September 25, 2022

The Shaker eNews is a weekly roundup of important information including District events, school newsletters and District, PTO Council, Shaker Schools Foundation and City news. Be sure to read the entire Shaker eNews each week to stay informed!

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Visit our District Calendar online for a complete list of upcoming activities, events and athletic competitions.

Please note the following upcoming important dates:

  • Rosh Hashana | Monday, September 26 | Schools & Offices Closed
  • Yom Kippur | Wednesday, October 5 | Schools & Offices Closed
  • Shaker Heights Schools Alumni Hall of Fame | Assembly - October, 14; Dinner - October 15 
  • Conferences, no school for students | Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21

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Board of Education Work Session

On Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m., the Board of Education will convene for a Work Session in the small auditorium of the high school. During this meeting, the board will discuss Key Performance Indicator data. The session will be open to the public and available via livestream at the following links:

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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

The USDA has announced that free meals will no longer be offered to all students beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. Lunches at Shaker Heights Schools will only be provided for free or reduced cost to families that are deemed eligible after submitting an application for free- and reduced-price eligibility.

Families may also qualify for fee waivers for the ACT, PSAT, SAT and AP tests if qualified for free and reduced-price meals. If you have additional questions about free and reduced-price meals or the application process, contact Deirdre Storms at 216-295-5593. Refer to Free/Reduced-Price Meal for more information, frequently asked questions and a link to the online application.

Shaker Heights Schools will continue to provide breakfast to all students at no cost for the 2022-2023 school year.

Middle School Students Participate in Sandy Hook Promise's "Start With Hello" Week

Students at Shaker Heights Middle School participated in Sandy Hook Promise's "Start With Hello Week" alongside thousands of schools and youth organizations across the nation. The mission of Sandy Hook Promise is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes and communities. They aim to teach young people and adults to recognize, intervene and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others.

Led by counselors Kelly Bailey, Chamaine Keith and Seth Ungemach, this effort worked to build students' empathy through recognizing social isolation and loneliness and addressed it by teaching students to "Start With Hello." Students designed welcome posters through their Art classes, created and delivered instructions on how to say "hello" in the world language classes & over the morning announcements and shared positive comments and compliments through a take one/share one program.

Each day of the week started with a morning announcement from Mr. Ungemach, and included activities during both advisory periods and during lunch. The week culminated in students taking the Start With Hello Pledge, promising to lead with empathy, reach out to others and start with a friendly hello.

Equity Unscripted Podcast: Season 2, Episode 3

"What is the NAACP?"

In this episode, Shaker Heights senior Carrington Hughes joins us to discuss the goals, importance and work of the NAACP; the founding of the SHHS NAACP chapter; and what she envisions for the future of this organization even after she graduates from Shaker Heights High School.




Episodes will release every other week on Sundays throughout the year. Episodes include a range of topics that impact the efforts of the Shaker Heights Schools to achieve educational equity.

Athletic Sponsors Needed

The Shaker Schools Foundation welcomes the support of corporations and businesses through contributions to our Corporate Partnerships and Shaker Athletics Sponsorships programs. Both programs provide significant, needed support for our Shaker students!

Please see here for more information or visit us at to sign up today!

Staying Connected

We want you to stay connected. In order to receive PTO emails and access to the directory, faculty/staff and families are asked to create an account on Membership Toolkit. There are no fees to join the PTO. A Membership Toolkit account will give you access to the district family directory. Once you are registered, you will have the opportunity to decide what, if any, of your family information is included in the directory. Visit to register.

Sharee Thornton & Erika LoPresti

PTO Council Co-Presidents

DEI Community Conversation September 29

Join members of the City's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee on September 29 at 6:30 pm at The Dealership (3558 Lee) for a Community Conversation about what matters most to you when it comes to DEI in Shaker Heights. This will help inform the City's priorities and goals for 2023. Please register.

Take the Doan Brook Restoration Survey

There's still time to provide some preliminary feedback for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's restoration of the Doan Brook near Horseshoe Lake. Potential ideas for the space could include additional recreation amenities. Please take a few minutes to share your input with the design team.