Shorian Nation eNews

March 22nd, 2021

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Newsletter Overview

Within this Shorian Nation eNews, you will review information about upcoming save the date celebrations, enrollment, community Easter egg hunt, positivity project, CDC reminders, and stories highlighting inspiration, innovation, and celebration.

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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Save the Dates

Please save the dates for the following ceremonies which will take place at the John U'ren Stadium located on Shorian Drive at Lake Shore High School*:

Kennedy Middle School

Award Ceremonies

Sunday, June 13th at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

North Lake High School

Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 14th at 6:30pm

Violet Elementary

5th Grade Celebration

Tuesday, June 15th at 6:30pm

Rodgers Elementary

5th Grade Celebration

Wednesday, June 16th at 5:30pm

Masonic Heights Elementary

5th Grade Celebration

Wednesday, June 16th at 7:00pm

Lake Shore High School

98th Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 21st at 5pm, 8pm

*Ceremonies held at Jimmy John's Field

Lake Shore Vocal Music Department-Sing!

Enroll Today

Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is open!

Lake Shore Public Schools provides an exceptional education for all 3,217 students in a safe and nurturing environment. Our students are empowered to excel in an evolving global society, supported by the collaborative effort of staff, families, and community.

From preschool through our graduating seniors, Lake Shore students are a part of a strong school system that works hard every day for the benefit of our students. Our guiding principles, Inspiration, Innovation, and Celebration, are woven into the fabric of everything we do.

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

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

Enrollment is also open for our Lake Shore Early Childcare Center. For more information, contact our Early Childhood Coordinator, Kelly Biondo, at (586) 285-8570 or

#I Choose Lake Shore

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Please join the Shorian Nation on Saturday, March 27th for a community Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of Kennedy Middle School from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Additionally, for our families in need, adults will be able to pick-up complimentary Easter Baskets on a first-come, first-serve basis in the KMS gym. Thank you to our National Honor Society students and the Lac Ste. Claire Kiwanis Club for their partnership on this very special event.
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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

North Lake High School


Kennedy Middle School


Masonic Heights, Rodgers, Violet Elementaries

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 SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE and LOVE OF LEARNING.

People with the character strength of social intelligence are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. They understand why they do things.

In Mr. Quinlan's class at Rodgers Elementary, Early Childhood Special Education students worked on a color mystery box activity. Students practiced saying "I see" along with the color and then Mr. Quinlan would show them an item. They took turns requesting the item using both communication pictures and verbalizations. This activity works on receptive and expressive language along with peer modeling and sharing.

The thing is, Mr. Quinlan is an expert at social intelligence. He is able to recognize and manage feelings appropriately by using words to set culture, making kindness a priority, and exhibiting empathy. His classroom is a calm place where students are empowered to feel their feelings while being given the guidance for wise decision-making.

People with the character strength of love of learning master new topics on their own or in school.

Meet the Burton Family.

Jessica Burton's daughter, Marissa, has enjoyed virtual learning for several reasons, but the ability to spend more time with her hobbies, which are located in her backyard and neighborhood, is something she appreciates.

Marissa, a 5th grader at Rodgers Elementary, has always been a self-titled nature nut. She finds that spending time in her garden is an escape from the world and offers a space for her to connect to nature. In this private sanctuary, she relaxes, plants food and flowers, and builds her own dry creek bed. She's even saved a tree! She loves learning more about this hobby and designing her own space, exactly how she wants it.

One of her favorite projects from Mrs. Halpin's class was her screencast of mint, planted from the soil of her own garden. "Virtual learning has been a game changer for Marissa," said Jessica. "She no longer needs an alarm to wake her up. She looks forward to school." This is truly the kind of spark in learning that makes us so happy for Marissa. Whether she sits at a traditional desk in her room or hammock in her backyard, she eagerly participates in her Google Meets and assigned activities.

Her motivation also stems from having Mrs. Halpin as a teacher who is "nice and understanding", support from her mom who rewords and reviews her work, playful licks from her dog Elara, and helping her family friends, Shelby and Jason, explore their own learning. Because of these additional factors, she would choose the virtual learning option again, if offered, next school year.

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are SHORIAN WILDCARD (3/21-3/27) and HUMOR (3/28-4/3).

COVID-19 Student Self-Screening Form

In a continued effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19, it is extremely important that parents/guardians monitor their children closely and complete at-home screening each day, including a temperature check, prior to sending their child to school. The Macomb County Health Department self-screening form can be accessed here. Please notify the school if your child is exhibiting any symptoms and keep them home until you can see your healthcare provider.

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


Shine on the Shores

Lake Shore Public Schools invited all students, families, and community members to our 1st inaugural Shine on the Shores event.

After two years of showing up to support Beaumont Children's Pediatric Advisory Council's Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, we served in our backyard this year.

For 1-night only at 7pm on March 17th, our Shorian Nation stood outside Lakeshore Senior Living (28801 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores) and shined a light into the hearts of the residents while sharing this unified, simple message: We are thinking of you. Thanks to Sgt David Lawson with the United States Air Force, for the flashlight donations, HOSA for creating several personalized, resident-specific posters for everyone to share, our own high school National Honor Society students and IAM Senior Haley Peterman for designing premade cards for residents, Mrs Holtz's class at Kennedy Middle School, Mrs. Tharme, Mrs. Bednarski, Mrs. Barr, and Mrs. Titcombe's classes at Lake Shore High School, and several Masonic Heights Elementary classes for writing in them, School Board Treasurer Sue DeLong for her presence, Wellness Supervisor Rachel Smith for coordinating this event with us, and of course, all of the Shorian Nation community who joined us.

The Saint Clair Shores Fire Department represented by Matt Chambers and Saint Clair Shores Police Department represented by Officer Wierzbicki joined us. We were fortunate to also have performances by our own students from our Music Department led by Mrs. Wischmeyer.

Firefighter and alumnus Chambers from the Saint Clair Shores Fire Department coordinated the efforts to have the local A-4 participate. He said, "This was a spectacular event where the public and public service professionals get together to shine lights on our Seniors!"

Our Shorian Nation made Lakeshore Senior Living residents feel cared about with a simple wave through windows, thought of by a simple smile and over 200 handmade cards, and loved by simple conversations about what this night meant for the Senior community that we can sometimes take for granted.

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Blood Drive

The Lake Shore National Honor Society is working to support our community in coming together. Please join us for a blood drive at Lake Shore Schools on Monday, March 29, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit to schedule an appointment.
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Social Workers #RockOurSocks

It is National Social Work Month and we are reminding the Shorian Nation of the vital role our social workers play.

For example, during our 1st inaugural Mental Health Matters Week, which ran mid-January, Lake Shore Public Schools and our local partners teamed up to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and to celebrate the resilience in you. Our social workers took the lead on the work involved and kicked off the week by discussing “what is mental health” and providing resources on how to pay attention to our mental health using this Edpuzzle:

School social workers are able to light the way, emphasizing the whole child, collaborating with other professionals, linking students and families with needed services, and advocating for the profession. Thank you Nichole Filer, Rebecca Asni, Jessica Miller, Paul Schroll, Kayla Glombowski, Helen Buyse, and Allyson Moore for helping students solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.

In addition, we appreciate our MoCI Department, a department who often works directly with our social workers, for executing a successful #RockYourSocksDay fundraiser, collecting a total of $1,000. Executive Director Paulette Duggins from The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan visited Lake Shore High School to accept this check on behalf of the Shorian Nation!


Fenway and Hattie

Our elementary schools began reading the same book, Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe, this week. This included students, parents, teachers, and staff members! The One Book, One School initiative has been coordinated by Mrs. Husek at Violet Elementary since 2017. Like previous years, she chose Fenway and Hattie because it is an easy and accessible read for families while also light-hearted, bringing laughter into students' homes.

Every family in grades K-5, both in-person and virtual, received one copy of the book, using at-risk grant funding, with a coordinated reading schedule which is to be completed at home with families. There will be questions and conversations. There will be fun trivia game, a prize drawing at the end of the month, and other themed events!

Thank you State Senator Representative Hertel for your special virtual read aloud and hats off, Dr. Seuss style, to everyone who is actively participating in our reading celebration. This includes reading directions during Mrs. LaCross' Board Game Club.

The only improvement would be to snuggle underneath a cozy blanket while enjoying these activities. Luckily, Mrs. Spellicy's Leadership classes at Lake Shore High School donated 83 blankets to the McRest Roseville Homeless Shelter and McRest and Turning Point.

Marshmallow Challenge

The Marshmallow Challenge is an activity involving teams competing to assemble the tallest freestanding structure in a given time period with limited materials out of spaghetti, tape, string, and marshmallows. Mrs. Kraus' 5th graders at Rodgers Elementary learned the importance of a well-functioning team, while experiencing different leadership roles and resisting the temptation to ingest the marshmallows!

Currently, the class’ tallest structure stood at an impressive 25 inches, created by Lukas N., Cameron S., and Alex G.


Combined Cohorts, Better Together

It isn't a secret that there's something that deserves celebration everyday at Lake Shore Public Schools. Today is an extra special day, a day that Shorian Nation will rave about. We have combined cohorts districtwide!

This magical and extremely memorable moment was celebrated in many different ways at our elementary schools and high schools, but here's several examples of what occurred this morning at Kennedy Middle School.

Detective Drulia, Board of Education President Sharon Bartl, and administrators Ms. Wynkoop, Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Baalaer handed out coffee as parents dropped off their kids. They continued this fueling effort by personally delivering coffee and bonus donuts to staff. Teachers, wearing blue and white, greeted students outside with welcome back signs as they passed through the balloon-filled entrances.

The music in the hallways, ice cream being served at lunch, and the overall buzz made our middle schoolers feel excited, energized, and open-minded.

Spelling Bee Regional Champion

We are pleased to announce that Glendian Vasili from Kennedy Middle School is the 2021 Champion for the Macomb County Regional Spelling Bee! The district has celebrated students with top 10 status, but since 1997, we've never had a student win the Regional Bee.

Additional Shorians like Tommy Zablocki from Masonic Heights Elementary are already practicing to follow in Glendian's footsteps.

To pass the time, Tommy reads his dictionary. These dictionaries, a gift to all 3rd graders in the district, have been sponsored by retired dentist at Whole Dental Wellness and longtime Kiwanis member Carl Papa for the past 5 years. Because of Dr. Papa's generosity, Tommy is on his way to a Glendian-like Spelling Bee performance.

We look forward to cheering for Glendian, from afar, when he will hopefully qualify to compete at the National competition in July which will be held in Orlando, Florida.

Swim, Hockey, Bowling Division Champs

On March 12th our Boys Varsity Swim Team went to Fitzgerald to complete against four other teams for our Division Championship. Every swimmer had a personal best time with many first and second places. This is only the 4th Division Title in school history for boys' swim and this year’s seniors were on the last team to win when they were freshman. They also won the Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by coaches!

Congratulations Nathan Fisher, Stephen Moore, Blaise Kolley, Noah Baier, David Kohl, Jackson Hermes, and Gavin Montgomery for competing with lighting fast aquatic swim speeds to earn the title of Division Champions!

In addition, our SCS Lakers Unified Hockey Team won their third consecutive MAC White Division title and both our Girls and Boys Bowling Teams won their Division titles!

CTE Annual Awards Celebration

Even though there wasn't a traditional, in-person 2021 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Annual Awards Celebration, the Macomb CTE Administrators Association still recognized 42 students and 21 local business partners:

Lake Shore High Schools’ Henry Kozak and Andrea Friesmuth were honored for their distinction in their chosen career pathways while business partner Jessica Blakley at MC Marketplace was acknowledged for her continuous support of career and technical education in public schools.

Career and Technical Education teachers at Lake Shore Public Schools are servant leaders dedicated to empowering students everywhere. Through the practice of teaching specific career skills to students and aligned with the use of 24 character strengths from a districtwide initiative called The Positivity Project, our students receive an #OtherPeopleMatter mindset while focusing on earning credentials in high-demand fields.

In an effort to showcase the outstanding efforts of Career Technical Education at Lake Shore High School, the Macomb Intermediate School District and the Macomb Daily have partnered with Macomb Community College to highlight our programs at Lake Shore High School. For more information, visit

CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs.

At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.



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.