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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.

Meal Program to Continue

The Akron Public Schools will continue its free breakfast and lunch meal distribution program into the summer.

Grab-and-go bags, available to all children between the ages of 1 and 18, can be picked up at any of 37 neighborhood school buildings from Mon. through Thurs., between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., on a drive-up or walk-up basis only.

For complete details, read the Akron Beacon Journal article here.

East Cluster Sports


On June 18 Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that high school athletes around the state would be able to begin contact practices starting on June 22.

This move is considered a Phase II towards high schools being able to begin their fall sports seasons on schedule.

Phase I involved permitting schools to begin conditioning drills on May 26.

New Student Registration

Registration has begun for students who are new or returning to the Akron Public Schools for the 2020-21 school year.

Registration can be accomplished on-line or done in person at the Admimistration building at 10 N. Main St.

Here are complete details about registering your student.

If you need assistance with the process, call the school district's Family Engagement Center at 330-761-2810.

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.

Some Artsy Stuff

Instrumental Music

July 23 & 24
East band leaders report to school

July 27 - Aug. 27
East summer band camp
8:00 a.m. - noon
(dates are tentative)

Last year's band camp

Thank You

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

• The GAR Foundation donated $14,000 to East to support increasing student performance in core content areas.

State Report Cards

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

Listed below are the report cards for the schools of the East Cluster for the 2018-19 and 2017-18 school years.

David Hill
East High & Middle

David Hill
East High & Middle

Contact Us

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East Cluster E-mail

e-mail in motion


DeWine's Plan to
Open Ohio's Schools

Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, announced on July 2 the outline of his plan to reopen Ohio schools this coming academic year.

To quote from his press release:
"We know that each school system, and perhaps each school building, will likely look different in the fall.   We also know that Ohio has a long history of local control and that school administrators and teachers know their schools best.   Working together and consulting with educators and other health officials, we have developed a set of guidelines, backed by science, that each school should follow when developing their reopening plans."

Highlights of the Governor's plan include temperature checking, sanitizing school buildings, hand washing, social distancing, and wearing face masks.   Keep in mind, these are general guidelines, because each school district will create its own detailed plan.

For those of you wanting complete info on the State's guidelines, here is the "Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts," and here is the "COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio's K-12 Schools."

Meanwhile, here are the recommendations for the Akron Public Schools as prepared by a local task force of teachers, parents, and administrators.   These recommendations will be discussed at the July 13 school board meeting.

Here is Akron Superintendent, David James, reviewing the above recommendations for Akron schools during his July 1 podcast with Ray Horner of WAKR.


Bridging the Way
to Kindergarten

If there's a student in your household who will be starting kindergarten this fall at one of the five East Cluster elementary schools, you might want to continue reading.

Project GRAD Akron is accepting applications for its Bridge to Kindergarten Program.   To protect the health of students and teachers, this year's effort will be completely virtual.

The program is open to students who will be enrolled in kindergarten at Barber, David Hill, Mason, Robinson, or Seiberling this fall.

The Bridge program is designed to increase school readiness for incoming kindergartners and involve parents in the process.   Since this year will be strictly virtual, each participating family will be given a Chromebook computer complete with internet access.

This summer's program will operate from July 27 to August 14.   There is no cost to participate, but students must be registered by no later than July 5.

If you have questions, call 330-761-3113 or contact Project GRAD via e-mail.


Summer Youth
Virtual Education Program

From the official press release:

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro has announced registration is underway for a new program designed to assist county youths this summer.   The 2020 Summer Youth Virtual Education Program is available to qualifying youths between the ages of 16-18 who have not yet graduated from high school.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this new program is online-only and, for this year, replaces the traditional summer youth program previously administered by the Department of Job and Family Services.   Due to constrained funding, opportunities in this program will be very limited.   Registration will close once the program has reached capacity.

Each youth participant may earn up to $500 if all programming is completed as assigned and required. Interested youths' parent or guardian must register online for a first-come, first-served chance to participate.

Here are complete details for the summer program including an on-line registration form.


East Band News

Here are some important announcements from East band director, Mr. Fassnacht, who says, "We are planning on marching band as normal and will adjust to COVID as needed.   Go Dragons!"

  • Band leaders, selected from recent applications, will report to school on July 23 & 24.
  • Summer band camp is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 27.   Camp will operate on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon until the beginning of the school year.
  • Information will be sent out very soon to 8th grade parents regarding participation in marching band.

Depending on the status of the CoViD-19 virus and decisions made by the Akron Public Schools, some of these dates may need to be adjusted.


College bound?

Get Ready to Pay More

Not totally unexpected but not welcome either.   Three local colleges will be increasing their tuition costs for the upcoming academic year.   How much?

  • University of Akron - There will be a 2.1% increase
    for incoming freshmen at the main campus.
  • Kent State - There will be a 4.1% increase for new students.
  • Stark State - There will be a $5 per credit hour
    increase for all students.

All three public institutions, as well as others around the state and across the country, are facing the same financial problems.   They are experiencing delayed or deferred enrollment by students concerned about the coronavirus pandemic and are facing large cuts in state aid caused by state budgets facing reduced tax revenue.


East Cluster students:

You Have Been Missed;
You Will Be Missed

Here are some end-of-the-school-year video messages from several of the Cluster schools.   Included are graduation videos from East.

U. of Akron Makes
ACT, SAT Optional

For this year's high school senior class

The University of Akron has announced that the use of standardized test scores will be optional as a factor for admission for the incoming class of 2020-21 (this June's high school grads).

The University's announcement states: "Applicants may choose to include these scores [ACT and/or SAT] if they wish, but test scores will not be required.   UA wants to be as accessible as possible to students who are deciding late in the year to attend the University this fall."

In addition, the University is waiving application fees and moving back to August 1 the deadline to apply for admission.

For additional detail, here is the story as reported in the Akron Beacon Journal.   And here is the web site for the University's Admissions Office.

SUMMER SCHOOL UPDATE: The University of Akron has announced that classes for all summer sessions will be conducted online.   Here is a schedule showing the beginning and ending dates for all summer sessions.

RELATED STORY: The massive University of California system has announced that it is suspending the standardized testing requirement for admission until at least the fall of 2024.




Gov. DeWine's
current update

Ohio Dept. of Health

Harvard Global
Health Inst.


Cleveland Clinic

Johns Hopkins

Mayo Clinic

Teen survivor No. 1

Teen survivor No. 2

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities



test takers

Testing dates
& deadlines

Practice tests


Testing dates

Ohio Graduation
Test info

Testing dates
& deadlines

Practice tests


math students

Discovery Educ.

Homework Hotline

Homework Spot

Info Please

Khan Academy


Akron / Stark St.
Direct Connect

to college

Changes to

Family resource center

Financial coaching
at Robinson


Improve your
ACT score

Latest graduation

Mean girls

Some Facts
About Vaping

In case you're already vaping, or considering starting, it could be helpful and informative to read these current findings:

American Lung Association


Johns Hopkins Medicine

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Because of You

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

The BULLY Project

Kind Campaign

National Bullying
Prevention Center

Sit With Us



class reunion

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site

Alumni Group

Class of 1968
reunion pics

Class of 1976
reunion pics


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

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