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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 relating to the schools of the East Cluster.

East Sports News

Boys Basketball
East 36
Cent. Catholic 39

Tues., Jan. 23
7:00 p.m.
vs. Buchtel
at home

Junior Varsity
East N/A
Cent. Catholic N/A

Tues., Jan. 23
5:30 p.m.
vs. Buchtel
at home

Middle School
Mon., Jan. 22
4:00 p.m.
at Jennings

Girls Basketball
Buchtel 45
East 35

Mon., Jan. 22
6:30 p.m.
at Kenmore-Garfield

Beacon Journal spotight on G'Vahn Pace

Junior Varsity
Buchtel 39
East 14

Mon., Jan. 22
5:00 p.m.
at Kenmore-Gaarfield

Middle School
Mon., Jan. 22
4:00 p.m.
vs. Jennings
at home

Hoban 2,028
East 1,554

Wed., Jan. 24
4:00 p.m.
vs. Kenmore-Garfield
at Akron Lanes

Hoban 2,306
East 2,338

Wed., Jan. 24
4:00 p.m.
vs. Kenmore-Garfield
at Akron Lanes

Video Corner

The annual Akron City Series Basketball Media Day was held on Nov. 14. Coaches from each of the conference's six schools discussed their their boys and girls teams' prospects for the coming season.

Watch the video here.

Watch the City Series football champion East Dragons beat Buchtel 21-20 by clicking here.

WAKR's Ray Horner visited Barber to see how their new handicap-accessible playground is being put to use by the students.

Watch that video here.

Karmyn has

Karmyn, a sixth grader at Seiberling, has been selected as one of the Akron Beacon Journal Kids With Character.

Here is Karmyn's story.

East Band News

Mons. & Thurs.
After-school practices
3:08-4:00 p.m.

Parade video
Every year the band marches in the East Akron Labor Day Parade.

Here is video from this year's parade. The band appears at about the 3:15 mark.

Thank You

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

Adam Rosenberger of 3M donated a school supply pack valued at $3,455.00 to David Hill to be used as needed as determined by the principal.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron donated $1,000.00 to Robinson for books.

Michael Hayes donated $1,000.00 to East High for the proposed spring trip to Chicago for the combined choir, DECA chapter, & Hospitality students.

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 2016-17 school year.


David Hill
East High & Middle

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East Cluster E-mail

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esreveR Raffle

This year's East High Alumni Association reverse raffle will be held on Thursday, February 15, at Guy's Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Rd.   The grand prize will be $2,500.

Doors open at 6:00; dinner will be at 7:30.

Proceeds from the raffle help support academic, athletic, and club activities at East.

For further details and contact information, click here.


Computer Science
May Be Offered
as a Grad Requirement

In place of Algebra II

To high schoolers who fear having to pass Algebra II to graduate, the Ohio Legislature may have come to your rescue.   On December 22, Gov. Kasich signed HB 170 into law.   This bill will allow students to substitute advanced computer science for Algebra II as a graduation requirement.

The new law also requires that the Ohio Department of Education adopt K-12 standards for computer science and have a model curriculum in place by July 1, 2018.

One of the reasons for this legislation is summed up in a study made by Google that shows that Ohio graduated only 1,137 computer science majors last year while nationwide there are more than 520,000 job openings in the field.

A commenter in the Youngstown Vindicator stated, "Awesome move!   My company already can't find enough U.S.-based programmers.   And now that bonehead in the White House is making it so difficult to bring talent onshore that we are very close to shipping these jobs overseas."

Amended language in HB 170 requires that parents must be notified and sign a consent form stating that they understand that by not taking Algebra II, their student might not meet the requirements for entry into some universities.

The decision to offer computer science classes in lieu of Algebra II will be left up to individual school districts.   If you would like to express your views on this subject to any of the members of the Akron Board of Education, click here.

For additional info on this subject, read the article in Education Week.


Class of 2018 Given
More Ways to Graduate

By new state budget bill

The 2018-19 biennial budget bill for the state of Ohio, which took effect July 1, 2017, contains some important changes in graduation requirements for members of the Class of 2018.

Up until now, in addition to accumulating a minimum of 20 course credits, this year's seniors would also have to achieve one of the following:

  • earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points (out of a possible 35) on seven end-of-course state tests
  • demonstrate workforce readiness by means of a state-approved test
  • achieve a certain level of scoring on either the ACT or SAT college admission exams.

However, under provisions contained in the new budget bill, if seniors do not achieve at least 18 test points, they could still graduate by meeting any two of nine other requirements:

  • 93% attendance during their senior year
  • a 2.5 GPA in at least four full-year, senior-year courses
  • a senior-year capstone project
  • 120 hours of senior-year work or community service
  • three credit hours via College Credit Plus
  • passage of an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate class and exam
  • a level three score on each of three components of the WorkKeys test
  • industry credentials totaling at least three points in Ohio's system
  • receive an Ohio Means Jobs readiness seal.

A second provision would create a pathway to graduation for students who complete a four-course career technical training program, and are either proficient on the technical exams, earn 12 points of credentials, or work 250-plus hours with positive evaluations.

Senate Education Committee Chair, Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), said that earning required course credits should outweigh test results, especially for this class, which has been through so much change.

"It takes several years for kids to become accustomed to a new test, and for teachers to know how to prepare students for it," said Lehner.   "You'll always see kids do worse at the beginning of new tests. ...because graduation is dependent on this, that's pretty high stakes, so it seems only fair to give these kids in the beginning an opportunity."

Many educators have suggested that up to 30% of Ohio's Class of 2018 would not graduate under the existing system.

Here is some additional detail from the Ohio Dept. of Education web site.

--- UPDATE ---
At its January 9 meeting, the Ohio Board of Education voted 16-1 to urge the Ohio Legislature to extend the graduation requirements established for the class of 2018 to include the classes of 2019 and 2020.

Read the Columbus Dispatch story here.


BEST Medicine Fair
Seeks Student Innovators

The eighth annual BEST (Bridging Engineering, Science, and Technology) Medicine Engineering Fair will be held Saturday, March 18, at the National Inventors Hall of Fame (STEM) School at 199 S. Broadway in downtown Akron.

The fair, hosted by the College of Engineering at the University of Akron, is designed to inspire students to participate in the biomedical engineering and medical science fields.

The BEST Medicine fair is open to all students in grades 6-12 in any public, private, parochial, or home school.   All BEST Medicine projects should include an engineering approach to solve a medical problem.

Registration for the fair opened on January 2.   Deadline for registration is February 9.

In addition to the other prizes offered, there will be two $200 cash awards for the best entries from Akron Public School students.   One is for the best entry from grades 9-12; the other, for the best entry from grades 6-8.

For complete fair guidelines, project ideas, and resources, click here.


Polymer Academy
Seeks Young Inventors

for 10th annual Rubber Band Contest

The Akron Global Polymer Academy at the University of Akron is looking for students in grades 5-8 with elastic minds for the 10th annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors.

The contest is divided into two divisions:   Arts & Leisure and Science & Engineering.   The goal of the competition is to come up with a working invention or piece of art that uses at least one rubber band.

More than $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded with the first place winners in each division earning $600 apiece, and runners-up in each division earning $300 apiece.   All entries must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2018.

For complete contest details, entry forms, and guidelines, visit the contest web site here.


Seiberling Remembers

The death of a classmate can be difficult to understand and cope with for elementary school-age students.

The fourth-grade class at Seiberling experienced such a death a year ago in the loss of their classmate, Shanice Riley.   Shanice, her mother, father, and older sister died in a fire at their home.

As the school looked for a way to honor Shanice's memory, sixth-grade teacher, Lisa Yanchek, suggested creating a calming sensory room where students can go to deal with problems at school, at home, or just to work off some extra energy.

The room, call The Safe Space, and created with funds donated by the Seiberling PTA, offers soft lighting, a trampoline, cushions, and journals for students to express their feelings.   At the entry to the room, there is a plaque honoring Shanice.

Memories of Shanice were shared in a presentation at the school on December 21.

remembering Shanice Riley


A bright idea

Help Seiberling
While Making Your Home
More Energy Efficient

Seiberling has an opportunity to win $2,500 while helping to make area homes more energy efficient. The school is participating in First Energy's Energy Efficiency Kit program.

Every home ordering one of these free kits, and entering Seiberling's promo code, will give the school a chance to win the grand prize.   The school with the most kits ordered by the end of the school year will be awarded $2,500.

Each kit consists of a variety of LED light bulbs, two night lights, and a glow ring toy.   These bulbs use less energy and will help reduce your electric bill.

To order a kit for your household, click here.   If you prefer, you can call 1-855-343-6600 to order your kit.   Kits will be delivered by the U. S. Postal Service.

And most important of all, don't forget to use Seiberling's promo code, FEOH1718, when placing your order.




class reunion

Alumni Group

Class of 1976
reunion pics

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site


math students

Discovery Educ.

Homework Spot

Info Please

Khan Academy

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities



test takers

Testing dates

Practice tests

Ohio Graduation
Test info

Testing dates

Practice tests


Scholarship News
The Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales at the Univ. of Toledo offers a one-time annual scholarship. Details are here.

Some resources for the East High Marketing classes:

National DECA


Competitive events

School store
order form

Jacket order form

Area real estate




Junior Achievement

Burton Morgan

Engagement Ohio

Listen to how two friends ignored the odds and started their business, Rent the Runway, which allows customers to rent designer apparel.

Cathy Hughes went from being a teen-age mother to the owner of Radio One. Listen to how she did it.

Here is a clever marketing pitch to Amazon from the city of Gary, Indiana.

Valuable School Info

Some important things to know for the 2017-18 school year:

Inclement weather procedures

Dress code

school supply list

Barber school
supply list

Parents' handbook

Student code
of conduct

Home Access

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

The BULLY Project

Geo Listening

National Bullying
Prevention Center



Anti-bullying bills

Bio-med careers

College & career


Earn scholarship $
for K.S.U.

eSports come to
Akron U.

Free tuition
for future

Ohio Bd. of Ed.
wants less testing

State report cards

Texting & driving


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

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What is a Cluster?

six clusters The Akron Public Schools are divided into six neighborhood groups or clusters — each headed by the traditional 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.

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

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