Shorian Nation eNews

February 8th, 2021

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Newsletter Overview

Within this Shorian Nation eNews, you will review information about open enrollment, virtual open house, current building schedules, positivity project, CDC reminders, and stories highlighting inspiration, innovation, and celebration.

Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is open!

Ready to see all that Lake Shore Public Schools has to offer?

Visit Lake Shore Public Schools' Virtual Open House, held on February 10th from 5:30-8:30pm, so you can meet our world-class staff through Google Meets, get a virtual tour of our facilities, and most importantly, experience the Lake Shore difference. Enrollment is open, applications are available, and we are ready for you to become part of the Shorian Nation.

Use this link to say hello and let us know that you’re visiting our Virtual Open House:

Enroll as a new resident or new schools of choice student by using this link:

Our Virtual Open House slide deck can be accessed, in PDF form, here: or using Google Slides:

During our Virtual Open House, staff will be available to share information and answer questions during the following timeframes:

Masonic Heights, Rodgers, Violet Elementaries: 5:30-7:30pm

Kennedy Middle School: 6:00-8:00pm

Lake Shore, North Lake High Schools: 6:30-8:30pm

To start a telelearning session, please complete the following steps:

-Login to your Google account or sign up for free

-Use this Google Sheet to be connected to a session of your choice

We are more than a school district. We are a Lake Shore family:

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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#I Choose Lake Shore

Building Schedules

To access building-specific schedules, including start and end times, reference this link and follow the current schedules linked below:

Lake Shore High School
Hybrid and Virtual Schedules

North Lake High School

S1 Overview
Hybrid Schedule
Virtual Schedule

Kennedy Middle School


Masonic Heights, Rodgers, Violet Elementaries
Hybrid Schedule

Virtual Schedule

Vuelie featuring the LSPS Vocal Music Staff

Free/Reduced Lunch Application

The state of Michigan are pulling lists of the Free/Reduced students, from the statewide school database, that is populated through the information that is collected by food service from the Free/Reduced applications. This will give families an EBT card (Bridge card) that will have funds loaded on it to be used toward food/groceries. It is critical that any family that has not filled out the applications this year, do so, so they will receive these benefits.

The application is located at

NOTE: Food Service Distribution will take place on Monday, February 15th from 11-1:00pm ONLY.

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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 SUPPORTING OTHERS WHEN THEY STRUGGLE and INTEGRITY.

People with the character strength of supporting others when they struggle means that when they see other people struggle, they help them if they can.

Title I Specialists assist our teachers with decode preprimer-3rd grade sight words. Sight words promote confidence, reading comprehension, and aid in decoding skills. We are so fortunate to have staff who help our students master these words using a variety of strategies and appreciate more than ever the patience and encouragement that goes into it.

People with the character strength of integrity are honest and speak the truth. They present themselves genuinely and sincerely.

In Mrs. Reno's class at Masonic Heights Elementary, 3rd graders read The Trial of Cardigan Jones from their Journeys textbook. The following is a summary of the reading:

Cardigan the moose was new in town. When Mrs. Brown’s fresh apple pie goes missing, witnesses come forward to place Cardigan at the scene of the crime. Finding himself on trial, Cardigan insists to judge and jury that he didn’t take the pie — he just wanted to smell it. No one believes him. But despite his assurances, he can’t explain what happened to the pie, either . . . or can he?

Students discussed the importance of integrity and created their own moose faces, complete with 3 details and a summary. It was a clever way to illustrate the wrongdoing of a pair of antlers.

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 LOVE (2/7-2/13) and HUMILITY (2/14-2/20).

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


Meet the Smith Family

Curtis and Melanie Smith have selected virtual learning for their only child, Hazel, who is a Kindergartener at Rodgers Elementary.

Concerned about the uptick in COVID-19 cases as well as hybrid scheduling issues prompted the Smith Family to make this virtual selection, but the immediate interaction and every conversation moving forward with Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Sheats made those worries instantaneously dissolve.

Melanie went on to sing her praises for what seemed like hours. She shared, "Mrs. Sheats is so amazing. She is a great communicator, organized, and encouraging." With 32 students in her virtual classroom, it may be assumed that relationships were lacking. This assumption couldn't be further from the truth. This is demonstrated by their 3 live meetings per day, in 3 different formats: 1 whole class meeting, 1 half class meeting, and 1 small group meeting based on assessment data. In addition to these daily interactions, Mrs. Sheats provides outside of the classroom opportunities to build relationships and learn together like when the entire class was invited to the Rodgers Elementary playground. Five-year-old Hazel immediately located a friend, who she had only met online prior to this encounter, and they bolted to the swingset together.

It was apparent, through both her smile and behavior, that Hazel loves school. In particular, she enjoys her blog reflections on Seesaw and craft projects. When asked if there was one thing she could change about school, what would it be, the answer was simple. Hazel said, "I want to see more of my teacher."

Melanie and Grandpa Gary assist with school responsibilities. They organize learning materials, set schedule reminders using a timer, and offer encouragement. They consistently shifted praise from their involvement to the entire Rodgers Team for their compassion and hard work. We all know it takes a village to create success out of this unique situation.

Thank you, Smith Family, for sharing your #VirtualVisit with our Shorian Nation. Beginning the year with zero expectations and plenty of tears has transformed into true believers of the magic in virtual learning. We are truly excited for Hazel that her first impression of school has been wonderful.

Learning Home Improvement Skills

In Mr. Mazzola's Building and Renovation classes at Lake Shore High School, students are introduced to 50+ tools including the classic tape measure. Finding and reading the markings, reading measurements, and handling tape measures properly is important.

21213 is the house number, a place where students dedicate hours to service learning every year. Now in its 9th year, students have completed several DYI projects which require a tape measure for cutting boards, framing walls, and general woodworking.

From eco-friendly and trendy to labor-intensive and dirty, students are learning home improvement trades that will save them both time and money in the future. They have installed electrical, plumbing, patio brick pavers, doors, and fences. They have learned the interior painting process which includes preparing the surface, using a primer, taping, and the paint color selection process. They have knowledge of fixing common home problems such as a leaky faucet or cleaning up cabinetry.

It all started with this flexible ruler used to measure size or distance.

Fitness with FitDeck

Physical Education teachers Mrs. Belanger and Mr. Snay at Kennedy Middle School use FitDeck, a unique deck of illustrated exercise playing cards that makes exercise more simple, convenient, and fun, to engage students in cardio exercises.

Each card is illustrated with an exercise in three difficulty levels to accommodate different abilities (beginner, intermediate, advanced). There are 56-cards which focus on several ways to get students moving leading these middle schoolers to adopt a lifelong healthy, lifestyle. The bulk of their time is spent playing and learning about different sports and games. The class ends with an at-home fitness challenge; the Paper Towel Roll "Rocket Challenge" asked students to practice underhand volleying and catching skills!


LSPS Community Photorama

Have you signed up for our LSPS Community Photorama yet? We aren't releasing specific photo locations until February 27th, but here's more information to get you excited.


-Register your vehicle "team" using this form:

-Starts when the photo list is posted to participants on social media:

-Each photo site will have a point value and some "posing suggestions"

-Photorama is limited to 2 hours, and you will have limited time to upload your photos. Photos submitted after the session end will be disqualified.

-You may take as many photos as you like, but you may only submit 2 from your chosen categories.

-Build a strategy to map your route, engage in the process, allow people to help navigate, and have fun!

Bonus Sites (you can choose to donate to none, all for fun, or a maximum of 2 for points)

-Senior Care: letters/cards of happiness, colored pictures

-Animal Care: Cans of dog or cat food, empty cereal boxes

-Food Pantry: Nonperishable items, canned goods

-Valentine Mailbox Delivery

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Slurpee Surprises

Congratulations to our January Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

Annabel Roper: Kindness

Masonic Heights Elementary

Lucy Kott: Optimism

Kaylee Storey: Gratitude

Brooklynn Tolliver: Gratitude

Rodgers Elementary

Landon Boca: Optimism

Danielle Krumholtz: Perseverance

Jessie Ross: Optimism

Violet Elementary

Hayden Karwowski: Prudence

Harmony Powers: Love of Learning

McKenzie Smith: Love

Kennedy Middle School

Ed Baalaer: Kindness

Blake Dunn: Optimism

Lillian Wallace: Leadership

Alex Wolf: Forgiveness

Lake Shore High School

Thomas Brown: Kindness

Alivia Fronning-Rice: Love of Learning

Thomas Kulpa: Love of Learning

Da'Shiya Shaw: Perseverance

Felicity Slamka: Perseverance

Dayle Warren: Optimism

North Lake High School

Daniel Freeman: Perseverance

We continue to collaborate to improve the culture and climate by constantly recognizing individual students and staff for one or more character strengths.

Throughout the month, staff will nominate students for exhibiting P2 character strengths. Nomination forms and collection boxes are located inside the main office of each building. In addition, students may nominate staff, too! Virtual teachers and students may email nominations to

On the last Monday of the month, randomly selected students and staff will be recognized with a Slurpee Surprise, our home delivery service.


School Board Recognition

Lake Shore Public Schools is joining 544 local and 57 intermediate school districts across Michigan to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month. Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools.

“In a year full of challenges for public education not seen in recent history, our school board members persevered through the adversity of 2020 to provide the best possible education for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. DiPonio. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one of the very small ways to express appreciation for all they do.”

The Board includes President Sharon Bartl, Vice President Kurt Ziegler, Secretary Elizabeth Munger, Treasurer Susan DeLong, and Trustees Joshua Denzler, Daniel Colling, and Amy Thomas-August.

As a token of our appreciation, several students made home deliveries, gifting a mask, Lake Shore calendar, flower, and certificate to our board members. In addition, several classes created personalized thank you signs, shared on Google Meet, as recognition.

Izabella Named Spelling Bee Champion

With correct spelling of words like unprepossessing, souterrain, and carefully, fifth grader Izabella Pupa was announced the champion of Masonic Heights Elementary’s Spelling Bee.

Mrs. Crippen, Ms. Knipstein, Mrs. Srodawa along with supportive parents worked tirelessly to help participants practice for this competition. Held inside the gymnasium, students used their Chromebooks to spell 25 words, in 1 hour, from the official Words of Champions list from Scripps. They were allowed to have a word repeated, used in a sentence, or defined. There were 30 spellers, in total, but there could only be one winner: Izabella from Ms. Knipstein’s class. Runner ups were Abby Becovic from Mrs. Crippen’s class, in second place, and Frank Vollaro from Mrs. Srodawa's class, in third place. Regardless of rank, we are proud of every contestant who tried to put their nerves aside to spell as many words as they could.

Through the support of family, including 2nd grade sister Selena, and a lucky green bracelet, Izabella will be moving on to the Macomb Regional Spelling Bee. The best part was her call to her mother and overhearing her say these two exciting words: I won!

Virtual Talent Show

Raise your hand if you need to move your body? Need to express yourself? Need to share your passion with the Shorian Nation?

Artists never stop creating, and now is the time to show up, share your talents, and spread some joy by submitting your Lake Shore Digital Talent Show Entry Form:

This noncompetitive showcase is open to any student or staff member at Lake Shore Public Schools.

Film yourself doing one of your special talents (singing, acting/storytelling, dancing, gymnastics, magic, slam poetry, stand up comedy, visual art, spoken word, making/creating something, yoga poses, tik tok dances, tricks, etc). Acts can be up to 90 seconds in length.

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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.