Shorian Nation eNews
May 21st, 2023
Community Well-Being Roundtable and Luncheon
Lake Shore Public Schools will host a Community Well-Being Roundtable and Luncheon to engage with educators from across Michigan and discuss and walk away with evidence-based strategies to strengthen desired student outcomes.
In partnership with the Positivity Project, we aim to answer and provide feedback to the following questions:
- What happens when a district is fully vested in supporting the fundamental health and wellness needs of its students?
- What does it look like when a district offers consistency and continuity across Pre-K-12 character and relationships-driven resources?
- What can we do to better serve and support the complex and evolving needs of students in our state?
Interested in supporting your district with Positive Psychology Resources? Attend the Community Well-Being Roundtable & Luncheon!
- When: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 (11 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.)
- Where: Lake Shore Public Schools Administrative Center
- Register: https://bit.ly/3pyGO1V
Music is the voice of the soul.
Back by popular demand, Lake Shore High School and Kennedy Middle School Bands will perform live as a prelude to Music on the Lake on Tuesday, May 23rd inside the shell at Veterans Memorial Park.
Join us for a night of music and fun as we celebrate these performances from 5-8:30pm with an official start time of 6pm. There is free admission, but donations will be accepted at the gate. Please bring your blankets, lawn chairs, but come hungry as food trucks such as BBQ Daddy and V's Barista have been secured for this event. It will be a Shorian Spectacular, family-friendly evening for all!
Teeing Up for Education
We’re excited to say we’re back in the swing of things at our annual golf outing! On Monday, June 19th we hope you’ll join us for “Teeing Up for Education,” at Oak Ridge Golf Club at the Leonard and Patty Palermino Memorial Golf Outing: https://youtu.be/w_IZFj4Emiw
As loyal friends and supporters of Lake Shore Public Schools, we’re asking you to make this our most successful outing yet. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be able to adapt quickly. The teachers, staff and students of Lake Shore Public Schools accomplished this, and then some, creating innovative ways of teaching, incorporating new safety measures and keeping students of all ages engaged with learning has been no small feat.
We’d like to continue supporting these efforts through grants for pilot programs and novel ideas that form the bedrock of our children’s development. You can play a major role in the lives of more than 3,000 kids.
• Fore! Join the fun for just $125 per golfer. Enjoy a day on the links, continental breakfast, lunch and a buffet dinner. We’ll also have raffles, games prizes and more!
• Make your business shine. Showing your support of Lake Shore Public Schools to the who’s who of our community is a great way to show your dedication not just to your neighbors, but also to the future.
• Don’t golf? No problem (most of us don’t either). We would welcome your support with prize donations and monetary donations, which go a long way in making our golf outing a success.
Payment can be made at https://tinyurl.com/lsfee2023golf. The price per golfer is $115 if paid before June 2nd and $125 after.
The outing begins promptly at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. If you’d like more information, please call Ron Bartley, Lake Shore Foundation trustee, at 586-776-5025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your support. Together, we can—and will—make a difference.
Enrollment is Open
Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year is open!
Lake Shore Public Schools provides an exceptional education for all 3,339 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 schools of choice student for the 2023-24 school year by visiting http://lakeshoreschools.org/enrollment/enroll
Please email Enrollment@lsps.org with any questions.
We are more than a school district. We are a Lake Shore family: https://youtu.be/cnI0-L49tfc
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.
- Bond Mailers (5/2023)
- Bond Building-Specific Boards (3/2023)
- Bond Updates and Summer Break (2/2023)
- Bond Overview and Schedule
- Bond Updates
- Project List
To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
Save the Date Celebrations
Please save the dates for the following ceremonies:
Lake Shore High School MoCI Graduation Ceremony
Wednesday, May 24th at 9:00am
Lake Shore High School Honors Night
Thursday, June 1st at 6:30pm
100th LSHS Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00am
John U'ren Stadium
Class of 2023 Senior Memory DVD and Graduation DVD preorder information
6th Grade Awards
Wednesday, June 7th at 2:30pm
Kennedy Middle School Gym
7th Grade Awards
Thursday, June 8th at 2:30pm
Kennedy Middle School Gym
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center Preschool Graduation
Friday, June 9th at 2:30pm
Masonic Heights Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Monday, June 12th at 6:00pm
John U'ren Stadium
North Lake High School Commencement Ceremony
Monday, June 12th at 6:30pm
LSHS Performance Gym
Violet Elementary Kindergarten Celebration
Tuesday, June 13th at 2pm
Rodgers Elementary Kindergarten Celebrations
Tuesday, June 13th (Mrs. Pillars and Mrs. Sheats) and Wednesday, June 14th (Ms. O'Shee and Ms. Wojcik) at 2pm
Rodgers Elementary Cafeteria
8th Grade Awards
Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm
LSHS Performance Gym
Masonic Heights Elementary Kindergarten Celebration
Wednesday, June 14th at 1:30pm
Masonic Heights Elementary
Violet Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00pm
John U'ren Stadium
Rodgers Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Thursday, June 15th at 10:00am
Rodgers Elementary Cafeteria
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 LEADERSHIP and FRIENDSHIP.
People with the character strength of leadership value each member of their group and inspire people to do their best.
In celebration of our employees during Employee Appreciation Week, which runs from May 8th-12th, we will recognize our Lake Shore staff who go the extra mile and celebrate the people who keep Lake Shore running. You've been our comfort and joy for the past 100 years. Thank you for being part of our legacy.
Thank you, community businesses, who will recognize Employee Appreciation Week with our branding on their outdoor signs throughout Saint Clair Shores.
Thank you, Management Team, for the Yankee candle, assembled by our own LSHS MoCI students, gift card to Wally's, and Pink Elephant birthday-favored cupcakes with vanilla buttercream with sparkly frosting in red and white. We love supporting local business partners Matt and Eliza Ahearn and appreciate a sponsorship from Chartwells and Agnello Jewelers.
Thank you, building principals, for your carefully selected luncheons to celebrate our staff later this week.
Thank you, 5th grade elementary students, 8th grade middle school students, and 12th grade high school students, who will be recognizing their favorite staff members with red and white carnations.
Thank you, Dr. DiPonio and Dr. Lewis, for delivering Rookie Recognition swag bags to new staff in February! It is important for us to make all of our staff feel appreciated and valued.
Thank you for all of the extras that will be done throughout the week, from you, to make our staff feel special.
People with the character strength of friendship have a relationship of mutual affection, trust, and support between them.
Shorians friendships can be found on the soccer field, or inside the classroom. Friends bring more happiness into our lives, providing comfort and joy, and should be reminded of their positive impact.
Sophomore Kayla Hartsig met her best friend of 1.5 years while she was in Honors English 9 together. She explained, "My best friend is Madi Perkowski because she's my homie. We are very similar people and she understands everything I tell her."
Bonus: Friends are like family and this duck family loves their home located inside the Lake Shore High School courtyard.
Looking forward, next week is our Outro Week, finalizing our Other People Matter Mindset for the 2022-23 school year with a focus on the faces that inspire P2. We will also celebrate our Seniors final 3 days of high school.
We wanted to share our appreciation for the moms of our Shorian Nation. We hope you're celebrated on Mother's Day, this Sunday, with an overwhelming amount of love. We realize how much you do to keep our students day-to-day lives running so smoothly.
Our Shorian moms serve as volunteers at extracurriculars, are chauffeurs to and from school, are emotional support for a game loss, are teachers to assist our students with homework, and are a cheerleader of it all. Mothers are the makers and keepers of fond memories. Thank you for everything!
Bonus: Our middle schoolers wrote Mother’s Day messages with chalk!
Beauty and the Beast
A wandering enchantress transforms a cruel and vain prince into a hideous Beast, leaving him only one way to reverse the curse - fall in love with another and earn her love in return.
Grades 3-5 from our elementary schools were treated to a matinee performance from our Lake Shore High School and Kennedy Middle School cast members as they transported them to a fairytale village in France.
Belle, a beautiful book-lover, encounters the Beast when she arrives at his castle to plead for her father’s freedom, ultimately trading her own for his. As tension over her imprisonment escalates in the town, spurred by Gaston, the selfish lover who seeks Belle’s hand in marriage, the relationship between Belle and the Beast grows, leading to an emotional, and transformative, conflict.
Jess Badrack posted, "We just had the pleasure of attending Lake Shore High School's production of Beauty and the Beast. As someone who attends the theatre and performs myself I was blown away by the talent of these children. If you have the chance to see it this weekend I highly recommend it. The scenery was gorgeous, the costuming stunning and the talent amazing! Just an all around great production."
Bonus: The Beast may have been missing the character strength of compassion at the beginning of this story, but our own Preston Javenkowski from Violet Elementary has always displayed a big heart.
He has been selected to represent our community as part of the 2023-24 class of Youth Heart Community Ambassadors and Advocates!
Youth Heart Ambassadors serve a one-year commitment as a volunteer of the American Heart Association assisting the organization to be a relentless force for healthier lives for all. As the face and voice of our in-school programs, Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge, he will have the opportunity to champion heart health in your community and use your voice to encourage, advocate and underscore the need to raise critical funding as you share the impact heart disease and stroke have had on your life.
Thank "Uke" Lake Shore Foundation
In August Kim Rueger-West and Bernadette Wischmeyer submitted a grant application to the Lake Shore Foundation asking for Soprano ukuleles to benefit nearly 500 elementary students.
In January we observed Dr. DiPonio using one to entertain a class of Kindergarteners.
Fast-forward to today where Mrs. Rueger-West expresses her sincerest appreciation for the grant. She wrote, "We are finishing up our ukulele unit with grades 3-5. Violet School feels so lucky to have such a caring community of adults to make our learning so fun and memorable." She also submitted the following video clips:
Miss Morris' 3rd grade class: https://drive.google.com/.../1QW7kjfra08Bu194n.../view
Mrs. Husek's 5th grade class: https://drive.google.com/.../1QYe7QF26RJcDGvF.../view
Ms. Wischmeyer tweeted, "We made it through our first-ever ukulele unit without a single broken string! We're so grateful to the Lake Shore Foundation for their generous grant and can't wait to dive deeper next year."
Video collage: https://youtu.be/jhWgnp4e5WU
Thank you LSFEE for helping students reach their goals of excellence by funding support for important educational activities not provided by the schools.
So Many Books, So Little Time
As part of an annual tradition, Mrs. Gough's 7th grade Honors ELA class writes children's books and Mrs. Dmochowski's 8th grade Art students illustrate them. These Kennedy Middle School students took a field trip to our 3 elementary schools with the authors and illustrators to read these books to the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students.
Seventh grader Izabela Pupa expressed her excitement for the visits. She shared her powerful storyline about bullying, written in her book. The lesson was simple. She said, "Some people can be left out and it is important to accept others."
Mrs. Dmochowski is so proud to bring her students to share their stories and illustrations for the 3rd year. "Besides the collaboration of 7th and 8th graders, the best part is watching them give back to the littles. Oftentimes, elementary students do not think of middle schoolers as writers, but this helps them to believe that they can do anything."
Mrs. Sheats and Mrs. Pillars' Kindergarten classes from Rodgers Elementary visited the St. Clair Shores library! They learned that a librarian does much more than read books. Librarians Liz Drewek and Cheyenne Smigiel explained, " We sing, dance, choose new books, schedule special presentations, give tours, and so much more!" They went on to share that the library is 88 years old and, since February, contains 122,073 items inside!
Fun fact: Cheyenne attended Rodgers when she was a child!
To learn more about our local library, read this article featured inside The Shores Magazine: https://www.facebook.com/shoresmag/posts/257208890164850
We celebrated 4th grader Emma DeHayes and Charlotte Partridge's ideas, selected to be brought to life by STARBASE One: https://www.littleinventors.org/ideas/.
The girls of Masonic Heights Elementary met the makers and had a brief conversation about their ideas and some plans on how they will bring it to life. They went over design, colors and material to create a prototype of her invention using the theme Go Green for a Better Planet.
Charlotte explained, "I love beaches and animals, but dislike seeing trash. Animals could get hurt. This is why I created a solar-powered, light pink and turquoise cat ball design that rolls on the beach to pickup trash and empties itself into nearby trash receptacles."
Emma inserted her caring personality into her design. She said, "I wanted to way to help people who are hurt and everyone likes mermaids so I made a wheelchair out of recycled materials with a mermaid design.
According to Mark Muzzin, STEM Education Consultant, their selection is a big deal.
Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Bloomhuff and Mrs. Legato added, "I’m not surprised. Both girls create amazing things in STEAM. I love to watch them think and problem solve."
For over 29 years, STARBASE is a leading innovator in providing unforgettable and meaningful science, technology, engineering, and math learning experiences for young students. STARBASE creates an educational playground that is full of practical, hands-on activities that excite kids, sparks their imaginations, builds confidence, and nurtures a life-long resiliency to learn.
Learn more about the Macomb Intermediate School District's sensational stellar inventions in partnership with the MISTEM Network are launching Operation Lift-Off: MISD Mission Moon by visiting https://misd.littleinventors.org/collections/mission-moon. All winners and honorable mentions are located here: https://docs.google.com/.../1Oh0CnLqNUXbu4po.../edit...
Thank you to Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Company, Marosa School of Phlebotomy and Heathcare Trades, Inc., Medstar, Ironworkers Local 25, Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 Training Center, MUST Construction Careers, US Truck Driver Training School, BAC Local 2, Paul Mitchell Michigan, US Army, US Marine Corps, Hensler, and US Air Force and Space Force for representing your company and/or skilled trade at our Trades Fair stationed inside the performance gym at Lake Shore High Schoo.
Students explored and learned about careers in the trades, apprenticeship opportunities, paid hands-on-learning and on-the-job training, and union benefits as they met with skilled trade workers and tried out real hands-on experiences and met with local community college reps and military recruiters.
Sophomores Allison Sharer and Matthew Mitkus visited several informational booths, but they focused their attention on Cosmetology and the Air Force.
"I've always enjoyed makeup and it is something important to me so I wanted to stop by the Paul Mitchell booth," Allison said. "I've been applying it on my family since 7th grade and wanted to know what my options are." Admissions and Placement Leader with Paul Mitchell Monica Job was able to answer her questions and, in time, connect her with a salon.
Similarly, Matthew explained his passion for planes and wanting to become a pilot. Sergeant Krahenbuhl helped Matthew understand his next steps.
This Trades Fair is another example of the great things that our Counseling Department organizes to benefit our entire LSHS student body.
Mackinaw Field Trip
During their 4th grade field trip to Mackinaw, students were able to tour Fort Michillmackinic, experience the Historic Mill Creek, board Shepler's Ferry, have dinner at Mission Point, and complete downtown activities such as the Mackinac Art Museum and Marquette Park, and receive a carriage tour.
Mackinac Island is home to two historic forts, iconic rock formations shaped by eons of natural history, butterfly houses, horse stables, museums, cultural trails and a state park forest full of scientific marvels. And since there are no cars on Mackinac Island, just walking around makes for a fascinating lesson in how life used to be.
We are so grateful to give these elementary students firsthand experiences while building on their classroom instruction.
We love our Lake Shore teachers: https://drive.google.com/.../1wt39r8XX3LgjfBo68xm.../view... and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr0hjeB1-Xg and https://youtu.be/_5mOEJ0fAVg
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 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 and 2021, this tradition was paused because of COVID-19.
We pressed play in 2022 and 2023.
This year, we continued the tradition of demonstrating gratitude for our staff during Employee Appreciation Week with our clap outs and flower presentations from all 5th graders, 8th graders, and 12th graders.
More photos from Violet Elementary: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1YNFxa02NKXwC2HMMzrEhVGdoFP3lIhpi
Choosing just one staff member from their building who they felt the deepest connection with was tough. We are excited to learn who our Lake Shore High School Seniors will give their carnation to during their Senior Walk in June!
On May 10th, they celebrated their accomplishments with dinner at the Century Banquet Center. Congratulations to MMSTC’s 31st graduating class, 5 being from Lake Shore High School!
Lake Shore currently has 21 MMSTC students spanning grades 9-12, but we congratulate the following Seniors and highlight their postsecondary plans:
Michigan State University
Michigan Tech University
Early College of Macomb Graduates
The Early College of Macomb welcomed its first group of 11th grade students in August of 2010 and has been educating students from 21 Macomb County school districts for the past 13 years.
On Thursday, May 11th, the graduation class of 13th year students celebrated at the ECM Graduation Ceremony by receiving their Associate Degree or Technical Certificate.
The ECM is a public, tuition-free, three-year early college program serving students throughout Macomb County. It represents an extraordinary partnership among the 21 Macomb County school districts, the MISD and MCC. Our 13 current Seniors attended Lake Shore High School classes, as well as on Macomb Community College's campus, and engaged in an exciting college preparatory, career-focused curriculum taught by both high school and college instructors. The ECM offered the ability to select diverse college courses related to the student's educational and career goals, and enhanced this opportunity for Macomb County students through tutoring, mentoring, and student skills instruction.
These graduates earned the 62 college credits required, which can now be transferred to a four-year college or university.
Congratulations Benjamin Blaesing, Alyssa Bollini, Erin Calandrino, Morgan Clausen, Layla Conte, Chloe Cuppetelli, Brendan Downey, Ezekiel Fante, Chandler Fox, Christina Shakori, Emily Spear, Isabella Taylor, and Jordan Wisbiski!
United States Armed Forces Recognition Ceremony
At our 6th Annual United States Armed Forces Recognition Ceremony held on May 18th, 7 Lake Shore High School students were recognized: Christopher Celli and Tre’Shun Sanders, United States Army National Guard, David Gore and Kiera Jones, United States Navy, Joshua Blevins, Emily Carreon-Elisea, and Krista Kendall, United States Marines.
With May being designated as Military Appreciation Month, it is appropriate that they honor these students today. The whole intent of the event was to honor, serve, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who served, are serving, and will serve this great country as part of the military.
We celebrate the courage it takes to stand up and say “I will serve”. Thank you for your commitment to the protection and service of this great nation. We appreciate the fact our students are willing to enlist into our armed services, recognize that this means days away from home and family, blood sweat, tears, sacrifice, and challenges.
We will remember you long after today, for whether in uniform or out, across the sea or across the street, you will forever be a Shorian.
Josh Blevins took the oath in front of his peers today as a symbol of his commitment to the Armed Forces. He has already met the requirements for enlistment.
Thank you Staff Sergeant Daniel Dell, United States Marines, United States Army and Petty Office Second Class Jeremy of the United States Navy, and SFC Jeffrey Harris of the Army National Guard for representing their chosen branch of the military.
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.
We have partnered with Kroger to help fund our athletics. Please read this letter from our Athletic Coordinator Rich Bowers.
Read this story featuring our Varsity Girls' Soccer team!
Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Athlete of the Week John Tackett, Varsity Lacrosse player from Lake Shore High School. He attacked and made 3 goals in his game against Anchor Bay.
Congratulations to Athlete of the Week Anna Whittle, Varsity Softball player from Lake Shore High School. Coach Carl Agosta wrote:
"Anna Whittle leads the team with a batting average of .320 OBS of .440 and OPS of .854."
Congratulations to Athlete of the Week Megan Morell, Track and Field athlete from Lake Shore High School. Coach Jackie Phillips wrote:
"At the Yale Co-ed relays, Megan achieved a 3rd place finish by herself with a new school record height of 9'0. If it was an individually scored meet, she would have place 3rd in the boys event!"
Congratulations to Athletes of the Week Liam VanAssche and Dominic Edge, Track and Field athletes from Kennedy Middle School. Coach Gostinger wrote these positive affirmations:
"Liam has earned 1st place in both the 55 meter and 200 meter hurdles in all three track meets so far this season."
"Dominic won the 7th grade 70 meter dash in the meet vs Jefferson on May 11th and took 2nd place in the same event on May 9th vs Pierce. He's been a consistent performer all season and worked hard in practice."
Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,339 students in a safe and nurturing environment.
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