The Shakerite

Financing the Chinese Program

Shane McKeon, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2012

Shaker’s Chinese program was born out of necessity and opportunity. The district needed to fulfill a world language requirement for the International Baccalaureate program, and the Chinese government offered a solution. Through...

The Challenges of Learning Chinese

Alysse Eberhard, Marissa Miller and Rachel Shaw, Cover Story Editors

March 20, 2012

When the IB Programme arrived at Shaker’s elementary schools last year, students said, “Ni hao” to an hour of weekly Mandarin Chinese language instruction taught by native speakers. This year, students said, “Zai jian”...

Chardon Shooting Presents Reality Check

Allie Harris and Julia Scharfstein, Campus and City Editors

March 20, 2012

The proximity of the Feb. 27 shooting at Chardon High School and the arrest of a Shaker student who brought a semiautomatic weapon to school have raised fear among students that a similar event could happen here. English teacher...

IB Brings World Language to Elementary Schools, but Social Studies Pays the Price

Marcia Brown, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2012

An unidentified student at Woodbury Elementary School wrote a letter, collected 80 student signatures and submitted it to Principal Randall Yates last month making clear student criticisms of the school’s Chinese program. To...

District Pays for Phones Confiscated Then Stolen

Julia Scharfstein, Campus and City Editor

March 20, 2012

Just this year, five or six confiscated phones were replaced by the school because they were stolen before they could be returned to the student. In most of the cases, the phones were stolen from a teacher’s desk. In one...

Law Punishes Off-Campus Bullying

Allie Harris, Campus and City Editor

March 20, 2012

The Jessica Logan Act, which was passed in Ohio in January, gives schools authority to discipline students who partake in bullying off school grounds. The goal of this law is to prevent bullying occurring through electronic...

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Tattoo

Alysse Eberhard, Marissa Miller and Rachel Shaw, Cover Story Editors

March 2, 2012

Am I OK with the pain involved? Am I comfortable with a tattoo becoming a permanent part of my body? Do I accept that there may be some health risks? Can I accept “tattoo attention” as part of my life? Do I have a ...

After a Year on Ice, Dance Returns

Allie Harris, Campus and City Editor

February 27, 2012

Student Council worked for two years under the leadership of Social Committee Head Logan Davis to plan the Feb. 4. winter dance. Officially called the Snow Ball, the formal followed the concept of MORP, which is an inversion...

Why Them and Not Us? Because They Vote

Joan Thompson, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2012

Select groups of students were invited by the White House and high school administration to attend President Obama’s remarks Jan. 4. The White House first invited the senior class to attend the event. When the White House...

Shaker to Offer IB Medallion for Students Who Want Flexibility

Julia Scharfstein, Campus and City Editor

February 27, 2012

Shaker students may now receive an International Baccalaureate Medallion instead of signing up for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The IB Medallion requires students to take three IB classes during junior...

Shaker Goes Green for Funding

Allie Harris, Campus and City Editor

February 27, 2012

The path to new athletic fields may be paved with light bulbs. The school district recently established a committee to assess repairs and improvements of school buildings, grounds and athletic fields. The Superintendent’s...

Boy Found With Gun in School

Shane McKeon, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2012

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the high school Jan. 25 for carrying a concealed, unloaded, inoperable pistol, but the incident did not precipitate a lockdown. The matter was handled quietly by administrators and the Shaker...

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