Shorian Nation eNews
November 27th, 2022
Gratitude Letter from Superintendent Dr. DiPonio
Greatest Moment in Lake Shore History
What is the greatest moment in Lake Shore history?
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore sealed an undefeated season in dramatic fashion as senior Travis Conlan's jumper rolled around and around the hoop before falling through with two ticks remaining on the clock to defeat East Grand Rapids, 38-37, in a seesaw Class B battle.
Lake Shore's 1994 Boys' Basketball undefeated State Championship title is one of our top moments.
Move over 100.3 and your nonstop Christmas music. The echoes of student voices singing and instruments playing are filling the air during this most wonderful time of the year.
The following is a comprehensive list of our 11 holiday performances throughout the district:
- December 4th: Masonic Heights Elementary Melodies perform in lobby at Fox Theatre before noon performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas (https://www.ticketmaster.com/a-charlie-brown-christmas-touring-detroit-michigan-12-04-2022/event/08005CDCE8865789)
- December 6th: Violet Elementary 5th graders perform Holiday Concert at 7pm
- December 7th: MICI students carol at American House at 10am
- December 7th: LSHS/KMS perform Band Holiday Concerts at 7pm
- December 10th: Violet Elementary 3rd graders perform at Tunnel of Lights at 6:30pm
- December 12th: Masonic Heights Elementary 5th graders perform Holiday Concert at 7pm
- December 13th: Masonic Heights Elementary 5th graders perform for American House residents at 9am
- December 13th: Rodgers Elementary 5th graders perform Holiday Concert at 7pm
- December 14th: Lake Shore High School Choir Tour Day and performance at American House
- December 14th: Lake Shore High School Choirs perform Holiday Concert at 7pm
- December 15th: Kennedy Middle School Choirs perform Holiday Concert at 7pm
*All performances will be held in the Lake Shore High School auditorium unless designated otherwise.
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.
To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
We wanted to mention the topic of snow and proactively thank those who provide snow removal services.
The first snowfall has created some beautiful wintry scenes at Lake Shore Public Schools. Snow will be here on a regular basis before we know it and you may be wondering about our procedures for school cancellations.
Decisions made to cancel school due to inclement weather are a reality as we approach the winter season. Student drivers and parent chauffeurs, please drive slow in these slick conditions and leave early so that you have plenty of time to arrive before school begins.
In extreme conditions, we make every attempt to inform our community as soon as possible of a school closing. Communication will be deployed using SchoolMessenger, the district website, Facebook, Twitter, and local media outlets to keep you informed.
Now that we feel the frigid air and will see snow falling, please remember to bundle up because baby, it's cold outside.
And remember, it is still fall, a perfect time to revisit our Fall Festival.
In keeping with our goal of a strong community connection, Lake Shore Public Schools will be working to support those students & families most in need of Holiday Help this year.
Please choose a student/family from our electronic WISH LIST to sponsor this holiday https://tinyurl.com/lscares-holiday2022
Gift donations will be due on 12/16/2022 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Lake Shore Adult & Community Education Building at 23340 Elmira, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082 (off Harper).
Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to deliver the gifts on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
LSPS Holiday Help: Select a child/family
In keeping with our goal of a strong community connection, Lake Shore Public Schools will be working to support those most in need of holiday assistance. Thank you in advance for your generous support of our community. Please make your selection(s) below. All gift donations are due on 12/16/2022 between 7:00 a.m.
Lake Shore Night at Tunnel of Lights
Lake Shore Public Schools invites all students, families, and community members to the Saint Clair Shores Tunnel of Lights featuring our own 3rd graders from Violet Elementary set to perform on Saturday, December 10th at 6:30pm located at Blossom Heath Park (24800 Jefferson) for Lake Shore Night!
Visit our #ShinefromtheShores stations ran by National Honors Society students, under the Tunnel of Lights, by recording messages of love and hope for the new year on behalf of Lake Shore Public Schools and the Saint Clair Shores community.
The entire district is asked to meet at 6:00pm for this family friendly event, but the Tunnel of Lights will be open between the hours of 5:00-9:00pm. The City of Saint Clair Shores will provide the ambiance, Santa himself, and food trucks while we giveaway free Santa hats, and glow sticks while supplies last.
Find us inside the tunnel anytime between 6pm-7pm to record your #OtherPeopleMatter message.
Joining us will be the Saint Clair Shores Fire Department represented by Matt Chambers and the Saint Clair Shores Police Department.
Bundle up in Lake Shore attire and put on your best smile as you enter the tunnel with the purpose of listening to beautiful seasonal music and recording new years messages. Please use #ShinefromtheShores and #myLSPS when sharing photos from the event.
Please enjoy this video from 2021, a community collaboration from your hearts to those who may have needed our love the most: https://youtu.be/GKu3JQIcHpk.
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 strength of GRATITUDE.
We will ask for our entire Shorian Nation to complete this Community Favorites survey.
Gratitude is the recognition of good in your life.
Lake Shore Public Schools would like to continue our tradition of celebrating the valuable business partnerships we have within our community by honoring those connections that have impacted our students, buildings, and programs.
Thank you for taking a moment to participate in our Community Favorites survey. The deadline to complete this survey is Sunday, December 4th! We are thrilled to read and later recognize your top selections in February, the month of love. We love our community!
Bonus: If you're in the area of 13 Mile and Harper on Saturday, December 3rd, stop by and say hello to a Shorian from our Administration team and make a donation to Goodfellows!
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are Kindness (11/28-12/2) and OPM - Supporting others when they struggle (12/5-12/16).
Gratitude is the recognition of good in your life. We are especially grateful to be a part of this community. Lake Shore Public Schools would like to continue our tradition of celebrating the valuable business partnerships we have within our community by honoring those connections that have impacted our students, buildings, and programs. Please take a moment to participate in our Community Favorites survey.
We appreciate all of our new preschoolers for overcoming separation anxiety while learning new routines. It's been over two months since you entered our classrooms and we already love so much about you and enjoy reading with you.
We watched as Charlie Birch waved goodbye to mom Terrah Birch on the first day. All three of her children attended GSRP, but she was the only one who didn't cry. Brave girl.
"They are in good hands," she reassured other parents.
Great Start Readiness Preschool recognizes that each child has the right to enter school ready to learn. Families come with many needs, and societal and cultural factors may impact a child's readiness to learn. It is the philosophy of GSRP to provide an early learning environment that:
- Acknowledges that each child is a whole person whose growth and development occurs in specific, predictable, sequential and continuous stages that can be positively impacted through quality experiences.
- Encourages and challenges each child to safely explore, create, speculate, experiment, and evaluate.
- Openly welcomes and enlists parents as vital partners in their children's educational endeavors, to focus learning in the context of the family.
To learn more about our GSRP program, watch this video at https://youtu.be/XGJ7QXUePvQ.
Bonus: Over at our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center, preschoolers are busy as ever with snack time, puzzles, and reading, and using their imagination! The babies are so cute, too!
Happy Thanksgiving, Shorian Nation! It was a perfect time to revisit our own Thanksgiving parade.
Our 3rd grade team, consisting of 9 classrooms districtwide, designed and built their own miniature floats for a Thanksgiving Day Parade. First, they studied different types of floats. Next, they came up with four possible parade themes. After, they narrowed their choices, completed an organizer to share their ideas, and drew and built their prototype floats using household supplies.
Watch this Parade Studio Tour field trip below at Violet Elementary, featured on the Channel 4 news.
In addition, enjoy the creative floats from Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, and Violet Elementary.
Third grader Hank Witte from Masonic Heights Elementary created the perfect Hot Wheels 2022 float. He explained, "I am a big fan of hot wheels and have over 100. My favorite vehicle is a corvette and I would have it custom painted."
"This is my favorite project. The only thing I have built before this was a Skee-Ball game with my dad," he continued.
CJ Rice, from Rodgers, created a Heroes Float in honor of his dad, grandpa, and aunt. They were all Veterans and he is so proud.
Spending time with family and friends while being grateful for these moments is what this holiday is all about.
Hope this Thanksgiving was full of joy and peace for you and those you love. There is always something to be thankful for. We are thankful for the entire Lake Shore community for choosing us to serve your educational needs.
In Mr. Mazzola's Building Renovation classes, students continue to learn the construction trade through authentic work.
21213 is the house number, a place where students dedicate hours to service learning every year. Now in its 11th year, students have completed several DYI projects which require electrical knowledge for lighting, heating, cooling, and operation of appliances.
From eco-friendly and trendy to labor-intensive and dirty, students are learning home improvement trades that will save them both time and money in the future. They have installed electrical, plumbing, patio brick pavers, doors, and fences. They have learned the interior painting process which includes preparing the surface, using a primer, taping, and the paint color selection process. They have knowledge of fixing common home problems such as a leaky faucet or cleaning up cabinetry.
Junior Erich Henze enjoys construction and has considered it as his career path. His dad, with the same name, is his biggest influence. Like Mr. Mazzola, Erich is a handyman himself and has shown his his many jobs. "Aluminum bending is my favorite. I feel satisfied when I match the roof perfectly," he said. Erich has been a huge help with finish carpentry and should feel proud of his efforts.
The Parkway home should be completed by Christmas; According to Mr. Mazzola, the plan is to sell it and purchase another one.
A helping hand can be a ray of sunshine in a cloudy world.
Mr. Trail's Geometry class visited 5th graders from Rodgers Elementary to create a Thanksgiving Dinner Menu that involves all different task cards relating to adding and subtracting decimals.
Sophomore Patrick Kristoff assisted 5th grader Caleb Phillips. Patrick enjoyed helping Caleb and Caleb found the interaction fun. "I have always loved math and been good at it, but the high school students made this activity even more fun," he said.
Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Bishoping enjoyed watching the older students teach the younger students. She reflected, "They have a lot to learn about prices and especially in the land of inflation." This perspective was shared as students calculated cost for the cheapest dessert and most expensive Thanksgiving side.
Elementary students were excited to see their former teacher and high school students were happy to serve in a leadership role. It was a win-win for everyone.
Bonus: Our traditional Thanksgiving meal was served by our Food Service team consisting of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, savory green beans, and a fresh dinner roll. Even apple crisp was on the menu for dessert. Almost 800 servings of yum!
Eagle Scouts Cameron Salk and Ryan Peters
We wonder what Eagle Scouts and Seniors from Lake Shore High School Cameron Salk and Ryan Peters, with the highest rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program, have been doing to support their community.
Cameron Salk attended the unveiling of his Eagle Scout Project. He directed the making of a proper stand and placement for one of the Commanders at the American Legion Post 4.
The purpose of an Eagle Project is to show leadership, not to complete the project yourself, but to be able to direct others to completion. The ceremony was for Veterans Day and having this bell meant so much the Legion. Cameron worked with Mark Kolatski and Tim Shosey to make this happen and wanted to give a shout out to Mike Tances, his former scoutmaster and great leader.
Cameron has his Black Belt in Karate, holds the title of President of Drama Club, and is a member of Show Choir, National Honor Society, and the Bowling team.
In addition, Ryan Peters spray painted no dumping drinks by sewer drains in Saint Clair Shores as a friendly reminder to refrain from harming or polluting the environment. This project resulted in him earning Eagle Scout status in September.
Ryan's adult leader in Troop #273 Ernie Anastas has served as a mentor for him. Since joining Boy Scouts of America in 5th grade, Ryan has developed self-confidence and puts others first. This is a reason why he was named Homecoming King.
Lake Shore students are always finding ways to learn specialized skills, display positive character traits, and demonstrate leadership inside and outside of the classroom.
November Slurpee Surprise Honorees
Congratulations to our November Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center
Hunter Quinlan - Integrity
Masonic Heights Elementary
Megan Farrell - Kindness
Sydney Grunow - Bravery
Sydney Jones - Kindness
Megan Bishoping - Kindness
Matt Frank - Gratitude
June Beauregard - Gratitude
- Lily Adams - Other People Matter
- Enea Bala - Integrity
- Louis Iaderaia - Cheering on Others Success
Kennedy Middle School
Victoria Deppner-Love of Learning
Lake Shore High School
Fidelis Morha - Perseverance
Kennedy Kroenke - Perseverance
Alyssa Hinkle - Kindness
Jaliyah Nelson - Kindness
Piper Nysen - Perseverance
Cameron Salk - Kindness
North Lake High School
Josh Schneider - Humor
Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries! Because of Store Owner Virgil Johnson's generosity from 7-Eleven store #27162, these are FREE slurpees!
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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