Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
East High Sports
Dec. 27 Akron Basketball Classic
Varsity - 5:45 p.m.
Dec. 20 Elms
JV - 1:00 p.m.
Varsity - 2:30 p.m.
Seiberling Student Leads Pledge
Seiberling sixth grader and honor roll student, Dorian Keys,
was selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Nov. 24 Akron Board of Education meeting.
Dorian has been on the honor roll at Seiberling every grading period of every year.
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East Students Honored
East High seniors, Cathy Farrance and Kyle Jacot, along with
math and science students from other Summit County high schools, were honored on Nov. 6 at the
annual honors and awards banquet hosted by the Akron Council of Engineering and
Yearbooks for the 2013-14 school year can be picked up in the
office during school hours.
Remembering the Holocaust
Akron's Annual Arts and Writing Contest
The City of Akron is sponsoring it's 27th annual Holocaust Arts and Writing
Contest. This year's theme is "Helpers and Bystanders: Rescue and Indifference."
Competition in the fields of writing, multi-media, or visual
arts is open to any student living in Summit County in grades 6 - 12.
Deadline for submitting an entry is 6:00 p.m. on January 30, 2015.
Prizes will be awarded at Akron's Hollocuast Commemoration on April 14.
Complete contest details, previous winners and examples of their work,
and other contest resources are available at the City's Holocaust web site
Extra Time in College Is Costly
Most students don't finish in four years
A recent study by Complete College America
entitled "Four-Year Myth" concluded that the large majority of full-time college
students in the U.S. do not graduate in four years.
This increased time in the classroom costs students and their families thousands of
additional dollars in college-related expenses and student loans.
Said Complete College America President, Stan Jones, "Student loan debt has for the
first time topped one trillion dollars — more than credit card and auto loan debt
In addition, staying in college longer causes students to delay entering the workforce
thus resulting in lost earnings.
The study also indicates that only 50 of the more than 580 four-year public colleges and
universities report four-year graduation rates equal to or greater than 50% for full-time
To help remedy this situation, Complete College America advocates a different kind of GPS
for students. This GPS, Guided Pathways to Success, would provide students with the
most direct route to graduation and career.
College majors would be organized into a systematic set of required courses and electives
that would lead to on-time graduation.
To read the report in detail, click
(Immediately below is an article detailing the University of Akron's effort to see
students earn their degrees in a more timely manner.)
Message to prospective college students:
Akron U. Urges You to
"Finish in Time"
The University of Akron wants students to step up their course loads and complete
their studies in a more timely manner. To spread this message, the University
has launched its "Finish in Time" video promotional campaign.
The University is urging students to take at least 15-16 credit hours per semester.
As an incentive, the University is allowing students to take up to 16 credit hours for
the same tuition cost as 12 credit hours.
Completing a degree in four years instead of five can save a student nearly $13,000
in tuition and fees and will allow students to graduate sooner and with less accumulated debt
is an Akron Beacon Journal article with more detail on the video campaign.
Less Testing for Ohio Students?
H.B. 228 would limit testing time
If you think there's too much testing in Ohio schools, the Ohio House of
Representatives agrees. By an 88-4 margin, the House passed House Bill 228
on November 20.
H.B. 228, which would limit the time spent on state-mandated standardized tests to four hours
per subject per school year, now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration.
Said bill co-sponsor, Andrew Brenner of the 67th House District, "This bill was supported by
pretty much everyone, people on the ground: the parents, the teachers, the superintendents."
The bill may not see any action in the Ohio Senate until the new 131st Ohio General Assembly
convenes in January.
For more detail on H.B 228,
is an article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
A Longer School Year in Ohio?
A long shot in the legislature
If it were up to State Sen. Eric
the school year in Ohio would last an additional 38 days for public and charter school students.
In the closing days of the 130th Ohio General Assembly, Sen. Kearney, of Ohio's 9th
senatorial district, has introduced
If enacted into law, this bill would increase the number of days Ohio students are required
to attend class from 182 to 220.
Said Kearney, "My goal is to make Ohio students competitive in the global marketplace.
In the world's leading economies, students go to school substantially longer than students in Ohio."
He cited the fact that students in China are in class 260 days; in Japan, 243 days; in Germany,
240 days; and in South Korea and Australia, 220 days.
Ohio students would still get a summer vacation but only for the month of July and part of August.
For more information on Sen. Kearney's legislation,
the news report from Cincinnati television station, WCPO.
Why A.P.S. Students
It is Akron Public School (A.P.S.) policy to transfer students to another school
when they are involved in such serious student code of behavior violations as bringing a weapon to
school, assaulting a teacher, or assaulting another student.
Such transfers out occured 287 times last school year. Most transfers were from
Buchtel (36), East (31), Kenmore (26), and Garfield (24). It should be noted
that the figures for Buchtel and East include both middle and high schools since
those campuses are comprised of grades 7-12. The other five A.P.S. high schools
are grades 9-12.
Of those 287 transferred out, nearly 240 were sent to another Akron Public School. East
received 17 such transfers in.
For more information on student transfers,
the recent Akron Beacon Journal article.
is the A.P.S. code of student behavior.
Read Any Good Books Lately?
Futurist, entrepreneur, and PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel, has written a
sort of self-help book for innovators entitled Zero to One.
Thiel contends that there are still vast horizons to explore and new inventions
to create. He states that further innovation will come about not by competing
with already-established business but by starting businesses that are unique.
This book is probably best suited for bright middle schoolers and above.
Below are two reviews of Zero to One:
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