Principal's Message

Welcome to West Shore Elementary School! Our school serves pre-school through 2nd grade with approximately 430 students.

We are a family-oriented community with a dedicated staff. Our school prides itself in providing a rich learning environment that is characterized by safe, respectful, and responsible behavior. We are dedicated to high academic standards.

We are proud of our school and would be happy to have you as a part of our West Shore family!

Meet Mrs. Shaughnessy

Welcome Aboard!

I am happy to serve as the Principal of West Shore Elementary. This is my twenty second year at L.F.C.S.! Prior to my role as Principal, I taught Kindergarten - Second Grade. U of M football and Detroit Tigers are my favorite sports teams and I love to travel and stay active. My husband and I reside in the Lake Fenton Community and our three children are successful Lake Fenton graduates!

It is very rewarding to help West Shore students and staff be the "best they can be".

At West Shore our Mission is "SHIPS". This stands for:
Students first
High expectations
Instruction aligned to Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations/Common Core Standards
Positive environment
Success for all!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 810-591-6542 or at sshaughnessy@lakefentonschools.org

Yours in learning,
Mrs. Shaughnessy

Learning To Read: What research says parents can do to help their children

Richard Allington and Sherry Guice
What parents can do

1. Surround children with language through books, rhymes, stories, and conversations about books. Talking
about books in ways that include conversations about particular words and sounds in books. Children are
curious about how language works. Capitalize on what interests them and let stories and words become a part of your daily lives.

2. Provide your children with opportunities to play with the alphabet and experiment with sounds using magnetic letters, paper, and crayons for writing, and alphabet books and CD-ROM reading programs for reading. Read books together and talk about how letters represent sounds and combine to form words.

3. As you read with your children, point to the words on the page and stretch out the sounds of the letters in some words. That way, children can see and hear how language is put together. When they begin reading independently, focus on ways they can figure out things on their own. It helps to ask questions like, "How could you figure it out?" and "Does that make sense?" Questions like these have been shown to foster an independent sense of problem-solving.
4. Play phonics games. A wonderful place to start is with the letters and sounds in your children's name. Or, ask them to tell you all the "b" words on the dinner table (for example, bread, beans, bacon).

5. Most important of all, become partners with your children's teachers.

Concerned, knowledgeable adults who work together have the power to greatly influence children's growth as readers and writers, which in turn influences the rest of children's lives.