Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
East Sports News
Thurs., April 20
Tues., April 18
at Erie Island
Sat., April 22
vs. Rootstown (DH)
at Reservoir Park
Mon., Apr. 24
Thurs., April 27
vs. Firestone & Kenmore
Wed., April 26
Thurs., April 27
vs. Firestone & Kenmore
Wed., April 26
Tues., Apr. 25
Middle & high school
3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
State of the Schools
Akron Public Schools Superintendent, David James, delivered his State of
the Schools message on Feb. 15 at Quaker Square.
The text of the address can be read
Mason Student Leads Pledge
Mason sixth grader, Ra'Miyah Peters,
was selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Feb. 13 Akron Board of Education meeting.
Ra'Miyah, who plays the viola, is working on perfect attendance for this school year.
WAKR's Ray Horner visited Mr. Hawkins' welding class at East High
to explore the job opportunities that will be available to these students
when they graduate.
Watch that video
WAKR's Ray Horner visited Barber C.L.C. to learn how the students turned
a one-time session of creating greeting cards into a continuing project.
Watch that video
Thanks to the following organizations who made contributions to the
schools of the East Cluster:
• First Congregational Church of Akron made a gift of $8,019.00
to Mason for the purchase of 30 Chromebook computers and a charging cart
• The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation awarded Robinson
a $3,000 grant for grades K & 2 to fund a science, technology, engineering,
art, & math program for the current school year
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 2015-16 school year.
East High & Middle
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FAFSA applicants beware:
Your Tax Data
May Have Been Hacked
Any students and their families who have applied for college aid through the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may have unwittingly shared
their income tax data with hackers.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced April 6 that the data of as many
as 100,000 taxpayers might have been accessed illegally. These breaches
occurred when hackers posing as student applicants used the Data Retrieval Tool
along with stolen tax information to apply for student aid.
The Data Retrieval Tool allows applicants to import income tax data directly
into their FAFSA application.
The IRS does not expect the Data Retrieval Tool to be secure and operable until October.
For further info, read the New York Times article
East Middle schoolers
Try to Keep Afloat
Seven Akron middle schools and two high schools took part in this year's
cardboard canoe race held in the Firestone High School pool.
Middle schoolers' boats are constructed with 3-foot-by-3-foot cardboard boxes
(dontaed by River Valley Paper Co.), one roll of plastic wrap, and two rolls
of duct tape.
Firestone engineering teacher, Dan Spak, stated, "As a STEM activity...we look at
center of gravity. We look at construction practices...but more
importantly, what we want to do is take those concepts and make them come alive
for the students."
Pictured below are East 8th graders Jonathan Knox (L) and Jacob Hinkle.
(Photos by Karen Schiely courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student
Succeeds Act (ESSA). This will replace the No Child Left Behind Act.
The purpose of ESSA is to shift the focus away from federal oversight of
primary and secondary education and to allow greater flexibility on the
part of states and local school districts.
ESSA requires each state to develop it own plan. Ohio orginally planned
to submit its plan to the federal government on March 6.
However, on March 14 Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DiMaria,
reported that the state will delay its submission to the feds until September in
order to achieve "..."greater unity and a clearer sense of direction."
DiMaria commented further that "There is a clear voice out there for less testing."
Excessive testing — some of it used exclusively to evaluate teachers — was the top
concern expressed about the proposed ESSA plan during public hearings held around the state.
For additional detail, read the Columbus Disptach article
East JROTC says
Thank You, LeBron
The 40 members of the East High Marine Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
were pleasantly surprised at the school's winter sports assembly on February 3.
Thanks to the LeBron James Family
all the members of East's JROTC program will be sporting new scarlet track suits along
with matching Beats headphones.
The gift was part of the Foundation's ongoing "Earned, Not Given" uniform donation
program to the Akron Public Schools. Said Michelle Campbell, executive director
of the Foundation, "It's all about giving back; that's really important to [LeBron]."
The JROTC has performed the "earned" part of the equation by sponsoring blood drives
at the school three times a year and drilling for vets at the Louis Stokes VA Medical
Center in Cleveland. In addition, Corps members arrive at school every morning
at 6:45 for training and practice before beginning their regular classes.
Read the article appearing in the Akron Beacon Journal by clicking
(Photos by Leah Klafczynski courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )
Ohio Board of Ed. Decides
Not to Decide
Grad requirements in limbo
New graduation standards, passed by the state legislature in 2014, require students to
accumulate at least 18 out of a possible 36 points from end-of-course testing or other
alternatives in order to earn a diploma. District school officials have warned
that up to 1/3 of the class of 2018 is not on track to graduate under these new standards.
With new, more rigorous graduation requirements looming for the class of 2018, the Ohio
Board of Education voted at its Dec. 13, 2016, meeting to form a committee to further study the problem.
Some Board members wanted to lower the standards, but those proposals were rejected.
Data released by the Ohio Department of Education on Dec. 13 showed that students in low-poverty
suburban schools were most likely to meet the new graduation requirements while children attending
poor urban schools and charter schools were least likely to meet the new benchmarks.
"Suburban and rural districts will probably be OK, but this is a disaster for urban districts,"
according to State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell).
A Columbus Dispatch
provides additional detail on the Board's meeting. In addition,
is an article and podcast from Cleveland radio station WCPN.
(See related article immediately below)
New Graduation Testing
Class of 2018 first to be affected
Public school officials around the state are expressing concern over the new
testing requirements for high school graduation being implemented by the Ohio
Department of Education.
Some superintendents have estimated that as many as one third of the class of 2018
(next year's seniors) are at risk of not graduating due to failure to meet the new
The current requirement for graduation, the Ohio Graduation Test, is being phased
out. This year's senior class will be the last class to take that test.
In addition to accumulating a minimum of 20 course credits, next year's seniors
must also meet one of the following
- earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points on seven end-of-course state tests, or
- demonstrate workforce readiness by means of a state-approved test, or
- achieve a certain level of scoring on either the ACT or SAT college admission exams.
Columbus Dispatch article offers some further detail.
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