Chang, the East High mascot

East Cluster of Schools

Chang, the East High mascot

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 relating to the schools of the East Cluster.

East Sports

Ellet 0
East 47

Fri., Oct. 25
7:00 p.m.
vs. North
at Ellet Stadium

Football web site

Junior Varsity
Sat., Oct. 26
10:00 a.m.
at North

Middle School
Wed., Oct. 23
5:00 p.m.
vs. Youngstown South
at home

Cross Country
Div. I District
District results
Season concluded

Div. I District
District results
Season concluded

Div. II Sectional
East 9-9-7
Tallmadge 25-25-25
Season concluded

Junior Varsity
Season concluded

Middle School
Season concluded

Middle School
Season concluded

The Arts
at East


Fri., Oct. 25
Football vs. North
at Ellet Stadium
Report @ 4:00 p.m.

On the Stage

Mon., Oct. 14
Winter play practice begins

Other Artsy Stuff

Childrens' Concert Society
Oct. 16 & 17
Concert Hall Series
Akron Civic Theatre

Akron Art Museum
Oct. 19 - Feb. 2
Open World: Video Games & Contempo Art

Univ. of Akron
School of Music

Event calendar

Rubber City Theatre

Summit ArtSpace

Thank You

Thanks to the following organizations and individuals who made contributions to the schools of the East Cluster:

Peak Physical Medicine LLC donated $200 to Barber to be used to purchase school incentives for the students.

St. Victor's Catholic Church donated 120 back packs with school supplies, valued at $1,000, to Barber.

• The Hilton Garden Inn Akron donated $962.25 to Robinson for a field trip & Thanksgiving luncheon for grades K-2.

Trinity Lutheran Church donated $4,600 to Robinson designated as follows: $1,500 for books, awards assembly, & bikes; $3,100 for field trips & the Starfall software package.

Akron Bible Church donated 150 sweaters & shirts, valued at $4,000, to Seiberling to be used as incentive gifts for students & parents.

• The Society of Plastic Engineers donated $500 to East teacher, Tracy Braho, to be used for science projects.

Cheryl Arnold donated $1,000 for the East football program.

East End Welding donated $420 to the Electrical Engineering career pathway at East.

Adolph & Helga Schreiner donated $25 to the Student Activity Fund at Mason.

Brent & Gigi Wadle donated $100 to the Student Activity Fund at Mason.

Michael Hayes donated $200 to East designated as follows: $100 band percussion fund raiser & $100 cheerleaders fund raiser.

Summa Health Systems donated three vehicles valued at $6,800 to the Auto Tech lab at East.

Warren Ferrell donated $1,000 to support the reading and math programs at Seiberling.

• The GAR Foundation donated $64,150 to Seiberling for its Fostering Positive Self-Efficacy & Self-Regulation in Order to Increase Student Achievement initiative.

Rev. Donald Register donated $500 to fund the Margaret and Urile Wyche Scholarship Fund at East.

State Report Cards

Every year the Ohio Dept. of Education issues a report card with letter grades for every public school in the state. Evaluated are factors such as standardized test scores, reading competency, and graduation rates.

Listed below are the report cards for the schools of the East Cluster for the 2018-19 and 2017-18 school years.

David Hill
East High & Middle

David Hill
East High & Middle

Contact Us

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Seiberling students learn

It Pays to Listen in Class

Seiberling first grade teacher, Barb Fisher, was gratified when one of her students, Zhiouli Wilson, applied outside the classroom something she had learned inside the classroom.

Just one week before Zhiouli needed this knowledge, Ms. Fisher had spent time in class instructing her students in a Junior Fire Marshal training program sponsored by insurance company, The Hartford.

When a fire broke out at Zhiouli's home, she was trapped in the basement with no escape route.   Remembering her training, she protected herself by covering up and getting low to the floor until the Akron Fire Department arrived.

On October 11, Seiberling held an assembly to recognize Ms. Fisher and Zhiouli.   Members of the fire department were welcomed by the students, and The Hartford set up a mobile fire safety house to allow students to experience a simulated fire.

Here is the story as it appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Seiberling students welcome Akron firefighters

(Photo by Jeff Lange courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )


Ready, Set, FAFSA !

Beginning on October 1, 2019, those planning to attend college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, can begin filling out their FAFSA forms.

For assistance in completing the forms, visit the Homeroom blog created by the U. S. Dept. of Education.

For some additional info on financing a college education, visit the blog of business analyst, Jill Schlesinger.

Why Are So Many Girls
So Mean to Each Other?

No, this isn't a tag line from a promo for the movie "Mean Girls." This is an unfortunate reality facing many high school and middle school girls in this country.

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, three time as many girls as boys reported being harassed online or by text message.   To be specific, 21% of girls in high school and middle school reported being bullied in this manner compared to 7% of the boys.

The survey further showed that about one in five (20%) students overall reported being the victims of acts of bullying ranging from rumors or being excluded to threats and physical attacks.

Here is the complete story as reported by the Associated Press.


Drumming Up Support

The East band already marches to the beat of its own drums.   However, those drums are pretty beat up.

To help correct that, band director, Stephen Fassnacht, has launched a page on Donors Choose, the fund raising web site for public school teachers.   The band is seeking to purchase three new Yamaha Field-Corps bass drums.

If you would like to help the band by making a tax-deductible contribution, visit the Marching Dragons Percussion page on the Donors Choose web site.


Talent Under the Stars

Talent Under the Stars:   The caption for this posting, the theme of East's October 11 talent show, and an accurate description of the activity on the stage.


Homecoming Alumni Night

Pictured below are some of the many East alums who attended the homecoming game at Ellet Stadium on October 10.   They left the game happy because East beat Firestone 54-0.


The Wait for the Weights
Is Over

For years, athletes at East had to make do with a very inadequate weight room.   Coaches bemoaned the fact that it looked like no upgrades were on the horizon.   Now, we can cross that item off their wish list.

With thanks to Mark Murphy, Coach Dan Boarman, and their staff, the non-profit group, FullyEquipped, has refurbished and re-equipped the weight room at East.   The new facility is available to all students, faculty, staff, and athletic teams at the school.

For more info on the new weight room and additional pictures, click here.


Debt dragging you down?

Financial Coaching
Coming to Robinson

Frustrated by your financial situation?   Need some help setting up a budget, erasing some of your debt, developing a savings plan, raising your credit score?   Free professional financial coaching to help acquire these skills will be available at Robinson beginning in October.

In conjunction with the City of Akron and the United Way, the Financial Empowerment Center has been created to help citizens of Akron overcome some of their financial difficulties.

To quote the City's web site:   "For greater Akron to truly thrive, the population needs to be empowered and fiscally healthy.   Access to trustworthy and free financial services should be a public right, and the Akron Financial Empowerment Center is the first step in making that goal a reality."

For more info, or to request an appointment at Robinson or at one of the other centers, visit the United Way of Summit County web site.


What, again?

Ohio Changes Its
Graduation Requirements

Imagine a rug where the rug maker can't decide what pattern to use.   So, he uses different patterns for each section of the rug...and the patterns don't necessarily match.   That should give you an idea of the changing mosaic of graduation requirements for Ohio's public high school students.

Over the last several years, the Ohio legislature has developed the habit of constantly altering the requirements for graduation from the state's high schools.   This has caused great confusion for students, their families, and school districts.

And the legislature is still at it.   Included in the recently-enacted biennial (2-year) state budget, which took effect July 1, 2019, are yet a further set of changes that will affect the class of 2023.

To provide a little clarity, here are the current requirements for graduation for the classes of 2020 through 2023 (incoming freshmen through incoming seniors) as summarized by the Ohio Department of Education:


East Principal Finney
Placed on Admin. Leave

Vyrone Finney East Community Learning Center principal, Vyrone A. Finney, has been placed on paid administrative leave by the Akron Public School System for allegedly striking a student in the face.

The incident occured on September 19 and involved an altercation with a 15-year-old student who was in the process of being suspended.

Here is a detailed write-up of the incident as appearing on the web site.

Finney is also the head of the VAF Community Health and Wellness Foudnation.

Former Garfield and Kenmore-Garfield principal, Frank Kalain, is currently serving as interim principal at East.


Not Everyone Needs to
Go to College

No, this isn't an indictment of a college education.   Many professions require one.   However, many professions don't.

The Career Path Less Taken is a video presentation — jointly produced by PBS stations in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati — that challenges traditional notions of success by demonstrating that there are many pathways to skilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree.

Rather than inundate you here with statistics, watch the video for yourself.   It runs slightly less than 27 minutes.



Are You Vaping?

In case you're already vaping, or considering starting, it could be helpful and informative to read these current findings:

American Lung Association


Johns Hopkins Medicine

Valuable School Info

Some important things to know for the 2019-20 school year:

Code of
student behavior

College & Career

Dress code

Home Access

Inclement weather procedures

Parents' info

School supply list

Start & end times

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities



test takers

Testing dates
& deadlines

Practice tests

Ohio Graduation
Test info

Testing dates
& deadlines

Practice tests

Classroom Resources

East High
I.T. - Interactive
Media pathway

East High
Marketing Class


math students

Discovery Educ.

Homework Spot

Info Please

Khan Academy

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Because of You

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

The BULLY Project

Kind Campaign

National Bullying
Prevention Center

Sit With Us



Akron / Stark St.
Direct Connect

Career pathway
change at East


East industry

teachers honored

East's new
band director

Football signees
for 2020

Fruits & veggies

Texting & driving


class reunion

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site

Alumni Group

Class of 1968
reunion pics

Class of 1976
reunion pics


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

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

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