Shorian Nation eNews

May 1st, 2022

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LSPS Board of Ed. approved a $66.7 million no tax-rate increase bond proposal for the May 3rd ballot

Election Info 2022

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.

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

Are you, a friend or family member celebrating at these Lake Shore events? We want to see your posts and photos. Please use #LakeShore22 to be a part of our news feeds.

Lake Shore High School MoCI Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, May 25th at 9:00am

LSHS Auditorium

Lake Shore High School Honors Night

Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30pm

LSHS Auditorium

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center Preschool Graduation

Friday, June 3rd at 2:30pm


99th LSHS Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 4th at 10:00am

John U'ren Stadium

Class of 2022 Senior Memory DVD and Graduation DVD preorder information.

6th Grade Awards

Wednesday, June 8th at 2:30pm

Kennedy Middle School Gym

7th Grade Awards

Thursday, June 9th at 2:30pm

Kennedy Middle School Gym

Masonic Heights Elementary 5th Grade Celebration

Monday, June 13th at 6:00pm

John U'ren Stadium

North Lake High School Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 13th at 6:30pm

LSHS Auditorium

Rodgers Elementary 5th Grade Celebration

Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00pm

John U'ren Stadium

8th Grade Awards

Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30pm

LSHS Auditorium

Violet Elementary 5th Grade Celebration

Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00pm

John U'ren Stadium

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 APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE and PURPOSE.

People with the character strength of appreciation of beauty and excellence notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. They don’t take things for granted.

We are announcing our Art Inspires winner and thanking all participates for joining us at our Emily Tims Art Inspires Photorama. Top three teams were We Heart Art, The Wolf Pack, and Snow Wolf Slayers. The winning team was We Heart Art representing Masonic Heights Elementary. Well done, team!

To celebrate our love for art while exploring small businesses in Saint Clair Shores, we created a fun way to explore and discover the city on Saturday, April 23rd from 1pm-3pm.

Art pieces were displayed inside a variety of local restaurants, hand-selected based on exemplary skills, creativity, and innovative ideas including Scholastic award winners! The artwork was supplied from the following students and can be viewed at these community eateries:

· Boat Works

· Cold Cow Ice Cream

· Copper Penny

· Cranberry Park at ShorePointe

· Eastside Bagel

· EOS Cafe and Coffee House

· Fishbone's

· Gilbert's Lodge

· Johnny Z's Pizzeria

· Palmer's Inn

· Wally's Frozen Custard

· WaterMark Bar and Grille

· Zef's Dockside

Thank you Tony/Aimee, Donny, Michelle, Vern/Julia, Amy, Eliza, Cindy, Nico, Jeff, Flip, George, Brian, and Penny for agreeing to share our art pieces inside your restaurants. We also appreciate Rachel at American House for serving as our community service bonus site!

People with the character strength of purpose have beliefs about the meaning of life and their life’s purpose. They seek to be part of something greater than themselves.

Our entire Shorian Nation staff pitched in to write a combined total of 601 postcards to 289 Seniors, 245 from Lake Shore High School and 44 from North Lake High School, who have made a significant impact on them. We appreciate our students, past and present, more than they could possibly know, and this is one small way of sharing this message.

We encourage our Seniors to visit the Commons at Lake Shore High School to read these handwritten words of affirmations wall. All postcards will be given to our Seniors by the end of the year as a keepsake.

Every Senior has at least one, written by their favorite staff member from Lake Shore High School, North Lake High School, Kennedy Middle School, Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, or Violet Elementary.

A special thank you to Secretaries Kim DeCruydt and Jennifer Villasurda for collecting and organizing the postcards and Sue Lipscomb and her MiCI helpers for hanging them.

From all of us inside the Shorian Nation, we believe in you and your purpose in life. After all, our educational purpose is driven by these relationships.

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are LEADERSHIP (5/1-5/7) and FRIENDSHIP (5/8-5/14).

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LSPS Letters to Class of 2022


Wizard of Oz

We were entertained by 50 cast members in 3 professionally crafted on-stage performances as they transported us to somewhere Over the Rainbow. Our 3rd-5th grade students at all elementaries were able to watch a special Wizard of Oz matinee performance, too.

After a tornado hurls through Kansas, Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are swept away from their home to the colorful and vibrant Land of Oz. In order to find their way back home, they must embark on a journey to the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz resides.

Sarah Pierce wrote, "SO proud of all these kids and ALL of their hard work!! They are SO lucky to have such amazing and caring teachers!!!"

Thank you to our Choir teachers Kelsey Elkins and Jamee Perryman as well as backstage volunteers and these 4th-12th grade students for putting together such a beautiful, theatrical production.

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LSPS Wizard of Oz Musical Production Recap April 2022

Violet Elementary's 22nd Annual Talent Show

We are presenting acts from Violet Elementary's 22nd Annual Talent Show.

We were so impressed with Masters of Ceremony Mollie Jacks and Giulia Ryder and the 21 acts which included a variety of talent. From singing and dancing to comedy and tumbling, we enjoyed watching all of the performers shine.

Your showcase of skills made us smile; We do not consider you amateurs. Your talents are impressive and the only thing that is even more inspiring may be your display of character strengths. We appreciate both who you are and aptitude for your special abilities.

Thank you to Mrs. Pecararo and our backstage crew consisting of Ryan Campell, Gia Dhindsa, Timothy Fountain, Ella Gordon, Hudson Karwowski, and Carter Woods for making this two-day event a success.

Bonus: We also wanted to include several faces from Bring Your Child to Work day. Thank you to all of our special guests for your visit.

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District Art Show

Bonus: Please continue supporting and celebrating our students and their art at the upcoming 6th Annual Promising Artists Exhibition. Preview some of their work by visiting!event/2022/5/7/6th-annual-promising-artists-exhibition-featuring-the-work-of-50-students-from-area-high-schools

You can view the show in-person 10 am - 3 pm Saturdays in the Grosse Pointe Artists Association gallery at The War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.

The following students have work at this event: Owen Storbeck, Michael Pilka, Peyton Peiffer, Chloe Bailleaux, Elisa Henry, and Julian Smith.

The gallery talk and awards ceremony will be at 2 pm on Saturday, May 7, with the juror Bryan Wilson and Maria D'Agostini.

If you are interested in buying one of the pieces that is for sale, call 313.881.3454.

Classroom Cribs Featuring Ms. Gonzales

Welcome to Ms. Gonzales' classroom.

Elementary students in her Art Special have learned about iconic pop artist Keith Haring by reading the book The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, written by his sister, and exploring his life and art. Haring reminds others to make the world a better place by sharing their own art.

As you enter, materials are laid out, table groups are formed, procedures are printed on posters and hung on walls around the room, and the classroom screen displays helpful reminders. Since using primary colors is an important part of today's lesson, Kindergarten students already have crayons available on their work areas.

She has to be an expert at learning names, making connections, and managing all of the materials. One of the ways she does this is by choosing her words intentionally to promote active listening. Documenting students' worlds is an important job and this environment makes that possible. Art is everywhere and these art experiences help 4th graders like Olivia Bunjac and Jesse Eden put their creativity skills to the test.

As an elementary art teacher, Ms. Gonzales has every single student in the elementary building. There has to be enough work space, a reasonable amount of storage space, and good lighting. There is even a utility sink in the corner of the room where they can wash paint brushes and perform clean up duties.

Thank you, Ms. Gonzales and student tour guides Olivia and Jesse, for sharing your Art Special classroom at Violet Elementary with all of us!

Earth Day

Mrs. Fergusson's Environmental Science classes at Lake Shore High School and Mr. Gardiner's 4th grade classes at Masonic Heights Elementary teamed to complete 3 activities that celebrated Earth Day.

Cleaning Up An Oil Spill: Students worked together in groups to determine the best method for cleaning up an oil spill.

Every Drop Counts: This activity highlighted water conservation. Students participated in activities where they measured how much water they use (examples of activities include brushing teeth while the faucet is running and washing their hands) during ordinary activities. The water used during the activity will be collected and then measured. Students will use this information to begin to understand how much water they personally use on a regular basis.

Scavenger Hunt: Students participated in a scavenger hunt around their school. Students posted their team finds to a padlet.

Senior Kaylee Harwick enjoyed this experience. She observed that students were genuinely interested in Earth Day and conservation. She said, "It is important to learn strategies now to apply them later." It seemed that a lot of 4th graders were already taking steps in improve their planet like Brielle Kalis and Jaxson Pokrefky who try to make it a habit to turn all lights off when they aren't in use except for when "a monster is behind you and wants to eat you." Good point.

Additional nostalgic moments came from this visit. Senior Nia Jackson was able to work with little sister Jayla Coleman today, Senior Francisco Solorzano saw his photo on the wall from 2014-15 and Senior Emmarose Wolf rode Ms. Joan’s bus to and from the field trip, the same bus from her elementary years.

Bonus: Earlier in the week, students completed a lab which required them to create chalk. We also saw Ms. Vizzaccaro's students styling Earth Day hats!

Double Bonus: Our MiCI Recycle Club students provide this service to Lake Shore High School classes every Thursday!

Fostering a Lifelong Love of Science

High Touch High Tech delivers quality STEM activities for kids. Their educational and enriching programs for all students at Violet Elementary ignite a child's natural curiosity about science, and help to build problem-solving skills, self-esteem and the confidence to try something new.

High Touch High Tech scientist Rocket Ryan converted Mrs. Hoehing's classroom into a Living Laboratory, fostering a lifelong love of science.

In Mr. Lount's Physics classroom at Lake Shore High School it is almost completely silent, but if brains could make noise you would hear the sounds of problem solving with calculations, utilizing the Vernier Graphical Analysis app. Students are using a model to generate data, make predictions, and record graphs displayed by the motion detector.

Both experiences facilitated by internal and external experts, are meaningful and memorable for our students.

Job Fair

Twenty-six seniors who are not college, trade school, or military bound after high school visited the Harrison Township Job Fair yesterday. This job fair was specifically targeted for high school graduates looking to enter the workforce after high school and connecting them to jobs that can turn into careers.

Senior Sadie Smith has a pretty good idea of what she wants to do post-graduation, but she wants to consider all options. She currently holds part-time employment at Serenity Animal Hospital and for 5 months she has been able to explore the responsibility of animal care. She hopes to become a Veterinarian, but will continue to be open-minded and explore every opportunity.

Over 40 employers were represented and they had thousands of jobs to fill, some hiring on the spot at the job fair. This was a great way to see what is out there, what might interest you, and put them in front of local employers that want to make a Shorian a part of their team!

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Kindergarten Roundup

On Wednesday, April 20th, we celebrated our Class of 2035 Kindergarteners!

Over 150 Class of 2035 students were given a warm welcome at our 2022 Kindergarten Roundup event. Future Tigers, Rockets, and All-Stars enjoyed the readiness activities, bus tours, cold treats, and commitment signings while parents felt supported by welcoming staff members and current student leaders.

The energy encouraged smiles.

All kids are truly the best part of our schools and we were excited to provide these educational experiences 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.

Thank you Superintendent Dr. DiPonio, Elementary Principals Mr. Barranca, Dr. Bradley, and Ms. Grassi, and our teachers, support staff, student volunteers, cheerleaders, and mascots for your leadership at this event.

Bailey Winters wrote, "We had so much fun, it was great to have everyone together again and you guys did an awesome job putting this all together."

Please email with any questions. Enroll as a new resident or new schools of choice student by using this link.

Bonus: As a way to continue to celebrate our next batch of eager Kindergartners, please send a photo with your Class of 2035 lawn sign to; Your submission will be entered into a drawing for a Lake Shore swag home delivery! #myLSPSKinders

Lake Shore Public Schools Kindergarten Round Up 2022
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Teachers of the Year

In February, Lake Shore Public Schools proudly announced the following 2022 Teachers of the Year:

Masonic Heights Elementary's Angela Legato

Rodgers Elementary's Bernadette Wischmeyer

Violet Elementary's Lindsay LaCross

Kennedy Middle School's Amy Usher

Lake Shore High School's Catherine Fergusson

The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Macomb county recognition took place at Mirage Banquet Hall in celebration of these Shorian educators.

Let's continue to celebrate our 2022 Teachers of the Year by reviewing this special edition newsletter:

We would also like to continue to celebrate them with a preferred parking spot, painted by our own Shorian Nation students from Lake Shore High School. Mascots have offered to serve as their valet, but they have yet to earn their driver's licenses.

Thank you, Morgan Clausen and Isabella Taylor (LSHS), Cady Fields and Michael Pilka (KMS), Christa Shakori and Valerie Belleck (Masonic Heights), Ezekiel Fante and Emma Fries (Rodgers), and Kaleigh Wioskowski and Sarah Showers (Violet). We also appreciate Custodian Paul for rolling the base coats.

Bonus: Seniors Davon Pearson and Benjamin Augustitus repainted our Rock in front of Lake Shore High School. We love watching this rock change colors, but still share a similar #ShorianPride message.

Double Bonus: Employee Appreciation Week runs from May 2nd-6th!

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Michigan Student Broadcast Awards

Congratulations to the following Lake Shore High School students for earning 2022 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards in the High School Television News Feature category:

First Place - Make a Wish Campaign*

Preston Peiffer and Kailah Shorter

Honorable Mention - Heroes Lunch

Peyton Lees

*This is the first time we have earned a first place award in this competition.

We are impressed by Preston, Kailah, and Peyton’s ingenuity as they were able to tell a beautiful story, through their video production expertise, of two important and emotionally-charged district campaigns.

Thank you for pouring your souls into your work to champion both the Make a Wish Foundation and our Veterans.

To view the entire list of winners, please visit this document.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters promotes the well being, cooperation, and prosperity of the owners, managers, employees, and specialists engaged in the business of broadcasting by helping members better serve their community, audience, advertisers, and staff through providing solutions to their problems and satisfying their needs. The MAB is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization representing commercial radio and television broadcast stations in Michigan.

Bonus: The Shorian Report at MIPA Awards earned 2 honorable mentions, a 3rd place and a 2nd place in 3 different categories! Congratulations to Jamie Owens, Haiden Bentley, Preston Peiffer, Kailah Shorter, Gerald Kaiser, and Nate Driesbach.

Alumnus Spotlight: Mark Deldin

We celebrate a Lake Shore Public Schools alumnus who has become part of our forever family and, as a proud graduate, has used his Shorian experiences as the launching pad for a successful career.

Proud first generation graduate and current Chief Deputy Executive Mark Deldin shares his personal and professional journey which began in a special city known as St. Clair Shores.


Congratulations to our April Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

  1. Virgina Fitcher - Bravery

Masonic Heights Elementary

  1. Rachael Parinello - Perseverance

  2. Jennifer Manor - Teamwork & Kindness

  3. Paisley Winiarski - Other People Matter

Rodgers Elementary

  1. Brooklyn Davidson - Humor

  2. Bella Crank-Smith - Perseverance

  3. Kathleen Curry - Enthusiasm

Violet Elementary

  1. Dylan Elberson - Humor

  2. Griffin Ludeman - Kindness

  3. Adalin Parker - Leadership

Kennedy Middle School

  1. Mr. Gillich - Prudence

  2. Chloe Doyle - Kindness

  3. Eleanor McNabb - Enthusiasm

  4. Kenneth Larson - Perspective

Lake Shore High School

  1. Korey Lewis - Teamwork

  2. Macie Palacios - Patience

  3. Owen McSherry - Smart

  4. Kayla Domas - Awesome

  5. Victoria Hysell - Curiosity

  6. Hope Tisdall - Nice

North Lake High School

  1. Brian Altman - Teamwork

Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries sometime this week! Because of Store Owners Kayla-Ann Catellier and Virgil Johnson's generosity from 7-Eleven store #27162, these are BOGO slurpees!

Lake Shore Public Schools Slurpee Surprise

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