Congrats to the Class of 2020 Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame!
Have you heard the BIG news? The newest class of the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame includes eight outstanding Shaker graduates who have made significant contributions to the fields of law and justice, entertainment, architecture, the fine and performing arts, and social justice. Please join us in congratulating:
- Carter Bays, Class of 1993, a successful television writer and producer, and creator of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother
- The Honorable Rebecca Frank Dallet, Class of 1987, a respected jurist who was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2018
- coleman a. jordan / ebo, Class of 1981, an accomplished architect and multimedia artist who has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, notably in Ghana and Kenya
- John L. Morgan, Class of 1986, a detective with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, who specializes in investigations related to human trafficking
- John Morris Russell, Class of 1978, a conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, music director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
- Kevin Snipes, Class of 1981, an acclaimed ceramic artist who has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad
- Kenny Thompkins, Class of 1977, a Walt Disney animator whose award-winning design work has included characters from Winnie the Pooh and Beauty and the Beast
- Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller, Class of 1982, a highly-sought-after revivalist pastor, vocalist, and lecturer who is dedicated to social justice, health and food security initiatives
Provided circumstances allow us, we look forward to welcoming them back to the Shaker Schools in April of 2021 to address current Shaker students at a Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame assembly and to attend a dinner at Shaker Heights Country Club in their honor. Stay tuned for details on our website and social media on those events.
Thank You for the TLC!
Shaker students are back to school, but like many school districts across the nation, we have started our school year with virtual learning. That is why the Shaker Schools Foundation launched the TLC “Tech 2 Learn & Connect” campaign to meet the particular needs of elementary students. As identified by Shaker teachers, those needs include providing all K-6 students with high-quality headsets with microphones and new computer mice that are compatible with the Chromebooks issued by the District.
Lomond teacher and Shaker alum, Gretchen Hess, Class of 1982, shares her experience with the new equipment: “I was blown away when I heard that the Foundation would be supplying a headset and a mouse to every student! Most of my students are using the headset and I am grateful each day when I see them using it. Plus, they think it’s super cool!” TLC funds also supported the purchase of magnetic counting boards and letter sets for PreK students, for Read/Write software that helps students at all grade levels with reading fluency, and for additional resources to spark creativity in music and art specials. We are so grateful for the many donations we’ve received from alumni, parents, and community members. To date, we’ve raised more than $42,000 for this purpose.
It’s not too late to participate! The Shaker Schools Foundation will continue to collect funds in this account for ongoing learning needs as a result of the pandemic. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the TLC Fund. As always, thank you for supporting our students’ success!
Coming Soon: The NEW Raider Athletic Center!
Remember the weight room when you were at Shaker? It hasn’t changed much since you were here. But now, the Shaker Heights City School District, in partnership with the Shaker Schools Foundation, has committed to supporting the development of a new Raider Athletic Center and dedicated wrestling room that will greatly enhance fitness programming for all of our students. We know that this investment in our students’ health and fitness will pay dividends long into the future – and will truly benefit ALL of our students, even those who don’t play an organized sport.
Says Shaker grad and wrestling coach Will Knight, Class of 1991, “Shaker designating and developing this space for our wrestling team confirms what I’ve always believed that Shaker is. Supportive of diversity, inclusion, and continuing to not leave anyone without the proper resources to achieve success. Our program will really take off once this process is complete.”
Celebrating Homegrown Talent
Fall sports are here – and despite the challenges and limitations, we are celebrating our athletes and their coaches! You might be surprised to know how many of our Raider coaches got their start as Shaker students:
Cheer: Denise Mack Johnson, 2004, and Khadeja Sherrill, 2008
Cross Country (Boys and Girls): Dave Englander, 1988
Field Hockey: Ashley McWilliams Boorstein, 1994, Jennifer Clarke,1992, Hilary Hughes Anderson, 1988, Delia McDermott, 2007 and Olivia Hamilton, 2015
Boy’s Golf: Paul Sampliner, 1986
Football: Roamelle Bell, Varsity Wide Receivers, 2012; Tyler Curtain, 2012, Varsity Linebackers; Delmar Henderson, 2012, Varsity Defensive Backs; Alwyn Reid, 2002, Head Freshman Coach. Be sure to check out this inspiring video about the Raider football program!
Are you interested in bringing your talents back to Shaker to work in our schools? Check out employment opportunities online.
Shaker Alums Shine in “Shaker Speaks” Series
The first-ever virtual “Shaker Speaks” series featured a panel of three talented Shaker alumni who spoke about their experience with Shaker Theatre, moderated by department chair Scott Sumerak. Attendees enjoyed hearing songs, stories and advice from Anita Hollander, Class of 1974, Rev Rachel Hollander, Class of 1981, and Gina Joyce Hobbs, Class of 1981.
The next Shaker Speaks event will feature Danny Warshay, Class of 1983, Executive Director of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and Professor of the Practice on the entrepreneurship faculty at Brown University. Stay tuned for the date!
Watch for details about a special event with Shaker parent and nationally-renowned adolescent psychologist Lisa Damour, slated for February 3, 2021, at 7 pm.
Connect With Alumni on Zoom
As reunions were unfortunately postponed due to these challenging times, many Shaker alumni used Zoom as a way to safely connect with one another. Some are old friends, like members of the Class of 1998 who meet regularly to discuss social issues and even enjoyed a book club session about Celeste Ng’s popular book, Little Fires Everywhere, recently made into a miniseries on Hulu.
Others have used Zoom to make new connections with alumni in their geographic region, including Atlanta, Boston, Rhode Island, DC and Chicago. Says Anne Lynch, Class of 1996, who hosted the Atlanta gathering, “It was so good to connect with people I already knew and meet new alumni. Although I’m working from home now, it turned out one alumnus on the call works in the building next to me in Midtown. It’s a small world!”
If you would like assistance in creating a gathering with Shaker alumni in your region, or with your classmates, please email our Shaker Alumni coordinator or call 216-295-4877.
Like so many things, in-person reunions did not take place this year. We look forward to reunion season starting in mid-July 2020 to cover those that were missed and the next class of reunion groups! We will continue to update our website with up to date information.
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