December 2018
Members of the 2018 Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. Read more below!
Shaker Schools Alumni News
Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Honors 2018

The Shaker Schools Foundation honored eight Shaker Heights High School graduates at a student assembly and special dinner at the Shaker Heights Country Club. Pictured from left to right: Michael Green, '80;  Aaron David Miller, '67; Kathy Roth-Douquet, '82; Judy Harris, '66; Abdul Williams, '90; Abby Goulder Abelson, '70; David A. Hansell, '71; and Jamil Smith,'93.

The newest class of the Shaker Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame is comprised of eight individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of health and medicine, law, foreign policy, advocacy, journalism, and arts and culture.

To read their bios and for more information visit our new  website C ongratulations to all!
A Loss in Our Shaker Community
We are sad to share that Woodbury sixth grade teacher, Aisha Fraser,  Class of 1991, tragically lost her life on November 17. She touched so many and will be deeply missed. A memorial fund will be established with the Shaker Schools Foundation to honor Aisha's passion for the Shaker Schools and students. For those who would like to contribute to a fund established by the Shaker Heights Teachers' Association, you may make a contribution  here

Our Shaker Story: Honoring the Class of 1950/'51
Members of the Class of 1950/'51 pictured with students who have participated in the Shaker High School Summer Academy.
This year's A Night for the Red & White will pay special tribute to the members of the Shaker Heights High School Class of 1950/'51. Alumni from these classes have worked tirelessly over the past decade with the goal of providing additional academic support for our students. To date, the combined classes have raised more than $290,000 to support initiatives such as a Summer Academy to help academically at-risk students transition successfully to the High School, and a new social and emotional curriculum being piloted at Lomond and Woodbury. 

Joan Beyer Levy, who has helped coordinate many of their class reunions, says the secret to their success has come from the bond they feel as class members. "The older we get, the more nostalgic we become. There is a strong sense of shared experience, and it is great to connect again."

Burt Griffin, a retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge, echoes her sentiments. "A lot of us felt that Shaker was the foundation for all the good things that happened in our lives. It really opened doors for us. We had reached a time in our lives when we were ready to give back: it was just the right thing to do."

Recently, the class members had a chance to hear from some of the first classes of high school students who had attended the Summer Academy, most of whom are now headed to college. Says Harry Farmer, "To see the leadership, camaraderie and confidence they developed as a result of the program was very encouraging. It's very rewarding to be a part of their success."  

Now, the members of '50/51 hope their actions will inspire other Shaker classes to follow the trail they have blazed. Says Van Seasholes, who worked for many years as a teacher and administrator living on the East Coast, "I would hope that other classes will continue what our class has started. Traditionally, graduates of private schools are asked to contribute. Shouldn't we do the same?"

The Foundation will honor these class members for their dedication with a special presentation at this year's event. We invite you to join us in celebrating their tremendous dedication to the Shaker Schools!
Get Your tickets for 
A Night for the Red & White
Prepare to innovate Shaker at the 27th annual gala celebrating our community and students! Join parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for an evening of dining, dancing and a robust silent auction and raffle. This year's event takes place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7 pm, at the fabulous Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

Since 1992, A Night for the Red & White has raised more than $2.7 million for enrichment opportunities for all Shaker students with a focus on the arts, technology, health and fitness. This year's event will include a special emphasis on STEAM initiatives and honor the Class of 1950/'51 for their long time fundraising efforts. Purchase your tickets or make a donation online or call 216.295.4329.
Fernway Forward: A Fundraising Campaign to Restore Fernway School

On July 10, 2018, the entire Shaker community was devastated by a fire at Fernway Elementary School. Fortunately, the small number of staff members in the building that day were safely evacuated.

The Bad News
The fire and water damage to the building was severe, and forced the District to relocate Fernway students to other elementary buildings in the District for this school year and next. The roof collapsed, and very little of the building's contents could be salvaged.

The Good News
The community rallied together immediately to start the process to rebuild. Now, a plan is in place to not only restore Fernway to its former glory, but to move it forward with much-needed improvements, such as expanded classrooms, ADA accessibility (including an elevator), a lunchroom/community meeting space, and separate rooms for art, music, and occupational therapy. Learn more about the Fernway story.

Why is Fundraising Necessary?
The insurance settlement for Fernway provides $14.5 million and the District has approved additional spending of $3 million. Those combined funds will cover the basics of Fernway's restoration, but more support is needed to provide the level of excellence needed to carry Fernway forward for the next 100 years.

You Can Help
Now, five months to the date of the Fernway fire, the Shaker Schools Foundation is launching the fundraising campaign. Please help us by supporting the Fernway Forward Campaign by donating online here. Or, you can be part of the Fernway community's peer-to-peer effort here. Both methods of donating will support the overall $500,000 fundraising goal.

There are limited opportunities for naming rights associated with the renovation. Gifts of $1,000 or more may be paid over 2-3 years. Please contact us with any questions. We appreciate your loving care and support for this great Shaker community!
MAC Scholars Alumni Reunion: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Are you a MAC Scholar Alum? Come home to Shaker on Thursday, December 20 at 
2 pm in the Large Auditorium at the High School for the MAC Scholars Alumni Meeting with emerging scholars. Parking is challenging so arrive early! This is a wonderful opportunity for MAC Scholar alumni to reunite and share their stories with current emerging MAC Scholars. Please RSVP to Hope to see you on December 20th!

Alumni at the MAC Scholars Assembly held this past spring at the High School
Senior Projects: You Can be a Sponsor!
Remember your Senior Project? The Shaker High School Senior Projects take place from May 6-30, 2019 and we need your help to expand the list of potential sponsors! The Senior Project program gives seniors an opportunity to work with sponsors in career settings that interest them. 

The  Senior Project Page includes a  Senior Project Documentary compiled by a graduate as their senior project and the Fall 2014 Shaker Life article featuring Shaker Alumni from the Class of 2014!  You can be added to our database of potential senior project sponsors by completing the  Sponsor Contact  form. If you have questions or have suggestions for others who may be helpful, please email Mr. Schmidt at the high school. Thank you for your consideration!
Alumni Notes: Share Your News!
We love to hear great news about our Shaker alumni. Have something to share? Please don't be shy and drop us a note at

Enjoy this story about Geoffrey Cross, Class of 2002, who is featured in the December 2018 Shaker Connection. Thank for all you do for our Shaker students today as Woodbury PE teacher and Assistant Swimming & Diving Coach! #ShakerGradsShakerTeachers
Reunion Roundup: Come Home to Shaker!
Class of 1968 reunion planning committee: Rosean Kaufman Schmidt, Trish Hrutkay Seeger, Bonnie Rogoff, Jon Kandel and Bobby Kirshenbaum
Come home to Shaker and reconnect with your classmates! Look NOW for information about 2019 reunion dates on our   website .

The following classes have reunions this year: 80th birthday party for 1957,  1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009.  Mark your calendar, reach out to your friends and come home to Shaker! 

We are grateful for all the classes this past reunion year who have raised money to support the Shaker Schools Foundation. We want to especially recognize members of the Class of 1968 who established the Class of 1968 Innovation Fund to support STEAM initiatives that provide hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. To learn more about how your class may support the Shaker Schools Foundation, please email or call us at 216-295-4329.
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