Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
State of the Schools
Akron Public Schools Superintendent, David James, delivered his State of
the Schools message on Feb. 15 at Quaker Square.
The text of the address can be read
Thurs., Mar. 2
2:45 to 6:45 p.m.
Thurs., Mar. 2
2:35 to 6:35 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 21
Middle & high school
3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Mar. 2
2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 23
2:45 to 6:45 p.m.
(Mason's interim pick-up has already taken place.)
East Sports News
Middle school spring
sports coaches mtg.
Wed., Feb 22
Ott Center Room 208
Alliance Div. I
Wed., Mar. 1
at Youngstown East
Akron Div. I
Canton McKinley 83
Mason Student Leads Pledge
Mason sixth grader, Ra'Miyah Peters,
was selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Feb. 13 Akron Board of Education meeting.
Ra'Miyah, who plays the viola, is working on perfect attendance for this school year.
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 C.L.C. to learn how the students turned
a one-time session of creating greeting cards into a continuing project.
Watch that video
Thanks to the following organizations who made contributions to the
schools of the East Cluster:
• The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation awarded Robinson
a $3,000 grant for grades K & 2 to fund a science, technology, engineering,
art, & math program for the current school year
• The Dayton Foundation donated 120 book bags filled with
school supplies for Mason
• MedCo donated 100 book bags filled with school supplies
• International Soap Box Derby donated $500 to support
the band programs 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,
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
East JROTC says
Thank You, LeBron
The 40 members of the East High Marine Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
were pleasantly surprised at the school's winter sports assembly on February 3.
Thanks to the LeBron James Family
all the members of East's JROTC program will be sporting new scarlet track suits along
with matching Beats headphones.
The gift was part of the Foundation's ongoing "Earned, Not Given" uniform donation
program to the Akron Public Schools. Said Michelle Campbell, executive director
of the Foundation, "It's all about giving back; that's really important to [LeBron]."
The JROTC has performed the "earned" part of the equation by sponsoring blood drives
at the school three times a year and drilling for vets at the Louis Stokes VA Medical
Center in Cleveland. In addition, Corps members arrive at school every morning
at 6:45 for training and practice before beginning their regular classes.
Read the article appearing in the Akron Beacon Journal by clicking
(Photos by Leah Klafczynski courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )
Coming to a school near you
Ohio's (Latest) New
Ready for yet another overhaul of the public education system?
Well, you won't have long to wait.
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student
Succeeds Act (ESSA). This will replace the No Child Left Behind Act.
The purpose of ESSA is to shift the focus away from federal oversight of
primary and secondary education and to allow greater flexibility on the
part of states and local school districts.
ESSA requires each state to develop it own plan. And to that end, Ohio
has released a
of its plan which is currently available for public review and comment through
For additional detail, visit the Ohio Department of Education web site
David James Appointed
to Study Group
Reviewing Ohio's new grad requirements
Akron Public Schools Superintendent, David James, has been appointed by Ohio
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, to a state-wide committee
studying Ohio's new high school graduation requirements.
The group is reviewing the new standards scheduled to take effect with the
graduating class of 2018. The concern is that the new standards are so
rigid that they may prevent thousands of students from graduating.
The study committee consists of principals, teacher union representatives, a parent,
Ohio Board of Education members, and others. A complete list of committee
members and additional details is available
Additional background on this subject is available in the two articles immediately below.
Ohio Board of Ed. Decides
Not to Decide
Grad requirements in limbo
New graduation standards, passed by the state legislature in 2014, require students to
accumulate at least 18 out of a possible 36 points from end-of-course testing or other
alternatives in order to earn a diploma. District school officials have warned
that up to 1/3 of the class of 2018 is not on track to graduate under these new standards.
With new, more rigorous graduation requirements looming for the class of 2018, the Ohio
Board of Education voted at its Dec. 13, 2016, meeting to form a committee to further study the problem.
Some Board members wanted to lower the standards, but those proposals were rejected.
Data released by the Ohio Department of Education on Dec. 13 showed that students in low-poverty
suburban schools were most likely to meet the new graduation requirements while children attending
poor urban schools and charter schools were least likely to meet the new benchmarks.
"Suburban and rural districts will probably be OK, but this is a disaster for urban districts,"
according to State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell).
A Columbus Dispatch
provides additional detail on the Board's meeting. In addition,
is an article and podcast from Cleveland radio station WCPN.
(See related article immediately below)
New Graduation Testing
Class of 2018 first to be affected
Public school officials around the state are expressing concern over the new
testing requirements for high school graduation being implemented by the Ohio
Department of Education.
Some superintendents have estimated that as many as one third of the class of 2018
(next year's seniors) are at risk of not graduating due to failure to meet the new
The current requirement for graduation, the Ohio Graduation Test, is being phased
out. This year's senior class will be the last class to take that test.
In addition to accumulating a minimum of 20 course credits, next year's seniors
must also meet one of the following
- earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points on seven end-of-course state tests, or
- demonstrate workforce readiness by means of a state-approved test, or
- achieve a certain level of scoring on either the ACT or SAT college admission exams.
Columbus Dispatch article offers some further detail.
BEST Medicine Fair
Seeks Student Innovators
The seventh annual BEST (Bridging Engineering, Science, and Technology) Medicine
Engineering Fair will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the National
Inventors Hall of Fame (STEM) School at 199 S. Broadway in downtown Akron.
The fair, hosted by the College of Engineering at the University of Akron, is designed
to inspire students to participate in the biomedical engineering and medical science fields.
The BEST Medicine fair is open to all students in grades 6-12 in
any public, private, parochial, or home school. All BEST Medicine projects should
include an engineering approach to solve a medical problem.
Registration for the fair opens on January 2, 2017. Deadline for registration
is February 10.
In addition to the other cash prizes and scholarships, there will be two $150 cash awards
for the best entries from Akron Public School students. One is for the best high
school entry; the other, for the best entry from grades 6-8.
For complete fair guidelines, project ideas, and resources, click
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click
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