Shorian Nation eNews
June 18th, 2023
Cup of Joe Message from Superintendent Dr. DiPonio
Happy Father's Day
We wanted to share our appreciation for the dads of our Shorian Nation. We hope you're celebrated today with an overwhelming amount of love. We realize how much you do to keep our students day-to-day lives running so smoothly. Thank you!
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, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
Save the Summer Playground Elementary Meetup Dates
Save the Open House Dates
Summer School Meals
School may be out, but school meals are still in!
We want to make sure that everyone knows that Lake Shore Public Schools Summer Meal Program does not require registration or identification; All students need to do is come by to receive a happy and healthy meal. Some favorite menu items that we’ll be featuring throughout the summer include:
- Breakfast for Lunch
- Bosco Sticks and Mozzarella Sticks
- Nuggets and Pizza
From June 19-August 17, 2023* Lake Shore students and families can visit Rodgers Elementary (21601 L’Anse) and North Lake High School (23340 Elmira) to enjoy meals Monday-Thursday! Breakfast will be served from 8-9am and lunch will be served from 11-12:30pm.
If you aren’t already using Nutrislice, we encourage you to download the app or visit Lake Shore’s Nutrislice site. Through Nutrislice, you can view what’s on our summer menus, including nutrition information, allergens, and photos. The app is free and available from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and you can search for your menus or find them on the web at http://lakeshoreschools.nutrislice.com/.
We’re committed to making sure that meals aren’t something that any child or family should be concerned about this summer and can’t wait to feed the kids in our St. Clair Shores community! Please feel free to pass the information on to others. This summer we’re able to serve anyone 18 years old and younger throughout St. Clair Shores and not just those who attend Lake Shore Public Schools.
Should you have any questions, please reach out to Tina Morris, Food Service Director, at email@example.com.
*We will be closed the week of July 4-July 7, 2023.
Kids Summer Camps
Lake Shore Featured on Page 6 of The Shores Magazine
News from our School Nurse
Summer is almost here! But first, I'd like to take a moment to send out a friendly reminder regarding those students' with medical needs. If your child has a medical condition that requires medical treatment and/or medication during school hours, required documentation signed by your student's physician and parent/guardian is needed prior to the start of the first day of school.
Special Athletes Field Day
Creating something is all about problem solving. Lake Shore Public Schools is committed to inclusion and demonstrated that through their own Special Athletes Field Day.
Athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship among their families, athletes and the community. We saw that as our student-athletes and teams facilitated activities and supported their peers.
Inclusion is important because it develops a sense of belonging. It is the philosophy of acceptance and being valued. This is an important part of Shorian culture.
Special Olympics Michigan provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We created our own like-version called Special Athletes!
Thank you to Adapted Physical Education Teacher Cris Belanger, Carsen Best, and Tanner Belanger, and our Special Education Department for organizing and running the event, Food Service for the delicious BBQ lunch, Maintenance and Operations team for setup and cleanup, School Nurse, families, student-athletes, and student participants!
Relationships are Everything
On the back of a spectator's shirt at our final Jazz Band Tour at Rodgers Elementary was inscribed "Do more of what makes your soul happy."
That feeling was precisely executed when big sister and musician Sophomore Alexis Gress made eye contact with Kindergartener Caleb Crouchman in the audience. Tears flooded from Caleb's eyes as he watched her perform. He was proud to listen to those songs he often hears in his home, but he was even more proud that he held the title of brother.
Listen to this video clip of their performances and you will also become filled with joyous emotion.
This is just one of the many programs students may have experienced from the Academy of the Americas in Detroit at Lake Shore High School.
Spanish II and Spanish III students were assigned Pen Pals with 56 5th-8th graders from this bilingual school. Meeting and experiencing communicative stations was the goal. Sophomore Brooklyn VanHollebeke explained, "It was really cool. As we learn Spanish, they are learning English. I hope to continue writing to 8th grader Nasly Hernandez beyond this class assignment."
Spanish Teacher Mrs. Meldrum loved observing the connections her students made. "AOA kids were crying on the bus because they didn't want to go home and leave their pen pal friends," she said.
Because of these new relationships, our Shorians smiled a lot more.
At our Kennedy Middle School Celebrations, several standouts will be recognized with Clipper Awards, the John Hills Award for Determination, Most Outstanding Student, NJHS participant, Honor Roll, WEB Leader, ECO Club Recycler, Etiquette Award, and individual course awards. We celebrated our middle school students at their Awards Ceremony! Start Strong, Stay Strong, Finish Strong is exactly what they did.
The transition to Kennedy Middle School from Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, Violet Elementary, or another elementary school may feel overwhelming. New school. New schedule. New friends. Over time, those 3 middle school years transform from anxiety to excitement. It is the atmosphere at this special school where students learn to adapt, develop skills of independence and responsibility, and prepare for new opportunities.
Thank you, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Gaffigan, and Ms. Kubiak, for your leadership, kindness, and extraordinary patience as you helped these students face a number of academic and social challenges. Middle school is difficult to navigate, especially when kids are forming their identities. We hope everyone felt special and celebrated.
Bonus: Thanks to Stewart Photography, you may download professional photos from our 8th Grade Graduation here.
We celebrated our students’ early milestones at our Kindergarten celebrations. Staff cheered, danced, and waved at Class of 2035 with admiration. Don’t blink. These imaginative, carefree souls will soon walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma; In fact, we recognized our Class of 2023 with graduate name displays on our marquee signs at all buildings!
Bonus Mom Katie McNulty celebrated Kindergartener Parker Bandy at Masonic Heights. She said, "We have an entire row for Parker! We couldn't be more proud of how much he's grown and matured. We will be taking him to Coney for a strawberry milkshake!"
We have watched you learn and grow, changing from day to day. We are excited to see your progression as you continue to move forward. Congratulations to the Class of 2035! Keep dreaming about becoming a real life superhero or princess and conquering this world with your mighty lego creations
Softball District Champions
Congratulations to Lake Shore's district softball team for getting the victory over Fraser!
Lake Shore defeated Fraser 10-0 in a Division 1 district softball championship game at Fraser on Friday, June 2nd. In semifinal games, Lake Shore beat Lakeview 5-2 and Fraser beat Roseville 18-1.
Junior and Catcher Riley Lane admitted that their season was rocky, winning only 10 of 25 total games. "We made mistakes and fell apart," she said. "But in Districts, we played together as a team. It was a different vibe. Jamming to Pitbull tunes helped to energize us, too!"
Riley began playing softball during her Freshman year, but didn't start catching until a year later. "I like being behind the plate, involved in every plate, throwing opponents out at 2nd, and catching popups."
Class of 2022's Sydney VanderHagen inspired Riley to play not only softball, but to be the best athlete she can be. Riley's a current member of Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, Track, and Softball. Outside of school, she plays roller derby, a sport she has loved for 7 years.
"Sports are time fillers, ways to stay active, allows me to meet friends, and has given me options to play in college."
Another person who has been inspirational to Riley is Coach Will. "He is so sweet and when I need advice, snacks, or hydration, he always pulls through." He has encouraged her to always try her hardest and that sports are not always about skills. Attitude is just as important.
Coach Will commented, "We played the best of the best in our regular season and that competitive schedule has prepared us for these upcoming games. Riley has caught every inning of every game. She's an awesome kid with a good work ethic!"
Lake Shore plays Regina in the regional at Troy Athens on Saturday, June 10th at noon. If they win, they move on to play Utica Ford or Bloomfield Hills.
Bonus: As our Varsity Softball team prepares to take the field this Saturday, students at Rodgers Elementary had fun at their Field Day!
We celebrated the Preschool Graduations of 24 students from the Lake Shore Early Childhood Center with singing and dancing. For the next 13 years, we hope your child is part of our school system where he or she will be encouraged to discover their dreams and push to achieve those goals.
To view our slideshow, filled with memories that were captured by photographs and shared today, visit this link.
Congratulations Adam, Annie, Blair, Carmela, Cora, Edward, Eva, Hudson, Hunter, Richard, Roman, Szymon, Thomas, Tommy, Emelia, Evelyn, Scarlett, Aliyah, Parker, Dylan, Jessa, Clare, Myalee, Ariana, and Johnny!
Let Your Child's Career with Lake Shore Begin with Us is the slogan we like to use as we welcome families to our 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.
Bonus: Congratulations to Janice Hirsch on her retirement after 25 years of service with Lake Shore Public Schools!
Double Bonus: Our Developmental Kindergarteners also had a wonderful year-end celebration!
NLHS and LSACE Graduations
North Lake High School’s Class of 2023 and Lake Shore Adult & Community Education High School Completion Program celebrated their graduation with their families! Many smiles and tears of joy were exchanged!
This sign is an announcement to the entire community that a graduate lives here. It means this Senior has earned at least 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.
5th Grade Celebrations
At our 5th Grade Celebrations, we celebrate students' citizenship, creativity, academics and attendance. Our Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, Violet Elementary students were called to the stage to receive their certificates and a proper send off.
We recognized the special programs that were offered at each building and the students who led them. Awards may have included Presidential Excellence, Safety Patrol, Community Helper, Student Council, Choir, Science Olympiad, Positivity Project, Specials, and Principal's Choice.
At Masonic Heights, Rebecca Parrinello was given the Principal's Award for her All-Around Excellence. She served as our Future Shorian at Lake Shore's 2023 Commencement Ceremony!
At Rodgers, Holden Montgomery was given the Principal's Award and Outstanding Achievements in STEAM and Music! Mikayla-Rose Angeles and Rainy Angst were also given the Principal's Award!
At Violet, Faith Badyna and Giulia Ryder were given Principal's Awards!
Porsha Alford, proud mom to 3 Rodgers Elementary students, shared her enthusiasm for her twin daughters and their successes. She said, "They played Jafar and the Genie in Aladdin, helped the Kindergarteners, were part of the Morning Announcements, and much more!" When asked how she raised such responsible and kind young ladies, she responded, "My mom, Connie Alford, raised me well and I instill these same traits in my children."
There is nothing that they can't do except stay in elementary school forever. It is time to move on to middle school and continue to demonstrate your strong work ethic and commitment to serving others.
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.
Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,339 students in a safe and nurturing environment.
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