Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
Making the Grade
The Akron Beacon Journal has announced its new Making the Grade
This initiative will honor students and staff of Summit County schools. Two weekly winners
will be selected from the nominees.
Nominated during the second week of the project are East Middle School students
Jack Lancia and Makayla Wright.
East Sports News
Basketball Media Day
Tues., Dec. 11
Tues., Dec. 11
Thurs., Dec. 13
Sat., Dec. 15
at Helen Arnold
Thurs., Dec. 13
Thurs., Dec. 13
Thurs., Dec. 13
Fri., Dec. 14
at Akron Lanes
Fri., Dec. 14
at Akron Lanes
Cluster Students, Teachers Honored
East seniors, Jayda Peterson and Matthew Stover, along with
math and science students from other Summit County high schools, were honored on Nov. 1 at the
annual honors and awards banquet hosted by the Akron Council of Engineering and
In addition, several East Cluster teachers were awarded grants for projects they completed.
Levonia Swails and Caite Eggeman from Barber received a grant from
Bridgestone while Tracy Braho from East received two grants from the Society
of Plastics Engineers and one grant from Harwick Standard.
are details from the banquet.
WAKR's Ray Horner visited East to report on the newly-opened Firestone Complete
Auto Care Center as part of the school's Auto Tech curriculum.
Watch the video
Thanks to the following organizations and individuals who made
contributions to the schools of the East Cluster:
• Scott S. Swierkosz donated $500 for the Auto Tech Lab
• Robin Briggs donated $250 for the Student Council canned food drive
• Michael Hayes donated $1,000 to East for the IT-Interactive Media
career pathway of the school's Academy of Applied Engineering & Technology.
• Bridgestone Americas donated point-of-sale training
equipment, valued at $1,729.45, for the Bridgestone Auto Care Center at East.
• Reams Enterprises donated its services, valued at $55,000,
to build the showroom at East's Bridgestone Auto Care Center.
• Lane Valente Industries donated $4,753 worth of equipment & services
for the mechanic's area at East's Bridgestone Auto Care Center.
• KeyBank donated $4,218.40 worth of furnishings
for the financial services center being established at East.
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,
reading competency, and graduation rates.
Listed below are the report cards for the schools of the East Cluster for
the 2017-18 school year.
East High & Middle
Changes to the Changes
Class of 2019 faces more uncertainty
Instead of clarifying the requirements to graduate from an Ohio high school,
the path to that goal is more confused than ever.
More rigid requirements for graduation were supposed to be instituted for the
Class of 2019. However, it was soon realized by school districts that thousands
of this year's seniors were not on track to graduate under these new standards.
In order to avoid that outcome, the Ohio Legislature offered some alternative pathways
to graduation (see related story, bottom of this column).
But because up to one third of this year's senior class still may not meet
standards for graduation — even with these alternatives — state legislators
are considering even further adjustments to the state's requirements for graduation.
In order to address the fact that as many as one third of the members of the class of 2019 might not
meet the current standards for graduation, the Ohio House and Senate, on December 6, both voted to
approve a bill that would offer additional alternatives to qualify for graduation. The bill
has been sent to Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
Newly-offered pathways to graduation included in the bill, such as achieving a 2.5 GPA during the senior year,
maintaining good attendance, completing a capstone project, or working at a job, should help mitigate
the graduation crisis.
These alternative pathways to graduation will be extended to the class of 2020, but the 2.5 GPA will be
calculated for the junior and senior years, the capstone project will be subject to more rigorous guidelines,
and the good attendance option will be eliminated.
For further detail, read one or both of the articles below:
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Seeks Young Inventors
for 11th 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 11th 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 8, 2019.
For complete contest details, entry forms, and guidelines, visit the contest web site
If you need help completing your
application for the 2019-20 academic year, the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid
Administrators has created a FAFSA
ACT Scores Decline
So does college readiness
The American College Test
reported on October 17 that 1.9 million members of the high school graduating class of 2018
took the test. Of that number, a greater percentage of these students are not ready
for college-level work.
The average national composite score declined from 21.0 for the class of 2017 to 20.8 for the
class of 2018.
The percentage of students meeting the standards required for college work dropped in all areas
tested by the ACT: English, reading, science, and math. The level of math readiness
reached a 14-year low.
In total, 35% of the high school class of 2018 tested met none of the four subject-area standards
that determine readiness for college.
Marten Roorda, ACT Chief Executive, states, "Math specifically concerns me in a society that's becoming
more and more technological. The economy needs more students with STEM education, and good math
skills are vital to the STEM orientation."
Roorda said that the math curriculum needs to be modernized with more time spent on the subject in the classroom.
Matt Larson, immediate past President of the National
of Teachers of Mathematics, agrees. "There's a need to restructure how high-school mathematics teaching
and learning is done in the United States," he says.
For additional reference,
is the story as published in the Wall Street Journal, and
is a report published by the ACT entitled, "The Condition of Career and College Readiness."
Prospective colleigans take note:
Univ. of Akron, Stark State
Prepare to Connect
The University of
State College have announced an academic partnership called Direct Connect.
This arrangement will allow students to enroll simultaneously at both institutions.
Stark State offers associate degrees, while Akron offers associate, bachelor's, and graduate degrees.
University of Akron interim President, John Green, stated, "We are actively pursuing a path of widening
the educational pipeline in Akron."
The terms of this arrangement will allow students to transition seamlessly from earning an associate degree at
Stark to pursuing a bachelor's degree at Akron. And instead of attending Akron for those first two years
of college, students, in many areas of study, can get the same curriculum at Stark at a savings in tuition costs.
John Green noted that students with two-year degrees could use their credentials to get a job to help pay for
their bachelor's degree.
Stark State President, Para Jones, pointed out the additional benefit that Stark State students
"...will be able to start working with admission counselors, faculty advisers at the University of Akron."
In addition, Stark students participating in Direct Connect will have access to University facilities such
as Akron's libraries, recreation center, and computer labs.
is the story from the Akron Beacon Journal.
David Hill Gardens
The school gardens at David Hill have earned
from the National Wildlife
In order to qualify, a garden must offer food, water, and shelter for beneficial animals
and/or insects. A certified garden must also offer a place to raise protected
wildlife and engage in sustainable practices.
To quote the National Wildlife Federation, "Every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing
resources for wildlife locally and along migratory corridors."
To the Class of 2019:
Prepare for a
Tougher Path to Graduation
Message to the Class of 2019: You will likely have fewer paths to graduation than the class before you.
Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, seniors must complete their required course work and then meet one
of the three
- earn at least 18 points on seven end-of-course state tests
- earn an industry-recognized credential in a single career field
- achieve a remediation-free score in math and language arts on either the ACT or SAT.
Due to the concern by school districts that so many of their seniors might not graduate, the Class of 2018
was given several
pathways to graduation. The Ohio Board of Education has requested that these alternate options be extended
to the classes of 2019 and 2020.
However, Chair of the Senate Education Committee,
said in April that this is unlikely to happen. Former Ohio Board of Education member and current
Miami University trustee,
agrees that this extension should not be granted.
Said Gunlock, "I think we're shortchanging our students by not demanding more from them."
He added, "I'm all for 100 percent of our kids graduating with an education, not 100 percent of our kids
graduating just for a participation trophy."
For more information on this topic, including a profile of the Class of 2019 at Kenmore-Garfield,
this article from WKSU.
I.T. - Interactive
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