Download Your Back-To-School Signs!
Show your Shaker Heights Schools pride with your student's back-to-school picture next week! Click here
to download and print OR display your sign on a screen. Then take your student's picture and post to social media Wednesday, August 23, through Monday, August 28. Be sure to tag your photo with #shakerfirstday and #shakerrising! NEW THIS YEAR:
To be included in the District's back-to-school slideshow after the staggered start, upload a photo of your student with their sign here
To use the on-screen edition, view the Google Slide in Presentation Mode to display it full screen when snapping your picture.
*By uploading your photos to https://bit.ly/ShakerFirstDay2023, you grant the Shaker Heights City School District permission to use you/your student's image. All photos must be uploaded via the link above to be included in the slideshow.
First Day of School
In order to provide for intentional start-of-school orientation time for students, particularly for those transitioning to new buildings or who are new to the District, Shaker Heights Schools is planning to use a staggered start to the 2023-24 school year. Students will start the school year as follows:
School Day 1 (Wednesday, August 23):
- Kindergarten-Grade 4 will have meetings scheduled with each family*.
- Grades 5, 7 and 9 attend all day.
- Grade 6 students new to the District will have meetings scheduled with each family*.
- Grade 8 students new to the District will have meetings scheduled with each family*.
*A sign up will be sent from your student’s school building on or after August 18
School Day 2 (Thursday, August 24):
Kindergarten-Grade 4 students attend all day.
Grades 6 and 8 attend all day.
Grades 9-10 attend half day. (Grade 9 - 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Grade 10 - 11:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.)
Grades 5, 7 and 11-12 do NOT attend.
School Day 3 (Friday, August 25):
Kindergarten-Grade 8 students attend all day.
Grades 9-10 do NOT attend.
Grades 11-12 attend half day. (Grade 12 - 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Grade 11 - 11:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.)
For a printable chart of the staggered start schedule, please click here
School Day Start & End Times
Start and end times for the 2023-2024 school year are as follows:
Early Childhood (PreK): Half Day AM
8:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Early Childhood (PreK): Half Day PM
12:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Early Childhood (PreK): Full Day
8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
K-4 Elementary Schools
(Boulevard, Fernway, Lomond, Mercer, Onaway)
9:20 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Woodbury Elementary School
8:20 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Shaker Heights Middle School
7:50 a.m. to 2:34 p.m.
Shaker Heights High School
Champions Child Care
Champions Child Care, a division of KinderCare, provides before- and after-school care for students in Grades K-6 at all five elementary school buildings (Woodbury students will go to Onaway). Information regarding registration, hours and fees/rates can be found at their website: discoverchampions.com
PaySchools Central & School Fees
All school fees are loaded onto student accounts and can be paid through PaySchools Central. This includes the $35 supply fee for Grades K-6 as well as the $25 activities fee for Grades 7-12. (The K-6 supply fee covers all student supplies, with the exception of gym shoes, an art shirt or smock, backpack and lunchbox. Students in Grades 7-12 are required to provide their own school supplies, and supply lists will be provided by your student’s teachers.) Fees will be loaded to PaySchool Central for payment after the first day of school.
You may also select the optional Chromebook Protection Plan coverage for just $25 through your PaySchool Central account. You can learn more about this valuable protection plan by visiting shaker.org/TechSupport.aspx
Bus Assignments/Here Comes the Bus
All bus assignments will be sent to families via Here Comes the Bus. This convenient website and app allows families to view the location of the bus and get updates if there is a change, delay or breakdown. If you have not already signed up for Here Comes the Bus, please visit shaker.org/transportation
and follow the instructions to get set up. Signing up is easy and takes just a few minutes! Here Comes the Bus will be available after August 14.
Starting in mid-August, families may also obtain their student’s school bus information in PowerSchool (through a web browser, not the app). School bus schedules can be found by logging into your child’s PowerSchool page and clicking on the “Bus Route” link along the left sidebar in PowerSchool's Parent Portal. Available information includes a student's bus number, stop location and stop times.
Class/Schedule Assignments Through PowerSchool
Class and schedule assignments will be available to view in PowerSchool by noon on Friday, August 18. Families should have received instructions for setting up a PowerSchool account. If you need assistance, email [email protected]
Returning Student Registration Form
Beginning in mid-July, families were asked to complete the returning student registration form located in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Families received an email from PowerSchool Registration Support ([email protected]
) with the subject “Shaker Heights City School District Returning Student Registration for [Student Name]”. This form must be completed prior to the first day of school.
Shaker Heights Schools Calendar
The District maintains an online calendar of all District and building-level events. You can find the calendar at shaker.org/calendar
. Calendar items are posted using each school building's two letter code. Calendars can be sorted using the filtering options. Please check the online calendar frequently as events are updated regularly. In addition, the buildings regularly share upcoming important dates in the weekly newsletters.
Coffee on the Lawn
Parents of students in grades K-6 are invited to join their school’s PTO for Coffee on the Lawn. Boulevard, Fernway, Lomond and Mercer will hold Coffee on the Lawn on Thursday, August 24 from 9-10 a.m. and Onaway Elementary School from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Woodbury Elementary School is hosting their event on Friday, August 25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The PTO will provide the coffee!
School Breakfast & Lunch Information
School lunch is $3.50 for grades K-6 and $3.75 for grades 7-12. All menus are available on a month-by-month basis on our website at shaker.org/lunch.aspx
. As always, students are also welcome to pack their own lunch from home. Families are encouraged to complete the free/reduced lunch application, which can be found on our website at shaker.org/ApplicationforFreeReducedMeals.aspx
Shaker Heights Schools is pleased to continue offering breakfast to all students free of charge.