Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
East High Band
Mon., Sept. 1
East Akron Labor Day parade
Fri., Sept. 5
Football at Coventry
Fri., Sept. 12
Football at Lake
(Times shown are when band members need to report — not the time of the event.)
A. A. P. recommends:
Later School Start Times
Got sleepy teens at home or during the school day? The American Academy of
Pediatrics (A.A.P.) suggests that a later morning starting time for schools would
help the situation.
In a statement released August 25, the A.A.P. finds that chronic sleep loss
for middle and high school students has increasingly become the norm.
"Chronic sleep loss in children and adolescents is one of the most common — and easily
fixable — public health issues in the U.S. today," said pediatrician Judith Owens, MD,
FAAP, lead author of the policy statement.
By delaying school start times until at least 8:30, part of the problem of lack of sleep could
be eliminated. (East Middle School begins at 8:00 while East High starts at 8:15.)
Studies cited by the A.A.P. show that most U.S. middle and high school students don't get the
recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep on school nights. Add to that the fact that more
than 40% of U.S. public high schools start classes before 8:00 a.m., and you can see why there
are so many sleep deprived teens.
To read the full text of the A.A.P. statement, click
How's Your Student Doing?
Want to know for sure?
Would you like to be able to go on-line and see how your student is doing
in class? Check on a class assignment? Verify his or her
You can do all this and more through the Akron Public Schools' Home Access
Center. To sign up, you will need access to a computer with internet
capability, have a valid e-mail account, and be on file as your child's parent or
To get details as to how to sign up and answers to your questions, visit the
District's Home Access Center page by clicking
is a copy of the home access manual.
Some Student Loan Rules Relaxed
Less penalty for financial debt
Curently, some college-bound students and their parents are excluded from
the federal government's direct student loan program becuase of bad debt.
Under new guidlines announced by the U. S. Dept. of Education on Aug. 6,
some of those regulations will be relaxed. The amount of excusable
bad debt will be increased, and the length of time such debt will be taken
into account will be shortened from five years to two.
These changes could make possible up to 370,000 additional student loans under
the direct loan program.
Said U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, "These changes allow us to continue
to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and open the doors of college to ensure all
students have the opportunity to walk through them."
is an Associated Press article with additional detail.
Artist in Residence
East art teacher
wins local art competition
East C.L.C. art teacher, Thomas Bagiackas, placed first in this year's
"2014 Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air" art competition.
The contest, sponsored by the Greater Akron
drew 48 entries from 23 area artists who gave their own interpretations of various
locations in the city of Akron.
Bagiackas' winning entry, "Three Days in June," along with the other submissions,
were on display at Summit Artspace
at 140 E. Market St. through August 16.
To see a larger representation of Bagiackas' entry, and the other top-placing paintings,
visit the Akron Area Arts Alliance
O.G.T. Being Phased Out
New graduation requirements
to be implemented
Over the next three years, the Ohio Graduation Test (O.G.T.) is being phased out as a
requirement for high school graduation in Ohio. Critics of the test complain that
it was not a good measure of what a high school grad should know — that it
actually measured academic skill on an 8th-to-10th grade level.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2018 (incoming ninth graders), the state of Ohio
will employ a more effective and varied method of measuring the academic credentials
of its high school graduates.
Ohio House Bill 487 — passed by both houses of the Ohio legislature on June 4 and
signed by Gov. Kasich on June 16 — is the source of these changes.
Members of the class of 2018 will be required to pass seven end-of-course exams
(English, math, science, U. S. history, government) before being allowed to graduate.
Students enrolled in advanced placement or international baccalaureate classes would not need
to take the end-of-course exams for those subjects.
An added provision of H.B. 487 will allow students in eleventh grade to take the ACT or SAT
college admission test free of charge.
Below are two newspaper articles giving more detail on the subject:
Nordonia Hills News-Leader
The Akron Public School System has published back-to-school info for all
its students for the 2014-15 school year.
to learn about school hours, dress codes, school supply lists, food programs, and busing.
East High Sports
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click
Keeping Plugged In
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