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Cluster
Calendar

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 here.



Interim
Grade
Pick-ups

Barber
Thurs., Mar. 2
2:45 to 6:45 p.m.

David Hill
Thurs., Mar. 2
2:35 to 6:35 p.m.

East
Tues., Feb. 21
Middle & high school
3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Robinson
Thurs., Mar. 2
2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Seiberling
Thurs., Feb. 23
2:45 to 6:45 p.m.

(Mason's interim pick-up has already taken place.)



East Sports News

Coaches

Middle school spring
sports coaches mtg.
Wed., Feb 22
4:00 p.m.
Ott Center Room 208


Boys Basketball
Varsity
Alliance Div. I
District Tournament

Wed., Mar. 1
7:00 p.m.
at Youngstown East

Junior Varsity
Season concluded

Freshmen
Season concluded

Middle School
Season concluded


Girls Basketball
Varsity
Akron Div. I
District Tournament

East 24
Canton McKinley 83

Season concluded

Junior Varsity
Season concluded

Middle School
Season concluded


Bowling
Girls
Season concluded

Boys
Season concluded



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.

(Additional detail here.)



Video Corner

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 here.


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 here.



Thank You

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 for Seiberling

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.

2015-16

Barber
David Hill
Mason
Robinson
Seiberling
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 Foundation, 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 here.



(Photos by Leah Klafczynski courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )

 


Coming to a school near you

Ohio's (Latest) New
Education Plan

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 draft of its plan which is currently available for public review and comment through March 6.

For additional detail, visit the Ohio Department of Education web site here.

 


David James Appointed
to Study Group

Reviewing Ohio's new grad requirements

David James 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 here.

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 article provides additional detail on the Board's meeting.   In addition, here is an article and podcast from Cleveland radio station WCPN.

(See related article immediately below)

 


New Graduation Testing
Causes Concern

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 standards.

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 additional requirements:

  • 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.

This 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 here.

 


 

Alumni
Corner

class reunion

Alumni Night

Class of 1976
reunion pics

Class reunion
information

East High Alumni
Association web site



Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities

College
alternatives




Standardized
Testing
info

test takers

ACT
Testing dates

Practice tests

AIR
AIR Assessment

OGT
Ohio Graduation
Test info


SAT
Testing dates

Practice tests



Valuable School Info

Some important things to know for the 2016-17 school year:

Start times

Dress code

School supplies

Parents' handbook

Home Access
Center



DECA Data

Some resources for the East High Marketing classes:

Central Region
Leadership Conference


National DECA

Ohio DECA

2016-17 competitions

School store
order form


Jacket order form

Area real estate

[M]SPIRE.org

emma

Junior Achievement

Burton Morgan Fdn.



Recent
Stories

Bio-med careers

Common college application

FAFSA changes

Ohio school
report cards


Robinson adopted

Texting & driving

Vaccination
requirement



Homework
Helpers

math students

Dictionary.com

Discovery Educ.
(Science)


Homework Help Desk

Homework Spot

Info Please

Khan Academy

Math.com

MathHelp.com

Time for Kids

Tutor.com



Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me


The BULLY Project

Geo Listening

stopbullying.gov

StopCyberbullying



East
Cluster
Resources

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

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What is a Cluster?

seven clusters The Akron Public Schools are divided into seven neighborhood groups or clusters — each headed by the high school located within that cluster.   The rest of the cluster is made up of the middle school that feeds into that high school and the various elementary schools that feed into that middle school.   The clusters were formed to increase community identity within a large school system.

The East Cluster schools work among themsevles, and with parent and community groups, to develop a partnership to best serve our student population.

The cluster concept helps to make a large school system much more personal and responsive to the needs of its students, parents, and the larger community.   The East Cluster has always been a very active, engaged cluster with great school and community pride.

 
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