Shorian Nation eNews

May 10th, 2021

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Newsletter Overview

Within this Shorian Nation eNews, you will review information about enrollment, positivity project, CDC reminders, and stories highlighting inspiration, innovation, and celebration. With so many end-of-year celebrations, the focus will be on those events and the excitement surrounding them which includes our recent Employee Appreciation Week celebration.

To all of the mothers and mother-like people in your life, we also continue to celebrate you post-Mother's Day!

We are committed to keeping you informed as we confront COVID-19 together. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 as it pertains to school and your needs, please email

Enroll Today

Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is open!

Lake Shore Public Schools provides an exceptional education for all 3,217 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:

We are more than a school district. We are a Lake Shore family:

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

#I Choose Lake Shore

Building Schedules

To access building-specific schedules, including start and end times, reference this link and follow the current schedules linked below:

Lake Shore High School

North Lake High School


Kennedy Middle School


Masonic Heights, Rodgers, Violet Elementaries

Positivity Project

Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityinAction mindset is our top priority. These past three weeks we focused on the character strengths of PURPOSE and LEADERSHIP.

People with the character strength of purpose have beliefs about the meaning of life and their life’s purpose. They seek to be part of something greater than themselves.

Since 2016, Seniors walked through all buildings at Lake Shore Public Schools, showcasing their incredible accomplishments to their underclassmen peers. Seniors felt the love from parents, cousins, younger siblings, friends, teachers, and strangers. These locations were their old stomping grounds. They always will be.

In 2019, Seniors were given red and white carnations from Mancuso's Flowers, donated by Student Congress, to pass on to a staff member who made an impact on them while attending Lake Shore Public Schools. These students are already moving mountains, but allowing them to thank those that are responsible cements a lifelong relationship.

And in 2020, this tradition was paused because of COVID-19.

This year, we wanted to continue the tradition of demonstrating gratitude for our staff by asking our Class of 2021 to create and share posters and words of affirmation in a Flipgrid: This Senior love is just in time to make our Shorian Nation feel special! After all, our educational purpose is driven by these relationships.

People with the character strength of leadership value each member of their group and inspire people to do their best.

Seniors have left a legacy of being the second class to graduate during this COVID-19 pandemic, several have signed their letters-of-intent to play sports at the collegiate level, displayed #ShorianPride by creating an epic decades themed hallway, 6 have signed to enlist, and 125 have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. They chose the color yellow, the Yellow Dahlia flower, and You get to decide the legacy that you leave as their class motto to represent them.

You’re a Shorian, you’re a leader, and you’re ready to continue making a difference. For example, Callen Fields has been selected as LSHS’s representative for Channel 7’s Brightest and Best, a 42-year tradition recognizing the academic achievements of graduating seniors. Henry Kozak and Andrea Friesmuth were MCTEAA Award winners. Dani DeCruydt earned the title of MAC Singles Champion for bowling, committed to play at Lawrence Technological University and Nick Olmeda joined the 1,000 point club for basketball, committed to play at Kalamazoo College. The Shorian Nation is packed with high-performing Seniors.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 and we hope to continue this celebration at our Commencement Ceremony at Jimmy John's Field, which is scheduled in 2 sessions on Monday, June 21st at 5pm and 8pm.

2021 is throwing a lot of challenges our way. Tapping into our positive relationships and our character strengths, by demonstrating #PositivityInAction, will be critical in helping us be resilient and successful in the face of these tough times.

Looking forward, we will share a recap of the 2020-21 P2 character strengths in this Outro Week (5/9-5/15).

COVID-19 Student Self-Screening Form

In a continued effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19, it is extremely important that parents/guardians monitor their children closely and complete at-home screening each day, including a temperature check, prior to sending their child to school. The Macomb County Health Department self-screening form can be accessed here. Please notify the school if your child is exhibiting any symptoms and keep them home until you can see your healthcare provider.

CDC Reminders

Take steps to care for yourself and help protect others at Lake Shore Public Schools and our community by practicing healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Put space between yourself and others

Learn more about staying safe and healthy by visiting the CDC website.

Mask Up Lake Shore Public Schools

Music of the Shores

For the first time in over a year, Kennedy Middle School Bands and Choirs will perform live for an audience! Come join them for a night of music, fun and celebration as we congratulate the hard-working students of the KMS Bands and Choirs. They will present “Music of The Shores: A KMS Music Department Production” on Wednesday, May 26th at 7:00 PM at the shell in Veterans Memorial Park.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at

Calling all veterans! We will be doing a special presentation at the end of the concert to honor all who have served. If you know a veteran, invite them to attend!

Spectators are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. You are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages into the park as well. We ask that when setting up your seats, you take social distancing into account, and when moving around, please wear a mask.

To learn more about this event, visit

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21-Day Equity Challenge

Here at Lake Shore Public Schools, we are committed to understanding and undoing racism and discrimination in our community, and weaving equity and inclusion into our internal and external culture.

That’s why we are proud to partner with United Way for Southeastern Michigan for the 21-Day Equity Challenge, set for May 21 through June 18.

During the challenge, participants will receive an email prompt every weekday with articles, videos, charts and infographics exploring how inequity plays a role in our social and economic landscape here in Southeastern Michigan.

Participants are encouraged to take 15 minutes each day to pick one or two options to explore, think about the reflection questions and act on what they’ve learned.

United Way works to build communities of stable households and thriving children. Understanding the history of inequity in our region is critical to accomplishing this mission, and when we take it upon ourselves to learn, grow and educate others, we are doing our part to support families in our region.

We encourage our Shorian Nation to personally sign up for this challenge on United Way’s website at


We Love Our Lake Shore Staff

In celebration of our employees during Employee Appreciation Week, which ran from May 3rd-May 7th, we recognized our Lake Shore staff who go the extra mile and celebrated the people who keep Lake Shore running.

"This year has been the epitome of a total team effort," said Superintendent Dr. DiPonio. "Our staff has sacrificed so much to get us this far, words can’t describe the level of appreciation for all they have done. Acts of selflessness large and small, constant moments of kindness, and a dedication to serving our students and families, regardless of the obstacles. All of this in the face of division, frustration, and criticism, not to mention the health risks associated with the Pandemic. I couldn’t be more thankful for educators everywhere that endured this challenging year and made school occur. This includes our families that did all they could to keep our kids moving along academically and supporting their social and emotional well-being."

Thank you, Dan from Adorable Lawn Signs, for celebrating our staff with a custom lawn sign, located in front of our Administration building on Harper, that read We Love Our Shorian Nation Staff.

Thank you, Shorian Nation, for your words of affirmation shared on our Padlet: Words were also written and shared from our gratitude charity fundraiser, a throwback from November.

Thank you, brothers Marc and Ryan Platt of Michigan Insurance and Financial Services, for sponsoring a special way to celebrate our staff with a Snack Attack grant for $500 consisting of sundaes from Matt and Eliza at Wally's and donuts from Al at Golden Donuts because we donut know what we'd do without them!

Thank you, Johnny Z's Pizzeria, Paisano's Pizza, and Jet's Pizza, for your participation in our "We love our staff two pizzas" contest and congratulations to winners Mrs. Bautista, Mr. Gardiner, and Mrs. Reed!

Thank you, community businesses, who recognized Staff Appreciation Week with our branding on their outdoor signs throughout Saint Clair Shores.

Thank you, Management Team, for delivering custom lawn signs to every staff member's home as a way for their neighbors and community to recognize their efforts and for all of the their thoughtfulness such as mask giveaways, EOS Cafe snacks, building lunches (many delivered by Manager Tina from Honey Baked Ham), and pancake breakfasts!


2021 Virtual Kindergarten Roundup

Thank you for attending our recent 2021 Virtual Kindergarten Roundup. We appreciate your taking the time to view our presentation and we hope that we were able to provide you with some valuable information as you and your child prepare for Kindergarten. We look forward to our continued partnership as you embark on this journey. For your convenience, please reference these important links:

2021 Kindergarten Enrollment

Virtual Kindergarten Roundup Livestream

Presentation Slides

Email Address for Questions

Congratulations for taking the first steps to become a part of the Shorian Nation where our students are empowered to excel in an evolving global society, supported by the collaborative effort of staff, families, and community.

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Our entire Shorian Nation staff pitched in to write a combined total of 372 postcards to Seniors who have made a significant impact on them. We appreciate our students, past and present, more than they could possibly know, and this is one small way of sharing this message.

We encourage our Seniors to visit the Commons at Lake Shore High School to read these handwritten words of affirmations wall. All postcards will be mailed to student homes by Wednesday, May 26th as a keepsake.

A special thank you to Secretaries Kim and Jennifer for collecting and organizing the postcards and Custodians Greg and Kurt for hanging them.

TOY Painted Parking Spots

In February, Lake Shore Public Schools proudly announced the following 2021 Teachers of the Year:

Masonic Heights Elementary's Noelle Freszar

Rodgers Elementary's Deb Wilson

Violet Elementary's Ann Lynch

Kennedy Middle School's Jessica Turner

Lake Shore High School's Jackie Phillips

We would like to continue to celebrate these excellent educators with a preferred parking spot, painted by our own Shorian Nation students from Lake Shore High School. Mascots have offered to serve as their valet, but they have yet to earn their driver's licenses.

Thank you, Katie Budnick, Mary Merheb, Madi Cook, Kayla Schedlbauer, Matt Coury, Brianna Griessel, Chloe Cuppetelli, Chandler Fox, Kaleigh Wioskowski, and Sarah Showers, for volunteering to assist with this project. We also appreciate George Spiteri at Norkan Inc. for securing the supplies and Custodian Paul for rolling the base coats.

Lake Shore Plays Baseball At Comerica Park

On Saturday, May 1st our baseball team played Grosse Pointe South, under the lights, at Comerica Park. While they experienced an undesired 4-3 loss, they were given memories that will last a lifetime. To play on the field where so many greats have played is a blessing, especially for Seniors Caleb Goodwin, Callen Fields, Brendan Colley, Matthew Coury and Anthony Ciamillo.

Fill your life with experiences, not things. End with having stories to tell, not stuff to show. Coach Paras said, "Everyone got onto the field in one way or another to get the Comerica experience and that experience was priceless."

NLHS and KMS Achieve Green School Status

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners recently honored 46 schools which achieved Official Michigan Green School status for the 2020-21 Program Cycle. North Lake High School earned Green status and Kennedy Middle School earned Evergreen status.

Established in 2006, the Michigan Green Schools program is open to any K-12 public or private school in Michigan. To receive a “Green School” designation, each school must apply by submitting an appropriate application to the Macomb Intermediate School District. The intent of the Michigan Green Schools Program is to encourage students to participate in activities which help them learn about preserving natural resources, protecting the environment, and to promote energy efficiency and savings. For more information on Green School Programs, visit

Shorian Artists Showcased

Thank you for attending Virtual K-12 District Art Show: Approximately 35-40 pieces, 230 in total, were displayed from each building, hand-selected based on exemplary skills, creativity, and innovative ideas including Scholastic award winners!

Hanging inside our Administration Building, pieces of art from former and current Shorians adorn the walls, serving as a constant reminder of the artistic talents our students exhibit.


Save the Dates

Please save the dates for the following ceremonies which will take place at the John U'ren Stadium located on Shorian Drive at Lake Shore High School*:

MoCI Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, May 26th at 9am

Kennedy Middle School

Award Ceremonies

Sunday, June 13th at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Elementary Kindergarten Celebrations

Monday, June 14th

North Lake High School

Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 14th at 6:30pm

Violet Elementary

5th Grade Celebration

Tuesday, June 15th at 6:30pm

Rodgers Elementary

5th Grade Celebration

Wednesday, June 16th at 5:30pm

Masonic Heights Elementary

5th Grade Celebration

Wednesday, June 16th at 7:00pm

Lake Shore High School

Honors Ceremony

Saturday, June 5th at 10am, 11:30am

98th Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 21st at 5pm, 8pm

*Commencement Ceremonies held at Jimmy John's Field

Class of 2021 Senior Memory DVD and Graduation DVD preorder information.

Lake Shore Foundation Golf Outing

Austin Lipscomb Memorial Golf Outing


Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,217 students in a safe and nurturing environment including 1,400 students who opted for virtual learning. Our guiding principles, Inspiration, Innovation, Celebration, are woven into the fabric of everything we do and will be the focus of every update. Expect an eNews email biweekly update as a reliable way to communicate with our stakeholders.