Shorian Nation eNews

April 26th, 2021

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Newsletter Overview

Within this Shorian Nation eNews, you will review information about Kindergarten Roundup, enrollment, positivity project, CDC reminders, and stories highlighting inspiration, innovation, and celebration.

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

Lake Shore Public Schools K-12 District Art Show

Kindergarten Roundup

Take your first steps toward graduation with Lake Shore Public Schools during this fun and informative evening filled with all things Kindergarten! All 3 LSPS elementary schools will host a Kindergarten Roundup, which will be held virtually, for new Class of 2034 students on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:00pm. The livestream link is Register for your Watch Party Surprise Package delivered to your house at

Beginning on Mondays throughout the month of May, elementary principals will work with families to schedule in-person opportunities for building visits.

Parents and future students will meet our amazing teachers, principals, and superintendent, while learning how to prepare for this exciting first year of school.

LSPS offers students full-day comprehensive instruction in core academic areas of English Language Arts, reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Students also receive instruction from specialized teachers from technology, art, music, and physical education.

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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 FAIRNESS and APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE.

People with the character strength of fairness believe that all people have value. They approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

Coaches are always analyzing player performances, demonstrating skills, providing encouragement and honesty with both players and parents. They teach fair play to their teammates and opponents. This includes modeling and demanding good sportsmanship. Winning isn't everything. Accepting bad calls by refs, treating every player the same, and applying team rules to all players is.

We are truly grateful for our strong team of fall, winter, and spring coaching staff who teach moral ethics through modeling good sportsmanship and fairness.

People with the character strength of appreciation of beauty and excellence notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. They don’t take things for granted.

This past Thursday we showcased Shorian artists at our 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!

The Student Exhibition is online for the first time which gives our community the opportunity to watch and rewatch this amazing display of talent, perfectly timed during our Shorians Got Talent features. The majority of work to create this presentation was done by students, with guidance from their teachers.

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, our upcoming character strengths are PURPOSE (4/25-5/1) and LEADERSHIP (5/2-5/8).

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

Senior Baseball Invitation

Seniors, what are you doing on Saturday, May 1st?

Want to go cheer our Shorian baseball players on to a victory at Comerica Park? Tickets are free for any interested Senior! Bus transportation will be provided. Students should arrive at Lake Shore High School at 5:45 p.m. to board the bus.

Please go here to reserve your spot:

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Lake Shore Foundation Golf Outing


Shorians Got Talent

Artists never stop creating and now is the time our students share their talents while you show your support by watching these Shorians Got Talent performances from our Shorian Nation by visiting these links:

Name: London Webb

Where: 5th grader at Rodgers Elementary

Talent: Singing Drivers License by Olivia Rodrigo

Name: Varsity Dance Team

Where: Lake Shore High School

Talent: Upbeat Pom Mix

Name: Skylar Carter

Where: 2nd grader at Violet Elementary

Talent: Tricks on Silk as she's a very flexible kid who loves flipping like Elastigirl!

Name: Zoey Brocker and Madison Dunn

Where: 2nd graders at Violet Elementary

Talent: Best Friends Dance

Name: Varsity Basketball Team

Where: Lake Shore High School

Talent: Buckets All Day

Name: Isla Rent

Where: Kindergartener at Violet Elementary

Talent: Gymnastics

Name: Charlotte Partridge

Where: 2nd grader at Masonic Heights Elementary

Talent: She started piano lessons with Bernadette Wischmeyer on September 30, 2020. This is one of two songs Charlotte submitted for the 2021 Michigan Music Festival, her first time participating.

Name: Erin Tuladziecki

Where: 4th grader at Violet Elementary

Talent: Beam Routine

Name: Dani DeCruydt

Where: 12th grader at Lake Shore High School

Talent: Bowling Strikes

Name: Ella Pairgin and Makiya Withers

Where: 3rd grader and 5th grader at Masonic Heights Elementary

Talent: Dancing to iCarly theme song

Name: Lori Mason and Janice Hirsch’s Preschool 4 class

Where: Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

Talent: Singing Skidamarink and Pitter-Patter Raindrops

Name: Raymond Rush

Where: 2nd grader at Violet Elementary

Talent: Drumming to Luigi's Mansion

Name: Mrs. Perryman and her daughter Skylar Perryman

Where: Choir Teacher at Kennedy Middle School and 1st grader at Masonic Heights Elementary

Talent: This duo sings All is Found from Frozen 2.

Name: Sarah Neimann

Where: 3rd grader at Rodgers Elementary

Talent: Playing the Piano. Sarah has been taking piano lessons for 4 years at mom and dad's music store, Ardis Music, in Mt. Clemens.

Name: Abigail Kemner

Where: 4th grader at Rodgers Elementary

Talent: Origami Creations

Name: Amelia Chalkey

Where: 2nd grader at Violet Elementary

Talent: Tap Dance

Continue to watch for updates from our district Facebook feed for even more Shorian talent.


Earth Day Recognized Districtwide

Earth Day was this past Thursday and Lake Shore Public Schools made art to celebrate! We partnered with EOS Cafe to decorate recyclable coffee sleeves with Earth Day inspired designs. Afterall, EOS means ECO!

Preschool classes from our Early Childhood Center, Ms. Dmochowski from Kennedy Middle School, and Ms. Vitale from Masonic Heights Elementary School had their students create this Earth Day art! Using 500 coffee sleeves from EOS Cafe, each student decorated two with eco-friendly messages.

Shorians participated in local park cleanups. Although there is no monetary compensation, volunteers enjoyed many benefits. Our 200+ student participants took pleasure in the rewarding fulfillment of serving their community and making the Brys Park, Blossom Heath/Wahby Park, Kyte Monroe, Gaffke Park, and Memorial Park better places to visit.

Nino Phillips, Grounds Maintenance employee for Saint Clair Shores Parks and Rec, was impressed with the kids. "This is a great thing they are doing and it is so nice to see them contributing to the community."

Classrooms across the district were having conversations and completing Earth Day activities such as this poster project in Earth Science at Kennedy Middle School. These 6th graders read an article about how-to stop air and water pollution and synthesized a list of 50 ways to save the Earth. Using this information, they choose to illustrate 5 important ways, like recycling and turning off lights, recommended by Cenza Zerlilli and Lukas Storbeck.

Recyclable and reusable products are great ways to reduce one's carbon footprint. These projects do not only foster creativity and resourcefulness, but also teaches about making smart decisions. Let's all be a little more conscious about our Earth!

KMS Community Garden

Never underestimate the healing power of a quiet moment in the garden. With a red and white color scheme, even our beautiful pansies will soon bloom to exhibit Shorian Pride.

Our Kennedy Middle School Community Garden is located next to the West Parking lot in front of the Adult Education Building. Community members have the opportunity to rent a garden bed for the summer to grow food or flowers for themselves. Some of our members don’t have the space to grow their own food and this is the perfect place for them to do so. We hope to add more beds and a fence in the future. The rental cost is $25 for the season.

This price provides the following:

-A garden plot to grow produce and/or flowers for harvest by plot holders.

-Access to water for irrigation through a system of hand-held hoses.

-Access to general garden tools such as shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows.

-Compost bins and/or an area for disposal of garden waste.

Contact Rebecca Malloy, Community Garden Manager, at for additional information about starting your own plot.

Listening Session for Teens

Rep. Hertel and CARE of Southeast Michigan are partnering to put together an upcoming listening session for our teens to share their thoughts on how they’re doing, what they’re worried about, and how our community can better support them. The listening session will be held Monday, May 17 from 6:30-7:30pm.

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Pizza Promotion

In the effort to support local pizza businesses while preparing for a grand STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK celebration in May, we're promoting a different kind of COUNTING CONTEST and this isn't an April Fool's gimmick!

Share the name of a Lake Shore Public Schools staff member who is putting in extra work to connect with kids by writing it on your receipt (or piece of paper) and placing it inside the bucket or asking an employee to do so on any takeout or delivery order at Johnny Z's Pizzera (28210 Harper), Paisano's Pizza (30019 Harper), or Jet's Pizza (30114 Harper) during the month of April. Winner, by random draw, will receive TWO FREE MEDIUM 2-TOPPING PIZZAS!

We love our staff TWO PIZZAS and this is one way we'll be counting on you to show it. Another way would be to vote LSPS teachers as the best of the best in this contest created by the Macomb Daily.

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Aguilar-Bertini Donates Hair to Wigs4Kids

We are excited to express our gratitude to Chris Aguilar-Bertini of Violet Elementary for donating 8-11 inches of his hair to Maggie's Wigs4Kids over Spring Break. This intentional act of kindness will enable a wigmaker in California to make a wig for a child who lost their hair due to a medical condition such as cancer.

Chris chose to let his hair grow long because he has been involved in acting since age 5. This passion, which can transform Chris into someone else, prompted him to think about wigs.

Our districtwide Positivity Project program served as a reminder for Chris that "by doing good things other people may be inspired to similarly do good things." These are the words from his mother, Cheryl Young, who hopes her son's efforts increase awareness to prevent and treat cancer in children.

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon is a local grassroots non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides wigs and support services at no charge to children and young adults experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and other disorders. Our wig recipients, also known as Ambassadors, range in age from 3 to 18, and are located throughout Michigan. For more information about Wigs 4 Kids, visit

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LSECC Receives Quality Rating

Our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center has received a 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."

At this time, 49 states currently have a quality rating system underway or else in the works. This is happening because research shows learning begins at birth, and high-quality child care and preschool can help children succeed in school, work and life. In Michigan, programs and providers can earn between one and five stars, based on the number of state standards they meet.

Sheats Named Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to Tish Sheats at Rodgers Elementary for being selected as Jay Towers’ Teacher of the Week! Mrs. Sheats has been awarded Dunkin’ Donuts and a plaque. This story from the Smith Family illustrates Mrs. Sheats' dedication to the teaching profession:

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Congratulations to our April Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

  1. Angie Jarocki: Enthusiasm

Masonic Heights Elementary

  1. Lily Houtos: Prudence

  2. Weston Krywko: Prudence

  3. Jayden Gianetti: Supporting Others

Rodgers Elementary

  1. Mason Walczak: Positive Attitude

  2. Justin Sorgeloos: Love of Learning

  3. Mrs. Miller: Creativity

Violet Elementary

  1. Riley Babecki: Perseverance

  2. Barrett McGhee: Helping Others

  3. Mr. Juif: Optimism and Helpfulness

Kennedy Middle School

  1. Ms. Black: Kindness

  2. Mr. Bays: Enthusiasm

  3. Gabriel Richter: Leadership

  4. Madison Sykes: Integrity

Lake Shore High School

  1. Ms. Barr: Supporting Others

  2. Mrs. Morris (Food Service): Dedication

  3. Mrs. Bross: Dedication

  4. Mrs. Jennifer Wilson (MA): Hard Work

  5. Alivia Fronning-Rice: Identifying the Good in Others

  6. Taylor Rychel: Hard Work

North Lake High School

  1. Mr. Gaffigan: Leadership

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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Great Effort During Testing

Juniors completed the SAT, the standardized test that helps colleges interpret students’ overall academic progress on Tuesday, April 13th.

This marks the fifth year Michigan’s high school juniors have taken the SAT. Most SAT scores will be released on Wednesday, May 5th. To access scores, visit The SAT is 3 hours and costs $52 to retake. If you are having trouble accessing your scores because of forgotten your log in information, call (866) 433-7728.

Thank you, Class of 2022, for showing great effort during testing sessions. We also want to recognize Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) testers for their hard work, too! Continue to prepare yourself academically by taking rigorous classes and giving your best.

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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 10am

Kennedy Middle School

Award Ceremonies

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

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

98th Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 21st at 5pm, 8pm

*Ceremonies held at Jimmy John's Field

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


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.