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March 2018 Newsletter: General News Items

Strategic Plan 101

The District began implementation of its current Five-Year Strategic Plan---which establishes priorities in academics and student experience, continuous improvement, policy, human resources and facilities, communications, and finance---in July 2014. With 15 months remaining, the District recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support our work with the next Strategic Plan and the Equity Task Force. Our intent is to select an entity or consultant by April 1.

Once again, the District will design a process to establish another 44-member Strategic Plan Committee with the hope of finalizing membership in April 2018. The District anticipates that the Strategic Planning Committee will meet in May and June before recessing for the summer.

The expected timeline to create the next Five-Year Strategic Plan, 2019-2024, is as follows:

May 2018: First meeting of Strategic Planning Committee

June 2018: Strategic Planning Committee meets and recesses for the summer

September 2018 - November 2018: Strategic Plan Committee resumes work

December 2018: Strategic Plan presents draft of Five-Year Strategic Plan to the Board of Education

January/February 2019: Board of Education adopts the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan

July 2019: Implementation of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan begins

July 2019-2024: Provide updates and progress via mid-year and yearly data analysis, written reports and consultation

Review the RFP for Strategic Planning Services and Facilitation of Equity Task Force.

SELF Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for all 2018 Summer Exploration Learning and Fun (SELF) camps! SELF provides a wide selection of summer program options for all students in our District. Our programs address barriers that currently exist and focus 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 focus on the arts, STEM, global languages, skills, career and personal development.  All of our programs offer a robust curriculum that includes a focus on the Literacy and Math standards.

Sessions fill quickly! Learn more and register now online.

Buy Tickets for A Night for the Red & White by Wednesday, March 7

Prepare to Innovate Shaker at A Night for the Red & White on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Join parents, neighbors, faculty, and staff in celebration of our outstanding community of learners. This annual event has raised more than $2.6 million and draws nearly 800 attendees yearly for an evening of dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and live performances from our talented students.

Since 1992, this gala event has raised more than $2.6 million for the enrichment of technology, the arts, humanities, and health and fitness for all Shaker students. In addition, this year the Shaker Schools Foundation is pleased to launch the Shaker Innovation Fund to provide hands-on labs that cultivate creativity, design, and personalized 21st century learning for all students.

Tickets must be purchased by March 7. Buy your tickets now online.

State of the Schools is Thursday, March 15

Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. will deliver his final State of the Schools address to an audience of Shaker Heights High School freshmen and sophomores at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 15. The State of the Schools address will be streamed live at each school building, while Shaker Schools families and community members also may stream the address on

Dr. Hutchings’ address this year will be a call-to-action for all students to inspire, create, achieve and sustain positive change here in the Shaker Heights Schools community and beyond. He also will share a five-year review of the accomplishments and initiatives implemented by the District’s talented faculty and staff. Guided by the District’s Strategic Plan, this work upholds our commitment to our aspirations of excellence, equity and exploration for all students.

A recorded version of the State of the Schools address will be available for viewing on the District’s YouTube channel.

Tour Your Schools is Monday, March 19

Shaker Heights Schools will host Tour Your Schools from 10-11 a.m. for PreK-4 buildings and the Middle School, and from 1-2 p.m. at Woodbury and the High School on Monday, March 19. All community members are invited to attend. The program will include comments from the building principal and a tour by student ambassadors. Please register to attend.

Register New Students and Kindergartners Online!

Registering your children in the Shaker Heights City School District has never been easier. Beginning in the winter of 2018, parents and guardians can access our new online registration process that will save time and ensure that we have accurate, up-to-date information on your child.

Families wishing to register their children have two options:

  • Visit and complete all necessary documents online at your leisure in the privacy of your own home prior to your appointment at the Registration Office. This will dramatically reduce the time it will take to register your child.

  • For those who would like assistance completing the forms online, please make an appointment at the Registration Office, 216-295-4321, and our staff will walk you through the process.

With either option, you must schedule an appointment to review your completed forms and to complete registration for your student. Please contact the Registration Office located in the Administration Building, 15600 Parkland Drive. Office hours are from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Schedule an appointment by calling 216-295-4321. The appointment will last for a maximum of one hour (additional time will be needed when registering multiple children). A parent/legal guardian must appear in person to register their child. Learn more about registration online.

March Theatre Roundup

Students at many grade levels will hit the stage this month to exercise their thespian muscles. Have some free time on a weekend? Be sure to catch one of these performances:

  • Sankofa, High School: Friday, March 2, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. pre-show); Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m. (noon pre-show). Tickets $8.

  • Seussical, The Musical, Middle School: Friday, March 9, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2 p.m. Tickets are free.

  • Space Pirates, Mercer School: Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. Tickets $5.

  • New Stages 37, High School: Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m. Tickets available online.

  • Onaway Little Theater presents Seussical Jr.: Friday, March 23, 7 p.m.; Saturday March 24, 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, 4 p.m. Tickets $5.

Cleveland NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) 
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a year-long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. Students can select up to three competitions from a total of 29 offerings. Learn more about the ACT-SO Competition online. All first-place winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the NAACP National Competition in San Antonio, Tex., July 12-15, 2018.

Want to compete? High School students will receive registration forms at the NAACP Youth Council ACT-SO information session from 3-4 p.m. on March 7 in room 154. The deadline to submit ACT-SO applications to NAACP adviser David Peake is Friday, March 23. Download the flyer for more information. 
ProgressBook Tip for Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 5-12 
Be a stronger partner in your student’s education and stay up-to-date on student progress by signing up for alerts on missing assignments or low assignment marks in ProgressBook. Simply log in to your account and select the appropriate student. In the left-side navigation, under Family Information, select Alerts. Enter a valid email address to receive alerts, then select the alert type you’d like to receive. Save the information by clicking Update.