Shorian Nation eNews

May 24th, 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.

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

Summer Learning

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.

Learning happens when children are provided opportunities to engage, think, identify and solve problems, collaborate, and reflect. Lake Shore acknowledges the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year.

This is why we continue to offer an opportunity for students to attend Summer programming to engage in learning through programs, activities, play, and conversations. These learning and enrichment experiences will make a life-changing difference in the lives of young people.

Please consider registering for our Summer learning programs here.

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

Positivity Project

Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityinAction mindset is our top priority. This week we will recap several character strengths from this year.

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 followed the P2 calendar and every Monday, highlighted the P2 character strength of the week. Some of our most popular features were:








Our teachers create engaging and impactful lessons — differentiated by grade-level — and share through presentations, student recognitions, classroom discussions, and building-specific displays.

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.

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


Essential Roles

Behind-the-scenes roles offer the necessary support and expertise to keep everything you see at Lake Shore Public Schools running smoothly; They are an essential part of our daily operations and these are a few examples of employees who put in the extra time and care:

Andrew Miller and Bryan Huyghe, technicians from our Technology Department, support our virtual Board Meetings by managing streaming the meeting to YouTube, helping commenters calling in to the meeting and onsite tech support for meeting participants, and run other livestreaming events. They serve as our help desk for our technology infrastructure, helping both staff and community with our digital learning platforms.

Karen Jones, COVID Support Liaison, provides updates to our school community about the novel coronavirus as well as communicates district's procedures and plans. She works with the Macomb County Health Department to help us maintain awareness of our health, generates and shares self-reporting forms, and is the calming voice on the other end of the phone when a student has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person who is presumed-positive. She also supports our MAs (who also deserve a shoutout for their assistance with our internal COVID athletic testing) and transports assignments to homes, when needed.

Tami Blaszkowski, Media Productions teacher, supports her 144 hybrid and virtual students at Lake Shore High School while managing district video projects. Because of her breadth of knowledge and field experience, she is called upon to lead her 4 advanced students in community work like district advertisements, clips for events and presentations, and interviews. She creates and develops multimedia content, often with short notice and tight deadlines, to enhance overall messaging and output.

Thank you, Andrew, Bryan, Karen, and Tami for your dedication to your roles and the care you display while no one is watching.


Engage: To Hold Someone's Attention

Engagement looks different inside different classrooms dependent upon different kids, different times, or different environments.

In Mrs. McGuire's 8th grade math class at Kennedy Middle School, students are charting rotations. The room is completely silent, but if brains could make noise you would hear the sounds of problem solving with calculations, utilizing prior knowledge. These students were working hard on transformations and the concentration on their faces was the proof.

In Mrs. Fowler's 1st grade virtual class at Violet Elementary, students met in-person for the first time. The sound of laugher took over the playground as students smiled and played together. The computer screens weren't a relationship barrier at all.

In Mrs. Daudlin's Kindergarten class at Masonic Heights Elementary, students worked in stations, self-managed or with facilitation of an adult. Students were having conversations with each other while being responsible for their own learning.

In Mrs. Todaro's Architecture and Design class at Lake Shore High School, students are working in groups to reference a treasure map and locate 6 hidden clues on this high school campus using QR codes to unlock riddles. The sounds of footsteps and camera clicks are also signs of learning.

Quiet, loud, or somewhere in-between, the noise level does not dictate the learning outcomes.

GSRP Passion Project

GSRP Teacher Mrs. Zweng and her class at Masonic Heights Elementary participated in a colored carnations science experiment as they continued to learn all about roots, stems, leafs, and flowers, using their bodies to illustrate these parts.

They cut the stems of the white carnations, placed them into water bottles, added drops of their favorite food coloring, and made predictions.

As you look around the room, both plants and students are growing. The most important part, that can be seen easily through observation, is the knowledge growth, thanks to the sharing of this passion project.

Backyard Ecosystems Creates Suburban Courtyard

We are excited to remind our community about the exciting connections our teachers have made through community partnerships and real world application. Motivational and guest speakers in schools expose students to real world experiences from people who are in unique career fields or life circumstances, and are the link students make between what they learn in the textbook and information shared from an expert.

Mr. Taylor's Backyard Ecosystems class at Lake Shore High School is a perfect example of this by inviting Jan Bills, owner of Two Women and a Hoe and certified landscape designer, to share her gardening knowledge which included sustainable landscape and garden designs, creativity, integrity, and customer service in 2019:

In addition, he has partnered with Mr. Mazzola's Building Renovations students to construct raised garden beds:, Ms. Leone's Art students to design, decorate, and paint birdhouses:, and asked for Ms. Barath's expertise being a Master Gardener.

Last Thursday, 23 students heard from field bird expert Rosann Kovalcik from Birds Unlimited on a Google Meet. His class is currently working in raised garden bed stations, located outside of his classroom in the easily accessible courtyard, using seeds and breaking up root systems that have already been started. Upon Mr. Taylor's routine maintenance, he was pleased to find a Robin's nest, transforming the space to a suburban courtyard vibe.

Bonus: Our Shorians begin at a young age as our Garden Club at Masonic Heights Elementary continues to expand both in student interest and space size!

Meet Anthony Tincher

He is a Senior at North Lake High School who enjoys mentoring peers inside the Innovation Lab, his home away from home for 3 years. Mr. Fowler, his teacher, collaborates with Anthony on curriculum and instruction, but it is Anthony who puts those lessons into practice to support others. For example, as a student leader he has been working with Ms. Honold's STEM class to create cell phone holders for microscopes with 1 of their 4 3D printers.

He credits his skill set and passion for working with his peers to Mr. Fowler. He said, “Mr. Fowler is an amazing teacher. I’ve learned so much and know I am good at it. I have a young person mindset which gives me the ability to expose my peers to basic and machine part models and geographic shapes they wouldn’t normally do.”

Thank you, Anthony, for helping others discover how much fun learning a new skill can be.


Dr. Todd Stevens Earns Doctorate

Congratulations to Dr. Todd Stevens, Assistant Principal at Lake Shore High School, who successfully defended his dissertation titled School Choice in Declining Enrollment Districts: Parent Decision-Making and Effects on Community and completed his Doctorate of Educational Leadership through Michigan State University!

He joins the ranks of Superintendent Dr. Joe DiPonio, Assistant Superintendent of Employee Services Dr. George Lewis, and Director of Special Programming Dr. Jeff Lip.

During his 19 years at Lake Shore Public Schools, he has served as a mathematics teacher and current assistant principal and is a tremendous asset. Principal Janelle Bross said, "From the beginning, Todd has been diligent in his efforts to maintain a high-quality educational experience for students. He does this through careful feedback and evaluation of instruction, of course, but more importantly, he does it through his work with students."

Thank you, Dr. Stevens, for belief in the power of public education, and your drive to continuously improve not only our school, but yourself.

Senior Spotlight: Katherine Maciejewski

Class of 2021 Lake Shore High School and North Lake High School Seniors are ready to make a commitment by finding a post-secondary option that fits while enjoying their final days of school with a tasty treat from Krispy Kreme.

Meet Katherine Maciejewski.

There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.

Senior Katherine Maciejewski attends Lake Shore High School and plans to begin her postsecondary journey at Purdue University in the fall.

Throughout her time at Lake Shore, she made a promise to herself that she would always push herself and when one thing got easy it was time to find a new challenge.

Academics did not always come easy for her and putting aside dedicated study time was necessary. For as long as she can remember, tests would freak her out. She said, "I would not be able to sleep or eat. I couldn't concentrate."

When faced with this adversity, she had to find different ways to cope. "Friends, family, and teachers helped me learn new strategies to calm myself before a test so the best of my academics came through. With these strategies, I was able to get into numerous colleges. When faced with these major decisions my anxiety came back. I was able to fall back on my support group of friends, family, and teachers to help me get through this decision. My dream wasn't always Purdue, but one thing that I have learned, especially in this last year, is that things can change." She realized Purdue is where she belonged, and after touring the campus, hours of research, and talking to current students, it was a great fit.

Thank you, Katherine, for your vulnerability and answering the following questions that will help our Shorian Nation learn even more about you:

Parents: Colleen and Simon Maciejewski

GPA: 4.018

College: Purdue University

Scholarships: I have not yet received any scholarships, but I have been invited to be a part of the Dean's Scholar Program in the College of Agriculture.

Clubs/Activities/Sports: I am an avid volunteer. I tutor, work at the local fish fry, coach varsity volleyball, and coach junior varsity basketball. I have played volleyball and basketball since I was in fifth grade. I played my freshman and sophomore years at Lake Shore High School. Junior year I decided to play club volleyball at Michigan Elite. Senior year I was given the opportunity to be the assistant coach for the varsity team at St. Germaine Catholic School. That is also where I have been coaching basketball since Junior year.

Awards: I have had the amazing opportunity to be part of the National Honor Society here at Lake Shore. I was also Shorian of the Month, the month of March 2021

Hobbies: Some of my hobbies include photography, spending time with friends and family, and baking. Volunteering is also one of my favorite hobbies to do. Helping people is a passion of mine.

Share a piece of advice for underclassmen: Surround yourself with people that will believe and encourage you, whether it's friends, family, teachers, or coaches. When you have a supportive group everything becomes a bit easier.

Senior Lawn Signs

This sign is an announcement to the entire community that a graduate lives here. It means this Senior has earned at least 36 credits at Lake Shore High School or 20 credits at North Lake High School and has successfully completed 13 years of school. It is a symbol for the late night study sessions, athletic competitions, and/or bonds with forever friends. More importantly, it is a statement that the child has Lake Shore blood.

No one needs any additional landscape when you can adorn your own yard with this sign created by Conlon Installations.

We love our Lake Shore staff who assisted in making this milestone occur for our Seniors and underclassmen and alumni who encouraged them along. Check out the painted rock, a positive symbol of love from their peers. Thank you, Fox Custom Painting, for the use of your materials!

Speaking of signs, our scoreboard is coming down and being replaced by a state of the art stadium video board. This will transform our outstanding facility at Lake Shore High School for years to come!

And finally, we just wanted to remind Seniors that Chromebooks can be returned after their last exam on May 25th or 26th in the Commons!

Early College of Macomb Graduation

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 11 years. On Friday, May 7th, the ninth 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 11 students 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 Maegan Bunch, Cassidy Greene, Samantha Horne, Emma Knightstep, Ileana Kueber, Mariana Lewis, Sean Magowan, Teija Michalowicz, Julie Piwko, Kevin Socia, and Lindsey Yucha!

To rewatch these graduates walk across the stage at Jimmy John's Field, visit Thank you, Great Lakes Aerial Video Services, for these great shots!

C&G Newspaper Features Staff Appreciation

P2 Slurpee Surprise Honorees

Congratulations to our May Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

  1. Janice Hirsch: Love

Masonic Heights Elementary

  1. Everleigh Moyert: Fairness

  2. Piper Lees: Teamwork

  3. Ryan Murphey: Kindness

Rodgers Elementary

  1. Rylee Slanek: Perseverance

  2. Makayla Galoner: Leadership

  3. Rebecca Asni: Kindness & Love

Violet Elementary

  1. Kari Freeman: Supporting others when they struggle

  2. Mrs. Perkins-Rose: Kindness

  3. Fred Shaheen: Creativity

Kennedy Middle School

  1. Caden Sandoval: Effort

  2. Emily Antoun: Kindness

  3. Kassidy Flowers: Humor

  4. Blake Schrade: Humility

Lake Shore High School

  1. Connie Kemner: Perseverance

  2. Ricardo Perez: Perspective

  3. Daniel Geralds: Creativity

  4. John Hills: Teamwork

  5. Tyler Kiroski: Curiosity

  6. Landon Cribbs: Integrity

North Lake High School

  1. Dan Carito: Helpful

Thank you, Shorian bus drivers, for your sweet deliveries sometime this week! These are also FREE slurpees, donated by 7/11 Store Owner Virgil Johnson.

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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

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


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.