Shorian Nation eNews

April 12th, 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 also excited to present to you a Lake Shore Public Schools' website refresh where we spruced it up while leaving the core of the site's functionality intact. Visit to see for yourself how the homepage, the most important page on the site, has been improved through fresher content, navigation, illustration, and data visualization.

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

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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 will be released soon. 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, contact our Early Childhood Coordinator, Kelly Biondo, at (586) 285-8570 or

#I Choose Lake Shore

Building Schedules

Please be aware that there will be a pause in in-person instruction the week following Spring Break in response to the issues we are currently facing related to COVID and to reduce the risk of further exposure, transmission, and quarantines.

Read Superintendent Dr. DiPonio's entire Change of Schedule announcement here.

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

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Senior Highlights

This is a remind to the Class of 2021 that May 1st is National College Decision Day. Lake Shore High School and North Lake High School Seniors are ready to make a commitment by finding a post-secondary option that fits. In the effort to highlight these decisions, we are requesting this information from our Seniors in this form by Sunday, April 25th:
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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 SHORIAN WILDCARD, HUMOR, and IDENTIFYING AND APPRECIATING THE GOOD IN OTHERS.

People with the character strength of a Shorian display unity by their deep, long-lasting relationships. They always put others first and Blake is the perfect example of this.

Inside of our GSRP classroom at Violet Elementary, Blake Ruzinsky assisted Riley Mercer with her coat. Not only did he help her put it on, like a true gentleman, but also made sure that the zipper didn’t catch her long hair. Practicing independence is an important preschool skill, but we will always support kindness.

Once a Shorian, always a Shorian.

People with the character strength of humor like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.

All month long we will be presenting Shorians Got Talent. Video clips from our beloved Shorians will be on display because they wanted to share their talents and spread some joy to the Shorian Nation.

Students, at all levels, were filmed performing one of their special talents such as singing, acting/storytelling, dancing, gymnastics, magic, slam poetry, stand up comedy, visual art, spoken word, making/creating something, yoga poses, and tricks.

Today we will share a video clip of several comedian Shorians.

Thank you for sharing your passions with the Shorian Nation beginning today!

People with the character strength of identifying and appreciating the good in others work hard to identify and value others' strengths. An email from parents Amy and Jim Partridge, a Masonic Heights Elementary family, exemplifies this character strength on behalf of Mrs. Helton.

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 FAIRNESS (4/11-4/17) and APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE (4/18-4/24).

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Lake Shore Public Schools Shine on the Shores Event

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


Disney Visit Inspires Love of Reading

In collaboration with First Book, Disney inspired imagination and a lifelong love of reading by their virtual visit today.

Mrs. Fleszar's 3rd grade class at Masonic Heights Elementary was selected to be a part of Disney's First Book celebration giveaway. Each student was given 3 pre-selected Disney books: Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, Star Wars Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka, Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora's Galactic showdown . Shorians were excited to join Disney VoluntEAR Megan Gawlik as they celebrated the Magic of Storytelling and cultivated the next generation of storytellers.

When the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) compared the reading skills of 210,000 students from thirty-two different countries, it found the highest scores (regardless of income level) among children who were read to by their teachers daily and who read the most pages for pleasure daily. Students discussed the importance of reading together, sharing why they love reading and the specific books that give them enjoyment. They listed informational reads like the Titanic, chapter books like Dork Diaries, and graphic novels where stories are conveyed using sequential art.

Thank you, Disney Publishing Worldwide, for donating millions of books to First Book, a nonprofit organization that puts new books and educational resources into the hands of educators who serve children from underserved communities nationwide.

For more information, visit

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Awesome Bags, Kits, Boxes

Lake Shore is appreciative of our partnership with Learning Gizmos' as this family-owned, Michigan-based company has provided our elementary students with home supply kits, learning materials, and recess bags, truly making this challenging time of resource needs more manageable.

Inside recess bags, students have access to a variety of grade-level specific items including old fashioned jacks, wooden dominoes, nee-doh, plastic animals, match car vehicles, a deck of cards, fidget toys, and brain teasers.

At Learning Gizmos’, customers discover nearly 6,000 square feet of teaching tools for preschool through high school. They also carry school supplies, family-friendly educational games, tons of resource books, decoratives, posters, manipulative, teacher/student pins, inspirational products, and much, much more!

Thank you, Owners Nancy, Linda, Laura, and Carol, who are all Lake Shore graduates, for collaborating with our staff to enhance educational experiences for our students. We have received so many compliments, from both students and staff, in regard to these recess bags.

In addition to awesome bags and kits, we also have to add boxes to this list. The LSHS Leadership classes finished their Spring Food Drive, collecting 13 large boxes of food totaling 224 cans and 101 dry goods. They have chosen to donate to St. Paul's Lutheran Church's pantry at Greater Mack and 13 Mile Rd.

Cross Grade Level Collaboration

Fourth graders from Mr. Gardiner and Mrs. Legato's classes from Masonic Heights Elementary joined Mr. Faught's AP Biology class from Lake Shore High School to participate in a virtual read aloud collaboration using informational texts.

AP Biology students used Google Meet to read and discuss information from science texts in their groups of 1:3. Topics that were examined included animals, forces in motion, weather, astronomy, botany, and earth science, preselected by students based on their own interests.

From the opener activity using a KWL graphic organizer, the conversations that stemmed from the readings, and the closing activity which asked elementary students to reflect on several new pieces of information that they learned about their topic, it was a powerful day.

Reading informational text allows students to develop comprehension skills, build critical content knowledge and vocabulary, and apply higher-order thinking skills. This activity helped students make connections to prior learning and will prepare them to handle real life readings.

Thank you Madi, Grace, Kary, Isabella, Blaise, and Ndiaga for facilitating this activity!

Meet Bobo

Mrs. Boren's Kindergarten class at Masonic Heights Elementary researched three animals and used the decision-making process to make a final selection to determine their class badger mascot. The easy part was convincing the PTO to make this stuffed purchase. The challenge was to find a name suitable for this beautiful mammal.

Bobo's favorite activity is reading, of course! A close second would be exploring a bug's life with 3rd grade Class Veterinarian Olivia Giles and pal Bradley. Ordered from Insect Lore, these bug experts can educate Bobo on everything he could possibly want to know about caterpillars and ladybug larvae.

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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On the Road Again

Welcome back Lake Shore bus transportation as they make their return to their regular schedules on Tuesday, April 13th. All students will be required to wear a mask and hands will be sanitized upon entering the bus.

At Lake Shore, we pride ourselves in our yellow transportation system. Our 10 bus drivers transport to Rodgers Elementary, Masonic Heights Elementary, and Kennedy Middle School as well as all Athletic events during the school year. They are personable and dedicated to ensuring safety for everyone aboard. According to Transportation Coordinator Val Harvey, the bus drivers are thrilled to see their kids again. She said, “We missed the kids so much. It is so exciting to be on the road again.”

With a combined 200 years of service and an average 16 years of service, please congratulate our Transportation Department for having all 12 buses meet every safety point and received a green tag from the Michigan State Police.

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DeCruydt Named MHSAA Girls' Bowling Champion

Senior Bowler Dani DeCruydt was crowned state champion! With a high score of 257, she rose to the top of the field of 60 competitors to take the top prize. Next year, she continues her academic and bowling career at Lawrence Tech. Congratulations, Dani!

Dombrow Named Literacy Ambassador

Congratulations to Mrs. Dombrow, English Teacher at Lake Shore High School, for being named Lake Shore's first ever #MacombReads Literacy Ambassador.

The ideal Literacy Ambassador is:

Passionate: Literacy Ambassadors believe in the importance of reading and share their excitement with the school community.

Lead by Example: Literacy Ambassadors actively engage in reading for pleasure and serve as role models for our youth.

Determined: Literacy Ambassadors work to ensure that Macomb County youth have the tools needed to acquire literacy skills to reach their full potential.

We firmly believe Mrs. Dombrow represents all of the above! The MISD will be providing a Literacy Ambassador pin, lawn sign, award winning children’s book, bookmarks for each Lake Shore elementary student, and framed document to be given to Mrs. Dombrow.

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Blood Drive

National Honor Society students, serving at our Taylor building, held a blood drive on March 29th. Red Cross staff checked temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin levels prior to the actual 8-10 minute donation. The number of blood donors in the United States in a year is 6.8 million and the Shorian Nation is proud to contribute to this number. In fact, we are excited to present to you the following results:

23 people successfully donated one unit of whole blood.

15 were first-time donors!

23 units of life-saving blood were collected, giving as many as 69 hospital patients a chance to once again enjoy good health.

Please enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you, as a donor, helped save lives. Thank you for choosing to donate blood to the American Red Cross.

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March Slurpee Surprise P2 Honorees

Congratulations to our March Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

  1. Kyrie Wood: Kindness

Masonic Heights Elementary

  1. Wesley Macey: Teamwork

  2. Adrien Holmes: Kindness

  3. Emily Bradley: Perseverance

Rodgers Elementary
  1. Lilly Roy: Supporting others when they struggle

  2. Clare Moore: Purpose

  3. Carol Peterson: Kindness

Violet Elementary

  1. Liam Kwiatkowski: Optimism

  2. Danae Summey: Prudence

  3. Ellieana Whitcher: Teamwork

Kennedy Middle School

  1. Ruby Pokorske: Perseverance

  2. Carly Best: Kindness

  3. Mr. Trail: Kindness

  4. Jonathan Nedai: Perseverance

Lake Shore High School

  1. Toni Harkonen: Supporting others

  2. Coach Popp: Love

  3. Spencer Olesky: Perseverance

  4. Kayla Schedlbauer: Hardworker

  5. Maria Mitchell: Hardworker

  6. Isabella Taylor: Perseverance

North Lake High School

  1. Jeremy Dixon: Purpose

Thank you, Shorian bus drivers, for your sweet deliveries!


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


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.