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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.

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities


Summer School Info

Semester I classes for traditional summer high school will be held from June 30 - July 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at East. No class on July 4.

Semester II summer classes will be held from July 21 - August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at East.

For further details on traditional summer high school, as well as info on credit recovery programs, click here.

Akron Seeking Peace Makers

The Akron PeaceMakers is accepting new members. The group, which promotes learning, leadership and civic responsibility, is looking for incoming 9th through 12th graders.

Orientation sessions will take place July 15-18 and August 5-8.

Here is the application form and here is additional info.

Registration and Orientation

Kindergarten orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 26, between 8:30 & 9:30 a.m.

David Hill
Orientation for new kindergarteners will take place on Monday, August 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

New kindergarteners can be registered from August 18-29 between the hours of 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Kindergarten orientation will be Tuesday, August 26, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Kindergarten registration will be Monday, August 18, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Kindergarten orientation will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, August 20 & 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Open House Info

Open House will be held on Monday, August 25, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

David Hill
Open House will take place on Monday, August 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Open House will be held on Tuesday, August 26, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Open House will take place on Monday, August 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Open House will take place on Tuesday, August 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Andy Calderone

Cluster rebuilding

High school
seniors testing

The new SAT

Texting & driving

Value of
ACT / SAT testing


Seiberling Ice Cream Social

Come for the ice cream,
leave with a school uniform

Seiberling Community Learning Center is holding an ice cream social and uniform swap on Thursday, August 7, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the school at 400 Brittain Rd.

In addition to enjoying ice cream, Seiberling families can also exchange, donate, or select school uniforms.   Have a student who has outgrown their uniform?   There may be a younger student who could make good use of it.   Have a growing student who needs a larger uniform?   You just may find one here.

All uniforms being donated should be gently used and washed.

If you have a new kindergartener who needs to be registered to attend Seiberling this fall, kindergarten registration will be available at this event.

In addition, Seiberling students can use their Newton Bucks at the school store.

Here are further details about the ice cream social.


Learn a new skill this summer

Become a Citizen Journalist

To students of all ages:   Is summer vacation starting to drag a little bit?   Would you like to use part of your summer to begin developing some new skills — for free?

The Akron Digital Media Center ( link here) offers a series of five introductory workshops to help aspiring neighborhood journalists develop their skills.

Workshop participants can study the basics of writing, story composition, interviewing techniques, blogging, digital photography, video production, audio and lighting techniques, digital video editing, and on-line promotion.   Computers, video equipment, and editing software are provided.

Those who complete the workshops will be able to post stories to the community web site,, or to other media sites.

Classes are held at the downtown main branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.   And it's worth mentioning again:   the workshops are free.

Akron Digital Media Center workshop


O.G.T. Being Phased Out

New graduation requirements
to be implemented

Over the next three years, the Ohio Graduation Test (O.G.T.) is being phased out as a requirement for high school graduation in Ohio.   Critics of the test complain that it was not a good measure of what a high school grad should know — that it actually measured academic skill on an 8th-to-10th grade level.

Beginning with the graduating class of 2018 (incoming ninth graders), the state of Ohio will employ a more effective and varied method of measuring the academic credentials of its high school graduates.

Ohio House Bill 487 — passed by both houses of the Ohio legislature on June 4 and signed by Gov. Kasich on June 16 — is the source of these changes.

Members of the class of 2018 will be required to pass seven end-of-course exams (English, math, science, U. S. history, government) before being allowed to graduate.   Students enrolled in advanced placement or international baccalaureate classes would not need to take the end-of-course exams for those subjects.

An added provision of H.B. 487 will allow students in eleventh grade to take the ACT or SAT college admission test free of charge.

Below are two newspaper articles giving more detail on the subject:

Toledo Blade      Nordonia Hills News-Leader


Mason Remembers

Garden honors teacher, student

A newly-planted, heart-shaped memorial garden will help Mason Community Learning Center students and staff remember sixth-grade teacher, Lisa Lupo, and fifth grader, Qua'shai Varner.

Qua'shai died in January as the result of seizures, while Mrs. Lupo died in February due to coronary problems.

On June 1, fifth and sixth-grade Mason students planted a garden of marigolds and violets to honor their former teacher and schoolmate (top picture below).

The bottom picture shows Qua'shai on the left and Mrs. Lupo on the right.

To read the full text of the article appearing in the Akron Beacon Journal, and see additional pictures, click here.

Mason memorial garden

Qua'shai Varner and Mrs. Lisa Lupo

(Photos by Ed Suba, Jr. courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )


East Cluster
Teachers of the Year

The Akron Public School system held its annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet on May 20.   One of the highlights of the banquet is the awarding of teacher of the year recognition to one teacher in each of the district's schools.

The East Cluster awardees are as follows:

  • Barber - Ann Merendino
  • David Hill - Lori Villanova
  • Mason - Dawn Blakeney
  • Robinson - Lynn Fickes
  • Seiberling - Carol Evans
  • East - Diane Swidarski

Another highlight of the banquet is the presentation of the Shining Apple Award.   This honor is presented by the top ranking student in each high schools' senior class and goes to the teacher who had the greatest influence on that senior.

The Shining Apple Award winner for East is M/Sgt. John MacLean, Marine Corps J.R.O.T.C. instructor and cross-country coach.   Presenter was senior Matt Waldsmith.

To view the official banquet program, click here.   (Allow a few seconds for the document to download.)




class reunion

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site


test takers

ACT Aspire

ACT testing

Ohio Graduation

SAT testing


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

where to?

East High Sports

Head football coach, Marques Hayes, invites everyone to visit the newly-launched East High School football web site.

Here you can view the varsity and junior varsity schedules, see the team and coaching rosters, look at game scores and stats, and much more.

Here is the 2014 varsity schedule.

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

Geo Listening

Stop Bullying Now!



math students

Brunner Math

Homework Spot

Khan Academy

Know It Now 24x7

Time for Kids

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. The 2012-13 report cards use the new A-F grading system that is being phased in. The report cards for the 2011-12 school year use the old scoring system.


David Hill
East High & Middle


David Hill
East High & Middle

Keeping Plugged In

plug in

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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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