Summer 2019

New Makerspace: Full STEAM Ahead at Woodbury

Woodbury students have a colorful new makerspace – in their library – to explore hands-on learning and design. After seeing the space in a special preview event, sixth-grader Everett said, “I want to live here!”

Made possible by the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Innovation Fund, this “ecosystem of innovation” is a colorful space filled with Legos, K’nex, art supplies and other creative design materials. The space also has mobile equipment such as small robotics and circuitry sets that can be checked out to classroom teachers. The makerspace can host small groups participating in independent and guided design activities and is also available to students at lunch recess and for after-school clubs.

As part of the District’s i3 Initiative, which promotes student Inquiry, Innovation and Imagination, The Foundation launched the Innovation Fund in 2018 to support STEAM learning throughout the District.

Meet the New FANUC Robot

Students in Dr. Joe Marencik’s classes at the High School now share space with a bright yellow robot. The High School used funds from Shaker Schools Foundation’s Innovation Fund to purchase a FANUC robot for the new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering class, which brings industrial robotics training into the classroom. Dr. Marencik has received special training and has prepared a special curriculum to introduce students to robotics applications. Two sections of the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering classes were launched this year due to the high level of student interest.

YOU Put Our “Mission in Motion!”

Shaker Schools Foundation’s mission is simple and singular: To provide essential resources to enrich the educational experiences of students of the Shaker Heights City Schools.

Last year, through the help of generous donations from individuals like you, plus gifts from corporations and grants from other foundations, SSF was able to put our Mission in Motion by providing resources for more than 160 projects that enrich learning for all Shaker students. Here are just a few:

  • “My Mad Feelings” – a social/emotional learning program for Shaker Pre-K students
  • Robotics Inquiry Program for Onaway students
  • Sensory Motor Path to help develop fine and large motor skills, visual and brain training for Boulevard students
  • Yoga instruction to enhance mindfulness and well-being for Fernway students
  • El Sistema violin instruction and Unity Through Ukulele music programs at Lomond
  • Visiting artists and authors, such as Kathryn Otoshi at Mercer
  • COSI on Wheels, providing fun and interactive STEAM learning at Onaway
  • Spirit wear for Woodbury Cheer Squad students
  • Apple iPad for use in science classes at the Middle School
  • Latin Novellas for High School students
  • Enhancements to the Zen Room to reduce anxiety and stress among High School students
  • Travel assistance for SGORR to attend a conference in Washington, DC
  • Therapeutic riding program at Fieldstone Farms for Mercer and High School special needs students
  • After Prom support to provide a safe venue for High School students

Your support of this year’s “Mission in Motion” annual giving appeal will help SSF continue to bring extraordinary resources to our students – in this new school year and beyond. Please donate online, call us at 216-295-4329, or mail your support to Shaker Schools Foundation. We are grateful for your continued support of our students and teachers!

Join us for Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner!

On Saturday, October 12, the eight newest members will be honored at our Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony at Shaker Heights Country Club, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The celebration is open to the public and tickets may be purchased by clicking on the button below.

The 2019 inductees into the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame are:

Nathan Clements, 1998

Eugenie “Genie” Kleinerman, M.D., 1967

Kristen VanValkenburg DeStigter, M.D., 1980

Barbara Fisher, 1972

Lorna Hartling, 1983

Eugenie “Genie” Kleinerman, M.D., 1967

James Levin, 1971

Joshua Levy, 1990

The Honorable Thomas B. Modly, Class of 1979

Read more about our 2019 inductees.

It’s Shaker’s Big Night Out!

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for A Night for the Red & White!

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7 pm, Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Enjoy dinner, dancing, silent auction, student art and music. This year, we welcome Michael Tate, Class of ‘85, as emcee and auctioneer for the event.

Each year, this community-wide gathering draws more than 600 attendees in support of the Shaker Schools, students and teachers.

It’s a great party for a great cause! For more information visit or call 216-295-4325. Watch for tickets to go on sale in November. It’s not a party without you!

Shaker Speaks Series: Jamie Babbitt, Sunday, September 29, 2 pm

Jamie will share fascinating stories and insights from her experiences as a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, producer and director – including her work on the hit series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “GIRLS,” “Looking” and “Silicon Valley.” She’s also the director of the feature film “Fresno” and the queer comedy “But I’m a Cheerleader.” Come find out why Jamie was listed by Variety as a “director to watch!”

This event will take place in a private Shaker Heights home, and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $50 each, with proceeds benefiting the Shaker Schools Foundation. Space is limited to 50 attendees, and tickets are selling fast – so don’t delay! Location details will be emailed one week prior to the event.

Thank you to our Corporate Partners!