Shorian Nation eNews
January 9th, 2022
Within this Shorian Nation newsletter, you will stay informed about upcoming events, review our Positivity Project character focus strengths, and read stories that feature inspiration, innovation, and celebration.
Happy New Year, Shorian Nation!
Thank you to all students, families, and community members who attended the Saint Clair Shores Tunnel of Lights featuring a performance by our own Violet Elementary at Blossom Heath Park.
We enjoyed seeing the return of the sky lighted up by the Shorian Nation. We appreciate your visit to our #ShinefromtheShores station, under the Tunnel of Lights, where we had our Media team record encouraging messages and take photos that were sent to pediatric patients at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak on behalf of Lake Shore Public Schools and the Saint Clair Shores community.
A special thank you to Mrs. Kim Rueger-West and her students for providing the musical entertainment, the Saint Clair Shores Fire Department for their visit, Peyton Lees for recording messages on behalf of Video Productions, and NHS members Madison Connor, Carlie Chamberlain, and Emma Fries for assisting with the event.
Please enjoy this video, a community collaboration from your hearts to those who may need our love the most: https://youtu.be/GKu3JQIcHpk. We are wishing you, and all of them, a safe and healthy 2022!
People with the character strength of self control have the ability to control their emotions and behaviors. They think before they act.
Winning sometimes means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else. In our Kennedy Middle School Staff versus Students Volleyball game, the players went all in for the win.
They used strategies like trying to focus on one goal at a time, planning for situations that might break their resolve, and avoiding temptation. For example, it can be easy to lack persistence when you are down a set. It can also be difficult to wait patiently for an opportunity to spike at the right time. But, the ability to stop and think before making a choice is important.
After every point, regardless of which team scored, there was a team signal, huddle, or hug of support and a smile that followed. They shared the same desire to win, using cooperation and encouragement, which created positive synergy.
In the end the staff won 2 games to 1.
People with the character strength of optimism expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.
Kindergartener Landon Laughton exhibits optimism in Ms. Smith's MICI class at Violet Elementary while having the most common chromosomal condition diagnosed in the United States: Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is usually associated with physical growth delays, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and characteristic facial features.
"Down syndrome doesn't hold Landon back, it amplifies what he is good at," said Patrick Laughton, Landon's dad. Ms. Smith, along with paraprofessionals Ms. Anna and Ms. Kelly, describe Landon as very intelligent, proudly sharing that he knows both his upper and lower case letters, can solve puzzles and matching with ease, and is great with following procedures. These are just a few examples of his strengths.
This 6-year-old is described by both his teachers, who coincidently are Lake Shore graduates from '21, '09, and '83, and peers from every grade level as "sweet, loveable, and always happy." As he enters the classroom, he chooses to hug as his morning greeting. He is the definition of love and illustrates this adjective with an affectionate smile. His peers gravitate to him with high-fives, fist pumps, and playground playdate invitations because his positivity is infectious. He smiles because he is joy. He gets along with everyone because the more friends, the better. He is kind because...why not? He has this zest for life that is different because he is that person who brings happiness into the lives of others. "His disability does not define him, rather it is what makes him unique," Patrick added.
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you. On average, children laugh 400 times a day, while adults laugh about 15 times. The implication is that somehow people become too serious and lose the ability to laugh while growing up. But not Landon.
We encourage our Shorian Nation to find your own Landon and never let him go. Better yet, be a Landon for others.
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are PRUDENCE (1/2-1/8) and PERSEVERANCE (1/16-1/22).
Every year, students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps Spelling Bee, one of the nation's oldest and most iconic competitions. In order to select our competitors for the Macomb Regional Spelling Bee, our elementary schools and middle school hold the following preliminary competitions:
Masonic Heights Elementary
Friday, January 7th at 12:45pm
Thursday, January 27th at 1:45pm
Thursday, February 3rd at 1:30pm
Kennedy Middle School
Wednesday, February 9th at 6:00pm
In preparation for this competition and to continue to expand their vocabulary, students are working on spelling lists and sentences on a weekly basis.
Bonus: We are pleased to remind you that Glendian Vasili from Kennedy Middle School was our 2021 Champion for the Macomb County Regional Spelling Bee! The district has celebrated students with top 10 status, but since 1997, we've never had a student win the Regional Bee.
Lake Shore Foundation Grant Support
In 2022, we continue to celebrate the Lake Shore Foundation's epic milestone made possible by 35 years of a community working together to support the students of Lake Shore Public Schools.
The Lake Shore Foundation of Educational Excellence proudly awarded our 500th grant on Wednesday, October 13th and continues to champion grant projects like these examples:
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center
Laminator for building
Masonic Heights Elementary
Physical Education mats for Mr. Osterland
Honey bees for Mr. Osterland
Flexible seating for Mrs. Paver
Flexible seating for STEAM classroom
Indoor tower gardening system for 2nd grade classes
Kennedy Middle School
New furniture for media center
Flexible seating for 8th grade ELA
Flexible seating for 7th grade ELA
Lake Shore High School
Digital temperature sensors for Science classes
Flexible seating for Mrs. Lebiecki
North Lake High School
Outdoor learning space for building
Woodshop tools for Mr. Carito
Flexible seating for Mr. Hunt
Where will your dollars take us? We'll have to wait to see.
The Foundation was established in 1986 for the purpose of using charitable contributions to benefit all Lake Shore Public Schools' students. Their mission is to help students reach their goals of excellence by funding support for important educational activities not provided by the schools.
Seniors Give Life Advice to Seniors
Our Lake Shore High School Seniors visited American House, formally known as Lakeshore Senior Living, to ask Senior Citizens for life advice.
Rachel Smith, Wellness Supervisor, collaborated with our Ms. Honold's AP Biology class to create an intergenerational activity that would benefit everyone. Rachel explained, "These conversations are the best thing for our Seniors. I enjoyed watching them bridge the gap, imparting wisdom from both old and new."
Lake Shore Senior Katie Arnold was paired with 92-year-old Anne Stricker. Anne's life advice to Katie was to "never stop learning." Katie understands the importance of learning things outside of school or a career. "Being multifaceted is a key to success," chimed Anne. This is why Katie's interest in the arts and specifically pottery has prompted her to take a class to form vessels with clay.
Enjoy these insights from the elderly on the key ingredients for a good life, and get inspired by these interviews.
MSBOA District 16 Honors Band
Eight students from Lake Shore High School participated in the MSBOA District 16 Honors Band, a collection of talented students from all over Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties, to perform a concert in December. Parent Melissa Florek supported her daughter Annika from the audience and described the performance as "absolutely breathtaking."
The following students were nominated by their director and selected by a board to participate:
Lillian Benson - Clarinet
Zachary Shepherd - B. Sax
Annika Florek - Trumpet
Alexis Gress - Trumpet
Mariah Swanson - Trombone
Jason Carr - Percussion
Chloe Cuppetelli - Clarinet
Christina Cantin - Trombone
Holiday Music Performances
Did you have the opportunity to see and hear our musicians play and sing their hearts out, supported by loved ones and adoring fans to ring in the Christmas spirit? The following is a comprehensive list of our 10 holiday performances throughout the district:
-December 3rd: MICI students carol at Cranbrook Village at 10am
-December 8th: LSHS Band and KMS Band's Winter Concert at the Emerald at 7pm
-December 9th: Rodgers Gingerbread and Jingles at 5:30pm
-December 11th: Rodgers Rocketeers perform on the lobby steps of the Fox Theatre at 11:15am
-December 11th: Violet Elementary students perform on Blossom Heath's pavilion at the Tunnel of Lights at 6:30pm
-December 13th: Masonic Heights students perform a song from Elf! The Musical at Lakeshore Senior Living at 1:30pm
-December 14th: Early Childhood Center Preschool 4 students carol at Lakeshore Senior Living at 1:30pm
-December 15th: Early Childhood Center Holiday Program from 6:00pm-7:30pm
-December 15th: LSHS Choir and KMS Choir's Winter Concert at the Emerald at 7pm
-December 16th: Elf! The Musical Jr. Masonic Heights 4th & 5th grade perform at Rodgers Elementary at 6:30pm
Thank you to every performance that brought entertainment and joy to every attendee!
Freeze Frame: Generosity
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