June 2019
Our Newest Alumni: Congrats to the Class of 2019!
Thanks to creative Shaker volunteers, we now enjoy a new tradition: at the end of May, before commencement, graduating seniors return to their elementary schools to have one last "clap out" and to inspire current elementary students. Enjoy the  video from this year.
David Pogue, Class of 1981, Addresses 2019 Graduates
David Pogue, Class of 1981

At this year's Commencement on June 5 at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center, Shaker Heights Schools and the Shaker Schools Foundation welcomed 1981 Shaker Heights High School alum, Shaker Schools Hall of Fame member and New York Times columnist David Pogue as the commencement guest speaker for the Class of 2019. A longtime journalist and columnist, David Pogue was The New York Times weekly tech columnist from 2000-2013. He spent five years at Yahoo Finance and then in 2018, he returned to write the "Crowdwise" feature for the "Smarter Living" section. He's a four-time Emmy winner for his stories on "CBS Sunday Morning," and a host of 17 science specials on "NOVA" on PBS.

Watch the video of the 2019 Commencement! David's remarks begin at minute 35.00.
Celebrate the Legacy of  Shaker Heights  Football !
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7 pm
BottleHouse Brewery, 2050 Lee Road, Cleveland, OH 44118

We are thrilled to invite all Shaker football alumni to the Shaker Raider Football Legacy Night on Saturday, July 27 at 7 pm at Bottle House Brewery, 2050 Lee Road. There will be food and a cash bar with awesome sports items and memorabilia to be sold! 

Tickets are $25/person  (21 and over please). 
Food will be provided and a cash bar. Can't go the event, but still want to support Shaker football? We thank you for your donation too!  (Just leave the number of tickets' box blank).

Purchase tickets here.

Questions:  Contact  Coach  Alex Nicholson  at  nicholson_a@shaker.org.

Follow the Shaker Heights Football Raider Club for up-to-date information!
Twitter:  @_CoachNicholson
Instagram:  @Coach_Nicholson

Come join us for a Raider Football game this coming season!
Classes of 50/51 Gives Back
Members of Classes of 50/51 with Lomond Elementary students
We are so grateful for our Shaker alumni. The high school classes of 1950/51, working with the Shaker Schools Foundation, generously donated funding for a social-emotional learning curriculum that was piloted this year at Lomond Elementary School with great success. "Caring School Community" builds classroom and school-wide community while developing social and emotional learning skills and competencies for students in grades K-8.

You can make a difference in the lives our students, too - when you make a gift to the Annual Fund at  shakerschoolsfoundation.org.  To help us reach our goal, make your donation by midnight on June 30!
First Annual MAC Scholars Alumni Reunion Dinner
MAC Scholars Alumni with Mr. McIntyre, Mrs. McGovern and Mr. Reese
In June the MAC Scholars Alumni,  Mrs.  Mary Lynne McGovern Mr. Hubert McIntyre Mr. Nathan Reese and special Shaker Schools' guests enjoyed a wonderful evening. Without a doubt, this dinner was the beginning of more dinners to come. Alumni from various graduating years and locations came together excited to see one another and to make new connections. Don't miss out on this new tradition which will become an annual event! Next year is the  30th anniversary of the MAC Scholar program so there will be a big celebration! Please update your contact information so we can keep you informed.  We are so thankful for our Shaker connections!
The Foundation Helps Students Go Places!
This year alone, your donations to the Foundation have helped send Shaker High School students to every corner of the world - to Laos, France,  Italy Germany , and Tanzania ! Read all about it in our Donor Impact Report.

Alumni Notes: Share Your News!
Congratulations to Michael McElroy, Class of 1985, for receiving a Tony Honor this past month in New York City. He received the award in recognition of his work as founder of Broadway Inspirational Voices which he created 25 years ago.  Read more.

Congratulations to Karen Holmes Ward, Class of 1973, for receiving the Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Boston University! She is chair of Boston University's Black Alumni Leadership Council.  Read more.

Everyone is excited (to say the least) about this news. Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Joshua Jackson are set to star in the Hulu drama, "Little Fires Everywhere", based on the best-selling novel set in Shaker Heights written by our own, Celeste Ng, Class of 1998! Read all about it!

We love to hear great news about our Shaker alumni. Have something to share? Please don't be shy and drop us a note.  
Reunion Roundup: Come Home to Shaker!
Reunion season 2019 is here!! We want to make sure you know the weekend plans! Take a moment to update your information  and get more  reunion information.

The following classes have reunions this year: 1957's 80th birthday party, 1959,
1964 , 1969 , 1974 , 1979 , 1989, 1994 , 1999 and  2009! Mark your calendar and reach out to your friends! See you soon in Shaker!
Please stay connected by following our  Shaker Schools Alumni Facebook
Class of 1968 50th Reunion
My Shaker Story: Michael Tate, Class of 1985

We look forward to welcoming Michael Tate, Class of '85 back to Shaker next spring, when he will put his auctioneering talents to good use as an emcee for 
A Night for the Red & White. Mark your calendars for 
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown!

Where are you now and what are you doing?
For more than two decades, I have lived in San Francisco. It was a huge change from my life in Providence, RI where I was working at the Brown University Alumni Office. While it was difficult to leave my alma mater, I landed at the Stanford Alumni Association where I have worked for 21 years and manage our five-member digital production team. However, to quote Marie Kondo, what really "sparks joy" for me is my 18 years (and counting) singing in the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. It is through this organization that I discovered my love for public speaking and auctioneering. This has provided an opportunity for me to meet so many wonderful people and to learn about and partner with an array of awesome nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. This work really makes my heart sing!

Tell us a little bit about your Shaker experience.  
I attended Lomond through 4th grade and then Ludlow for 5th and 6th grade, where I was a member of the inaugural class of the "Special Projects" program that launched in the Fall of 1977. This experience truly changed my life. I had the opportunity to meet 22 other quirky, highly-motivated kids from all 9 elementary schools. We shared so many unique experience together and have remained close friends. In fact, we have already had 2 reunions. From there, I attended Byron and then, of course, on to Shaker Heights High School. Among my favorite teachers were Ms. Booker (2nd grade), Ms. Hrvatin (4th grade), Ms. McDowell (5th grade), Mr. Longo (Global Studies), Madame Watterson and Monsieur Warnement (French), Ms. Lehman (Music), Mr. Alt (Math), and Mr. Hanson (English).  My favorite memories are being with my close friends in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, A Capella Choir and Chanticleers. Yes, I enjoyed singing.

How has your Shaker Schools experience impacted your life? What have you carried forward from those years?
Shaker helped me appreciate a diverse array of people. Whether you always agree with people or not, being able to have thoughtful and civilized discourse is something  that my Shaker experience prepared me for. While I was not out as a gay man when I was at Shaker, I am encouraged that students today are supported and encouraged to be their best and most authentic selves. I loved growing up in Shaker and cherish the memories of my life there and the friendships I formed and still maintain.
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