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East Cluster Newsletter

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East Cluster 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 Cluster Sports

The Ohio High School Athletic Assoc. has announced the division breakdowns and regional playoff assignments for the coming football season.

East will remain in Region 9 of Division III.

Here are the division assignments for area schools.

The OHSAA has also released the division assignments for both boys and girls basketball for the 2022-23 season.

Both programs at East will continue to be in Division II.

Here are the division assignments for area schools.

Fri., Aug 19
7:00 p.m.
at Jackson

Cross Country
2022 schedule TBA

2022 schedule TBA

Music & Such

Instrumental Music
Marching band

July 25-29
East summer band camp
8:00 a.m. - noon

Aug. 1-12
East summer band camp
Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 15-19
East summer band camp
8:00 a.m. - noon

Thank You

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

Bradley McClain donated 12 gift cards, valued at $300, to Barber to be awarded to winners of the annual spelling bee and math competitions. donated 19 books, valued at $312.35, to Ms. Suarez' 4th grade class at Seiberling. The books will serve as source material for a class project on dog sled racing and the Iditarod

Altrusa International of Akron donated 130 National Geographic books, valued at $1,000, to Mason. The gift, in honor of Heather Mitchell, will be used as reference material in the school library.

• The GAR Foundation donated $10,000 to Mason to fund the Monarch Outdoor Classroom.

Diane Zupke donated $5,000 to the East Middle School library.

Local College Info

Academic calendars

Univ. of Akron
Kent State
Stark State

Campus news

Kent Stater
Stark State News

Campus tours

Univ. of Akron
Kent State
Stark State
Walsh Univ.


(Medical and scientific information taken only from reputable sources — not from social media gossip.)


Johns Hopkins

Mayo Clinic

Summit County
Public Health

State Report Cards

Every year the Ohio Dept. of Education issues a report card for every public school and school district in the state. Evaluated are factors such as standardized test scores, reading competency, and graduation rates from the previous school year.

As a result of Ohio Senate Bill 89, the report cards will no longer carry letter grades.

Here is some background on the currently-issued report cards.

Here is the report card for the Akron Public School District. Below are the report cards for each of the East Cluster schools.

David Hill
East High & Middle

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No Gun-Totin' Teachers
in Akron Schools

Despite newly-enacted Ohio law, the Board of Education for the Akron Public Schools has voted to prohibit bringing any dangerous weapons into any school within the district.   The vote at the June 27 Board meeting was 7-0.

Board President N.J. Akbar stated, "Arming our staff will not solve the gun epidemic that we see in this country."   He continued, "Our schools are not the place for this risky experiment so we need our school buildings to be gun- and drug-free zones..."

Here is the official statement issued by the school district.

Ohio Substitute House Bill 99 was passed by both houses of the Ohio Legislature and was signed into law on June 13 by Gov. Mike DeWine.

The new law allows Ohio school districts to arm employees.   And any armed school employee can bring a gun into a school setting after only 24 hours of training.


Summer Meal Program

The Akron Public Schools is again offering a free summer meals program from June 13 through August 15.

The program ensures that all children under the age of 19 continue to receive nutritious meals on weekdays during summer break.   Meal guests need not be Akron Public School students.   All meal sites will be closed July 4-8.

All meal sites will offer lunch; some will also offer breakfast.

Both breakfast (8:15-9:15 a.m.) and lunch (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) will be served at these East Cluster schools: East, Mason, Robinson, and Seiberling.

For more information about the summer meal program, including menus, click here.


Make the Most of
Summer Vacation

The Akron Public School System is offering a wide range of activities to keep its students busy over the summer through a program called The Summer Experience: Choose Your Adventure.

Options range from mystery camps for elementary students to robotics camps for middle schoolers to ACT test prep camps for high schoolers.

To explore these and dozens of other options for the summer, click here.


East JROTC Cadets
Visit Washington, D.C.

The cadets of the East Marine Corps JROTC recently spent four days in the nation's capital learning about the history and traditions of the U. S. Marine Corps and of this country.

A very meaningful part of the visit included a trip to Arlington National Cemetary where the cadets viewed the grave of 2004 East grad and Purple Heart awardee, Cpl. Derek Wyatt.   Wyatt was killed in 2010 while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan.


New Band Uniforms

In a surprising — and welcome — move at its April 25 meeting, the Akron Board of Education authorized an expenditure of $77,602.50 to provide new band uniforms for East, Buchtel, and Garfield (recently Kenmore-Garfield).

An additional amount of $23,917.45 was authorized by the Board for the purchase of hat plumes, raincoats, and garment bags for the bands of the three schools.

That left the bands with the pleasant task of selecting their new uniforms.   East narrowed it choices to the two options below (only difference is the logo on the hat).   Option B-1 was selected.

The logo on the shoulders reads "Akron East Dragons."


Recipes from Robinson

Hungry?   Looking for a different meal experience?   Try whipping up a dish as featured in the Robinson Community virtual cook book.

The foodies at Robinson have collected favorite recipes from staff, students, school families, and members of the community.

Dishes include Cajun chicken, egg casserole, salmon fillets, stuffed pepper soup, lemon brownies, and many more selections.

Take a look for yourself and be tempted.


His Future Is Electric

Aiden Christian, an Electrical Engineering student in the Bridgestone Academy of Applied Engineering and Technology at East, has been awarded a scholarship from the Electrical League of Ohio.

He was presented with his award during his recent participation at the electro expo held at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Aiden, second from the right, talks with some of the exhibitors at the expo.


How Would You Spend
$96,000,000 ?

Here's how Akron schools will

The Akron Public School District has $96,000,000 in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to spend.

This is money from the federal government as part of its CoViD-19 stimulus funding and must be spent by September 30, 2024.

The administration for the school district released it plans for spending these funds at the May 23 school board meeting.   Attendees included about 100 Akron teachers.

Examples of spending priorities include expansion of course offerings, reductions in class size, expansion of mental health and counselling services, and upgrading and repairing school buildings.

Pictured below, offering comments on the district's spending plans, is Barber third grade teacher, Ann Merendino.

Ann Merendino

(Photo by Mike Cardew courtesy of Akron Beacon Journal)



Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities


News from the Super

School superintendent, Christine Fowler Mack


School building

Board of

General info


meeting agenda

Valuable School Info

Some important things to know for the 2022-23 school year:

College & Career

Registration & enrollment

The Summer Experience

Summer meal program


test takers

Testing dates
& deadlines

Practice tests


Testing dates

Ohio Graduation
Test info

Testing dates
& deadlines

Practice tests


to college

Career in

FAFSA news

Financial literacy
for students

Gun violence

SAT changes

Student loan info

Zips Affordability Scholarship


math students

Discovery Educ.

Homework Spot

Info Please

Khan Academy

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

The BULLY Project

Kind Campaign

National Bullying
Prevention Center

Sit With Us



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

where to?


class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site

Alumni Group

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