Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
East High Sports
Oct. 16 @ 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 @ 10:00 a.m.
Oct. 17 @ 1:00 p.m.
at Goodyear Metro
Oct. 17 @ 1:00 p.m.
at Goodyear Metro
Tournament info TBA
East High Band
Fri., Oct. 9
Football vs. Buchtel
at Akron U.
(Times shown are when band members need to report — not the time of the event.)
WAKR's Ray Horner interviewed head football coach Marques Hayes and
some of his players as well showed some plays from the Lake game.
Watch the video
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5th graders to study
Cuyahoga River Watershed
Seiberling has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dominion K-12 Educational
This grant will enable Seiberling fifth graders to take part in a four-day learning
experience at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education
During the four days, students will engage in lessons centered around the Cuyahoga River
which will incorporate science, math, language arts, social studies, and technology.
The Dominion K-12 Partnership annually awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in
an effort to develop learning situations that will strengthen math and science skills by
studying energy and the environment.
To see a list of grants awarded, including 17 in Ohio, click
Ohio Dept. of Ed. announces:
Four Fewer Hours
of Standardized Testing
In an effort to address the concerns about too much time being spent on standardized
testing in the state's schools, the Ohio Department of Education has announced that
an average of four fewer hours of testing will be required this spring for students
in grades 4 through 9.
This decrease in testing time will be possible as Ohio incorporates new testing for
English and math as provided by the American Institutes for Research (AIR).
These tests will replace the previous ones provided by the Partnership for Assessment
of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
(See related story at the bottom of this column)
The average time spent on PARCC testing last school year was between 5 and 5.75 hours
each for English and math.
The AIR tests will average between 2.5 and 3 hours for math and between 3 and 3.5 hours
Each of the state's school districts will select its own 10-15-day testing period between
April 4 and May 13 of 2016.
For additional info about these changes,
read the Dayton Daily News article
East Marketing Students
Outside the Classroom
is a world-wide organization for high school and college marketing students.
The sponsor for the East High chapter is Marketing teacher, Mrs. Susan Schutte.
Mrs. Schutte will be making a presentation at this year's Central Region Leadership
in Kansas City in November and, knowing that they would benefit by attending the conference,
would like to take several of her students with her.
While the Akron Public Schools will pay for Mrs. Schutte's travel, there are no such
provisions to cover the students' expenses. Therefore, the students decided raise
the money necessary for the two-day trip on their own.
As part of their fund-raising effort, the students have started a Go Fund Me
Any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated.
At the conference, East Marketing students will have the opportunity to attend learning labs,
visit exhibits offering college and career information, get tips on enhancing their own
chapter, and have the opportunity to network with 1,800 members of DECA chapters from
around the central region.
New Rules for FAFSA
Current juniors first class to benefit
On September 14, the Obama Administration announced major
to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for students seeking
financial assistance to attend college.
Under current guidelines, FAFSA applications are not available until January of the student's
senior year of high school. However, most college-interested seniors begin applying to
college much earlier in the school year — usually in the fall.
Beginning in 2016, the FAFSA will be available in October of that year as opposed to the usual
January of the following year.
A second major change is the manner in which IRS tax data is used on the FAFSA. Currently, the
family's tax return from the previous full year is required.
Let's examine an imaginary family to see what these changes look like.
Anthony is a member of the high school class of 2016. The FAFSA is not
available to him until January, 2016. However, he has already started applying to colleges
in the fall of his senior year (2015).
The FAFSA for 2016 requires family income tax data from the 2015 calendar year (the most recent full
year available). Most W-2s, 1099s, etc. will not be received in the home until late January of 2016.
The family's tax return may not be submitted for weeks or months after that (filing deadline is April 15).
And since the FAFSA cannot be submitted until this tax data is complete, theoretically, Anthony could
be accepted to a college before he has any idea of what level of funding is available to him through FAFSA.
Let's look at Anthony's younger sister, Ashley, whose FAFSA experience will be much different.
Ashley is a member of the 2017 graduating class. She will be able to get the FAFSA in
October of her senior year. In addition, she can use the family's tax return from 2015 — the
same one her brother had to wait for.
This ability to use the tax return from two years prior to Ashley's college enrollment will enable her to
complete and return her FAFSA well ahead of receiving any college acceptance letters.
is some additional info from National Public Radio regarding the changes to FAFSA.
East High welders
You Have a Job Waiting
The message to students in the East High welding program is that there is
a job waiting for you.
Estimates by the American Welding Society indicate that by the year 2024
there will be a shortage of about 400,000 welders in the U.S.
An article on the web site
states that this shortage "...is due both to a lack of incoming skilled
welding operators, as well as the aging population of the current welding workforce..."
The average age of welders in this country is currently 57.
The welding curriculum at East is a two-year program designed primarily for
juniors and seniors. After successfully completing the program at East, some students
opt for advanced training while others go directly to jobs in the area.
For more detail about welding classes at East,
is a video produced by a member of the I.T. class at Ellet.
Come Up for AIR
Wide dissatistaction with the PARCC
Even before the first round of testing was complete, parents, teachers, students,
and administrators expressed dissatisfaction with the
Ohio's choice of Common Core testing for math and language arts as provided by the
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
The tests required an inordinate amount of preparation and testing time, and forced
many school districts to spend heavily to upgrade their technology in order to
accommodate the PARCC test.
As part of the two-year Ohio budget for fiscal 2016-17 — passed by both houses
of the legislature and signed by Gov. Kasich on July 1 — the contract with
PARCC will not be renewed.
from the American Institutes for Research will become Ohio's choice of Common Core
testing for math and language arts. They already supply Ohio with non-Common Core tests
for science and social studies.
The announcement of this change was made on July 1 by Richard Ross, State
Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Board of Education, in a conference
call to the media.
While the PARCC test was administered twice during the school year, the AIR will be
given only once beginning in the spring of 2016.
For additional info and detail about how these changes will affect the Akron Public Schools,
read the Akron Beacon Journal article
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