Shorian Nation eNews

March 20th, 2022

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Cup of Joes

A Cup of Joe with Lisa Pecoraro, Lake Shore Public School Violet Elementary
A Cup of Joe with Matthew Barranca, Lake Shore Public School Masonic Heights Elementary

Election Info 2022: Masonic Elementary and Violet Elementary Focus

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.

New instructional spaces and a renovated, secure front office will be added to Violet Elementary. Updates to the front entrance will also include a new entrance canopy and landscaping to address drainage issues.

To enhance the student learning environment, a new outdoor learning space will be added. In addition, classroom and corridor flooring, select doors and hardware, select classroom furniture, and classroom cabinets will be replaced.

Additional instructional space, including a new outdoor learning environment, will be added at Masonic Heights Elementary. To further improve the learning environment for students, classroom and corridor flooring will be updated, select doors and hardware will be replaced, and classroom cabinets will be added. In addition, a walking track will be installed for student and community use.

The bond will also provide safety improvements at Violet Elementary and Masonic Heights Elementary to include:

  • Installing an emergency alert system;
  • Upgrading classroom safety locking systems;
  • Replacing failing concrete;
  • Updating interior and exterior lighting; and,
  • Enhancing video surveillance and access control systems.

Other facility improvements will include replacing the boiler, plumbing updates, replacing select roofing, replacing classroom sinks, plumbing, select roofing, replacing select classroom furniture, and updating classroom technology and technology infrastructure.

We would like to hear your thoughts about the no tax-rate increase bond proposal, click this link.

To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.

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Save the Dates

Save the Date: 2022 Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 6pm

Lake Shore High School Performance Gym

Save the Date: 2022 Virtual District K-12 Art Show

Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at 6pm

Save the Date: 2022 Art Inspires Photorama

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 from 1-3pm

Save the Date: The Wizard of Oz

Friday-Saturday, April 22-23rd from 7-9pm

Sunday, April 24th from 2-4pm

Upcoming Events

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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 two weeks we focused on the character strengths of SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE and LOVE OF LEARNING.

People with the character strength of social intelligence are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. They understand why they do things.

Mrs. Turner, Counselor at Kennedy Middle School, is an expert at social intelligence. She is able to recognize and manage feelings appropriately by using words to set culture, making kindness a priority, and exhibiting empathy. Her office is a calm place where both students and staff are empowered to feel their feelings while being given the guidance for wise decision-making. Through her modeling, students are learning how-to advocate for themselves and manage and track their feelings.

KMS uses Clipper Check-ins as a way to monitor how students are doing. On average, over 439 students respond weekly to this optional, digital survey. They indicate their wellbeing through a color system: Red, yellow, green. On average, Mrs. Turner visits with 25 students who have requested a check-in. These check-ins gives students the opportunity to express their feelings.

The thing about Mrs. Turner is that she constantly sets lofty goals and achieves them because of her own high standards. She exclaimed. "I saw every 6th grader before our first set of conferences on October 14th!" This is a great way to make connections and build relationships, something she takes great pride in doing.

Speaking of building relationships, Mrs. Turner was excited to share a success story that can be described by the blue and white necklace she regularly wears, a gift from a current 6th grader. "This super rad student really opened up this year; The transition between 5th and 6th grades was tricky, but we have built trust, learned about each other, and now this student is thriving," she explained.

People with the character strength of love of learning master new topics on their own or in school.

William Knutson, a 6-year-old Kindergartener in Ms. O'Shee's class at Rodgers Elementary, has the uncanny ability to list every President of the United States. His favorite is the 16th President which is Abraham Lincoln, of course! A close second is George Washington which is why he dressed for Halloween as this commander in chief of the Continental Army.

He has memorized the year that they have been inaugurated, the year that they died, and many fun facts about them using books and PBS programming.

As an only child, William is surrounded by family love, people who encourage him to ask questions about everything and assist him in accessing those answers at home. Grandma Connie is a special person in his life who spends quality time with William, helping him grow in topics that he enjoys the most.

In additional to Presidential knowledge, William enjoys counting currency using mental math, reading, and maps. In fact, he is so interested in maps that he can rattle off the street names for his entire neighborhood.

Stacey Knutson, William's proud mom, explained that he loves school and his teachers. "He is approachable, outgoing, and caring." His teacher agrees. We are so lucky that he is a part of the Shorian Nation and excited to continue to follow him as he explores another passion.

Erin Tuladziecki, 5th grader at Violet Elementary, also has a love of learning. Her passion area is gymnastics.

Watch Erin's Level 6 State Champion Beam Routine. She qualified for the USA Gymnastics National Tops Testing.

This past October, she went to Indianapolis to test with 100 of the best 10-year-olds in the country for a chance to attend a camp with USA Gymnastics National Coaches.

In January, Erin took 1st place at the Winter Cup Classic in Mount Pleasant! She earned the best score for Level 7 with a 36.9.

Most recently, Erin finished in 1st place at the Tulip City Invitational!

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are SHOREY MASCOT (3/20-3/26) and HUMOR (3/27-4/2).


Principles of Leadership

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. Daly organizes a diverse array of guest speakers for his Principles of Leadership class.

Graduates Corbin Alvae, Joseph Ferguson, and Jermaine Chapman have been former guests who shared important messages about the fear of failure, self improvement, and overcoming obstacles, all universal topics.

In the past, the class had the privilege of hearing from Superintendent Dr. DiPonio and County Executive Mark Hackel also share many powerful life lessons. For example, Dr. DiPonio mentioned in 2019 that Mr. Popson, his science teacher and Athletic Director, was a mentor that pushed him to become an educator. Dr. DiPonio has been moved by the idea that life is about the wealth you can bring to others and not the wealth you obtain in your lifetime.

This year, Will Hitchcock, LSHS alumnus, spoke about being hit by a vehicle while riding his bike in 2000. He said, "I was literally dead on Greater Mack."

He narrated the challenges he faced medically and the brick walls he has overcame to get to where he is today such as living independently and working!

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and Lake Shore are grateful to have been a part of Will's recovery, even after 22 years, and will continue share this inspirational story!

Bonus: Jamie from Defeat the Label visited again today to share awareness and empathy among students about the idea of first impressions and “snap judgments”. Through role playing, media and discussion, high school students understood the dangers of misconceptions, stereotyping and assumptions, and became aware of such incidents in their everyday lives.

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District Substitutes

We wanted to recognize our substitute teachers, the people who teach a class when our regular teachers are unavailable.

Substitute teachers maintain classroom discipline and carry on the classroom procedures so that instruction isn't interrupted. Lake Shore subs are kind, caring people who adapt to any situation and are always up for a challenge.'

We are so lucky to have substitutes like Dianne O'Keefe who has been subbing for 15 years at Lake Shore Public Schools and we appreciate their sincere love for learning. We also appreciate Jeanenne Cappo, Employee Services Coordinator, for securing our classroom substitutes. She started at Lake Shore Public Schools in 1986 and has been dedicated to her roles and has the best interest of the district in mind.

If you would like to join us as a substitute in several of our departments, visit this link to apply for our vacant positions.


Strong Family Partnerships

In partnership from our PTO/Cs, Lake Shore Public Schools will be hosting our annual Daddy-Daughter Dance and Mother-Son Event as combined elementary school entertainment. Both events will be incredible opportunities to spend some quality time together with family and friends from Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, and Violet Elementary. Even our littlest learners from the Early Childhood Center are invited!

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Friday, May 6, 2022 from 6:30-8:30pm

Lake Shore High School Athletic Field

22980 13 Mile Rd, Saint Clair Shores

$25/couple + $10 additional daughter(s)

Deadline to purchase: Friday, April 15th

$5 Optional Big Screen Message

Questions? Contact

Mother-Son Baseball Game

Friday, June 3, 2022 at 7:05pm

USPBL Jimmy John's Field

7171 Auburn Rd, Utica

$20/person and FREE for LSPS elementary students

Deadline to purchase: Friday, April 22nd

Stay until the end for post-game running the bases and fireworks

Questions? Contact

Lake Shore PS Mother-Son Baseball Game

Ribbi's Reading Assembly

We are highlighting our elementary partnership with the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL).

With assistance from USPBL's Noah Hengesbach and Ribbi, our elementary schools are participating in the USPBL Reading Program. This is an incentive driven reading program designed to encourage students to read more and fits perfectly with our one book, one school, author visits, and individual literacy goals. The objective for each student is to “hit a home run” by meeting certain goals and requirements during the month of March.

Our teachers understand the importance of reading with their classes. Having a teacher read aloud to students helps increase their reading level, because it models fluent reading for students. Our families have fostered a love for literature by establishing a reading routine at school and home.

The USPBL Reading Program is a fun way to encourage reading development in students. Every student that “hits a home run” receives a free ticket to attend a 2022 baseball game at Jimmy John’s Field where they will be honored on the field with all of the students who completed the reading program.

To learn more about the USPBL Reading Program, visit

Bonus: Information for our elementary Mother-Son event has been released; It may have something to do with Ribbi and baseball.

Author Visit from Victoria J. Coe

During March is Reading Month is 2021, students read Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe.

This year, Victoria flew in from Boston to join our 3rd-5th grades and share a writing workshop on point of view. There are at least two sides to every story; Your reality depends on your point of view. Your perspective is your reality.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction assisted with the planning of this event. She wrote, "Writing with an author! Victoria Coe focuses on perspective, which is also an important Positivity Project trait we learn about! Intentional assemblies connect identified data deficiencies (point of view) and character traits."

A lucky student from each class joined her for lunch, too. In addition, she autographed over 100 copies of her books! What an exciting experience for our Rockets, Tigers, and All-Stars!

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Educational Excellence Award Presented to Hoehing

On this #FacesFriday, we are celebrating the 2022 Frank Miracola 21st Century Educational Excellence award winner Julie Hoehing, a 3rd grade teacher at Violet Elementary in Lake Shore Public Schools!

Julie is a success story as an educator who took what she learned in 21things4teachers and put educational technology into practice in her elementary classroom. Julie is an ed tech pioneer whose journey to transform her elementary classroom from no-tech to low-tech to tech embedded is a model for others and served her and her district well during the pandemic.

Julie’s 21things4teachers journey is a success story that shows the culmination of all of the projects. Julie began by taking that first step in professional development - picking a “Thing” on 21things4teachers to learn how to implement best practices in educational technology. This led to her building her skills and lessons to integrate digital age teaching and learning in her classroom.

Julie was a 1:1 innovator of Chromebooks as a 22iTrig grant recipient through the Classroom Readiness activity. She served as a building leader and coach at the elementary level. Julie also took what she learned in the REMC BLIC and Macomb Academy for Digital Educators/Macomb 2020 initiative to the next level, and now serves as a blended instructor for teachers across the State.

She was one of the co-creators of the 21things4kids project, now the MITechKids and has been actively involved since 2016. She actively creates content and has submitted over 60 task cards to help K-5 educators bring ed tech to the classroom. Julie continues to actively present about the 21things4 projects and be a model for teachers everywhere who have made the leap to digital age teaching and learning.

Witnessing Artistry Happen

We are inviting the community to the perfect place to witness artistry happen at Lake Shore. Students will prepare drawings, paintings, ceramics, and digital art to display on Thursday, April 21st at 6pm at our Virtual K-12 District Art Show:

At Lake Shore High School, students from Mrs. Bolen's Art classes participated in the 2022 Scholastic Art Awards Competition. The following Shorians were chosen to receive Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards and will be featured in our upcoming Art Show:

  • Heaven Biland - Honorable Mention Drawing & Ill
  • Angelina Cook - Honorable Mention Drawing & Ill
  • Isabella Dalecke - Honorable Mention Drawing & Ill
  • Mira Felczak - Gold Key Drawing & Ill
  • Mira Felczak - Gold Key Drawing & Ill
  • Mira Felczak - Gold Key Drawing & Ill
  • Mira Felczak - Honorable Mention Drawing & Ill
  • Mira Felczak - Honorable Mention Drawing & Ill
  • Jamie Owens - Silver Key Drawing & Ill
  • Jamisen Talanges - Gold Key Fashion

Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the 2022 Scholastic Art Awards recipients. They celebrated with a virtual Ceremony & Exhibit!

In addition, the following artworks have been selected to be included in the Anton Art Center's annual Macomb County Secondary Student Artist Competition and Exhibition:

  • Emily Kurdziel, 12, Self Portrait; Band, Bang, Pow
  • Leah Van Neste, 12, The Crow; Koi Pond
  • Jamie Owens, 11, Home Town
  • Grace Wolf, 12, Self Portrait
  • Heaven Bilard, 12, Self Portrait
  • Mira Felczak, 12, Portfolio: I Remember It, King Leo, Just a Puppy, It Wasn't About What She Was Wearing, Big Beet, Look Beautiful, A Sister's View, Sunny Side Up
  • Bella Dalecke, 12, Distorted Perception; Unruly Comfort; Stressful Times; Overdue
  • Angelina Cook, 12, Bear Lake
  • Ava Mittelstadt, 9, Gemma
  • Jamie Owens, Chapel
  • Zella Bowers, 12, Barnie

The Macomb County Annual Secondary Student Show will be open to the public March 12th-April 12th, 2022. The Anton Art Center is currently open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, 11am - 3pm.

Bonus: Congratulations to Carrington Barnes for winning the Blue Lake Scholarship! Their mission to inspire young artists to achieve their potential has not wavered since their first day of camp in 1966. We are pleased to continue that tradition in 2022 and look forward sending Carrington to camp this summer.


Congratulations to our Kennedy Middle School wrestlers for bringing back hardware for the trophy case as they finished in 3rd of a 21 possible teams!

Our KMS Wrestling Team traveled to Warren on Saturday to participate in the Van Dyke Invitational Wrestling Tournament. There were twenty-one schools wrestling in the tournament. After the morning consolation rounds concluded, Kennedy found themselves battling for third place. The afternoon finals rounds saw Kennedy with nine wrestlers, wrestling for medals. Kennedy had to score high to maintain their small hold onto third overall place and did just that. Kennedy came home with their first ever Tournament trophy. Our Clippers finished in third place a comfortable 16 points ahead of the fourth place team!

Winning medals for Kennedy were: Onesius Taylor 6th place, Logan Foster 5th place, Noah VanCoppenolle 5th place, Jacob Gross 4th place, Colin Taylor 3rd place, Josh Brown 2nd place, Gabe Phoenix 2nd place, Tommy Leahy 1st place and Logan Olesky 1st place.

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