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2020-21 School Year Update | August 21, 2020

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Each Friday in the month of August, the District will send this 2020-21 School Year Update to keep you informed about plans for the upcoming school year. 


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Important Dates

  • Grades K-4

    • Monday, 8/24: Grades K-4 teacher meetings (by appointment), 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    • Tuesday, 8/25: Grades K-4 teacher meetings (by appointment), 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    • Wednesday, 8/26: Grades 1-4 new family orientation, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    • Thursday,8/27: Kindergarten orientations (by last name), 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    • Monday, 8/31: First Day of School for Students

  • Grades 5-6

    • Wednesday,8/26: Grade 5 virtual orientation for students and families, 11 a.m.-noon.; Grade 5 Chromebook pickup/dropoff and materials pickup, 12:30-6 p.m.

    • Thursday, 8/27: Grade 6 virtual orientation for students and families, 11 a.m.-noon.; Grade 6 materials and instrument pickup, 12:30-6 p.m. New students may pick up Chromebooks.

    • Friday, 8/28: Grade 5 parent/guardian virtual orientation on technology platforms, 11-11:45 a.m.; Grade 6 parent/guardian virtual orientation on technology platforms, 1-1:45 p.m.

    • Monday, 8/31: First Day of School for Students

  • Grades 7-8

    • Thursday, 8/27: Grade 7 virtual orientation for students and families, 10-11 a.m.

    • Friday, 8/28: Grade 8 virtual orientation for students and families, 10-11 a.m.

    • Monday, 8/31: First Day of School for Students

  • Grades 9-12

    • Wednesday, 8/26: Grade 9 virtual orientation for parents/guardians only, 6-7 p.m.; Grade 10 virtual orientation for students, 7-8 p.m.

    • Thursday, 8/27: Grade 11 virtual orientation for students, 6-7 p.m.; Grade 12 virtual orientation for students, 7-8 p.m.

    • Friday, 8/28: Grade 9 virtual orientation for students, 9:45 a.m.-noon.

    • Monday, 8/31: First Day of School for Students


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Looking Ahead

  • This year, the District Communications Team will send Friday newsletters to all families to keep you updated on District- and building-level news. The Shaker Heights PTO historically has distributed the Friday newsletters. The District and the PTO collaborated on this change to ensure that all families would receive valuable PTO news and District- and building-level information. The District offers its sincere appreciation to the PTO for its longtime efforts to communicate with and engage our families. Look for the first Friday newsletter to arrive in your inboxes on Friday, August 28.

  • We encourage all families to opt in to receiving text messages from the District this year. Opting in is easy: using your phone number on record with the District, text Y to 67587. Families can select additional messaging preferences (call, text, email) in SchoolMessenger, the District’s communications platform. Review Automated Alerts with SchoolMessenger to learn more about setting your messaging preferences for the 2020-21 school year. This information also will be included in next week’s Back-to-School Checklist.

  • If your student has an IEP, your student's case manager will be in contact within the next week to discuss and review specific information about the implementation of your student's IEP.  If you have questions regarding your student's 504 plan, please contact the building principal or your student's school counselor.


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