February 2019
We Want YOU to Attend A Night for the Red & White!
Invitations were mailed to all Shaker families for A Night for the Red & White , which takes place on Saturday, March 2 at 7 pm at the fabulous Hilton Cleveland Downtown! Didn’t receive yours? You can find all the information you need at   shakerredandnwhite.org .

A Night for the Red and White is a wonderful opportunity to support Shaker Schools, students and teachers while socializing with your Shaker friends and neighbors. Tickets can be purchased online or send a check made payable to the Shaker Schools Foundation, 15600 Parkland Drive, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120.

This year, we are thrilled to welcome Russ Mitchell , proud Shaker resident and news anchor at WKYC-TV, who will emcee a special presentation at the event at 8:30 pm. In addition to dinner, dancing, and a silent auction, guests will enjoy student artwork and music performances, have the opportunity to drive a robot, and learn more about the District's i 3 initiative (Inquiry, Innovation and Imagination).

No tickets are sold at the door for this gala event, so be sure to  purchase your tickets by Thursday, February 28 . We’re saving you a spot on the dance floor!
Russ Mitchell, WKYC-TV
Red & White Emcee
Red & White 2018
Hilton Cleveland Downtown
Inq uiry, Innovation, Imagination: Foundation and District Launch i 3 Initiative
The Shaker Schools Foundation and the District will grant nearly $437,000 from its Innovation Fund to support Shaker Heights Schools’ i 3 Initiative at all eight school buildings. The Innovation Fund was launched last March to bolster the International Baccalaureate curriculum and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning at all grade levels within Shaker Schools. .

The i 3 Initiative - led by a committee of teachers, administrators, community stakeholders and business partners - advances opportunities for student inquiry, innovation and imagination for students in grades PreK-12.

Shaker Heights High School will receive $70,000 to support the identified pathways in engineering, manufacturing, and the arts.

Woodbury Elementary School will receive $81,919 to support a Makerspace, mobile STEAM projects and an Innovation Lab.

Shaker Heights Middle School will receive $30,080 to support professional learning opportunities, site visits, curriculum writing, and software/hardware purchases.

Shaker Heights Elementary Schools will receive a combined $255,000 to support professional learning opportunities, site visits, curriculum writing and additional materials/resources over three years.

“In just a few short months, we’ve made great progress,” says the Foundation’s Executive Director Holly Coughlin. “You can tell this initiative is going to do great things for our students.”
Contact Holly Coughlin, Executive Director of the Shaker Schools Foundation, coughlin_h@shaker.org , to learn how you can support the Foundation’s Innovation Fund. 
Submit Your Nomination for the 2019 Shaker Hall of Fame
Do you know of an illustrious Shaker Schools alumnus who deserves to be recognized for his or her contributions? Please consider making a nomination for the Class of 2019 Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. More than 275 Shaker Heights High School graduates have been inducted since its inception in 1986. These distinguished alumni represent excellence and achievement in all walks of life, including business, medicine, law, education, the fine and performing arts, government and public service, among other pursuits. View a complete list of inductees.
The 2019 festivities will include a Hall of Fame high school assembly the morning of Friday, October 11th and a dinner honoring the inductees on the evening of Saturday, October 12th. Nominees must be available to attend on those dates.
To make a nomination, please complete the Nomination Form by April 30, 2019.
Hear Talented Shaker Alumni at Our “Shaker Speaks” Series

The Foundation is excited to announce the lineup for Shaker Speaks, a series of intimate conversations with unique Shaker voices. Three illustrious Shaker alumni will share their insights and talents with the Shaker community at a variety of locations in Shaker Heights. Events are limited to 50 tickets unless otherwise noted.
Mariama Whyte, Class of '93, Thursday, March 14, 7 pm
Singer, songwriter, actor and educator Mariama Whyte will entertain us with an evening of song and stories in a private Shaker home. Mariama has wowed audiences in leading roles with the Broadway national tours of The Lion King and The Color Purple and in numerous productions with The Cleveland Playhouse and Karamu House. Mariama has performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at intimate venues like Nighttown and the Bop Stop. She has also had success as a recording artist, in modeling and in independent films. Mariama is the sister of Shaker Heights Middle School principal Miata Hunter, Class of ‘92, and is a proud Shaker parent. Only 50 tickets will be sold to this event.
Jamie Babbit, Class of '89, Sunday, July 7, 7 pm at Shaker Rocks
Jamie will regale us with tales of her experiences as a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, producer and director. Jamie has directed on multiple award-winning television shows, including the hit Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the HBO series GIRLS and Looking . She received a best directing Emmy nomination for HBO’s Silicon Valley . Her feature film credits include Fresno , starring Natasha Lyonne and Aubrey Plaza, and the queer comedy, But I’m a Cheerleader , which debuted at The Sundance Film Festival. She has been listed by Variety as a "director to watch." She directed three shorts that premiered at Sundance including Stuck , which won a jury prize. Jamie was inducted into the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013. 100 tickets will be sold to this event.
Aaron David Miller, Class of '67, Date and Location T.B.D.
Join us for a fascinating, interactive conversation with Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. For two decades, Aaron served in the Department of State as an analyst, negotiator and adviser on Middle Eastern issues to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State. He has written five books, including his most recent, The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President . His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is a CNN Global Affairs Analyst and commentator on NPR, BBC and Sirius XM Radio. Aaron was inducted into the Shaker Schools Hall of Fame in 2018. Only 50 tickets will be sold to this event.
Engaging Young Listeners
Marisa Matero Maury, shown here visiting an Onaway kindergarten class, has been regaling young audiences in the Shaker schools as “The Puppet Lady” for 18 years. The Foundation is proud to support this beloved storytelling program, which Maury developed as a teacher in New York City 30 years ago. "I am passionate about early childhood education and feel privileged to bring this storytelling curriculum to the children at Fernway and Onaway,” says Maury, who is a parent of two Shaker graduates. 
Playing in Harmony
The Foundation provided funding for small ensemble coaching for the Middle School orchestra students, who then performed pieces at a Winter Chamber Music Festival Concert. Each group of 3-6 students received coaching and learned new techniques from three local professional musicians. “These coaching sessions are vital to the development of our budding young musicians,” says Nicole Clauser, middle school orchestra teacher. “The process of working in small ensembles allowed them to explore concepts in the IB Unit, “With or Without You.”
Thank You to Our 2019 Corporate Sponsors
Arminius Foundation | Baker Hostetler LLP | Huntington Bank | KeyBank | Tucker Ellis LLP

Boyco! | Brindza McIntyre & Seed LLP | eSchoolView | Squire Patton Boggs LLP | Ulmer & Berne LLP | Wizard of Ahs

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. | Calvetta Brothers Floor Show | CopyKing | C.P. Braman & Co., Inc | First National Bank | Hogan Transportation | Legacy Capital Partners | Medical Mutual | Walter Haverfield

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