Help Connect our Kids!
During this time of social distancing and remote learning, it is essential that Shaker students stay connected to their teachers and peers.
In recent weeks, the District delivered 150 hotspots to the homes of Shaker students who lacked WiFi access. The unexpected cost of providing this access has been considerable, but the District and Shaker Schools Foundation remain firmly committed to addressing the technology gap to provide an equitable learning experience for all students.
When the Shaker Schools Foundation reached out to the community for help to defray the cost of WiFi access for Shaker families, donors stepped up in a big way: In just three days, the Connect Our Kids Campaign raised more than $20,000!
We know that the need to keep Shaker families connected will continue through the end of this school year, throughout the summer, and possibly into the fall. To help us support this ongoing need, we ask you to consider a tax-deductible donation in any amount to the Connect Our Kids campaign. We thank you for your continued generosity!
Art Exposed Online: Virtual Art Show for High School and Middle School
The Shaker Schools Foundation is proud to host “Art Exposed 2020,”, a virtual art show featuring online galleries of artwork by Shaker Heights High School and Middle School students starting May 20th. Students will showcase their work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, photography, mixed media, and technology-assisted graphic design. In previous years, Art Exposed has been hosted at the Shaker Heights Public Library. We are happy to be able to provide a virtual home for this popular event on our website!
This year, the Foundation supported the purchase of 25 state-of-the-art Huion tablets for the High School art programs, giving our students access to the same tools professional graphic designers use. High school jewelry classes also upped their game, thanks to a new “Form 3” 3-D printer and casting equipment provided by the Shaker Schools Foundation. The new tools allow students to take concepts from their imagination to reality by creating a printed wax model and then casting them into metal. Read more about how the Foundation is helping to keep the “A” in STEAM.
“Art Exposed” will take place online beginning May 20th at shakerschoolsfoundation.org/
Our Mission is Still in Motion
Despite the sudden and unexpected shift to learning at home, the Foundation’s work continues to support our teachers and students in many ways:
Caring School Communities is a social/emotional learning program for students in grades K-8 supported by the Class of ‘50/51. Assistant principal of Lomond Tina McCauley says, “Teachers are continuing to use the program during virtual learning. They use it to teach self-management, self-discipline, and interpersonal skills and to develop a cooperative, calm learning environment in a situation that is uncomfortable and changing daily. I’ve had the opportunity to watch students interact with one another and their teachers by sharing how they feel about the changes, how they can help each other, and what it feels like to be a risk-taker.”
Pre-K Family Inquiry Nights typically take place several times throughout the year, offering families a chance to gather for a meal, storytime, and an activity. The final event for this year, a student art show, will still take place but in a slightly different way: The Pre-K teachers will collect self-portraits drawn by the students and, with the Foundation’s help, will publish books for each student and an online book for all to enjoy.
The Middle School MAC Sister Scholars are participating in Effective Leadership Academy’s virtual youth leadership series, which is designed to empower students and heighten their ability to embrace change through positive thinking. The series features an award-winning curriculum to develop middle school students’ leadership and social-emotional skills. Tiara Sargeant, Class of 2014, who advises the group, says, “The students have been very engaged and mindful throughout the sessions. We ended one session with the girls reflecting and sharing on their strengths and weaknesses.”
Students from the Intervention Classes are benefiting greatly from a program purchased by the Foundation called Read/Write, which helps them to read and interpret texts using assistive technology. Intervention teacher Stacey Steggert created a helpful video for students to demonstrate how it works.
Extended “Sing Break” – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a dozen singers comprised of Shaker Heights High School students, alumni, teachers and friends from the community came together virtually to sing Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song” with the intention of bringing joy amid the darkness of this time. We hope you will take a moment to breathe and to enjoy their beautiful, soul-stirring performance which can be found here.
Mario Clopton-Zymler, Director of Shaker Heights High School Choirs, produced and directed the project. Says Mario, “Special thanks to all the singers for lending your talent and time. This was not an easy project! Thanks to Dr. Ken Wendt, our audio engineer and video editor for the project. Also a HUGE thank you to the Shaker Schools Foundation for funding this project and Principal Eric Juli for approving the project. And finally, thank you to Frank Ticheli and Manhattan Beach Music for the permission to perform this wonderful piece!”
High School Art Program – the Foundation supported the purchase of art supplies so that students can complete artwork assignments from home and use art as a necessary creative outlet.
Your Donations Make the Difference!
Thank you for supporting our teachers and students and keeping our Mission in Motion!
Foundation Hosts Raider Nation Jubilation: A Virtual Celebration of Our Students
Wednesday, May 20, 6 pm
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Foundation presents over 40 awards and scholarships to juniors and seniors each spring at our annual program. These accolades recognize academic success, athletic accomplishment, talent in music, theatre, art, and languages. At this event, the District also recognizes student recipients of an extensive list of additional awards and scholarships, including full-ride scholarships, full-tuition scholarships, ROTC scholarships, United States Service Academy Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship, U.S. Presidential Scholars, and National Hispanic Scholars.
This year students, parents, award sponsors and family members will gather virtually on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 pm to celebrate our students’ success. This year, our event is expanded to include “Senior Superlatives,” awards for which the students themselves have voted for their peers. Presenters for the event will include Eric Juli, Principal of the High School, and Dorothea Polster, President of the Shaker Schools Foundation.
A Night for the Red & White Increased Revenue
In many ways, it feels as though A Night for the Red & White happened in a different lifetime, a time before social distancing became the new (temporary) normal. We feel very fortunate that we were one of the last events held in Cleveland.
Key to the success of this year’s fundraiser was an increase in corporate support from sponsorships, generous donations from businesses and individuals to the silent auction, and advertisements from local companies. This resulted in an impressive and impactful 13% increase in net revenue over our 2019 event.
Thanks to this phenomenal support, students in every grade level at every Shaker building will receive additional programming and resources to enhance their educational experience, both now – from home – and when we return to the classroom. In particular, the funds will support the District’s i3 Initiative: Inquiry, Innovation, and Imagination, with a focus on hands-on learning and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).
We look forward with hope and anticipation for next year’s event!