Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
The Goodyear Branch Library is looking for volunteers for its Summer Reading
Volunteers need to be at least 12 years old and available on July 12 and August 9
between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
This is a perfect opportunity for students looking for something meaningful to do
over the summer or for future college applicants to add a volunteer activity to
are further details and contact info.
Every year as graduation nears, the Akron Beacon Journal honors
Star Students from the local six-county area. Fifty semi-finalists are
narrowed down to 25 finalists.
Honored as semi-finalists from East's Class of 2017 are Gabrielle Vang
and Brandon Griffith.
Valedictorian Vang will be attending the University of Akron while salutatorian
Griffith will be attending Ohio State.
Thanks to the following organizations who made contributions to the
schools of the East Cluster:
• The $1,379.02 remaining in the student activity fund of the
East High Class of 2016 has been donated to the school's
• Akron Area Pto has donated $14,316.73 to Barber
to expand the existing playground.
• The East High Alumni Assoc. donated $1,064.00 to the school
for uniforms & equipment for the softball team.
Barber Student Leads Pledge
Barber fourth grader, Kayson Leasure,
was selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the May 22 Akron Board of Education meeting.
As an office assistant, Kayson comes to school early to help the secretary. She also welcomes
new students and shows substitute teachers to their classrooms.
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 to learn how the students turned
a one-time session of creating greeting cards into a continuing project.
Watch that video
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
Let Your Kids Slide
...but not their reading skills
In a joint partnership between the Akron Public Schools and the City of Akron,
a free reading program called "Summer Slide" is returning this year.
The program, which will run from June 12 to August 11, is designed to prevent
the already-learned reading skills of students in kindergarten through second
grade from deteriorating over the summer.
has shown that children can lose up to two months' worth of reading comprehension over a summer vacation.
Students on the east side can attend the reading sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at Mason Park
from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. To volunteer as a reader or sign up a student, call Mason Park at 330-375-2821.
are details of this summer's program.
A group of young scientists will be cooking up experiments during the week
of June 26 at Seiberling at the Mad Science Camp Eureka.
The event, part of the Akron After School program, is open to students
entering grades two through six.
Students will be given a series of challenges that must be overcome using
basic materials, simple machines, tips from world-famous inventors, and their
own intuition. Campers will create mini-light sabers, space stations,
electric flying contraptions, and more.
Camp will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from June 26 - 30.
Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be provided each day.
Registration forms are available at the Ott Staff Development Center, 65 Steiner Ave.,
or by calling 330-761-3038.
Summer Food Program
The City of Akron's Recreation Bureau announced that it will once again be
participating in the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture's Summer Food Service
The program ensures that low-income children under the age of 19 continue
to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Any family
eligible for the school lunch program will be eligible for the summer program.
The City's food program will operate from June 12 to August 17.
All of the sites will offer lunch; some will offer breakfast as well.
For questions about eligibility or for any other info about the program, contact
Food Service Program Co-ordinator, Audley McGill, at 330-375-2826 or via
For a list of food sites, types of meals served, and serving times, click
Want to Learn to
Out-Hack the Hackers?
U. of Akron offers
degree in cybersecurity
Beginning with the 2017 fall semester, the University of Akron's College of
and Technology will offer a bachelor's degree in
— the first such degree to be offered by any public university in the state of Ohio.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts the market for cybersecurity experts will grow 18%
between 2014 and 2024, a much faster rate than most occupations. The median annual
salary in the field is $92,600.
The University said in a news release that the new degree is in response to a strong demand
from businesses for professionals who can protect data, computers, and networks from threats.
Students in the cybersecurity track will learn about computer network configuration, computer
network and data security, network intrusion prevention and detection, as well as computer
networking forensics, and digital forensics.
Spring Student Athletes Honored
East softballer, Amanda Sabo (pictured below third from the left), was among
eight Akron Public School students honored at the June 12 Board of Education meeting.
Amanda and the other students were recognized for being spring sports
participants while maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average.
Drumming Up Enthusiasm
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. recently concluded its first ever week-long program
of volunteering in the area involving more than 1,100 of its local employees.
Employee volunteers performed such tasks as installing smoke alarms in homes,
cleaning buildings and properties, holding a bike safety rodeo, and hosting
six professional development workshops for non-profit organizations.
Present to help kick off Goodyear's volunteer initiative was the percussion
section from the East band.
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
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