Shorian Nation eNews

March 6th, 2022

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Cup of Joe

A Cup of Joe February 24th with Bernadette Wischmeyer, Lake Shore Public School Rodgers Elementary

Election Info 2022: Rodgers Elementary Focus

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.

The biggest change you will see is that Rodgers Elementary will become a stand-alone school. It will no longer be attached to the Administrative Center.

The updated Rodgers Elementary school building will be redesigned to transform it into a facility designed for elementary-aged children. A new gym, cafeteria, and outdoor learning environment will be added to enhance the learning environment.

The bond will also provide safety improvements at Rodgers. Some safety improvements include:

  • a dedicated bus loop to provide a safe pathway for students from bus traffic;
  • the playground will be relocated away from the bus drop-off and the parent and visitor parking lot;
  • video surveillance will be expanded; and,
  • select doors and hardware and safety locks will be added.

Other facility updates will include improvements to heating and cooling systems, plumbing, select roofing and flooring, replacement of classroom furniture, and updating classroom technology.

We would like to hear your thoughts about the no tax-rate increase bond proposal, click this link.

To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.

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Save the Dates

Save the Date: 2022-23 Early Childhood Center Registration

Monday, March 14th-Friday, March 18th: Community Registration Packet Pickup (all day)

Saturday, March 19th: Registration Packet Turn In from 10am-12pm

Save the Date: 2022 Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 6pm

Save the Date: 2022 Virtual District K-12 Art Show

Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at 6pm

Save the Date: 2022 Art Inspires Photorama

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 from 1-3pm

Upcoming Events

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Women in History Month - Reader Request

In the effort to celebrate March is Women's History Month, Lake Shore Public Schools preselected biographies featuring inspirational and modern-day women and will be putting them in the hands of district leaders and community members.

We are inviting our community to read kid-friendly books that feature strong, successful women from 9:00-9:30am on Wednesday, March 30th.

Please signup by St. Patrick's Day on Thursday, March 17th so that we can assign you to one of our lucky elementary classrooms.

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Positivity Project

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 OPM - Cheering others' success and ENTHUSIASM.

People with the character strength of cheering others' successes are happy for others and cheer them on when they find success.

It is just a door. But behind that door is a celebration. The Varsity Cheer team decorated the boys' locker room to support them at their final football game of the year. This act of love is something they do every year, usually placing posters along fences. Our athletes are appreciative of their personalized, celebratory displays. Both Aaliyah Sells and Taylor Hans were caught blowing up balloons and carefully placing signs along the benches. We loved watching these two transform that space into a party!

People with this character strength approach life with excitement and energy. They energize people around you.

During our 2022 Lake Shore Public Schools' Virtual District Open House, staff were available on Wednesday, March 2nd from 6:30-7:30pm to share information and answer questions.

Thank you for all of the effort put into the creation of a successful Open House and to the 177+ registered. Although a virtual event of this nature is less than ideal, we were able to provide you with an evening filled with a menu of options in an easy-to-follow format. We are especially grateful to our Parent Champions, Jean Fluary, Alyson Hachey, Heather Rogers, Eliza Ahearn, Julie Knight, Jen Villasurda, and Julie Willard, who donated their time to share their love for Lake Shore.

Recap of Open House Introduction:

Choir Prelude Entertainment:

We also want to give special shoutout to our 8th grade Band who received a Superior Performance at MSBOA Band Festival on Thursday!

If you have any enrollment questions, please email

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE (3/7-3/11) and LOVE OF LEARNING (3/14-3/18).



Students and faculty at Lake Shore High School will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.

Earlier this month, the 2022 Michigan Career and Technical Education Administrators Association (MCTEAA) Awards were announced.

Outstanding CTE Senior: John Bohl has demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills as a manager of the Shorian Shop, the school spirit store at Lake Shore High School. In addition to managing the store, John is a member of the school’s varsity football team. As a student manager, he consistently exhibits a high degree of professionalism and integrity. After graduation, John plans to continue his education and is considering several offers from various colleges.

Outstanding CTE Senior: Nevaeh Kempinski manages the school spirit store while maintaining a high grade point average, taking several AP classes, and being involved in many school extracurricular activities. Nevaeh consistently demonstrates an exceptional degree of maturity and integrity. She has an excellent grasp of business concepts, superior communication skills, and continually inspires the other employees to provide their best efforts. Nevaeh plans on attending MSU after graduation, majoring in Nursing. Nevaeh also received a $500 MCTEAA Scholarship!

Business Partner: Teresa Winnie, owner of Polar Paradice, supplies our school store with slushie mix. Ms. Winnie presents valuable information from the field about sales, cost of goods sold, profits, promotion, and marketing careers. She has attended our advisory meetings, and has made valuable contributions to our Marketing and other CTE programs at Lake Shore.

“The activities planned in CTE classes illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students,” said Todd Stevens, CTE representative of the school. “By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”

CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.
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The Lemonade War

We are enthusiastic about books and how our elementary schools will begin reading the same book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.

The One Book, One School initiative has been coordinated by Mrs. Husek at Violet Elementary since 2017. Like previous years, our reading committees chose The Lemonade War because it is an easy and accessible read for families while teaching about growing up and getting along.

Every family in grades K-5 received one copy of the book, using at-risk grant funding, with a coordinated reading schedule which is to be completed at home with families. There will be questions and conversations. There will be fun trivia game, a prize drawing at the end of the month, and other themed events!

Follow along with this calendar to review the elementary schedule.

We look forward to our upcoming author visit from Victoria Coe (March 9th-11th), special appearances from USPBL's Ribbi mascot (March 15th-16th), elementary book fairs (March 21st-25th), and guest readers all month long.

Bonus: The Lake Shore Foundation's generous grant donation to our elementary media centers allowed a special shelf to be filled with books that deal with social-emotional issues for students and teachers to enjoy!

Strive For a Safer Drive

Students at Michigan high schools, including Lake Shore High School, will benefit from efforts to make teenagers better, safer drivers by participating in Strive For a Safer Drive (S4SD), a public-private partnership between Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). Mrs. Radlick's peer-led traffic safety campaign seeks to reduce traffic crashes which are the leading cause of death for teens.

“Inexperience and risk-taking behavior are factors that increase the crash risk for young drivers,” said Kayla Thomas-Wright, S4SD Coordinator. “This campaign aims to increase safety and raise awareness about teen driving in a way that teens can relate to and better understand.”

As part of the S4SD program, Lake Shore’s Marketing and Sales class created a teen-led traffic safety campaign to educate their fellow classmates about distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding, underage drinking/impaired driving or winter driving.

Seniors John Bohl, Neveah Kempinski, Emma Vandenstorm, and Preston Peiffer were instrumental leaders in creating their impaired driving simulation using the slogan Booze, Cruise, Lose come from an idea to an action.

"Everyone likes video games. This one teaches kids about driving dangerously before you enter the real world and don't get a second chance," warned John. Driving is an exciting privilege. Their safe driving initiative is important.

For more information about S4SD, please visit

Welcome to Mr. Carito's Tech Ed classroom

Today's classrooms are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our learners. Our teachers continue to ensure that these hang out spots are welcoming and brain friendly for all who enter.

Welcome to Mr. Carito's Tech Ed classroom.

As you enter, you will feel like you have suddenly entered Home Depot. There's the distinct smell of wood and plenty of tools on display and in student's hands.

At the beginning of the year, students were introduced to many projects that were predetermined by their teacher. However, student passion projects and community projects are on their goal list, too. Students learn how-to use a scroll saw, bandsaw, drill press, miter saw, table saw, drills, sanders, and routers to create projects like refinishing a 100 year old cabinet or making work benches out of doors. They are able to research ideas from their own classroom library which is filled with woodworking magazines and reference materials.

Senior Audrey Ludkins demonstrated from start to finish the process of creating a pen.

The Lake Shore Foundation has donated over $7,000 to fund these projects. With 12 years of teaching experience, 10 at North Lake, and his experience with woodworking, Mr. Carito enjoys helping his 15 students make art out of wood. He is always looking for clearance deals at Menards and bringing in his own materials to further skillsets.

One of the community projects they made was a set of block letters for our Preschool 3 class at the Lake Shore Early Childhood Center. Students received two letters and burned, colored, and clear coated them to make a full set.

Junior Jacob Szot claimed this is his favorite class. He said, "I enjoy being hands on and the opportunity to use the heat pen to make my letters." Outlining the pictures took precision, but Jacob was up for the challenge.

Plaques and pens were also made and presented to our Board of Education for Board Appreciation Month. The picture doesn't even come close to the incredible craftsmanship. What a gift!

Thank you, Mr. Carito and student tour guide Audrey Ludkins for sharing your Tech Ed classroom at North Lake High School with all of us! To view additional projects, follow the class on Instagram at @northlaketeched


Lily Wallace named Winner of Macomb Regional Spelling Bee

Kids Heart Challenge

We're speechless!

With 417 students inside Violet Elementary, of which 248 participated in fundraising efforts, All-Stars raised a whopping $39,055.31 for the Kids Heart Challenge.

Their personal goal of $20,000 was exceeded because of student participation.

At the assembly, students showed off their jump roping skills, shared their heart stories, displayed their heart dedications, and were awarded the newest banner and medals. Mrs. Pecararo and Mr. Osterland organizes this important fundraiser with help from Senior Youth Market Director Cheryl Muscott.

But one part of the assembly pulled at everyone's heartstrings. and it wasn't just about the over $4,400 raised by both Carson Ratliff and Amelia Chalkey. It was about a call from the district asking if these two students would be willing to share 1st place. It was no longer about competition. It was the about the kind of families we have and intend to keep at Lake Shore Public Schools. It was about love.

When asked Amelia's mom, Jennifer Chalkey, how her daughter raised such a substantial amount, she credits her determination to help others and work ethic as she canvased her neighborhood asking for donations. Her Great Grandma Rebecca Holland passed away from heart complications; Her reason was real.

We wondered the same about Carson Ratliff's fundraising success. "Carson lost his Great Grandpa, referred to as Papa Bess, to congestive heart failure. This is why he takes this cause very seriously," said Kristy Ratliff, Carson's mom. "The amount of money raised could pay for a lifesaving surgery!" She also was so thankful for their following of support from friends and families as well as customers from Mr. Paul's Chophouse and Mon Jin Lau, both current and former employers.

Muscott shared, “I’m so proud of Lake Shore for their hard work. Year after year, our elementary schools have beat the average total donation of $3,200 in Macomb County and has been the top fundraiser in the state for years.” Tigers of Masonic Heights Elementary celebrated in their Physical Education classes last week raising an impressive $5,500 for the Kids Heart Challenge.

Congratulations to their top fundraisers from Masonic: Kindergartener Reagan Edwards with $927.56, 1st grader Noah Brand with $569.56, 1st grader Christopher Preister with $365.00, first grader Levi Rothenberg with $314.49, and 4th grader Grace Miller with $260.07!

Our elementary students continue jumping to get healthy in honor of others! We look forward to seeing the results of Rodgers Elementary's efforts in April.

Bonus: All donation webpages are active until June 30th so we can accept donations until June using the following links:

Early Childhood Center Registration

We are excited for you to get to know the caretakers of our littlest learners.

Are you a new family wanting to enroll for the 2022-2023 school year?

Community Registration packet pickup will be from March 14th-18th. Registration packet turn in will be on Saturday, March 19th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Packet will need to be turned in order to be considered for enrollment. This does not guarantee a spot for the 2022-2023 school year.

Our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center has received a four star quality rating from Great Start to Quality, Michigan's quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool, preparing children to succeed in school and in life.

Great Start to Quality rates the level of quality of all licensed and registered child care and preschool programs in Michigan.

"Making sure we provide children in our care with the best experience possible, is not only our job, it's our privilege," said Kelly Biondo, Early Childhood Coordinator. "By participating in Great Start to Quality we earn recognition for our hard work. We also get ongoing support and training so we can keep improving the quality of care we provide."

Built in 1950, our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center, formally known as Shores Child Care is the place to enroll your littlest learners.

Let Your Child's Career with Lake Shore Begin with Us is the slogan we like to use as we welcome families to our newly renovated childcare facility.

Upon entry, visitors feel connected to Lake Shore Public Schools and Saint Clair Shores because of the nautical themes in both the soft shades of blue color scheme, artifacts such as a piece of drift wood found in Whitefish Pointe, and thematic room names. This reflects the local city lifestyle and honors the schools inside Shorian Nation.

For example, the room names are as follows:

Infant room: Mini Clippers

Transition/Young Toddler room: Shorianettes

Toddler room: Maritime Mates

3-year-old Preschool room: Saint Clair Skippers

4-year-old Preschool room: Junior Mariners

In addition, we have partnered with BrightWheel, a software company that makes daily recording keeping for childcare centers quick and easy, to bring our record keeping up into the 21st century. Most importantly, we are implementing High Scope curriculum, which includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for children within four main categories of interest: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language, to improve the quality of instruction.

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February Slurpee Surprise Winners

Congratulations to our February Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

  1. Jase Wells - Perseverance

Masonic Heights Elementary

  1. Bailey Tolliver - Gratitude

  2. Cali Scheuer - Kindness

  3. Dominic Cobbs - Teamwork

Rodgers Elementary

  1. Charisma Gage-Pearson - Integrity

  2. Sara Topalli - Kindness

  3. Sarah Rangel - Kindness

Violet Elementary

  1. Jack Bednarski - Kindness

  2. Aleah Boutin - Teamwork

  3. Liana Dostine - Kindness

Kennedy Middle School

  1. Aiden Marentette - Kindness

  2. Lilith Smith - Teamwork

  3. Angel Lebow - Creativity

  4. Katherine Panoff - Creativity

Lake Shore High School

  1. Sevaad Fletcher - Respectful

  2. Kalissa Bender - Kindness

  3. Preston Peiffer - Teamwork

  4. Jovontae Jamar - Creativity

  5. Derrick Sturdivant - Responsibility

  6. Mrs. Villasurda - Kindness

North Lake High School

  1. Evan Jennings - Social Intelligence

Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries sometime this week! Because of Store Owners Kayla-Ann Catellier and Virgil Johnson's generosity from 7-Eleven store #27162, these are BOGO slurpees!


Our Saint Clair Shores Lakers lost to Dakota at the Regional final with a score of 2-4. Holding back tears, Bob Woonten hugged his son #17 Bobby, the youngest in the family. That embraced was the greatest symbol of "I'm proud of you" without saying a word.

Bobby began playing hockey as a child and had the privilege of being coached by his dad for 6 years. We join Bob with the same feeling for Bobby and his entire team, but also because we are proud of his future plan, upon graduation is to join the Air Force!

Congratulations to our Varsity Bowling teams for placing 1st (Girls) and 3rd (Boys) at Regionals! Qualifying for Individuals included Sarah Showers, Emily Spear, Ashley Villasurda, Ben Augustitus, and Zephan Lazar!

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