Shorian Nation eNews

May 15th, 2022

Big picture


Cup of Joe

A Cup of Joe May 15, 2022 with Dr. Joe DiPonio, Superintendent of Lake Shore Public School

Message from Superintendent Dr. Joe DiPonio

On behalf of the Board of Education, I extend my thanks to the voters of the Lake Shore Public Schools. Approval of our school district’s bond proposal will enable our school district to move forward with needed enhancements and assure that our students have quality educational experiences in an up-to-date and safe learning environment.

I am grateful to the parents, students, and other members of the community who helped us inform people about the bond proposal. Thank you for helping make Lake Shore an even better place to live and raise a family.

As we move forward with the bond proposal projects, we will keep the community informed.

Again, we extend our thanks to the people of Lake Shore for supporting their schools.

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

Shorian Testimonial

Big picture

Upcoming Events

Big picture

Lake Shore Community Survey

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 LEADERSHIP and FRIENDSHIP.

People with the character strength of leadership value each member of their group and inspire people to do their best.

In celebration of our employees during Employee Appreciation Week, which runs from May 2nd-May 6th, we will recognize the leadership of our Lake Shore staff who go the extra mile and celebrate the people who keep Lake Shore running.

Superintendent Dr. DiPonio said, "I've had the opportunity to work with some amazing educators in my career, but there is a special place in my heart my colleagues and friends at Lake Shore. Makers of miracles everyday, I feel blessed to work alongside and witness the culture of kindness, passion, and devotion each of you have for kids of this community. Words can not describe the depth of appreciation, respect, and admiration I have for you, my fellow Shorians."

Thank you, community businesses, who will recognized Employee Appreciation Week with our branding on their outdoor signs throughout Saint Clair Shores.

Thank you, Shorian Nation community, for your words of affirmation shared on our Padlet in 2021 and will continue to do so this year: Words were also written and will be shared from our gratitude charity fundraiser, a throwback from November.

Thank you, Wally's and building principals, for your special food deliveries to celebrate our staff later this week. Matt and Eliza Ahearn's custard deliveries and building level's carefully selected luncheons will be delicious!

Thank you, 5th grade elementary students, 8th grade middle school students, and 12th grade high school students, who recognized their favorite staff members with red and white carnations.

Thank you, Management Team, who will be delivered custom Lake Shore Employee of the Year mugs with an EOS gift card tucked inside to recognize their efforts! We also appreciate our LSHS MoCi classes for assembling them with the card, mints, and note!

Dr. DiPonio, Dr. Lewis, and Mrs. Wynkoop delivered Rookie Recognition swag bags to all 30 of our new staff! It is important to us to make all of our staff feel appreciated and valued.

Thank you for all of the extras to make our staff feel special.

People with the character strength of friendship is a relationship of mutual affection, trust, and support between people.

Shorians friendships can be found on the soccer field, inside the classroom, and at the movie theater. Friends bring more happiness into our lives, providing comfort and joy, and should be reminded of their positive impact. This is why several Shorians decided to write a letter to a friend letting him or her know of their impact.

By definition, connectedness is a feeling of belonging to or having affinity with a particular person or group. This connectedness is accomplished through your enrollment in our Shorian Nation. Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #OtherPeopleMatter mindset is our top priority.

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are COMMITMENT (5/15-5/21) and OUTRO WEEK - OTHER PEOPLE MINDSET (5/22-5/28).



Retirement is a time to look back with admiration and a time to look forward with anticipation.

Lake Shore Public Schools recognizes the following retirees:


-Kristen Schutz, 4th grade Teacher

27 years of service

-Marie-Claire Bednarski, English Teacher

22 years of service

-Suzanne Daudlin, Kindergarten Teacher

8 years of service

-Mary Stahl, Teacher Consultant

18 years of service

-Suzanne Vigna, Social Studies

23 years of service

-Amy Usher, Social Studies

25 years of service


-Karen Morehead, SE TA/Title I

25 years of service

-Missy (Caroline) Semanco, Title I

30 years of service


-Christopher Cote, Custodian

11 years of service

-Robert Rhea, Maintenance

36 years of service

Paul Skiba, Maintenance

34 years of service


-Frances Hubert, Director of Technology

28 years of service

-John Hartley, Athletic Director

23 years of service


-Robin Dennis

30 years of service

-Erin Fournier

20 years of service

Thank you for your 380 years of collective service to this district. As this chapter of your life ends, may a new and exceptional one begin.

Please leave a comment at for one or more of these dedicated retirees to show your appreciation!

Big picture

Learning in Mackinaw

During their 4th and 5th grade field trips to Mackinaw, students were able to tour Fort Michillmackinic, experience the Historic Mill Creek, board Shepler's Ferry, have dinner at Mission Point, and complete downtown activities such as the Mackinac Art Museum and Marquette Park, and receive a carriage tour.

Mackinac Island is home to two historic forts, iconic rock formations shaped by eons of natural history, butterfly houses, horse stables, museums, cultural trails and a state park forest full of scientific marvels. And since there are no cars on Mackinac Island, just walking around makes for a fascinating lesson in how life used to be.

We are so grateful to give these elementary students firsthand experiences while building on their classroom instruction.

Big picture


Featured Classroom: Ms. Lori's Preschool 4

This school year we have taken you on classroom tours we called Classroom Cribs. You had an insider look into the following classrooms: Mr. Roehm, Mr. Carito, Mrs. Gough, Mrs. Legato, Ms. Maher, and Ms. Gonzales.

Welcome to Ms. Lori's Preschool 4 classroom, our final feature of the school year.

As you enter, students are greeted with a Hello Friends song. They eat breakfast and read quietly as they wait for their morning meeting during circle time where they discuss the agenda for the day.

During work time, students use an hour of uninterrupted play to let their imaginations wander. This is student-led time with assistance and facilitation from their teachers.

Small group time allows for students to write their their journals or complete projects such as making a volcano together using paper mache and planting sunflowers, tomatoes, beans, and pumpkins! They even harvest the seeds to replant in their own ECC garden!

Ms. Lori's proud smile tells this simple goal: The ECC prepares our students for Kindergarten. "I feel like I am making a difference here. I enjoy helping students academically, but also with socialization, manners, and conflict resolution," she said. Ms. Lori and her team are an important part of our four star success.

Our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center has received a four star quality rating from Great Start to Quality, Michigan's quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool, preparing children to succeed in school and in life. Great Start to Quality rates the level of quality of all licensed and registered child care and preschool programs in Michigan.

"Making sure we provide children in our care with the best experience possible, is not only our job, it's our privilege," said Kelly Biondo, Early Childhood Coordinator. "By participating in Great Start to Quality we earn recognition for our hard work. We also get ongoing support and training so we can keep improving the quality of care we provide."

Built in 1950, our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center, formally known as Shores Child Care is the place to enroll your littlest learners.

Let Your Child's Career with Lake Shore Begin with Us is the slogan we like to use as we welcome families to our newly renovated childcare facility.

Thank you, Ms. Lori and 17 student tour guides for sharing your Preschool 4 classroom at the Lake Shore Early Childhood Center with all of us!

S4SD campaign earns 4th place


School Safety Grant

Michigan is giving out a combined $10 million to 150 schools through its Competitive School Safety Grant Program and thanks to our Director of Maintenance and Operations Wayne Satterfield and his team, Lake Shore Public Schools was awarded with the top amount of $250,000.

Daddy-Daughter Dance

We loved seeing all of the sweet moments between fathers and daughters at our Daddy-Daughter Dance, but we are eager to view even more.

What was your favorite moment from tonight? Was it the initial preparation process? Dancing to Cha-Cha Slide together? Maybe you just looked over at your daughter to admire her beauty and it was caught on camera?

Send us that one photo that fills you with joy to by the end of the month.

One lucky winner will be surprised with a deck of high-resolution photos of their daughter(s) at school from our Digital Media Manager. If the winner has a special photo request, she can make that happen too.

We look forward to seeing your favorites in our inbox.

Big picture

MMSTC Seniors

Macomb Math, Science, and Technology Center's 30th graduating class consisting of 61 members, 4 being from Lake Shore High School, earned $6,469,459, and $137,000 in scholarship dollars was earned by Lake Shore students. On May 11th, they celebrated their accomplishments with dinner at the Century Banquet Center.

Lake Shore currently has 21 MMSTC students spanning grades 9-12, but today we congratulate the following Seniors and highlight their postsecondary plans:

-Jalen Awosika

Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine

Saginaw Valley State University

-Noah Baier


Michigan Technological University

-Alex Bonello


Macomb Community College

-Sarah Showers


University of Michigan

Big picture

Utensil Helmet

We celebrated 4th grader Madeline Calappi’s Utensil Helmet idea, selected to be brought to life by STARBASE One:

Madeline met the makers and had a brief conversation about her Utensil Helmet idea and some plans on how they will bring it to life. They went over design, colors and material to create a prototype of her invention. "My favorite color is purple. I want the helmet to be a light purple. I'd like for the fork, knife, and spoon to be silver." She shared these color details as well as the way they would adhere to the helmet.

Because of microgravity, things float away in space. As a foodie herself, 10-year-old Madeline was determine to not allow that to happen. This is why she used velcro on the helmet; This material is exactly what NASA uses, too!

According to Mark Muzzin, STEM Education Consultant, her selection is a big deal.

He wrote, "Macomb County, we had 784 participants, 9 districts and 27 teachers. 4 ideas will be selected to be brought to life." Go Madeline and her submission which was created in Mrs. Bloomhuff's class at Masonic Heights Elementary. Her classmates, which included best friend Sierra Grant, loved her concept.

Madeline's calm demeanor kept her excitement contained. However, she shared that she was proud of herself. Madeline's mom, Rebecca Calappi, celebrated this win as well. She described Madeline as someone who liked to try new things and explore. Her current passions include soccer and karate.

STEAM Teacher Amanda Bonser added, "I’m not surprised. Madeline creates amazing things in STEAM. I love to watch her think and problem solve."

For over 28 years, STARBASE is a leading innovator in providing unforgettable and meaningful science, technology, engineering, and math learning experiences for young students. STARBASE creates an educational playground that is full of practical, hands-on activities that excite kids, sparks their imaginations, builds confidence, and nurtures a life-long resiliency to learn.

Learn more about the Macomb Intermediate School District's sensational stellar inventions in partnership with the MISTEM Network are launching Operation Lift-Off: MISD Mission Moon by visiting

Big picture

Employee Appreciation Week

In celebration of our employees during Employee Appreciation Week from May 2nd-May 6th, we want to recognize our Lake Shore staff who go the extra mile and celebrate the people who keep Lake Shore running. Thank you SHORIAN NATION!

Thank you, Shorian Nation community, for your words of affirmation shared on our Padlet in 2021 and we ask that you will continue to do so this year: Words were also written and will be shared from our gratitude charity fundraiser, a throwback from November. Staff gift ideas can be found by visiting this link:

There's still time to use our Staff Directory to send an uplifting email to your child's teacher. You may not see the immediate smile, but we promise it will be there:

Big picture
Lake Shore Public Schools Teacher Appreciation Inspiration


Freeze Frame: Post-Mother's Day


Gina Johnston donated 9 bags of clothes to the Shorian Family who lost everything due to a house fire. She said, "I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for my friends' post on Facebook." Kayla Lyons' son attends the district.

Gina does not have children who attend Lake Shore, but thought this would be a better cause than making a few bucks from her preplanned garage sale this Summer. "Just wanted to help where I could."

From Kari Camacho: Thank you all so much. It really means a lot. I wasn't expecting any help at all and we have just been so blessed to have wonderful, amazing people here for us.

That's generosity. That's community. That's Lake Shore.

Big picture


Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,327 students in a safe and nurturing environment.

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.

Lake Shore Public Schools - Do You Have What It Takes To Lead?