January 2020

Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame: Time for Nominations!

Do you know an outstanding Shaker grad who deserves to be in our Shaker Alumni Hall of Fame? Nominations are now open! Anyone may nominate a Shaker graduate for this honor. View a list of current inductees. Please submit your nominations by Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

We look forward to welcoming a new class on the weekend of October 16-17, 2020 when we will host many special activities. Please note that nominees must be available to accept this award in person, so they may share their inspiring stories with current Shaker students. Stay tuned for more details about the 2020 Hall of Fame induction weekend!

You’re Invited to A Night for the Red & White, March 7, 2020, Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Come for the fun and support our Shaker students at A Night for the Red & White on Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Each year, many Shaker alumni come to this event and enjoy reconnecting with one another, along with other Shaker neighbors, teachers, staff, and community members.

Many thanks to our volunteer leaders for our 28th annual gala: Sarah Brandon Bowen, Class of 2007; Mity Fowler, mother of three Shaker students; Boulevard parent Lauren Martin; and Marla Walker, mother of two Shaker graduates and two current Shaker students. We are also excited to have Michael Tate, Class of 1985, in the role of emcee for this year’s event.

This party with a purpose provides enrichment for all Shaker students in every school, with a particular focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Purchase tickets by March 2. We hope to see you there!

#TeamGoals: Meeting Charlotte Hornet, Terry Rozier, Class of 2012


This month, members of the Shaker Heights High School basketball teams along with Superintendent David Glasner, High School Principal Eric Juli, and varsity boys’ basketball coach and Woodbury Principal Danny Young Jr., enjoyed a special preview before the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets game with Terry Rozier, Class of 2012.

Terry played at Shaker from the seventh grade through senior year. His former coach, Danny Young, recalls, “Terry was a hard worker who believed in himself. He knew early on, probably around his sophomore year, that his dream to play for the University of Louisville would come true. I told him I could help him with his goal if he worked really hard, and he did! Every year, his overall game got better and better – just as we are seeing in the NBA!”

MAC Scholars Alumni: Save the Date for our 30th Anniversary Celebration


Saturday, June 20, 2020, Hilton Doubletree Beachwood from 6-9 PM

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for the MAC Scholars 30th Anniversary Celebration! Please help us find other MAC Scholars Alumni by sharing this email with others who may not be in touch with us. Please forward any contact information to Mrs. McGovern. This celebration will be a chance for you to reconnect and network with your fellow MAC Scholars from the past 30 years and to reflect on past, present and future initiatives in minority achievement. We look forward to celebrating with you: more information to come!

We Remember Marcia Jaffe

Beloved longtime Shaker teacher and co-founder of the Shaker Heights High School Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR), Marcia Joan Jaffe, passed away on Friday, January 10. She was a seminal influence on the lives of countless generations of students. When Mrs. Jaffe and cofounder Zachary Green met with a small cohort of students in 1983, their goal was to create a space in which interracial friendships would grow and thrive. Over the years, SGORR has grown from a group of fifteen students to a membership of over 250 students. SGORR’s mission has remained constant: to celebrate and teach diversity and human connections across all boundaries of difference.

For those interested in making a gift in Macia’s memory to Shaker, donations can be made to the SGORR Fund at the Shaker Schools Foundation. You may read Mrs. Jaffe’s obituary here.

Help Shaker Students Travel!

In March the Varsity baseball team will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico to experience the rich culture and history, both on and off the baseball field. Meanwhile, the high school Chamber Orchestra will travel to compete at the National Orchestra Cup competition at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, as one of only 10 high schools selected!

Learn more about the baseball and orchestra trips by viewing short videos created by Shaker alumna Maddie Hertz, Class of 2004. To help defray the costs of travel for Shaker students who would otherwise be unable to participate, please consider a donation to the Shaker Schools Foundation’s travel opportunity assistance fund. Thank you for helping to broaden our students’ cultural horizons and become global ambassadors for the future!

Can You Sponsor a Senior Project Student?

The Shaker Heights High School Senior Project program gives seniors an opportunity to work with sponsors in career settings that interest them. This is a wonderful opportunity for Shaker graduates to “pay it forward” by helping a current Shaker student explore a possible career path. The program runs May 4-28, 2020.

Learn more about becoming a Senior Project Sponsor online and complete the Sponsor Contact Form to be added to the database of potential senior project sponsors. Questions? Email James Schmidt, Senior Project Advisor. Thank you!

Fernway Update

The rebuilding of Fernway Elementary School is well underway after the devastating fire that took place on July 10, 2018. Get a first-hand look at interior and exterior progress on Fernway’s construction in this short video ! #FernwayForever

My Shaker Story

Rachel Katz, Class of 1993

Where are you now and what are you doing?

Since 2013, I have been a luxury jewelry designer for my Los Angeles based company, Rachel Katz Jewelry. I had no idea that I would succeed in this dream career, let alone be designing jewelry in the first place! After college, I stayed in Boston and worked for internet start-up companies. After the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, I moved to LA after visiting friends. Once in LA, I worked at several jobs in the TV and film business including working for a top Hollywood producer and A-List talent agent. One of my favorite memories was taking a call from Paul Newman, Class of 1943, and bonding over our love for Shaker! When I answered the call, I mentioned that I was from Shaker, to which he responded, “Go Raiders!” We continued the conversation and chatted for a few minutes about Shaker. I eventually decided to leave Hollywood and took a job in commercial real estate in 2004.

On a trip home to Cleveland, I discovered a vintage pendant that was my mom’s from the ’70s. I took it back to LA and would wear it all the time. After much encouragement, I found a fabricator in LA to recreate it. I began coming up with other designs. At that point, everything fell into place and business took off from there with the help of friends from my dot com days and others. Unhappy in my job and not ready to move into jewelry full time – I had one $300 sale to my name – I vowed to return from vacation and start a job search the next week. As fate would have it, three days after returning to work, I got laid off! It was at this point that I decided to try to pursue designing jewelry full time.

Tell us a little bit about your Shaker experience.

I attended Mercer, then Hathaway Brown from grades 4th-7th, returning to Shaker in 8th grade. Shaker provided an incredible and unique experience both academically and socially. The education was excellent and there were clubs and activities for all different interests. One of the gifts that Shaker offers is its diversity. I believe it has given me a strong foundation for building a community with friends and family with different backgrounds. It made me more interested in the world and ignited my passion for being worldly and seeking out new experiences, meeting new people in different places.

How has your Shaker Schools experience impacted your life? What have you carried forward from those years?

Shaker Schools taught me to value experiences and not just achievements. We learned to have empathy for one another and an understanding for the bigger world. Those lessons are with me today in my interactions with others. I encourage students to open up your world and have new experiences because this is often when life skills are developed.

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Reunion Time!

Whether you are celebrating your 10th or 50th reunion, there is something special about returning to Shaker to reminisce about school days and catch up with your Shaker classmates. Check out upcoming reunion information and come home to Shaker. Make sure we have your updated information so you don’t miss the fun!

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