Shorian Nation eNews
October 16th, 2022
Community pride is often associated with school colors. Before changing a tradition, careful consideration should take place. This is why it is important for us to include your input.
How do you feel about a school color change at Kennedy Middle School from blue to red to align with branding at Lake Shore Public Schools? Note: There would be no alteration of school name or mascot.
Use our ThoughtExchange link to respond; All answers will remain anonymous.
Fall Fest presented by Lake Shore Public Schools is inviting our community on Saturday, October 22nd from 12:30pm-4:00pm at the John U’ren Stadium located at Lake Shore High School to an afternoon filled with music, food, and fun. Admission is FREE, but monetary donations will be accepted.
Guests arriving from 1:00pm-3:30pm will enjoy a collection of music from our Bands and Choirs from all levels led by Mr. Arnold, Mrs. Elkins, Mrs. Perryman, Mrs. Wischmeyer, and Mrs. Rueger-West.
Save room for lunch as Little Bros. Burgers, Full Rack BBQ, Go Cheez, Rachel's Cochina, and V's Barista will be joining us for a Food Truck Rally. These food vendors will be offering up mouthwatering fare.
Guests will also enjoy family-friendly, action-packed entertainment that will include a petting zoo and pony rides, inflatables, and a DJ between performances.
We are excited about an event that consists of meeting new people, sampling live music, trying new cuisines, and entertainment. Most importantly, we love supporting our students while we showcase the district's talented musicians in field performances.
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.
To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
Special Education Bond Election
This November, the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) will be asking voters to consider a bond proposal to re-build and improve the buildings where students with the most significant special needs from all 21 local districts attend school year-round.
If approved by voters, the bond proposal calls for a 0.17 mill tax increase. The cost to the average Macomb County homeowner will be less than $20 per year… or about 5¢ per day. These funds remain in Macomb County for special education students.
To learn more about the bond proposal, visit the MISD Bond website.
Food Service Application Expiration
Lake Shore Public Schools is seeking to obtain completed Free and Reduced Meal Applications from all families; It is important to receive these applications in order to attain the maximum amount of federal assistance for other programs that greatly benefit our students and families such as school funding, technology funding, grocery benefits, SAT, ACT, and AP test discounts, college application discounts, athletics, grants, and instructional support programs.
The easiest way to apply is by visiting https://www.familyportal.cloud.
A new 2022/2023 Food Service Application is needed every year and those that did not reapply need to know that their 2021/2022 application will expire on October 18th, 2022. Please review the following informational flyers from our Tina Morris, Food Service Director, to learn more about updating your application.
Save the Date: Family Feud
We asked 100 6th graders, “Who is Dr. DiPonio”? Wildly entertaining answers resulted from our 2019 Family Feud: Lake Shore Edition event.
Four years ago we hosted an event fondly known as Family Feud. We are excited to resume the tradition.
The Lake Shore Foundation invites our community to support teachers, students, and administrators in this head-to-head competition on Thursday, November 10th at 6:30pm inside Lake Shore High School's Auditorium! There will be raffles, food, friends, and a game show which will provide an enjoyable evening for everyone!
Our first Family Feud Winner was The Kennedy Middle School Family and they are ready to defend their title, but your support, by purchasing a ticket and by being part of our studio audience, will make everyone a winner!
Lake Shore Cares: Thanksgiving
In keeping with our goal of a strong community connection, Lake Shore Public Schools will be working to support those most in need of a Thanksgiving meal.
If you or someone you know is in NEED of meal assistance, please complete the REQUEST FORM to be placed on the list to receive incoming donations.
If you are able to ASSIST those in need this Thanksgiving, please complete the DONATION/VOLUNTEER FORM (donation due date 11/12/2022). The smallest donation can make an impact! Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to deliver the meals on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Lake Shore Cares: Holiday Help
In keeping with our goal of a strong community connection, Lake Shore Public Schools will be working to support those students & families most in need of Holiday Help this year.
If you or someone you know is in NEED of holiday assistance, please complete the REQUEST FORM to be placed on the list to receive incoming donations.
All request submissions are due by Thursday, November 17, 2022.
If you are able to ASSIST those in need of holiday help, a WISH LIST selection sign-up sheet will be available and published on our LSPS social media channel on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
Gift donations will be due on 12/16/2022 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to the Lake Shore Adult & Community Education Building at 23340 Elmira, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082 (off Harper). Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to deliver the holiday help on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
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 OPEN-MINDEDNESS and OPM - Being present and giving others my attention.
People with the character strength of open-mindedness like to consider new ideas and try new things. They examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.
In the entire team of 1st grade classes at Rodgers Elementary, students participated in a fall apple tasting which included apple cider, red delicious and granny smith apples, apple butter, and apple pie! Using adjectives, they would describe the taste and then decide, with a thumbs up or down, if they liked it.
Jordan Brown, with a face of disappointment, shared his dissatisfaction for apple pie, but he found other apple products to enjoy. "I loved the red apples. They were so good," he said.
This lesson helps our 1st graders connect to opinion pieces in writing where they introduce what they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure. Ms. Maher said, "The whole month of October we learn about apples (especially life cycle) and it prepares us for our trip to Blake's at the end of the month." What a great way to introduce these important concepts!
People with the OPM of being present like to fully enjoy the moment that their in. It is in the moment when they are calm on what they're doing without thinking about anything else.
There's a new Electronic Devices policy at Kennedy Middle School that has fueled several conversations about appropriate cell phone usage. The policy states that "during school hours, cell phones must remain off, unless designated otherwise, by administration, teachers, and staff." It continues by stating that "the use of cell phones in gym/athletic locker rooms, the cafeteria, and restrooms is prohibited."
In short, 8th graders Carter Bondy, Jamia Hawkins, Gwyn Thompson, and London Vancoppenolle described the policy in 4 words: Basically no phones anywhere.
The average person logs 3 hours and 15 minutes of screen time. That's a lot of device usage.
The goal is to eliminate the distraction and to take a break from the electronics that impact social settings and face-to-face interactions.
While cell phones do have many benefits, that second goal is an important part of being present and giving others our attention. Almost half of Millennials (39%) interact more with their smartphone than with their significant others, parents, friends, children, or co-workers. So is this policy a solution?
Travis Chesser, KMS Teacher, shared a positive message from his students, "I have had 5 different students tell me that they've really been enjoying actually talking to other kids at lunch and making new friends!"
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are INTEGRITY (10/17-10/24) and CREATIVITY (10/24-10/28).
Student Count Day
Student Count Day for the State of Michigan was Wednesday, October 5th, 2022. It was important for students to attend classes as verification of your attendance on Wednesday; It is one of two days during the school year which the enrollment taken helps determine how much state aid schools receive.
Thank you to our marvelous 17 Countesses of Lake Shore Public Schools who are tasked with the responsibility of "counting" each student and we are especially appreciative of the fact that 94% of our students were in attendance on count day!
National Custodian Week
We wanted to give our Maintenance and Operations staff a shoutout in celebration of National Custodian Week! Their commitment to your health and safety is stronger than ever.
Students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently.
Our custodians are constantly cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting transportation vehicles, equipment, and buildings which includes frequently touched surfaces. They provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors including soap and hand sanitizer. They often begin their shift before we arrive and stay long after we leave.
Thank you, 25 Lake Shore Custodians and Maintenance and Operations staff and our student assistants, for working tirelessly to help our attendance rates increase, with less students and staff staying home due to sickness.
Fire Prevention Week
A fundamental part of every community is fire safety and law enforcement.
St. Clair Shores Fire Department shared safety tips today with our Kindergarten students from Masonic Heights Elementary during #FirePreventionWeek. Although calling 911 is a natural first instinct when you hear the fire alarm or see a fire, our students learned that getting out of the house is most important. Firefighters like Jim Jabe and Eric Retzbach from Station 3 are trained to help you in emergency, making sure you are safe, and providing care.
As of June of 2022, 68 Michiganders have lost their lives to home fires. According to the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services, that is a 16% increase in comparison to the 2017-2021 average. We must continue to strive to prevent these tragedies.
Officer Drulia has worked with Lake Shore Public Schools for 4 years to keep students and staff safe. Officer Drulia has been with the police department for 11 years. She wanted to go into law enforcement from a young age, yearning to help others and give back to her community in a way that interested her. Law enforcement in schools tends to focus on assisting with bullying, fights, issuing tickets for possession of vape products and issuing warrant requests.
Officer Drulia works closely with administration to ensure safety in the buildings. Officer Drulia is present in both the middle school and high school multiple days a week, with visits to the elementary schools periodically. Officer Drulia said that the favorite part of her job is getting to know students in school. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, golfing, and going to Tigers games. She said that an important, overlooked trait in her position is humor. She enjoys working to make people laugh, which she has proved to be a helpful resource for students.
Thank you for the education on both safety and the career itself while giving brave Kindergarten students from Masonic Heights Elementary the ability to see a close-up of a fire truck and the need to feel safe in our buildings because of the presence of Officer Drulia!
Lake Shore High School partnered with PCS Company, a local business located in Fraser, to help build career interest through MFG Day.
PCS Company is a team of industry experts providing solutions and innovative products for the plastic injection molding, mold making, and die casting industries.
MFG Day helps showcase the appeal of modern manufacturing careers and encourages thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to educate students, parents, teachers and community leaders about all the inner workings of the industry.
Part of a national initiative, 16 students from Mr. Mazzola's Building Renovations classes learned about possible career paths to promote interest in skilled manufacturing jobs. At PCS Company, Michaelangelo Buckley, Human Resources Specialist, shared ways to be successful in life with our Shorians which included treating people the way you want to be treated, work hard, and make good decisions.
After the welcome presentation, different team members touched base about what their respective departments do in Materials Management, Finance, and Technology. From there, students were given shop tours and demonstrations from CAD/CAM.
Hunter Toth, Project Engineer for 6 years with PCS, was proud to expose Shorians to jobs in manufacturing. He said, "My goal was to demonstrate how a mold works."
Thanks to local sponsors, students each received a swag bag and an incredible experience. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
Learn more about the 2022 MFG Day by visiting https://mfgday.com/.
Philadelphia and Washington DC Field Trip
Our 8th graders from Kennedy Middle School toured Philadelphia with stops at Benjamin Franklin's grave, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Museum of the American Revolution and Eastern State Penitentiary. In Washington DC, students visited the Capitol, the Smithsonian museums, and the National Holocaust Museum.
We wondered how many of our 3,339 students in our district were in class on Count Day.
And what better way to remind us of the importance of numbers than a Multiplication War card game.
In Mrs. Fowler's class at Violet Elementary, students used a deck of cards to find the product of 2 cards. Whomever answered the problem the quickest received both cards.
The winner was the student with the most cards at the end of play. The giggles and smiles were a clear sign that these 5th graders were having fun while practicing their multiplication fluency.
In the event of a tie (students called out the correct answer at the same time), pairs played a quick game of Rock Paper Scissors to determine the winner. Problem solved.
Rhythm-N-Jump Dance Academy owner Suzette D'Andrea has been teaching dance for over 30 years and has owned her studio for 12. Her mission is to teach students to believe in themselves in a motivating and positive way and has accomplished this in daycares and preschools for the last 15 years.
"Kids have so much energy and are always moving, always dancing," she said. This is why she formed a partnership with our own Lake Shore Early Childhood Center and brings a 30 minute lesson to the building.
The lesson, targeted for 3-5 year olds, builds listening skills, develops coordination, and of course, encourages exercise while having fun.
Rhythm-N-Jump Dance Academy is built upon a true passion and love for the art of dance and children. We have certainly witnessed this philosophy through their 6-week program at our center.
Walk to School Day
How many collective miles did Masonic Heights Elementary students walk this morning from St. Margaret Church to the school?
Walk to School Day (W2SD) is an international event celebrated each year in October. This annual event began in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America, to encourage walkable communities and has grown to an international event that takes place in over 40 countries worldwide.
In Michigan, over 90,000 students across 304 schools participated in W2SD events at their local schools last year. Walk to School Day encourages healthy habits, heightens awareness of traffic safety, draws attention to environmental concerns around schools, and is a great way to build local momentum for a Safe Routes to School initiative.
Masonic Heights Elementary students participated in the W2SD by walking through Tangletown to school. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.
Thank you, Saint Clair Shores Police and Fire Departments, for your presence at this event. We also appreciate several members of our Lake Shore High School Marching Band and Cheerleaders for leading the way.
The answer? If all 708 students participated in the 4 minute, 1.2 mile walk it would total almost 850 miles!
Color Runs/Spirit Walk Fundraisers totaled $92,362
Our elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) leaders facilitated our Color Runs and Spirit Walk fundraising events for students totaling $92,362 between all three elementary schools!
The PTO works to encourage interaction between family and school, serve as a source of support, and work with teachers, staff, and the community at large to improve our children's educational experience.
At Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, and Violet Elementary's assemblies, students celebrated Stephen Covey's habit of highly effective people, Being with the End in Mind, by setting goals and raising money to fund assemblies, teacher resources, field trips and transportation, one school, one book, and more!
Assemblies consisted of celebratory announcements, cheer and band performances, and students and staff both sharing their goal stories. Tigers and Rockets ended their celebrations with color runs where students were doused from head-to-toe in different colored powder! All-Stars danced with Mrs. Pecoraro! Check out this video featuring Masonic Heights.
Thank you for another successful event that teaches all of us about generosity. Final totals can be found by visiting these donation pages:
Masonic Heights Elementary: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/masonicheights2022 or $32,687
Rodgers Elementary: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/colorrun2022 or $27,405
Violet Elementary: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/violetallstar/addme or $32,210
Reading Opens the World
On Saturday, October 8th the Macomb County Federation of Educators (made up of 12 separate locals which include the Lake Shore Federation of Teachers, Lake Shore Federation of Support Staff, and Lake Shore Federation of Educational Secretaries) partnered together with the American Federation of Teachers and First Book to bring two Reading Opens the World events to Macomb County children, families, and educational staff.
Each location had over 10,000 books to give away for free. Lake Shore Public Schools partnered with the locals to offer their support and make this a huge success. More than 500 children received 5 free books each and over 80 educators received 30 free books for their classrooms on Saturday.
Children and families at the Lake Shore location also had the opportunity to meet with a representative from the United Way, get a free ice-cream treat from Tweets Sweet Treats, face painting from Mrs. Bolen and the LSHS art students explore youth yoga with GVST Wellness, enjoy toys and games brought out by Little A's Toys & Games, play with lawn games created by LSHS Mr. Mazzola and his students, get pictures with the LSPS mascots, complete a craft with the SCS Library, and visit with SCS Police Officer Drulia and SCS Fire Fighters.
Reading serves as a basic building block for learning. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a wonderful event that emphasized the love of literature.
Marching Band Earns Division I Rating
We are appreciative of our sixty Marching Shorians under the direction of Brad Arnold who received a Division I performance rating at the MSBOA Marching Festival, a consistent rating for over 17 years.
MSBOA Marching Bands perform a show and are judged in three categories: Music, Marching and General Effect. Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association has specific criteria and rubrics for the adjudication. A Band must receive a final rating in two of the three categories to receive an overall rating of Division I.
To watch all the performances, please click on these links which were recorded by Shannon Morell:
Shannon is a band parent and super fan, thoroughly impressed with their work ethic. She said, “I went to band camp with them over the summer and they spent all day in the hot sun learning the show. Then once back to school, hours upon hours of practice has been not only devoted to learning the music, but all the formations. Four months of work!”
The Shorian Marching Band is a musical marching unit that is a co-curricular ensemble that rehearses outside the school day. The prerequisite for the Marching Band class is concurrent enrollment in the either the Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble. The ensemble consists of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and a color guard. Membership requires dedication and maximum effort in all aspects of marching, playing, rehearsal, and performance.
To learn more about our bands, visit https://www.lakeshorebands.org/.
We are featuring our beloved building leaders which also almost coincides with Boss' Day.
Governor Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring October as Principal's Month in Michigan. Our building principals are servant leaders responsible for managing the major administrative tasks and supervising all students and teachers.
Please join us in recognizing Dr. Janelle Bross representing Lake Shore High School, Dr. Jeff Lip representing North Lake High School, Mr. Chad Johnson representing Kennedy Middle School, Mr. Matt Barranca representing Masonic Heights Elementary, Mr. Ed Baalaer representing Rodgers Elementary, and Ms. Joan Grassi representing Violet Elementary.
We are in the process of building a new 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 a recent story featuring our Powderpuff team here.
Athlete of the Week Recognitions
Congratulations to AOTW Izabelle Bennett, 7th grade volleyball player at Kennedy Middle School. Coaches Michelle Bailey and Abbey Gough had these powerful, encouraging words to say about her:
"Izzy is one of the most consistent players on our team. She works hard and makes it to every ball no matter where she is on the court. Izzy demonstrates a positive attitude and shows great leadership on and off the court, and look out for her insanely powerful serves!"
Izzy served 10 straight points to help our win against cross town rival Jefferson Middle School.
Congratulations to AOTW Michael Nguyen, 2-year starter on both offense and defense on the Football team at Kennedy Middle School. Dennis Kensicki shared this standout statement with us:
"Michael is always at practice and has good character."
Congratulations to AOTW Sydnie Harris, Senior Back Spot on the Varsity Cheer team at Lake Shore High School. Sherri Taormina shared her contributions with us:
"Sydnie has been an amazing senior leader to her team this season. She is hard working, humble, and someone who is always there for her teammates. As a senior, Sydnie is still committed to getting new stunting and tumbling skills and pushing herself and teammates to new heights (both literally and figuratively)."
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