The Shakerite

Cover Story Responds to Students’ Submission

Alysse Eberhard, Marissa Miller, Rachel Shaw, Cover Stroy Editors

April 12, 2012

After reading the entire letter that Woodbury students signed and presented to Principal Randall Yates (to read the full letter, see www.shakerite.com), it was apparent that Woodbury students feel they are being subject to an...

Students Support Chinese in Shaker

Jonah Weinstein, Emmett Hammer, Matt Krantz, Thomas Greenhalgh-Miller

April 12, 2012

In last month’s edition of The Shakerite, an anonymous 6th grader was quoted saying “Chinese is weird.” As fourth year Chinese students at the high school, we can verify this sentiment. Chinese is fascinating, challenging and rew...

Mastering One of the Toughest Tongues Takes More than 2,000 Hours of Study

Taylor Butze, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2012

Accompanying Shaker’s recently implemented International Baccalaureate Program was the elementary Mandarin Chinese program. Employed within the district are eight native Mandarin Chinese speakers who teach students in various...

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”...

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...

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