Shorian Nation eNews
September 17th, 2023
Save the Date: Homecoming 2023
Homecoming is less than a month away and planning begins now!
Homecoming is a time to announce your Lake Shore pride. And after you’ve graduated, it’s a time to return to Saint Clair Shores and reminisce about your school days. Lake Shore High School would like to share our Spirit Week, allowing our students ample time to consult with friends and family and prepare outfits accordingly for the week of September 29th-October 6th themed Centennial Celebration.
According to the Census Bureau, the estimated population for Saint Clair Shores as of July 2022 is 57,742. Without an exact cheer decibel measurement or simple head count, it will feel like the entire community dressed in red and white along the parade route.
- The highly anticipated districtwide Spirit Week is outlined in the graphic below.
- The Junior vs. Senior Powderpuff game will be held on Sunday, October 1st at 5pm. Prior to the game, beginning at 10am, Hall Decorating will occur at Lake Shore High School.
- The City of Saint Clair Shores will present a proclamation on Monday, October 2nd at 7pm inside City Hall to celebrate Lake Shore's 100th year.
- Join us at our Homecoming parade* on Friday, October 6th beginning at 6pm. It will start at Kennedy Middle School, follow Greater Mack, and end at Lake Shore High School.
- The kickoff for our Homecoming football game against Cousino will be on Friday, October 6th at 7pm. During halftime, our Homecoming Court will be announced.
- Here's a checklist from our Athletic Department regarding policies for Varsity Football games:
- Our LSHS dance will run from 7:00 to 10:00pm on Saturday, October 7th inside the performance gymnasium. There will be no presale tickets; All tickets will be purchased for $15 each at the event. Guest passes are located inside the main office and due on the 6th.
- Contact our Student Congress advisor Rob Couck at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Note: There is no school for students on Monday, October 2nd; it is a District Professional Development Day for teachers.
*Below is a list of participants and their positions in the parade along with the list of float assignments for this year's parade. We will be representing the past 100 years of Lake Shore with a float dedicated to each decade of Lake Shore's existence.
- LSHS Marching Band - LSHS Alumni Band performing in concert with the students!
- LSFT Union
- Masonic Heights Elementary (followed by clubs) - 1920's
- Rodgers Elementary (followed by clubs) -1930's
- Violet Elementary (followed by clubs) - 1940's
- Kennedy Middle School (followed by clubs) - 1950's
- LSECC/North Lake High School - 1960's
- Cheer Team -1970's
- Choir - 1980's
- Freshman court
- Freshman float 1990s
- Sophomore court
- Sophomore float - 2000's
- Junior court
- Junior float - 2010's
- Senior court
- Senior float - 2020's
- Administrators and BOE
This year for Grand Marshall we are going to be asking any and all alumni to come and join the float/decade in which they graduated.
Save the Date: Color Fun Runs
On September 30th, Masonic Heights and Rodgers will celebrate their fundraising efforts with Color Runs/Spirit Walk. Violet has scheduled their Fun Walk on October 13th.
Elementary students are raising money for their schools and need your help. We have partnered with 99 Pledges to setup donation pages and to help spread the word.
Masonic Heights Elementary: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/masonicheights2023
Rodgers Elementary: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/colorrun023
Violet Elementary: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/violetelemPTO
There are many physical and emotional benefits to participating in a fun run such as physical health, mental health, fitness, weight loss, team building, laughter and social interaction. We are excited to track and share progress to make fundraising fun and competitive and we look forward to celebrating our proceeds with the community.
Lake Shore Public Schools, in partnership with Chartwells Food Services, provides healthy meals to all children. Families can use our Nutrislice app for access to menus.
You asked, we listened! Introducing Family Portal by Meal Magic for all things Food Service such as making deposits, transferring between students, viewing account history, setting daily spending limits or other restrictions!
We are excited to announce that due to Michigan School Meals Law, all meals will be free for the 2023-2024 school year! Lake Shore Public Schools is still seeking to obtain completed Eligibility Benefits Forms from all families; It is important to receive these applications in order to attain the maximum amount of federal assistance for other programs (outside of free meals) that greatly benefit our students and families such as school funding, technology funding, SAT, ACT, and AP test discounts, college application discounts, athletics, grants, and instructional support programs.
The easiest way to apply is by visiting https://lakeshore.familyportal.cloud/.
Please have your child bring their Student ID as this identification will be utilized by our Food Service Department for all meals. It should be ready to be scanned when making food selections.
Our districtwide 1:1 Chromebook initiative is designed to cultivate learning. We are excited to distribute devices to all students this year!
Chromebooks run the Google Chrome operating system, a lightweight OS that is designed to run apps over the web. The devices are protected from viruses and managed by the district through a central web console. These computers allow access to anytime, anywhere, anyway learning, and allow students to build technology skills and responsibility in a safe and caring environment. To view our 1:1 Frequently Asked Questions document, visit this link.
Have you turned on your Chromebook lately or tried logging into PowerSchool or Schoology? If you need technology support, send an email to email@example.com. Parents, please include your child’s first and last name and building.
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 Updates (8/2023)
- 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.
Recognizing when people in our lives are struggling with emotional pain and helping them feel comfortable to talk about it can help prevent mental health crises, including suicide. Learning the warning signs, knowing how to start a conversation, and knowing where to get professional help can make a powerful, life-changing difference.
#1 Know the signs
Warning signs of suicidal thoughts indicate that someone might be in acute danger and urgently need help, and they can vary by age, gender, sexuality & cultural identity.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain, wanting it to end or not wanting to wake up
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Displaying extreme mood swings
Learn more about:
#2 Find the words
If you are worried about someone's mental health, it is important to have the courage to start the conversation, share what you notice, listen empathetically, and offer help.
- Ask about how they are doing, if they are having thoughts of suicide, ending their life, or pain
- Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
- Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
- Reflect on what they share and let them know they have been heard
- Tell them they are not alone- let them know there are people and treatments available that can help
- If you are or they are concerned, guide them to additional professional help
#3 Reach out for help
- Keep a list of crisis and local resources to refer to if needed.
For crisis support:
- Call the lifeline at 988 or text "HELP" to 741741 for free crisis counseling 24/7/365
- Call 9-1-1 and request a crisis-trained responder
- Go to your local emergency room
For ongoing therapeutic support:
Care Solace is a 24/7/365 coordination service to help find local mental health programs and counseling services. Care Solace will help you quickly find an appointment matched to your unique needs, regardless of circumstance. The Care Solace team can help with all types of care.
If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
- Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365
- Visit www.caresolace.com/lsps and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
Learn more about how to know the signs, find the words, and reach out for help here.
Lake Shore Adult and Community Education Serving St. Clair Shores and the surrounding area since 1956! To browse & register, utilize the Explore All Programs search field above or click on a program below. The use of District facilities beyond school hours is a powerful tool for community growth.
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Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityInAction mindset is our top priority. Because of our goal to inspire students to build positive relationships and become their best selves, we invite you to follow this Positivity Project Calendar. Note: We have made a few changes to this calendar; All adjustments are located on our District Events Calendar.
This calendar outlines all 24 character strengths, 1 highlighted per week. Our teachers create engaging and impactful lessons — differentiated by grade-level — and share through presentations, student recognitions, classroom discussions, and building-specific displays.
An example of several character strengths was provided over the Summer with an extended enrichment learning opportunity focused on accelerating and expanding on student learning.
In Kids Yoga Camp, students have been camping in the forest. making tents with bolsters, practicing tree pose, firelog pose and compass pose, and pretending to go on a bear hunt. They are using their imaginations to go on adventures while getting exercise at the same time!
Instructor Jody Battaglia was impressed with so many P2 character strengths that were displayed in her classes, but one student in particular stood out. She wrote, "Gracie Walton is an incoming Kindergarten student at Rodgers Elementary. Gracie has spinal bifida and she participated in our 2-week Yoga Camp this Summer. Gracie's perseverance is a true inspiration to all those she meets. She captures you with her smile and amazes you with her zest at such a young age! Gracie's mom said that after just 2 weeks of yoga they saw so many improvements ... better balance, increased flexibility, and a new ability to transfer from the car to her wheelchair. Gracie's perseverance and determination is truly awe inspiring!"
Thank you staff for your time and talent as you worked with our Shorian Nation to learn or develop a skill with several of our student participants while honing our P2 skills. This included opportunities with Summer tutoring, too!
Looking forward, we are excited to celebrate CURIOSITY (9/18-22) and TEAMWORK (9/25-29).
OK2SAY Student Safety Program
See something? Say something.
Lake Shore has encouraged students to use this program in 2018 when an advocate for the Michigan Student Safety Program visited Kennedy Middle School and in 2019 when Don Ferguson from the Michigan Attorney General’s Cyber Safety Initiative team visited Lake Shore High School. It has been 3 years since our Clippers had an all-school assembly. Don returned last week and shared the importance of the OK2SAY program.
OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment.
Anyone can report tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While continually evolving and reviewed annually, on this Safety and Security webpage you will find a list of recent and current safety measures implemented by Lake Shore Public Schools to provide the safest environment for our students and staff.
Meet Maisie, Media Productions teacher Mrs. Blaszkowski's one-and-a-half-year-old rescue Golden Retriever who has joined us permanently at Lake Shore High School.
She is a certified Therapy Dog through a parent organization called Pawsitive Changes Therapy Dogs. A therapy dog is a dog that is trained to provide affection, comfort and support to our students. Most therapy dogs are family pets that have been trained and volunteer to go places to provide therapy.
Mrs. Blaszkowski explained, "Maisie started in puppy class a year ago. She then took a beginner class. From there we went on to the Canine Good Citizen class and AKC CGC title. She was temperament tested for therapy and then took a 10-week class through Pawsitive Changes which included practice visits at libraries, senior living homes, memory care centers, Oakland University, and a visit to Bass Pro Shops. She then took the Canine Good Citizen Advanced test and had graduation. My husband and I are both certified handlers and insured by PCTD so Maisie is shared. She is Novice Therapy Dog Titled at the moment and is working on her Intermediate Trick Dog Title this fall. Maisie is a very special dog to me, and to my family, and because she is such an amazing dog, we chose to train her so that we could share her loving nature with those that need a little joy in their life. Even if it is for a few moments during their day."
Fun Facts about Maisie
1. Maisie loves when you scratch her chest and her ears.
2. Students should never approach any dog from behind, Maisie is extremely nice, but she can still startle if someone runs up from behind.
3. Maisie loves all snacks - but she shouldn’t be getting people food snacks and dog snacks should be small in size.
4. Her favorite toy is anything that rolls, especially tennis balls.
5. Maisie does not lay down much to get pets.
Animals provide a type of love and compassion that compares to no other; This statement was clear during Picture Day with Seniors and their pets and the joy that our entire student body receives through Maisie visits.
How much time is invested into getting our schools and classrooms ready for your children?
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. Bond renovations this year included new furniture and storage that was carefully arranged this past week. School supply boxes were delivered, floors received a fresh coat of wax, Chromebooks, cords, and cables were inspected for quality assurance, and continuous landscaping enhancements increased overall aesthetics; These are staple parts of the planning process for every new school year. But for a teacher, intention begins with classroom setup.
Upon entry, but not before a variety of morning greeting choices such as air hug, wave, or thumbs up. Carefully crafted getting to know you activities and a simple surprise or two lay neatly on desks. Bulletin boards displays, both in traditional and digital forms, adorned the walls to convey information and encourage participation.
There were books, folders, P2 sightings, all meticulous placed for ease of access and understanding. It was as if our staff, in addition to Teacher Education degrees from higher education institutions, also earned Interior Design endorsements.
Thank you for making first impressions that last well beyond this Week 1 moment.
Bonus: Thank you for the Chalk Cheer greetings, Shorian Nation! What a beautiful welcome for our staff!
Senior Painted Parking Spots
Let's share a tradition that began in 2018: Senior Painted Parking Spots.
Having your own parking spot is a rite of passage. For the sixth year, our Lake Shore High School student drivers had the opportunity to paint and personalize their parking space. From career goals to personal passions, our students have brought whimsical Lisa Frank-inspired colors and designs to our student lot.
Senior Adelia Nasir didn't originally plan on painting a spot. As a Butcher student, she arrives so early to school that it wasn't a worry to claim a good space. After a pep talk from a friend, she was convinced that it was a special part of her final year at LSHS. Using a palate of warm colors, she painted an emoji that captures the feeling of "giddy."
Giddy means feeling silly, happy, and excited; She is happiest when she has shared experiences. Adelia explained, "It is simple things like going for a drive, late at night, observing the beauty of the moon in the sky, and listening to Erykah Badu's Didn't Cha Know with my boyfriend of two years." It is that togetherness that makes her giddy and is the reason for her emoji parking spot vision.
In 2023, all 60 parking spots have been claimed! Thank you for your participation, Seniors.
Thanks again to Manns Brothers Painting for painting our Spirit Rock at the student entrance of 13 Mile.
First Day of School
😃 The sky is not the limit. Your mind is.
On September 5th, we welcomed all students to the Shorian Nation with warm greetings, organized learning spaces, and opportunities to engage with our learning communities.
The first day of school was certainly a busy one. But with all of the excitement, it was one of the most ideal days to catch on social media! Please share your child’s eagerness for the 2023/24 school year by posting your first day of school photos and tagging #myLSPSFirstDay.
✅ Successful #myLSPSFirstDay
✅ Made a Shorian connection
🔲 An amazing 2023/24 school year
Whether it was your first day or your last first day, have a great year, Shorians!
We have built an 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.
Read this recent story titled Competitive Sister Duo Junior Grace and Sophomore Sophia VanDenstorm Make Varsity featuring our Volleyball team.
We have partnered with Kroger to help fund our athletics. Please read this letter from our Athletic Coordinator Rich Bowers.
Fall 2023 schedules, rosters, and LSHS player headshots are posted for Cross County, Football, Sideline Cheer, Soccer, Swim, and Volleyball! Team photos, video feed, and more featured stories are on deck to be added. Stay tuned!
In addition, follow @ShorianSports on X for access to live sports updates from your favorite coaches and teams!
We believe a balance of academics and athletics creates a well-rounded student. Students who participate in sports not only gain the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, they also learn lessons about sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, respect, and knowing how to win and lose.
Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to AOTW Madison Perkowski, member of Varsity Volleyball team at Lake Shore High School. Coach Margaret Kwapisz shared her contributions with us:
"Madison had 8 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks and a dig in the first league game against Clawson. She always works hard at practice and has a great attitude."
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