January 2019
Junior Ben Stefanski captured this beautiful aerial shot of Shaker Heights High School. 
The Shaker Schools Connection
Inside this Issue...
Student News: Read about our students' accomplishments over the past month.
Student Spotlight: Meet High School siblings and cross country standouts David and Anna Carpenter.
IB in Action: Woodbury and Middle School musicians perform at the Cleveland Clinic; DP student Abigail Beard is published in a medical journal; DP students hold fundraiser to help children in developing countries; Environmental Club students buy solar panels.
Raider Athletics News: Link to this month's Raider sports calendar and read about some of our student-athletes' accomplishments.
January Performances: A calendar of our students' January performing arts events.
Employee Spotlight: Meet Middle School Assistant Principal Ryan Beaumont.
Around the District: PTO Council Day of Service is January 21; review proposed site plans for Fernway School and more.
Shaker Schools Foundation: The Foundation launches Fernway Forward and save the date for A Night for the Red & White!

StudentNewsStudent News
Fernway Students Welcome New American Citizens
Over the past two months, Fernway fourth graders attended two Naturalization Ceremonies at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Cleveland and welcomed 130 new American citizens from more than 20 countries with homemade cards and beaded bracelets. These trips were part of two IB units of inquiry that cultivate an understanding of immigration and migration as well as decisions that promote or deny justice. A special thanks to the Shaker Schools Foundation for funding the trip and to PTO liaison Dorothy Moulthrop, who helped to organize it. Well done, students!
Fernway students shaking hands with new American citizens following a Naturalization Ceremony on December 7.
Shaker Heights High School Art Students are Top Award Winners in the Region
Art students from Shaker Heights High School earned more awards than any other high school in both the Scholastic Art Competition and in the Cleveland Clinic's eXpressions Art program. Seventy-six student works received awards in the Scholastic Art Competition, a regional and national competition recognizing art that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision ( see list of award-winners). Seven students earned awards in the Cleveland Clinic's eXpressions Art program, an educational initiative that engages middle and high school students in the creative exploration of science and medicine ( see list of award-winners and a slideshow of artwork). Congratulations to all our student artists!
Disconnected , by Senior Miles Callahan.
SHHS Freshmen Win Build Award at the Akron VEX Robotics Competition
Katy Christian and Ben Schattinger pose with their award.
Congratulations to Shaker Heights High School Freshmen Katy Christian and Ben Schattinger for winning the Build Award at the Akron VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday, December 15, at Firestone High School. This was their first high school robotics competition and they qualified for the Final Tournament rounds as well. They were awarded the Build Award by the judges for a well-crafted and professionally constructed robot that efficiently uses mechanical and electrical components, demonstrates reliability on the field, and the team members demonstrate collaboration, excellent interview skills, and team professionalism. Way to go, Katy and Ben!
Lomond Hosts Its First STEM Expo, "Mission to the Moon"
One of the Lomond student-team designs at Mission to the Moon.
On December 18, Lomond School's First Lego League Jr. teams took attendees of its first  STEM Expo on a "Mission to the Moon" while showcasing their robotics and research projects. They learned the fundamentals of robotic design as they explored the engineering design process to create their own moon bases. 

MD Students Raise Money for Therapeutic Horseback Riding Visits
Junior Kate Greggo was the cashier during the December chili lunch.
Students in the Multiple Disabilities Program at the High School served a chili lunch on Thursday, December 20 with "all the fixins" to raise money for their spring visits to Fieldstone Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center. Teacher Susie Rainier said the experience gave students the opportunity to work on valuable life and social skills, including shopping for the items, preparing the food, setting and clearing the tables and accepting payment, among others. The students plan to serve lunch each month to continue to raise money. We can't wait to sample what you make next month!
Look for New Publish Your Own Book Titles by Shaker Student-Authors in Your School Library!
Fifth-grade student Tristane McDermott poses with her book,  Lily and Her Motorcycle .
On December 19, twenty-five student author-illustrators from the SELF Publish Your Own Book camp received hard copies of their books and signed an additional copy, each to be shelved at the author's school library. 

In all, 118 books by student authors will be added to Shaker Schools libraries. Congrats to all of our student-authors!

Innovative Center Hosts Winter Family Celebration Dinner
Freshman Edward Szalay poses with IC teacher Cynthia Miller after receiving his award for Most Improved Student.
Nearly 50 Innovative Center students, parents, family members, staff, teachers and District administrators joined the IC's second annual winter family appreciation dinner and awards ceremony on December 20  at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building. "This event provides students with an opportunity to come together and celebrate," says Dawn Sizemore, Coordinator of the Innovative Center for Personalized Learning. "We're doing great things here at the IC and we want to celebrate that and make more people aware that we're here."

The Innovative Center for Personalized Learning offers a variety of non-traditional learning experiences for students, staff and community members. The IC seeks to meet the varied needs of our students and to provide educational experiences that support the growth, development and success of our staff and our community. Read a list of students who received awards at the dinner!
StudentSpotlightStudent Spotlight: Anna and David Carpenter
At first glance, Shaker Heights High School sophomore David Carpenter and his younger sister, Anna, a freshman, seem to be leading parallel lives. Both earned All-Greater Cleveland Conference honors this year as runners on the High School cross country team. They're both in Spanish III Honors. And they both have a fondness for country music (thanks to their dad, Dave Carpenter, SHHS Class of '88). Their differences lie in their personalities, though the two are equally charming: Anna is upbeat and sunny, David is thoughtful and self-deprecating. Together as siblings, they are a truly supportive pair. Read our Student Spotlight Q&A with David and Anna Carpenter.
Freshman Anna Carpenter and her brother David, a sophomore.
IBinActionIB in Action
Woodbury and Middle School Musicians Play at the Cleveland Clinic

The Woodbury Fiddle Factory and Shaker Heights Middle School Orchestra traveled to the Cleveland Clinic on December 19 for an outreach performance in the Karos Grand Lobby, which attracted a number of patients and caregivers.

"We really want to bring our music programs into the local community," Mrs. Clouser explains. "These valuable performance opportunities bring relevance to the students' music studies."

The students performed a selection of classical music, a Latin rock song and a selection of holiday tunes.  "One woman explained that her mother was in the hospital and that she needed a break from the stress," Mrs. Clouser says. "She told us that the music brought her joy."

SHHS Senior Abigail Beard Published in Scientific Journal

Congratulations to IB Diploma Programme Candidate and Shaker Heights High School senior Abigail Beard, who was named as a secondary author in the November 22, 2018 issue of the scientific journal Oncogene for her research that contributed to the article, " The lncRNA BORG facilitates the survival and chemoresistance of triple-negative breast cancers." 

For the past two summers, Abigail has participated in Case Western Reserve University's Scientific Enrichment and Opportunity Program, which teaches high school students about the biomedical field. "I have an interest in medicine and I thought this would be a great opportunity to develop my research skills," she says. "After this experience, I can definitely see my place in science."  Read more about Abigail's article and what she learned about herself in the program .
High School Environmental Club Purchases Solar Panels

This past fall, two arrays of solar panels were installed at the High School, thanks to the efforts of the Environmental Club and the generosity of a matching donation from the Sandstone Foundation. The club began raising money four years ago with bake sales and recycling electronics and by last year, had accumulated $5,000. "At first, we didn't know what we wanted to do with the money we'd raised, but then we started brainstorming and decided that the panels would be something we could give that would have some lasting impact," says senior and club president Katrina Cassell. 

The panels will generate about 3,200 kWh per year, about 1/3 of what an average home consumes in a year. The Environmental Club estimates this array will generate enough electricity to power two average classrooms each year. 

IB Students Raise More Than $1,800 for WeHelpTwo

Shaker Heights High School IB students have partnered with WeHelpTwo---a nonprofit that sells packs of cool, colorful, funky socks as a fundraiser---in a Socks for Legs campaign. The idea is simple: for every 90 packs of socks sold, a child amputee in a developing country gets a prosthetic leg. In developing countries, most children walk to school, so purchasing WeHelpTwo socks gives a child the gift of education. Also, for every pack of socks sold, one pair of warm socks is donated to Cleveland shelters. 

Overall, the students raised more than $1,800 and sold 150 packs of socks, which is enough for one child to receive a prosthetic leg. The High School students who led the campaign included Maggie Perry, Rebecca Powers, Isaac Weiss, Caitlyn Shelley, Lia Snyder, Tomasina DeLong and Molly Harper. Well done, students!

RaidersRaider Athletics News

Catch our High School and Middle School Raider athletes in action this month. View the January Athletics competition calendar. Be sure to follow our Raider athletics news on our new Athletics website or follow us on Twitter @raidersofshaker.
41 Shaker Heights High School Raider Athletes Earn Fall Post-Season Honors
Congratulations to the 41 High School athletes who received Greater Cleveland Conference honors for Fall 2018! Review a list of honored athletes.
Senior Diver Lyle Yost Competes at USA Diving Winter Trials
Lyle Yost (second from right) on the podium for his third place finish in the synchronized men's 3m springboard.
Congratulations to Shaker Heights High School senior Lyle Yost for his strong finishes at the USA Diving Winter Trials in Atlanta December 16-21. Lyle finished third in the synchronized men's 3m springboard, tenth in the senior men's platform, eighth in the senior men's 3m springboard, and seventh in the senior men's 1m springboard. 
SHHS Freshman Ryan Shane Competes at US Short Track Speedskating Junior Championships
Freshman speed skater Ryan Shane.
Shaker Heights High School freshman Ryan Shane competed for a spot on the US Junior World Cup team at the US Short Track Junior Championship in Wausau, Wisconsin, December 15-16. Ryan was one of 50 speedskaters, ages 14-19, from across the country who hoped to earn a spot on the team. He is one of only four speedskaters from Ohio to earn a qualifying time. Ryan finished 33rd overall, competing in the 1500m (34th place), 500m (29th place) and 1000m races (25th place). Congrats, Ryan!
PerformancesJanuary Arts and Music Performances

Enjoy our student dancers and musicians in one of the following January performances:

  • High School Winter Concert in Dance: Friday, January 11, 7 p.m., High School Large Auditorium
  • Woodbury and Middle School Jazz Band Concert, January 17, 7 p.m., Middle School Auditorium
  • Middle School Winter Band Concert I: Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m., Middle School Auditorium
  • Middle School Winter Band Concert II: Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m., Middle School Auditorium
EmployeeSpotlightEmployee Spotlight: Middle School Assistant Principal Ryan Beaumont
Middle School Assistant Principal Ryan Beaumont.
Middle School Assistant Principal Ryan Beaumont says that one of the life choices he'll never regret was his decision to to move to Annapolis, Maryland after he graduated from Ohio University. Armed with only a B.S. in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Science Education, the Twinsburg native knew he wanted to grow personally and professionally---and he thought the best way to do that was to step outside of his comfort zone. He was right. For ten years, Mr. Beaumont worked at Anne Arundel County Schools, where he earned his chops first as a teacher, then as an administrator. It was an experience he'll never forget and one that he says helps him every day for his work at Shaker Heights Middle School. Read our Q&A with Mr. Beaumont.
AroundtheDistrictAround the District
January Calendar Reminders

Professional Day/No Classes for Students: Friday, January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 21

PTO Council CommUnity Builders Presents MLK Day of Service
On January 21 for the MLK Day of Service, Shaker Heights Schools students, families and staff will gather together to help youth experiencing homelessness and home insecurity in our community. Participants will make sleeping mats and fleece scarves to be distributed by Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and will assemble more than 800 teen survival kits for Bellefaire JCB and MetroHealth Foster Care Team. A teen survival kit is a one-gallon Ziploc bag with a small water bottle, granola bars, raisins, Band-aids, thick socks, a rain poncho, lip balm, antibacterial wet wipes, gloves and a personal card. We will also be making fleece blankets for children who enter the Bellefaire JCB homeless and missing youth program.  

To donate, visit PayForIt, select "Fundraisers" and scroll down to MLK Day of Service. You may also contribute using PayPal. PTO CommUnity Builders will be collecting donations through January 14. Thank you!
From Your School Nurses
It's flu season! Review these tips from the Shaker Heights Schools nurses to help your family stay healthy during flu season.
Interim Superintendent Visits China for Confucius Classroom Conference
Shaker Heights Schools Interim Superintendent Stephen M. Wilkins was invited to attend the 13th Confucius Institute Conference last month in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He joined Chinese teacher Raina Li, who was instrumental in bringing the Confucius Classroom to Shaker Heights High School, and Class of 2018 Shaker Heights High School graduate Ose Arheghan. Ose was invited to attend the conference for writing a winning People-to-People essay, "Thank you, Confucius!", last year as a senior in Chinese IB IV at the High School. "As Ose's teacher, I am very excited and proud to reconnect with Ose at this special event," says Ms. Li. Shaker Heights Schools is one of only ten independent Confucius Classrooms in an American PreK-12 school district. See a slideshow of images from Dr. Wilkins' visit to China.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephen Wilkins visits with Chinese students.
Fernway Residents View Site Plan for New School
About two dozen residents attended a Fernway Open House at the High School sponsored by the District on December 19. The residents were able to view site plans and architectural renderings and ask questions of District administrators as well as representatives from Van Auken Akins Architects, Gilbane Building Co. and the Shaker Schools Foundation.

The District anticipates renovations at Fernway Elementary School to be fully completed by the spring of 2020. Gilbane estimates the project will be completed in 18 months---four months for design and 14 months for construction. Last month, the Board of Education decided to approve spending $3 million plus the $14.5 million insurance settlement on the renovation project. A second phase of the project, paid for by potential fundraising and grant opportunities, could produce additional funds. Members of Fernway's staff and faculty, along with Fernway families, continue to meet with Van Auken Akins Architects and Gilbane representatives to develop the specific project scope which includes a review of floor plan options and site improvements within that budget.

SSFNews1Shaker Schools Foundation News
Foundation Launches Fernway Forward
The Shaker Schools Foundation has launched the Fernway Forward Fund to support additional funding for the restoration of Fernway Elementary School, which was damaged by fire on July 10, 2018. The insurance settlement for Fernway provides $14.5 million and the Board 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. Donations to the Fernway Forward Fund will support:
  • Outdoor community spaces and play areas
  • Media center and design spaces
  • Occupational therapy rooms
  • Art and music rooms
  • Cafeteria / community space
You can support the Fernway Forward Campaign by donating online here. Or, you can be part of the Fernway community's peer-to-peer effort here.  

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 the Shaker Schools Foundation with any questions. We appreciate your loving care and support for this great Shaker community!
A Night for the Red & White is March 2
Prepare to innovate Shaker at A Night for the Red & White, March 2, 2019 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, the District's annual gala which celebrates the Shaker community and students. Join parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for an evening of dining, dancing and a silent auction in support of the Shaker Schools Foundation's Innovation Fund focusing on STEAM initiatives.

Raising over $2.7 million in the past 26 years, A Night for the Red & White plays an integral part in providing educational enrichment opportunities for all students of Shaker schools.

For tickets, more information and corporate sponsorship details, visit shakerredandwhite.org or call (216) 295-4319.


Thornton Park Summer Pool Passes on Sale January 2

Shaker residents can get the best deal on season passes for Thornton Park pool from January 2 through April 4. Early bird prices are: $70 for first family member; $30 for subsequent family member; $45 for individual age 50+; $60 for couples age 50+. Also available: a "nanny" pass for $75 (must be with children when presenting pass to gain admittance). Purchase pool passes  online; in-person at Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.) or the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.); or by calling 216-491-1295 or 216-491-1360. Proof of residency required for early-bird pricing.
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