick Farley and Isabella Hopkins
Jackson Sox and Savanah Mondry
Daniel Young and Skyler Merten
Senior King Candidates
Heath Council, Jacob McMurphy and Ryan Peters
Senior Queen Candidates
Alyssa Estes, Mira Helsel and Sofia Nadberezhiny
Bonus: Our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center has selected their King and Queen: Johnny Beafore III and Carmela Morrison
LSHS Pep Assembly
Smiles and laughter was the goal and it was a rather simple objective during our pep assembly.
Pep assemblies are a classic staple in everyone's high school experience. There were cheer and dance routines, musical performances, and of course, games. Games in this year’s Homecoming pep assembly included Tug of War, Musical Chairs, Basket Toss, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Relay Race which kept the school spirit high and involved every class.
Tug of War pit two grades against each other in a test of strength. A game of Musical Chairs sparked competition causing students to run around to popular songs in the attempt to sit in the final chair. In the Basket Toss, students tossed soft dodgeballs into baskets being held on someone's head. Students tried to collect the most balls in Hungry Hungry Hippo.
To pump up energy, student spectators cheered for their peers in the stands. The event was the perfect way to lead up to the game and dance!
We don’t want to rub it in, but the staff won the tug of war contest again!
Candy Bomber Project Earns 1st Place
Shorians are Hometown Heroes
Lake Shore Public Schools was nominated for a Business Award, along with 131 other businesses in total, in the Hometown Hero category: https://business.macombgov.org/business-mba-nominees. We appreciate our Shorian Nation who believes our organization goes above and beyond to help the community by providing assistance, donations, volunteer and/or promotional support to a cause or for a local need.
These powerful words were written in the nomination: "Lake Shore is an agent for change and has made an impact in advancing the mission of spreading kindness to others through their adopted philosophy of “other people matter”. This school district is a role model for children who desire to demonstrate both knowledge and character.
This year's 10th annual Macomb County Business Awards were presented this afternoon at The Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens with the goal of celebrating businesses in Macomb County, and to learn how they are implementing innovative strategies to increase revenue while building a capable and loyal workforce.
Nick Monaceli of WDIV Local 4 was the event emcee. He was joined by keynote speaker Telva McGruder, the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for General Motors.
Raising money during HOCO week for the Paige Redlin Women Empowering Women Scholarship Fund is just one reason for our nomination; We continue to support our own, always.
It was a great celebratory event for Saint Clair Shores and Macomb County's 19,000 businesses, 95% designated as small businesses, and we were honored to be a part of it!
September Slurpee Surprise Honorees
Congratulations to our September Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center
Annie Roehm - Courage
Masonic Heights Elementary
Xavier Richardson - Kindness
Lily Houros - Thinking of Others
Kamari Harrell - Thinking of Others
Taitum Miller - Leadership
Joseph Liberty - Kindness
Anna Randazzo (Staff) - Other People Mindset
Brooklyn Candela - Perseverance
Laiyah Simpson - Kindness
Trenton Thompson - Kindness
Kennedy Middle School
Hailey Miela - Teamwork
Alexis Flonta - Love
Everett Wright - Kindness
Brandon Gaines - Kindness
Lake Shore High School
Elisa Henry - Curiosity
Kyle Rohloff - Kindness
Kyrstyn Karle-Sloan - Kindness
Rodmen Dexter - Teamwork
Mary Hayes-McEaddy - Kindness
Coach Bowers - Enthusiasm
North Lake High School
Pree’ona Randle - Mindfulness
Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries sometime this week! Because of 7/11 Store Owner Virgil Johnson's generosity from 7-Eleven store #27162, these are FREE slurpees!
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.
Most headshots have been taken, uploaded, and are located on the Roster section for every fall sport.
Athlete of the Week Recognitions
Congratulations to AOTW Samantha Dietz, defensive player on the Varsity Volleyball team at Lake Shore High School. Margaret Kwapisz had these powerful, encouraging words to say about her:
"Sam had to sit out her entire junior year after a knee injury sidelined her at the beginning of the season. After surgery and rehab she is back stronger than ever. She is the Libero for the team. She gives 100% in practice and games!"
In the Tower game she served 5 aces and had 12 digs. In our league game with Clawson she contributed 10 digs to secure our win.
Congratulations to AOTW Brooke Lowry, swimmer on the Varsity Swim team at Lake Shore High School. Gregory Wolff shared her contributions with us:
"Brooke had 3 1st places in the 50 freestyle in the last 4 meets and has consistently dropped times in every meet."
Congratulations to Drew Petty, Team Captain, Running Back, and Linebacker on the Varsity Football team at Lake Shore High School. Kyle Barbera shared standout-stats with us:
9/16 Vs. Fitzgerald:18 carries, 153 yards, 2 TDs 15 Tackles, 1 TFL
Season Stats (4 Games):
50 carries, 449yrds 5TDs, 43 tackles, 1 INT, 2 FF, 2 TFL
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