March 2019
Shaker Heights High School music teacher Bill Hughes leads a group of High School musicians into last Saturday's A Night for the Red & White fundraiser, which raised $42,000 at the event for the District's new i3 Initiative.
The Shaker Schools Connection
Inside this Issue...
Monthly Spotlights: Student Spotlight on Fernway artists Akira Falconer and Ellie White; STEAM Spotlight on the Middle School Augmented Reality Sandbox project; and School Spotlight on Boulevard's first Heroes Night Out.
Did You Know: Mercer students share welcome remarks at February Board of Education meeting.
March Performing Arts: Find out about performing arts events at Shaker Heights Schools in March.
Community Engagement: Community Meals and St. Baldrick's.
Raider Athletics News: Lyle Yost wins his third state diving championship; Alex Nicholson named Head Football Coach; Najee Lockett wins District wrestling title.
Employee Spotlight: Learn more about Dr. Erin Herbruck, Director of Professional Learning and High School Principal Search Project Manager.
Around the District: Progress on the State Report Card; Aliana's Alert and what it means for Shaker families; High School Principal Search Updates; Superintendent Search updates; Upcoming Kindergarten Events; SELF registration; Shaker Schools Foundation news and more.

akiraellieMonthly Spotlights 
Student Spotlight: Akira Falconer and Ellie White
Akira Falconer
Fernway Third-Grade Student
Ellie White
Fernway Fourth-Grade Student
Last month, two Fernway students -- third-grade student Akira Falconer and fourth-grade student Ellie White -- were selected as exhibitors in the 39th Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition, sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association. Akira's artwork, a mandala, will be on display in the Rhodes State Office Tower in downtown Columbus and Ellie's Artwork, a pencil drawing of her shoe, will be on display at the State Teacher's Retirement Systems building, also in downtown Columbus. Their artwork is among 130 student artworks on display from around the state. The exhibition is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 23.

We caught up with Ellie and Akira to learn more about them and their passion for art.
Read this month's student spotlights on Akira Falconer and Ellie White.
STEAM Spotlight: Middle School Augmented Reality Sandbox
District IT Team Member Mike Karenke (bottom left) helps a group of Middle School students build the computer they'll use to create their AR sandbox.
The Shaker Heights Middle School Robotics students have embarked on another design-thinking activity while preparing for the robotics state-level competition. The augmented reality (AR) project combines 3D visualization applications with a hands-on sandbox exhibit to teach earth science concepts. The AR sandbox allows students to create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines and simulated water. The system teaches geographic, geologic and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.

The students will use their problem-solving skills to build a computer, program the operating system of the computer and create a sandbox from scratch using the design cycle. The design team consists of the Middle School robotics members, the District technology team and Middle School design chair Dexter Lindsey.
School Spotlight: Boulevard Heroes Night Out
To honor Black History Month, Boulevard's MAC Scholars reflected on the heroes who have changed their lives. Each student created a presentation on their hero and shared it during Heroes Night Out on February 28. Boulevard MAC Scholars advisor Angela Anderson plans to make this an annual event. "Our future leaders were excited to share stories about their own personal heroes and the support from our staff was amazing," she says. Well done, Boulevard MAC Scholars!

Boulevard MAC Scholars with their advisors Greg Williams and Angela Anderson, and Boulevard Principal Neal Robinson
didyouknowDid You Know: Principal and Student Welcome at Board Meetings
Zoie Durham (left) and Nathan Bordeaux (right)
At each monthly Board of Education meeting, one school principal is joined by students from his/her building to share welcome remarks and provide a brief presentation about recent news/events at the school. 

Last month, Nathan Bordeaux and Zoie Durham, both fourth-grade students from Mercer Elementary School, shared the welcome, followed by brief remarks from Mercer Principal J. Lindsay Florence. Nathan and Zoie shared what makes Mercer special to them, including the Mercer cooking club, the Meerkat Club (which focuses on service), the third-grade pajama drive for children in need, the fourth-grade all-school food drive and second-grade research project on eagles, among others. Job well done by Nathan and Zoie! Thank you for sharing why Mercer is such a special school!
marchartsMarch Performing Arts
Join the audience for any March performance at Shaker Heights Schools featuring our student musicians, vocalists and actors.
  • Middle School Spring Musical: 7 p.m., March 15 & 2 p.m., March 16, Middle School Auditorium
  • High School New Stages 37 Production: 7 p.m. March 13-16, additional 9:15 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Shaker Heights High School Black Box Theater. Buy tickets online.
  • High School Improv Show: 6 p.m., March 22, Shaker Heights High School Black Box Theater.
  • Mercer School Play: 6 p.m., March 23, 2 p.m. March 24.
  • High School Band Tour Preview Concert: 7 p.m., March 25, Shaker Heights High School North Gym.
Good luck and safe travels to the High School Marching Band, who travel to Italy over spring break! They will perform concerts in Amalfi, Sorrento, Orvieto and Rome.
communityCommunity Engagement
Monthly Community Meals Partnership
Community members join the February Community Meal at Heights Christian Church.
Shaker Heights Schools Family and Community Engagement Center has partnered with Heights Christian Church, Shaker Heights Police Department, Shaker Library and SAMS to offer free Community Meals one Saturday each month. The program seeks to blur the line between host and guest and aims to build community one meal at a time. Shaker Heights Schools families are invited to participate and volunteer. The next Community Meal is on Saturday, March 16, from noon-2 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Langford, 216-295-6268.
Shaker Heights Schools Students Participate in March St. Baldrick's Events
Shaker Heights Schools students from all levels will participate at two St. Baldrick's events this month. St. Baldrick's is a non-profit that hosts head-shaving events to raise money to cure childhood cancers. Support your Shaker Heights Schools shavee at one of these two events:
  • The class of 2021 will host a St. Baldrick's event on Friday, March 15 in the High School's multi-purpose room from 3-5 p.m. If you are interested in participating or donating, please click here or contact High School Individuals & Societies teacher Brian Berger.
  • Teams from Shaker Heights Middle School, Boulevard, Fernway, Onaway and Woodbury will participate in the Eighth Annual Cleveland Heights Head Shaving Event on Sunday, March 17, from noon-3 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. Learn more about this event and support your Shaker Heights Schools student!
raiderRaider Athletics

Catch our High School and Middle School Raider athletes in action this month. View the March Athletics competition calendar

Be sure to follow our Raider athletics news on our new Athletics website  or follow us on Twitter @raidersofshaker .
Lyle Yost Wins Third State Diving Championship; Chachi Gustafson 2nd in State in 100-Yard Fly
Seniors Lyle Yost and Chachi Gustafson
Congratulations to SHHS seniors Lyle Yost and Chachi Gustafson! At the February 23 OHSAA Division I Swimming and Diving State Championships, Lyle became the first boys diving champion since 1961 to win back-to-back-to-back state titles and Chachi finished second in the 100-yard butterfly after an exciting outside-lane-come-from-behind swim! Excellent season, Lyle and Chachi, and way to finish off your careers as Raiders. Good luck to Lyle and Chachi next year, when they compete as Buckeyes on the Ohio State Men's Swimming and Diving team!
Najee Lockett Wins 170 lb. District Wrestling Title
Undefeated junior Raider wrestler Najee Lockett (38-0) is the North Canton Division I District 170 lb. champion! Najee is Shaker's first District Wrestling Champion since 2008. Congrats Najee and good luck March 7-9 at the State Championship!

Junior Nagee Lockett at his District Championship win
Alex Nicholson Named Head Football Coach
New SHHS Football Coach Alex Nicholson
Shaker Heights Schools has named Alex Nicholson Head Coach of the High School Varsity Football Team. Mr. Nicholson will also work as a teacher at Shaker Heights High School, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

Mr. Nicholson was chosen after an extensive interview process that included a panel of teachers, administrators, counselors and parents (Middle School and High School), alumni and current and former Shaker football players.
Read more about Mr. Nicholson .
teacherEmployee Spotlight: Dr. Erin Herbruck, Director of Professional Learning and  High School Principal Search Project Manager
Dr. Erin Herbruck
Dr. Erin Herbruck is a career Shaker educator who currently serves as the Director of Professional Learning and, just last month, was named Project Manager on the High School Principal Search. She has been with Shaker Heights Schools for 24 years -- 15 years as a Middle School teacher and the past nine in various central office roles. Later this spring, she will replace Dr. Lois Cavucci, Director of Human Resources, and will be part of a transition plan to merge the office of Professional Learning with Human Resources. 

When Dr. Herbruck isn't at work or spending time with her family, she devotes time to her passion for yoga as an instructor and daily practitioner.  Learn more about Dr. Herbruck.
districtnewsAround the District
Progress on State Report Card
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction briefed the Board of Education of progress on the State Report Card and other District initiatives at the Board's February 26 work session. Dr. Terri Breeden, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, delivered a detailed review of school performance "behind the letter grades," which documented continued positive trends in academic achievement by Shaker students. Review the presentation here.
High School Principal Search Update: District Appoints Project Manager and Selects Search Firm; Complete the High School Principal Search Survey
The District has appointed Dr. Erin Herbruck as the District's High School Principal Search Project Manager and selected Finding Leaders, Inc., as the search firm. Together they will oversee the efforts to identify top candidates for consideration by the District to serve as the permanent principal of Shaker Heights High School. Stay up-to-date on the search at the District's High School Principal Search section of

Also, the District invites all those who are interested to complete this Principal Search Survey to share your input on the search for the next High School principal. The survey will remain open through March 21.
Tips from IT
For many families, managing a child's use of technology at home can be a challenge. The task becomes even more difficult when children visit sites that adults believe have child-appropriate content, but don't. We encourage all parents/guardians to speak with children about online safety and to visit resources like Common Sense Media for tips on parental controls, privacy, smart usernames, appropriate sharing and more.
Alianna's Alert and What It Means for our Families
Beginning April 4, Ohio Public School Districts must be in compliance with House Bill 66, which includes language for "Alianna's Alert," named for Alianna DeFreeze, a Cleveland teenager who was abducted and murdered on her way to school in 2017.  The legislation requires districts to notify parents/guardians within 120 minutes after the beginning of each school day if a student has an unexcused absence. 

Shaker Heights Schools has systems in place to monitor student attendance at all buildings. Both the Middle School and the High School utilize automated systems to make attendance calls. Currently, our elementary schools and Woodbury make personal attendance calls, though the District will add automated emails to complement Woodbury attendance calls later this year. 

We thank our families for their partnership in helping us keep all of our students safe.
Summer Exploration Learning and Fun (SELF) Registration is Open!
Online registration for Shaker Heights Schools Summer Exploration, Learning and Fun (SELF) summer programs for any Shaker Heights resident student is open! SELF provides an array of summer program options for all students in the District. SELF addresses barriers that currently exist and focuses on equity, excellence and exploration by providing differentiated services and enrichment opportunities for all Shaker students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Programs will have a focus on the arts, STEAM, global languages, skill, career and personal development. All of our programs offer a robust curriculum that includes a focus on the Literacy and Math standards. Register today for one of our SELF programs!
Upcoming Kindergarten Events
Join us for Shaker Heights Schools District-wide Kindergarten Kickoff on Saturday, April 27 from 1-3 p.m., hosted at Onaway Elementary School, 3115 Woodbury Road. Bring your incoming kindergartner and learn more about the District, including information on registration, transportation, food service, health and immunization, communications, special education supports and more. 

Please fill out our registration form to attend.

And don't forget: Parents and guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019 also are invited to attend a special Open House to meet your building's principal and to learn about Shaker's kindergarten program at their student's school: 
Mercer: March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Fernway: April 17, 9:30 a.m.
Boulevard: April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Lomond: April 25, 7 p.m.
Onaway: April 12, 9:30 a.m.
Stay Up-to-Date on the Superintendent Search
Visit our special Superintendent Search section of the District website to learn more about the Board of Education's search for our next superintendent. The section includes information on:
Read the Board's most recent Superintendent Search Update, from February 22, 2019.

Board Approves Academic Calendars Through 2021-2022 School Year
The Board of Education has approved the academic year calendars for the next three school years, 2019-2020, 2020-21 and 2021-22. Families can view and download these calendars online at on the Calendars & Bell Schedules page.

Save the Date: A Thought Leader Panel Discussion on Trends for Cities, Libraries and Public Schools
The City of Shaker Heights has partnered with the Shaker Heights Public Library and Shaker Heights Schools to begin conversations on how all three entities can collaborate on a vision for community facilities in the future. This speaker panel begins on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Large Auditorium and members of the public are invited to join. Stay tuned to for more details on the speaker panel.
March 18 Tour Your Schools is Canceled
The District has canceled the Tour Your Schools event for Monday, March 18. However, all families and prospective families are always welcomed to schedule a tour during the school day. To schedule a tour, contact your building administrative assistant or request to schedule an individual tour online!
Shaker Schools Foundation News
Another Successful Night for the Red & White!
2019 A Night for the Red & White
Nearly 600 friends of Shaker Height Schools attended the 27th Annual A Night for the Red & White on Saturday March 2 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Since 1992, this annual gala has raised more than $2.7 million for educational enrichment opportunities focusing on STEAM initiatives, arts, technology and health and fitness for all students of Shaker schools. 

This year's event featured Shaker resident Russ Mitchell of WKYC-TV, who served as emcee, a silent auction and student artwork and performances. A special presentation about the District's new i3  Initiative (Inquiry, Innovation and Imagination) raised more than $42,000 for the initiative during the evening! 

Learn more about the Shaker Schools Foundation.
Hall of Fame Nominations are Due April 30
2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
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 11 and a dinner honoring the inductees on the evening of Saturday, October 12. Nominees must be available to attend on those dates.  To make a nomination, please complete the Nomination Form and submit by April 30, 2019.

SHFD to Install Free Smoke Detectors
The Shaker Heights Fire Department plans to install more than 2,000 new photoelectric smoke detectors in the homes of Shaker residents between now and August 2019. FREE! This offer ends when the supply of detectors is exhausted. Find out if you qualify and sign up for the program by completing the online request form or by calling 216-295-3400.  
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