Shorian Nation eNews

April 17th, 2022

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Cup of Joes

A Cup of Joe with John Daly, Lake Shore Public School Lake Shore High School
A Cup of Joe with Dr. Jeff Lip, Lake Shore Public School, North Lake High School

Election Info 2022: Lake Shore High School and North Lake High School Focus

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 wanted to share some of the major updates at Lake Shore High School and North Lake High School:

To the interior of the building, the student services offices, student dining area, student commons area, and administrative offices will be renovated. The skilled trades and career tech classrooms will be relocated to a common area and updated. Band and choir rooms will also receive updates.

Classroom and corridor flooring and the boiler will be replaced, and energy-efficient lighting installed. Lockers, scoreboard, and pool equipment will be replaced in the pool area. Air handling units will be installed in the locker rooms, the auditorium, gym, and choir room.

An outdoor learning environment will be created, and classroom furniture and equipment will be replaced where needed.

Classroom technology will also be updated, and student mobile devices will be refreshed.

Exterior improvements will include constructing a softball field, resurfacing the track, and replacing the synthetic turf.

The bond will also provide safety improvements at Lake Shore High School, including:

  • Installing an emergency alert system;
  • Upgrading classroom safety locking systems;
  • Building a new front entrance on 13 Mile Road with parking for visitors and parents and maintaining a separate student entrance;
  • Updating exterior lighting; and,
  • Enhancing video surveillance and access control systems.

If the bond is approved, a new Early Childhood and Community Center will be constructed at the current Administrative Center site. With a new secure entrance, the Community Center will be the new home for the Lake Shore Adult Education and North Lake Alternative High School programs.

The Center will be designed to offer expanded community and recreation spaces and senior programs. It will also be in a more centralized location of the community for use by students and residents.

We are excited about the opportunities the new Community Center will bring to Lake Shore students and residents.

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

Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 6pm

Lake Shore High School Performance Gym

Virtual District K-12 Art Show

Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at 6pm

"Emily Tims Art Inspires" Photorama

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 from 1-3pm

The Wizard of Oz

Friday-Saturday, April 22-23rd from 7-9pm

Sunday, April 24th from 2-4pm

Upcoming Events

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 OPM - Identifying and appreciating the good in others and FAIRNESS.

Senior Jamisen Talanges is determined to become a Fashion Designer, starting her own brand that is sustainable and good for the environment.

But she didn't always know that.

A writer. A zookeeper. A hair stylist. The list of wanna-be careers would change almost daily.

The people in her life were the supports she needed to give her this direction. Her older cousin, Amanda Dalka, is an Art Director at Ludwig Plus. Her sister and 2020 Lake Shore graduate, Samantha Talanges, is currently majoring in Ad Design at the College of Creative Studies. Her mom, Debbie Talanges, is the Preschool Director and teacher at St. Germaine Catholic School; Like her mom, Jamisen has always been into arts and crafts. She likes art and drawing and her high school classes have reinforced this passion.

But, she enjoyed more than just drawing. She also loved creating outfits and watching runaway shows. She learned how-to sew from family.

It suddenly clicked. She could meld drawing with fashion and make both of these passions into a career. She off she went, visiting the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, touring the campus and falling in love with this industry even more. She enrolled in Advanced Placement Art and is currently building her portfolio with pieces related to ambiguity and versatility in fashion. "I want to turn traditional pieces into something untraditional and make a statement out of it," she said.

She is grateful for her best friend Kaylee Harwick who has been a huge supporter and her go-to person to talk fashion with. Another great resource for her as been her AP Art teacher Mrs. Bolen who has praised her for being self-motivated and eager to learn, to experiment, to create.

This eagerness is put into practice everyday and displayed through her work including the newspaper photo attached to this post. "I have focused [my portfolio pieces] on the detrimental effects that the fashion industry has on our environment," she explained. "The newspaper piece was a pair of bloomers I'm entering into an art contest which had to fit this theme: Listen to Women. It's focused on Amelia Bloomer who was a women's suffragist who normalized bloomers for female comfort. The reason it's made out of newspapers is because she was the first woman to edit and operate a news stand."

Several Seniors have yet to find what they could be enthusiastic about. Jamisen insists not to worry. She left us with these wise words: You're never completely stuck anywhere. Try things. Your passion will come to you.

People with the character strength of fairness believe that all people have value. They approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

Life isn't fair.

We've all heard that phrase before. We've probably said it ourselves. It holds so much power when it is spoken about a death of someone who has held a special place in your heart.

At Lake Shore High School, Memorial Scholarships are created to commemorate individuals in a meaningful way. They are typically offered to Seniors to help pay for educational costs.

This year the John L. U'Ren Sportsmanship Scholarship was created in the memory of Beth U'Ren-Old, a Lake Shore alum and former athlete. She was a proud daughter of John L. U'Ren, who was a sports enthusiast and pillar of the community. He was honored by having the football stadium dedicated in his name.

With sports being such a pivotal part of the threads of their lives, they seek to continue this family legacy by offering a scholarship to a student-athlete that showcases the virtues of a true sportsman both on and off the field. The winner of this scholarship will not be chosen based on performance but on attitude.

All scholarships can be located on our Lake Shore High School Counseling webpage.

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE (4/17-4/23) and PURPOSE (4/24-4/30).


Art Inspires

We are inviting the community to the perfect place to witness artistry happen at Lake Shore. Students will prepare drawings, paintings, ceramics, and digital art to display on Thursday, April 21st at 6pm at our Virtual K-12 District Art Show.

Join us from the comfort of your own vehicle by participating in Lake Shore Public Schools Emily Tims Art Inspires Photorama!

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

There are 13 pieces will be displayed inside a variety of local restaurants, hand-selected based on exemplary skills, creativity, and innovative ideas including Scholastic award winners!

We are requesting students of all levels to take photographs of themselves with these inspiring art pieces, located at different destinations, earning points along the way. Students will connect to their community and provide their own art donations, too!

Once complete, the team leader will email to submit those photos and potentially win prizes including gift card giveaways!

To register your team (vehicle), please submit this form no later than April 22nd:

Don't forget to represent the Shorian Nation at this event by wearing your Lake Shore gear.

Bonus: This activity was created in the effort to celebrate Ms. Tims' life, an incredible art teacher with 21 years of service to Lake Shore Public Schools:

Kindergarten Roundup

Our 2022 Kindergarten Roundup is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 6pm inside Lake Shore High School’s Performance Gym.

Take your first steps toward graduation with Lake Shore Public Schools during this fun and informative evening filled with all things Kindergarten!

Parents and future Class of 2035 students will meet our amazing teachers, principals, and superintendent, 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.

Please email with any questions.

Lake Shore Public Schools 2021-2022 Kindergarteners Share

Wizard of Oz

We are reminded of the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Join our 50 cast members in support as they transport us to somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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.

The Wizard of Oz

April 22-23, 2022 at 7pm

April 24, 2022 at 2pm

Lake Shore High School Auditorium

Purchase GA Tickets:

The following students have spent long hours in preparation of their 4th-12th grade musical debut.

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LSHS Campaigns for Better Drivers

Legacy of Col. Halvorsen

In honor of Col. Gail Halvorsen, the "Berlin Candy Bomber," who passed away recently at the age of 101, the Transatlantic Outreach Program invited classes to take part in a special class project competition!

The dynamic team of Mr. Feldman, Mr. Gostinger, and Mr. Warehall combined their classes at Kennedy Middle School to share specialized knowledge of GIS, drones, and green technology with each other.

Gabriel Cornett enrolled in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Drones class because he has 5 drones at home. He wants to pursue this field in the Military and because of his expertise, he is a valuable member of the class.

Both Eric Dixon and Brooklynn Hobson also contributed to this activity. Eric studied maps of Berlin in GIS and Brooklynn used precise measurements to build her parachute.

The competition included an option for both social studies and STEM classrooms and taught students about the legacy of Col. Halvorsen and allowed them to explore how they can follow his example of service and compassion in their own communities. View their lesson submission here.

Engagement at All Levels

Engagement looks different inside different classrooms dependent upon different kids, different times, or different environments.

At the elementary level, students use play-doh to craft letters and practice sounds in one room while students in the hallway used Sphero, their coding robot, to learn programming and computer science while exploring and experimenting. Students were having conversations with each other while being responsible for their own learning.

At the secondary level, middle school students are learning how-to fly their drones in a team atmosphere. You can hear the wings speed through the air and the sound of laughter. At the high school, students are Spring Testing! The rooms were completely quiet as testers take the Michigan Merit Exam, MI-Access, PSAT 10, and PSAT 9.

Quiet, loud, or somewhere in-between, the noise level does not dictate the learning outcomes.


The homestretch is more than just getting to the end of the year, it's about ending on a positive note. We appreciate each and every one of you for your part in making Lake Shore Public Schools such a special place. It has been a year of accomplishments and celebrations, raising our levels of achievement to heights not seen before.

Please save the dates for the following ceremonies:

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

5th Grade Celebration

Monday, June 13th at 6:00pm

Masonic Heights Elementary

John U'ren Stadium

North Lake High School Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 13th at 6:30pm

LSHS Auditorium

5th Grade Celebration

Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00pm

Rodgers Elementary

John U'ren Stadium

8th Grade Awards

Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30pm

LSHS Auditorium

5th Grade Celebration

Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00pm

Violet Elementary

John U'ren Stadium

Follow Lake Shore High School, North Lake High School, Kennedy Middle School, Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, Violet Elementary All-Stars, and Lake Shore Early Childhood Center on social media for specific details from building principals.

Whether in the classroom, on the stage, in the studios, on the playing fields, both in-person or virtually, our Shorians from PreK-12th grade always make us proud.

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Freeze Frame: Happy Easter

Check out our Where's Sailboat? graphic. In celebration of the upcoming Easter holiday, we are encouraging you to locate all of the sailboat pictures amongst the eggs.

Enjoy your Easter, Shorian Nation!

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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.

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