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Part of the Akron Public School System   •   Akron, Ohio

East High       East Middle       Barber CLC       David Hill CLC       Mason CLC       Robinson CLC       Seiberling CLC


Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the schools of the East Cluster.

Back-to-School Info

Some important things to know for the 2015-16 school year:

Start times

Dress code

School supplies

Parents' handbook

Open House Info

Friday, Sept. 25
3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Middle & high school

Thursday, Sept. 3
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Kindergarten only

(All other open houses have already taken place.)

East High Sports

Varsity Football
East 28
Jackson 31

Sept. 4 @ 7:00 p.m.
at Springfield

Football web site

J.V. Football
Aug. 29 @ 10:00 a.m.
Jackson (at East)

Boys Cross-country
Aug. 29 @ 9:00 a.m.
Green Invitational
at Boettler Park

Girls Cross-country
Aug. 29 @ 9:00 a.m.
Green Invitational
at Boettler Park

Sept. 1 @ at East
vs. Garfield
JV @ 4:45 p.m.
Varisty @ 6:00 p.m.

East High Band

Fri., Sept. 4
Football at Springfield
5:30 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 7
East Akron
Labor Day Parade
8:30 a.m.
( details)

(Times shown are when band members need to report — not the time of the event.)


Thurs., Oct. 1
2:45 to 6:45 p.m.

David Hill
Thurs., Sept. 24
2:35 to 6:35 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 24
Middle & high school
3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 24
2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 24
3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Video Corner

High School Football Media Day was held on Aug. 6 with a season preview given by all seven Akron Public School coaches.

Watch the video here.

(If you only want to see the East presentation by Coach Hayes, move to the 38:08 point in the video.)

State Report Cards

Every year the Ohio Dept. of Education issues a report card for every school in the state. Evaluated are factors such as test scores, attendance, and graduation rates.

Listed below are the report cards for the schools of the East Cluster for the past two school years.


David Hill
East High & Middle


David Hill
East High & Middle



After a 17-year absence

City Series Championship
Football Game to Return

Akron Public Schools Athletic Director, Joe Vassalotti, has announced that the City Series will once again have a city championship football game.   This change has been approved by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

The game, tentatively scheduled for the weekend of November 6-7, will involve the top two teams in the city conference that do not qualify for the state playoffs.   The specific site, date, and time of the game will be determined as the football season progresses.

A Little History

From 1942 to 1990 the top four finishers in the City Series played in a playoff at the Rubber Bowl.   The first place team played the third place team, and the second place team played the fourth place team.   The winners played in the championship game at the Rubber Bowl on Thanksgiving morning.

From 1991 to 1998 the format was changed.   With the expansion of the state playoffs, only the top two teams in the City Series played for the city championship.   If one or both of those teams happened to qualify for the state playoffs, the remaining two teams with the best City Series records played to determine the city champ.

The city championship game was discontinued beginning with the 1999 season.

The Turkey Day game was traditionally well attended. Largest crowd for a city championship game was 24,401 for the 1966 East-Kenmore matchup.   In case you were wondering, East won 35-6.

Another Historical Tidbit

Two recognizable names played quarterback during the 1966 championship game.   East's quarterback was Chuck Shuman, long-time teacher and coach at Ellet High.   Quarterback for Kenmore was none other than long-serving former Akron mayor, Don Plusquellic.


How's Your Student Doing?

Want to know for sure?

Would you like to be able to go on-line and see how your student is doing in school?   Check on a class assignment?   Verify his or her attendance?

You can do all this and more through the Akron Public Schools' Home Access Center.   To sign up, you will need access to a computer with internet capability, have a valid e-mail account, and be on file as your child's parent or guardian.

To get details as to how to sign up and answers to your questions, visit the District's Home Access Center page by clicking here.

Here is a copy of the home access manual.


Juvenile Court
Seeks Teen Advisors

Summit County Juvenile Court Judge, Linda Tucci Teodosio, has announced that the Court is once again seeking applicants from local high schools to serve on its High School Advisory Board.

Students interested in serving on the Board should have a strong grasp of issues relative to their school and their community, as well as a knowledge of issues that confront today's young adults.   Advisory Board members will meet with Court staff to offer their input on matters concerning the Court and the types of programming it should offer.

"Working with our board has been very rewarding, and I hope our student advisers felt the same from their experience with us," said Judge Teodosio.   "I think that getting input and viewpoints from the very group of people this Court serves is vital, and I believe that we can learn from each other in the process."

A student nomination form and a volunteer application form are available on the Juvenile Court web site here.


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 Sammy's Dream, 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.


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 Great Lakes Higher Education Corp., Stark State College will institute the Stark Preparing Akron Students for Success ( PASS) 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 State campus.

During their senior year of high school, participants will be offered the opportunity to attend class at Stark State and earn free college credit.


Ohio Schools
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 PARCC, 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.

Instead, the AIR Assessment 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 here.



Pancake Breakfast

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 ( details).

Come and feast on a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice for a mere $5.00.


class reunion

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities



test takers

ACT Aspire

Testing dates

Practice tests

Ohio Achievement

Ohio Graduation
Test info

Testing dates

Practice tests


math students

Brunner Math

Homework Spot

Khan Academy

Know It Now 24x7

Time for Kids

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

The BULLY Project

Geo Listening

Stop Bullying Now!



2014 SAT results

Discount tuition

East basketball

Finishing college

Four-Year Myth

The new SAT

O.G.T. phase-out

School start time

School vouchers

Student transfers

Texting & driving

Year-round schools


For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click here.

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What is a Cluster?

seven clusters The Akron Public Schools are divided into seven neighborhood groups or clusters — each headed by the high school located within that cluster.   The rest of the cluster is made up of the middle school that feeds into that high school and the various elementary schools that feed into that middle school.   The clusters were formed to increase community identity within a large school system.

The East Cluster schools work among themsevles, and with parent and community groups, to develop a partnership to best serve our student population.

The cluster concept helps to make a large school system much more personal and responsive to the needs of its students, parents, and the larger community.   The East Cluster has always been a very active, engaged cluster with great school and community pride.

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