Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
The new school year
East High Band
Aug. 10 - 21
Summer band camp
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 7
Labor Day Parade
(Times shown are when band members need to report — not the time of the event.)
Pre K - 6th grade
665 Garry Rd.
David Hill C.L.C.
Grades K - 6
1060 E. Archwood Ave.
Grades K - 6
700 E. Exchange St.
Grades K - 6
1156 4th Ave.
Grades K - 6
400 Brittain Rd.
80 Brittain Rd.
East High Sports
Aug. 28 @ Jackson
Aug. 29 vs. Jackson
10:00 a.m. @ East
Recognize this Teacher?
In case you don't, this is a student drawing of teacher Becky Taylor at Mason.
In conjunction with this year's teacher recognition banquet, students at each
Akron Public School drew their impression of that building's nominee for teacher
of the year.
are drawings of all the teacher-of-the-year candidates.
Ohio's Tax-Free Holiday
Save on back-to-school items
Some holidays can be quite taxing...but not this one.
By vitrue of Ohio Senate Bill 243, which became law in December, 2014,
certain back-to-school supplies, clothing, and instructional materials
can be purchased without paying any Ohio sales tax.
This tax savings is available from 12:01 a.m. on Friday,
August 7, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 9.
So what kind of savings can be expected? The
of sales tax (combined state and local) in Summit County is 6.75%. A back-to-school
shopper making a qualifying purchase of $250 will avoid paying $16.88 in sales taxes.
Complete guidelines for the tax-free holiday are available on the Ohio
Deptartment of Taxation web site
Additional detail on the tax-free holiday is available in a
Not Quite Ready for College?
Stark State offers a boost
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, several incoming East High juniors,
whose test scores indicate they are a little shy of being college-ready
material, will be offered the opportunity to close that gap.
Thanks to a $468,000 grant from the
Higher Education Corp., Stark State College will institute the Stark Preparing
Akron Students for Success
program for 80 students from seven Akron Public high schools.
The program will consist of two years of college-level course work in English
and math taught by Stark State professors. The ten hour a week sessions
will be held at East with testing and other activities to take place on the Stark
During their senior year of high school, participants will be offered the opportunity
to attend class at Stark State and earn free college credit.
Come Up for AIR
Wide dissatistaction with the PARCC
Even before the first round of testing was complete, parents, teachers, students,
and administrators expressed dissatisfaction with the
Ohio's choice of Common Core testing for math and language arts as provided by the
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
The tests required an inordinate amount of preparation and testing time, and forced
many school districts to spend heavily to upgrade their technology in order to
accommodate the PARCC test.
As part of the two-year Ohio budget for fiscal 2016-17 — passed by both houses
of the legislature and signed by Gov. Kasich on July 1 — the contract with
PARCC will not be renewed.
from the American Institutes for Research will become Ohio's choice of Common Core
testing for math and language arts. They already supply Ohio with non-Common Core tests
for science and social studies.
The announcement of this change was made on July 1 by Richard Ross, State
Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Board of Education, in a conference
call to the media.
While the PARCC test was administered twice during the school year, the AIR will be
given only once beginning in the spring of 2016.
For additional info and detail about how these changes will affect the Akron Public Schools,
read the Akron Beacon Journal article
Catch the Wave at Barber
Summer reading program offered
A summer reading program entitled "Catch the Reading Wave" will be held
at Barber this summer.
Every Wednesday through August 26 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. students can
listen to stories from guest readers and have a chance to read independently.
For more information, call the school at 330-761-7911 or click
Summer Learning Programs
The dates for traditional summer high school, to be held at East, are
June 29 through August 6. The school day will operate from 8:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m.
For details, click
Transitional summer school for students in grades 6 - 8 will be held at East
from July 27 through August 7.
For additional details, contact Mark Black at
330-761-3079 or by
The pre-fall program for incoming students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will take place from
For details, contact Mary Outley-Kelly at
330-761-3075 or by
A Dream Comes True
at David Hill
Accessible playground equipment
The playground at David Hill is about to get a lot more inclusive.
Thanks to the efforts of non-profit
modifications will be made to the playground at David Hill to make it accessible
for all students.
Former David Hill teacher and Sammy's Dream representative, Patti Radzyminski,
led the effort to make this upgrade possible.
Said Akron Public Schools Executive Director of Business Affairs, Debra Foulk,
"Not many of the A.P.S. elementary school playgrounds have 'inclusive play'
equipment that can be used by students who are both disabled and nondisabled."
The playground upgrades are valued at about $63,000.
Radzyminski said the organization hopes to expand to other elementary buildings in the future.
Gets More Affordable
Akron U. offering discount tuition
Good news for college-bound East High students. Beginning with the fall,
2015, semester, the University of Akron will offer six general education courses
at a greatly reduced tuition cost.
Instead of the current undergraduate rate of $359 per credit
hour, these six courses will be offered for $50 per credit hour.
These reduced-tuition courses were originally proposed by the University
in April, but still required approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.
On June 2, that approval was received from Chancellor John Carey.
The six courses, all three credit hours, are:
- English Compostion I
- Earth Science
- Introduction to Sociology
- Basic Statistics
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Exploring Music
The classes, all held on the main campus, will consist of a combination
of classroom, on-line, and experiential instruction.
For more detail, visit the University's web site
The East High Alumni Group is sponsoring a pancake breakfast on
Saturday, August 29, from 8:30-11:00 a.m. at Lock 3 in downtown Akron
Come and feast on a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice for a mere $5.00.
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