Shorian Nation eNews
November 13th, 2022
Every year Make a Wish Michigan #MakeAWishMI partners with Macy’s on the Believe Campaign. The Believe Campaign is a letter writing campaign where each letter brings in $2 for Make a Wish Michigan.
Last year we raised $6,366 collectively!
In effort to continue to fundraise for Make a Wish Michigan while supporting our Positivity Project efforts, letters will focus on the character strength of gratitude. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.
Starting November 1st and lasting until November 18th, we invite all stakeholders in our community to write a brief letter to one person who has made a difference in your life at Lake Shore Public Schools and beyond.
This means you still have an opportunity to write and submit your gratitude letter!
At the end of November, we will gather all of these letters, count them, and meet with Alison Horrocks, representative for Make a Wish, to answer this question: How much money will we raise for Make a Wish Michigan in 2022?
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!
We are currently in the process of installing 630 Nightlock devices, a revolutionized security and safety measure that uses the strength of the floor to prevent doors from being kicked in or forced open, on all occupied spaces as a secondary locking mechanism for an extra layer of district security.
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.
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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 OPM - Knowing my words and actions affect others and BRAVERY.
People with this OPM know that everything that they do and say can affect people in a positive way.
We loved having a Halloween Trick or Treat intergenerational walk with our friends at the American House Senior Living.
Mrs. Fleszar, Mrs. Reno, and Mrs. Peacock's 3rd grade students from Masonic Heights Elementary shared their costumes with residents in exchange for sugary treats.
This visit wasn't about the candy. It was understanding that this visit was a collaborative effort with senior citizens to support one another.
Caretaker Sharon Whitney was able to assist at the event. She said, "Everyday is a chance to show kindness and you can do this at any age. I am having so much fun since I can no longer do this with my grown children." We loved watching both kids and adults exhibit #OtherPeopleMatter.
Thank you Rachel Smith, Life Enrichment Director at American House, for coordinating this activity with us and providing the donuts and cider for our Tigers!
People with the character strength of bravery act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when they know things are difficult or scary.
Meet Alexa Haggerty.
She's a 7th grade student at Kennedy Middle School who transferred from a local district. After 7 years in one school district, she made a brave decision to choose another.
Over two months in and she is very happy with that decision. She's supported by a group of friends and teachers who are kind, easy going, and make school less stressful.
Ms. Crystal Jenken, custodian at KMS, has been a friendly face since her daughter Madison met Alexa in Girl Scouts. The girls formed a tight bond, but Crystal also built a connection with Alexa. She complimented, "Alexa is like a 2nd daughter. She has a heart of gold and believes other people truly matter."
Another person who has made a positive impact has been her 6th hour teacher, Mrs. Gough. "I have always been a stressed person, but her room makes me feel so calm. I am in Honors ELA and have enjoyed our current assigned romance book called Everything, Everything." Alexa is the type of kid who is goal-oriented, always looking to achieve that A. With Mrs. Gough's support, she knows she can meet and exceed her own expectations.
Her older sister Sam Emanual graduated in 2018 from Lake Shore and also had an enjoyable experience.
Looking forward, our upcoming character strength is GRATITUDE (11/14-11/25).
We are excited to recognize our Lake Shore servant leaders and philanthropists who participated in the district's 4th annual Seasonal Cleanup. Lake Shore be-leafs in helping their community.
Mrs. Warren, Mrs. Pavlovich, Mrs. Bloomhuff, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Ventimeglia, Ms. Champine, Ms. Haas, and Mrs. Tharme's classes, armed with rakes, reminded our community why it is important to give back to homes and areas through #PositivityInAction. Saint Clair Shores residents were quite pleased with their work.
Since 1971, Karen Walsh has lived in Saint Clair Shores. Since inception, she has signed up for our Seasonal Cleanup service. "I am 81 years old and just can't do it anymore," she said. "It is difficult to walk so I use a cane. I appreciate the help a lot." She plans on baking 10 dozen chocolate chip cookies and dropping them off to the 4th graders at Masonic Heights who performed the raking task.
At 10, Paige Davis was eager to help. "It was fun. I got to hang out with my friends and make a difference," she shared.
Positivity Project co-founder and CEO Jeff Bryan visited Saint Clair Shores to pitch in and see how we incorporate #PositivityInAction in our community. He applauded our administration and staff for setting a culture that develops good people. "I enjoy seeing schools modeling the P2 traits in the community. Lake Shore does such a great job and today is an example of that."
Kennedy Middle School served their community on Thursday, November 17th for our second round of raking.
Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't need a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.
Bonus: The P2 leaders visited Mrs. Crippen's 5th grade classroom and took part in our P2 lesson which focused on how what we say and do affects other people.
Motivation and engagement are applied in the classrooms. Engagement looks different inside different classrooms dependent upon different kids, different times, or different environments.
At the elementary level, students in Mrs. Sheat's Kindergarten class are digging in a tub of orbees to pull out letters; Nicholas Moulding and Jessica Hammond, hold a letter, and share which one it is and what sound it makes.
They love this sensory activity, claiming it is calming and feels really good. Mrs. Sheats keeps a popit inside their personal toolkits, a sharable sensory bin on her desk, and learning games in drawers as a way to practice.
At Violet Elementary MiCI students are using the gym for exercise and play. Students rotate through stations as they jump, flip, and stack with enthusiasm.
At the secondary level, high school students in Environmental Science were experimenting with combustion reactions by calculating the percentage of oxygen for each trial by comparing the height of water to the total height of a test tube.
We watched as 12th grader Isobel Wharff poured water into a dish, lit a candle, and carefully inverted the test tube over it. She observed the water rising.
Quiet, loud, or somewhere in-between, the noise level does not dictate the learning outcomes for Kindergartners or Seniors.
We're featuring family love through hugs. It's not "goodbye" -- just "see ya later, Mom and Dad."
Hugs are powerful. A hug can bring feelings of safety, happiness, and more. When someone receives a hug, for most, their body releases the hormone and neurotransmitter, oxytocin. Increased levels of oxytocin have been attributed to happiness and the reduction of stress and anxiety.
Overshare how much your classmates, teammates, and staff mean to you.
Luckily these goodbyes are only temporary; The care of the Shorian Nation staff while your family is away is forever; You can see and feel it inside this Developmental Kindergarten classroom and at Pastries with Parents. And the best part? That hug.
Bonus: As part of learning about Community Helpers, Officer Raymond and Officer Price from the canine unit in SCS visited to talk to the DK children and brought Maz to discuss their jobs and how they help our community. They enjoyed giving Maz love!
The Reptarium brought their collection of animal ambassadors - snakes, alligators, tortoises, lizards, geckos, and more - to Violet Elementary!
All-Stars joined Animal Ambassadors Chris and Jake for a hands-on experience with reptiles, arachnids, and amphibians. Students were able to learn about bearded dragons, blue tonged skink, a red footed tortoise, a cane toad, a tegu, and burmese pythons.
Some students were afraid, at first, but warmed up to the petting zoo animals rather quickly.
Dressed in a Slytherin cloak, Ms. Whisman voluntarily held a "scary snake," fitting for any Harry Potter fan. Her facial expressions were priceless as she tried to stay calm and contained her animal-loving excitement.
While students interacted, Jake explained general facts about the animals. "Snakes have 400 bones. Keep your fingers or "baby carrots" away from tortoises as they eat anything. Toads do not have teeth and catch prey with their sticky tongues." These interesting pieces of information had everyone engaged and informed.
Professional Development Trainings
Learning is essential to our growth and an indispensable tool for the Shorian Nation.
Lake Shore Public Schools has created a Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) with the goal of at least 10 percent of staff becoming Michigan Heart Certified.
In order to accomplish this task, volunteers from across the district were trained on Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, using AED, and in choking, first aid, and anaphylaxis. Several of these trainings included the use of Dexter, the mannequin, as a resource.
School Nurse Katie Weidman leads this charge and believes in the importance of these trainings. She said, "It is necessary to have more people trained to respond in medical emergency situations for the safety of our students."
Hall Monitor Casandra Drzymalski doesn't just want to be a hero in the hallway. She commented, "I am part of the MERT team at KMS to help soothe students and adults when a medical situation arises and then focus on their emergency."
Big hearts means big responsibility, but our staff prioritizes the needs of our Shorian Nation. This means putting others' health first.
In addition, Dr. Todd Stevens, Assistant Principal at Lake Shore High School, visited our secondary schools to train staff on Performance Matters. This tool allows staff to identify and addressed unfinished learning, create pre-built assessments, shares reports for better student outcomes, and manages student progress!
Teachers in the Special Education department at Lake Shore High School, North Lake High School, and Kennedy Middle School and the Teacher Consultants from Kennedy Middle School, Rodgers Elementary, and Violet Elementary attended a presentation given by Jennifer Vandermark from The ARC Macomb on Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Social Security for students with disabilities. The Arc is dedicated to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose where and how they learn, live, and work throughout their lifetimes in the community we share.
In Mr. Coffey and Ms. Roda's Algebra I classes at Lake Shore High School, students are identifying bounds, intervals, labels, and units from a graph as their warmup and building a study guide together using a choice board and team review activity.
Choice Boards are used to provide these freshmen and sophomores with choices in the kinds of activities they will choose from such as #1: A new chapter review, #2: 3 exact matching reviews, #3: A double-sided page of the review, #4: Other suggestions.
Freshman Jayvon Jernigan examined the reason for the assignment. "Mr. Coffey wants to see if we understand the chapter and has given us time to review concepts with our groups." Students had a moderate level of self-direction as they helped each other understand questions that had different outcomes for different students.
Choices #1 and #3 were the most popular.
Freshman Madison Spry explained why her group chose #1 by sharing her need to rewrite answers for them to stick. Repetition is one go-to strategy to remember information.
Madison appreciates Mr. Coffey's class. She complimented, "He makes the class fun with his jokes and has a great relationship with everyone." She continued, "He also explains concepts well and does the work with us."
Freshman Abby Smith appreciated the exponents, graphing with and without a calculator, and using tables with equations review. In fact, Ms. Roda's 5th hour class participated regularly and eagerly.
Ms. Roda's review resulted in Smarties as a reward for an error correction on what she coined, "A Perfect Paper" activity. Freshmen Anna Koroleva felt confident that she would receive a Smartie and 100 percent on an upcoming test.
Anna reflected, "At first I struggled with graphics, labels, and where to put those independent and dependent variables, but this review helped a lot."
We can all agree that both Mr. Coffey and Ms. Roda are student-focused, finding ways to help those who struggle in math by being an encourager and master teacher for over 65 years collectively.
Veterans Day Celebrations
Lake Shore Public Schools honored and remembered our veterans, reservists and the family members of active duty military members by celebrating with musical performances in our community and schools and activities that commemorate the day.
Our 4th graders from Violet Voices Choir gave singing performances at the Veterans Day Ceremony, located at the VFW Bruce Post.
Fourth grader Hope Gurra sang on behalf of her grandpa John. Veterans were delighted to see students in attendance. People like Hope's dad, shared this same sentiment: “It is so nice for the kids to be here, to know what Veterans are, and to have all that energy in the room.”
Thank you, Mrs. Rueger-West, for your preparation and execution of this event!
Chris Hunt, Veteran and Papa of 4th grader Brooklyn Zalwski, had lunch his granddaughter and her friends at Rodgers Elementary today. This United States Army Vet, who served in Germany, was the guest of honor and shared how proud he was to be present at the school. He said, "It is important to thank about how you can help others in the community and for our country."
At Masonic Heights, 2nd grade families were invited to honor and celebrate their Veterans with a few musical selections and memorized words from student leaders. They brought tears to every eye with a thoughtful slideshow presentation honoring Veterans of the Tigers family: https://youtu.be/PqKQBvxK-ks
Thank you, Ms. Wischmeyer, for organizing such beautiful performances.
A chain link flag of Veteran names was created at Kennedy Middle School. We don't know them all, but we owe them all.
Lake Shore High School regularly invites military recruiters in as guest speakers and lunch room presenters. It is a great way to learn more about these heroes.
The entire district participated in Operation Gratitude to donate leftover Halloween candy to Veterans.
These activities support the social and emotional wellbeing of all stakeholders while honoring #VeteransDay.
Bonus: We also want to thank the following Lake Shore staff Veterans for your service, sacrifice, and bravery. We are grateful for you today and everyday:
Lake Shore High School
Masonic Heights Elementary
Rodgers Wins Family Feud
Congratulations to the Rodgers Elementary Family for taking the win at the Family Feud sponsored by The Lake Shore Foundation for Educational Excellence (LSFEE).
The LSFEE is seeking contributions to meet the educational needs of Lake Shore's youth. They spent $30,000 for grants in the last year!
The Foundation focuses its efforts on these areas:
-Encouraging creative teaching and innovative classroom ideas and programs
-Facilitating student development through enrichment activities and motivational programs
-Purchasing equipment and other durable materials to improve student learning
The LSFEE is totally separate from Lake Shore Public Schools and Board of Education. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees from the community who are responsible for generating contributions, approving grant applications, and allocating funds.
Your contributions will directly benefit students in our community. To make a donation, use this document.
Bonus: A special thank you to all of our participants, Dr. George Lewis, Stage Crew, music performances from Masonic Heights Elementary and Violet Elementary, and spectators. Sue DeLong was our lucky 50/50 raffle winner and donated over $200 back to The Foundation!
Trap Team Takes 2nd Place
We are recognizing the Lake Shore Trap team for taking 2nd place in their conference this fall. This is the first league trophy they have earned as a team since 2018, although they have had many individual awards, including an individual State Champion in 2021.
Creating responsible gun owners and avid fans of Michigan's great outdoors is exactly what Trap Club affords our students. This team consistently measures their progress, learns how to manage stress, prioritizes things, and forgives themselves for mistakes and moves on. These are ways to improve self control and achieve ambitious goals.
The Trap Club, which includes 28 participants, including11 from Kennedy Middle School, visits Richmond Sportsman Club in Columbus to practice shooting shotguns and compete against 100 other schools in Michigan. The goal is to hit as many targets (pigeons) as possible.
The spring season begins February 1st. To inquire about joining the team, email Coach Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sixth Grade Camp Recap by Jessykah Cavanaugh
Camp was really fun! When we arrived at camp we first went to our cabin. The cabins were separated into lodges. There were 2 lodges. A boys' lodge and a girls' lodge. We got settled in and then went to lunch. We lined up in front of some cones. Then the staff picked the straightest and quietest lines to go in first. On the first day of lunch, we had something called pizza bake. It had noodles, pizza sauce, and pepperoni. It was so delicious. After lunch, we had free time. We could do fishing, play on the playground, do arts and crafts, or gaga ball. Then we all went on a tour of the camp. After that, we went to our first activity. My first activity was Gimme Shelter. Gimme Shelter is when you build a shelter outside with logs and sticks. The next activity that my group did was called Firequest (how to make a fire). A boy scout lighter is one way to make a fire. After that, we went to take down the flags and then ate dinner. For dinner, we had turkey, rolls, vegetables, and potatoes. After dinner, we went back to our cabin for a little while. Then we went to play some games and then had a campfire. We also had s’mores and heard some stories. Then we went back to our cabins for the night.
The next day we went to the flag poles to raise the flags. Then we went to breakfast. For breakfast, they served egg omelets. After breakfast, we headed to our first activity. My first activity was team challenges for two hours. We used teamwork in all of these challenges. After that, we went to lunch. Lunch that day was sloppy joes. After lunch, we headed to our next activity. My activity was a hike. The hike was pretty fun. The next thing we did was horseback riding. We also got to pet the horses. Then we went to our free time. After that we had dinner. After dinner, we went to our cabins for a bit. Then we went to where we ate and we did square dancing. Square dancing is so fun. After square dancing, we went to our cabins for the night.
The next day we packed up our belongings and put all of our stuff where the bus would be picking us up. Then we raised the flags and had breakfast. After breakfast, we had our first activity and which was holding reptiles. We got to hold a snake, a lizard, and 3 turtles. Then we went to our final activity which for my group was archery. We learned how to hold the bow and shoot the arrows. Then it was time to go home.
I had a great time at camp. I made new friends, learned new things, and made a lot of memories.
We have built 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.
We have partnered with Kroger to help fund our athletics. Please read this letter from our Athletic Coordinator Rich Bowers.
Upcoming Winter Tryouts and Information
KMS Fall Team Photos
Freeze Frame: Halloween Costumes
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