Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
WAKR's Ray Horner visited Barber to see how their new
handicap-accessible playground is being put to use by the students.
Watch that video
Karmyn, a sixth grader at Seiberling, has been selected as one of the
Akron Beacon Journal Kids With Character.
is Karmyn's story.
East Sports News
Brian Dawson has been named as boys head varsity basketball coach at East.
He previously served as boys varsity assistant at East and most recently
as boys head varsity coach at Kenmore.
Read additional info about the coaching changes in the City Series in
Akron Beacon Journal article.
Fri., Oct. 27
at Warren Howland
Division III, Region 9
Sat., Oct. 28
vs. Warren Howland
City Series Championship
Div. II District
East Band News
Mons. & Thurs.
Fri., Oct. 27
Report @ 4:30 p.m.
Every year the band marches in the East Akron
Labor Day Parade.
is video from this year's parade. The band appears at about the 3:15 mark.
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 2016-17 school year.
East High & Middle
Thanks to the following organizations and individuals who made
contributions to the schools of the East Cluster:
• Michael Hayes donated $1,150.00
to East to be used as needed by the band and Athletic Dept.
• The East High Alumni Assoc. donated $500.00
to support activities of East's Marine Corps JROTC program.
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send us an e-mail.
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Looking for High School Videographers
Who are looking for scholarship money
The Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Ohio Council on Economic Education are
again sponsoring the Take Action Video Contest for Ohio high school students.
Contest winners can earn scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.
Students are asked to create an informational video — 58-62 seconds in length —
dealing with either smartphone privacy, social network scams, or creating strong passwords.
Deadline for submissions is December 8.
Complete details about the contest can be found
Two new bills seek to
Curb Bullying in Ohio Schools
Two new anti-bullying bills have been introduced into the Ohio Legislature:
one by State Representative, David Greenspan (R-Westlake); the other, by State Senator,
Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland).
Greenspan's House Bill
would do the following to enhance anti-bullying measures already in place in some schools:
- the bully would have to attend a community service program;
- the bully would have to accept counseling from the school; and
- schools would have to offer tutoring to the bully so that he/she doesn't fall behind as a result of their suspension.
Williams' Senate Bills
would involve a six-step process:
- Step one is a warning
- Step two requires peer mediation
- Step three requires calling a parent or guardian into the process
- Step four is an in-school suspension
- Step five is an out-of-school suspension
- Step six would refer the case to a juvenile prosecutor.
Both legislators in both houses argee that their bills are similar are willing to work together to make
one effective piece of legislation.
For some additional detail,
is video and text on Greenpsan's bill from station WDTN in Dayton, and
is the same for Williams' bills from station Fox8 in Cleveland.
College & Career Academy
Choices for East
College and Career Academies
of Akron will transform our traditional high schools into innovative models that prepare
students for the future and produce graduates ready to work in high-demand, sustainable career fields.
The six traditional Akron Public high schools (Buchtel, East, Ellet, Firestone, North, and the
newly-merged Garfield-Kenmore) will be converting to the academy model beginning with the 2019-20
school year (today's 8th graders). North has already begun the transition.
In the academy model, students are placed in smaller learning groups and are taught with an eye
towards a specific career field. Academies allow students to choose a path of study such as
engineering, health care, or information technology. They will still learn math, science,
English, and social studies, but will do so within the theme of their academy.
The Academies are designed to produce grads who have the job skills that area employers are seeking.
Career pathways must lead to high-demand, high-paying jobs as determined by
an Akron-based non-profit whose motto is "connecting work to prosperity."
After a series of local meetings over the summer at each of the high schools, where preferences for
career options were expressed, the design committee
a finalized list of career pathways to the Akron Board of Education at its September 25 meeting.
The career pathways selected for East are:
- Automotive technology
- Business and entrepreneurship
- Electronic engineering
- Health care
- Information Technology support services
are the career pathways for all the schools.
Class of 2018 Given
More Ways to Graduate
By new state budget bill
The 2018-19 biennial budget bill for the state of Ohio, which took effect July 1, 2017,
contains some important changes in graduation requirements for members of the Class of 2018.
Up until now, in addition to accumulating a minimum of 20 course credits, this year's seniors
would also have to achieve one of the following:
- earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points (out of a possible 35) on seven end-of-course state tests
- demonstrate workforce readiness by means of a state-approved test
- achieve a certain level of scoring on either the ACT or SAT college admission exams.
However, under provisions contained in the new budget bill, if seniors do not achieve at least 18 test points,
they could still graduate by meeting any two of nine other requirements:
- 93% attendance during their senior year
- a 2.5 GPA in at least four full-year, senior-year courses
- a senior-year capstone project
- 120 hours of senior-year work or community service
- three credit hours via College Credit Plus
- passage of an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate class and exam
- a level three score on each of three components of the WorkKeys test
- industry credentials totaling at least three points in Ohio's system
- receive an Ohio Means Jobs readiness seal.
A second provision would create a pathway to graduation for students who complete a four-course
career technical training program, and are either proficient on the technical exams, earn 12
points of credentials, or work 250-plus hours with positive evaluations.
Senate Education Committee Chair, Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), said that earning required course
credits should outweigh test results, especially for this class, which has been through so much change.
"It takes several years for kids to become accustomed to a new test, and for teachers to know how to
prepare students for it," said Lehner. "You'll always see kids do worse at the beginning of new tests.
...because graduation is dependent on this, that's pretty high stakes, so it seems only fair to give these
kids in the beginning an opportunity."
Many educators have suggested that up to 30% of Ohio's Class of 2018 would not graduate under the existing system.
is some additional detail from the Ohio Dept. of Education web site.
Earn A's and B's in high school...
Earn Scholarship Money
to Attend Kent State
In some families, students earn money for getting good grades.
State University wants to award Akron Public School (A.P.S.) students up to $1,200 a year
in scholarship money for their good grades.
Kent State, in conjunction with San Francisco-based company,
is offering a maximum of $4,800 in scholarship money over four years to A.P.S. students
who earn A's and B's in college prep and Advanced Placement classes.
A.P.S. students can start accruing scholarship credit beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
And since the program is retroactive, a student can get credit for qualifying grades beginning
with their ninth grade year.
For additional detail, read the Akron Beacon Journal article
State Report Cards Issued
for the 2016-17 school year
The Ohio Department of Education released the state's 2016-2017 school
on September 14.
There are six components that comprise the letter grades given to school districts and
individual schools throughout the state. Those six components are:
- test score achievement
- performance index
- closing the achievement gap
- graduation rates
- grades K - 3 literacy
- perparation for success.
To see the grades for the schools of the East Cluster, scroll down in the left column
of this web site to the "School Report Cards" posting.
The Akron Public Schools received an overall "F" grade using the six scoring components
listed above. David James, Akron Schools Superintendent, stated, "No one's happy when
you look at the number of indicators met."
In referring to his district's scores, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO, Eric Gordon,
said "We have a long way to go. No one here is celebrating."
For some additional detail,
is an article and audio from radio station WCPN and
is an article from the Dayton Daily News.
at David Hill, Mason, & Seiberling
At its August 28 meeting, the Akron Board of Education accepted a grant for
$174,410 to provide fresh fruit and vegetables twice a week for
nine of the district's schools.
Benefiting from the grant in the East Cluster are David Hill, Mason, and
The grant, designated for the district's
of Child Nutrition,
was awarded by the Ohio Department of Education's
for Child Nutrition, and follows the guidlines provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable
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