Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
Student Board of Ed. Rep
Senior, Kyrice Brunson, will serve again this year as the high school student member on the Akron Board of
Education representing East.
Kyrice also served as a student Board member as a junior.
In addition, Kyrice will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the November 16 Board of Education meeting.
Thanks to the following organizations and individuals who made
contributions to the schools of the East Cluster:
• The Ohio Lottery Comm. has donated the following to Robinson:
≻ A $1,000 gift card at Office Depot to be used for school supplies;
≻ 220 drawstring backpacks valued at $2,357.60;
≻ 14 items of sports memorabilia, valued at $3,000, to be used for school fundraisers.
• Michael Hayes donated $2,300 to East to be used as follows:
≻ $300 for the Marine Corps JROTC drill team;
≻ $600 for the Choir's keyboard fundraiser;
≻ $500 for the Athletic Dept.;
≻ $900 for the band.
• Trinity Lutheran Church has donated the following to Robinson:
≻ $715 for teachers to use as student incentives;
≻ $1,300 to cover the cost of renewal of Raz Kids & Starfall software;
≻ teaching supplies to assist with on-line learning, valued at $5,625.65;
≻ $200-worth of gift cards for teachers to use as student incentives.
• The GAR Foundation donated $14,000 to East to support increasing
student performance in core content areas.
East Cluster Sports
The Akron School Board has voted to allow for winter sports to take place
OHSAA winter sports attendance
Second Team Offense
Second Team Defense
Meal Program to Continue
The Akron Public Schools will continue its free breakfast and lunch meal distribution program as of September 9.
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, including all East Cluster schools.
Meal pick-up will be available Mon. through Fri., between 10:00 a.m. and noon, on a drive-up or walk-up basis only.
For complete details, read the Akron Beacon Journal article
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.
Due to the CoViD-19, the 2019-20 in-person school year was interrupted in March; and state standardized
tests were cancelled.
Consequently, the report cards for the 2019-20 school year are a bit sketchy. There are no letter grades, and
some of the data is incomplete.
are the report cards for all of the Akron Public Schools.
is some background info on last year's report cards.
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Making the Grade
Each year the Akron Beacon Journal recognizes deserving students from area school districts through their Make the Grade
project. A Teen of the Month is selected from a group of nominees.
One of the nominees for the current month is East senior, Alison Lee. And the Teen of the Month, selected from that
group of nominees, is another East senior, Jonah John Melendres Kristan (pictured below).
Read Jonah's story
Computers Gone Astray
conducted by Cleveland television station Fox 8 has determined that 1,553 devices (Chromebooks, wi-fi "hot spots," etc.),
distributed by the Akron Public Schools to its students, are unaccounted for and considered missing or stolen.
These notebook computers with internet access were given to students to allow them to continue their classes remotely while Akron
school buildings are closed due to the CoViD-19 pandemic.
Director of Communications, Mark Williamson, reports, "I think we have to keep in mind, we have a population of a couple thousand [students]
without homes and move a lot. We have many others with a high mobility rate who move a lot. We have many students who don't
have typical family structures."
The school district files a police report for every missing or stolen computer.
Akron Public Schools
Delays Re-opening Buidlings
Start of winter sports also delayed
Akron Public Schools Superintendent, David James, issued a letter to staff on November 20 announcing
that any potential re-opening of the district's buildings will be delayed due to a "...frighteningly rapid increase in
COVID cases here in Ohio and in the nation."
The school district is also amending its plans to offer in-person help to students struggling with remote learning.
That assistance was scheduled to begin on November 30. No date has been determined for the resumption of that service.
In addition, the beginning of winter sports has been paused until at least the middle of December.
James stated, "Even with our usual diligence and sound, strategic planning, we are at the mercy of this virus."
For additional detail,
the story appearing in the Akron Beacon Journal.
(This decision by the superintendent negates or modifies some of the information in the two Board of Education articles immediately below.)
Board Gives OK
for Winter Sports
With some restrictions
At a special meeting held on November 2, the Akron Board of Education voted to allow winter sports to begin immediately.
This decision will apply to varsity and junior varsity teams.
Highlights of the Board's decision are:
- The Board voted 5-2 to allow the start of contact sports (basketball and wrestling) with requirements for weekly CoViD-19 testing.
- They voted 4-3 to allow the start of non-contact sports (bowling and swimming) with no requirement for testing.
- Each participating athlete will be allowed two tickets to give to spectators of their choice.
- According to the school district's athletic director, Joe Vassalotti, the City Series event sites (Buchtel, Ellet, and Firestone
for basketball; East and North for westling) will be limited to 15% spectator capacity and were selected because they have proper ventilation
and the space to allow for social distancing guidelines.
Board President, Patrick Bravo, stated, "This is an extremely difficult decision that this Board made; and, as you can see,
it was not a unanimous decision. And so there's a responsibility and a trust that we are placing in our student athletes,
our coaches, our parents, and our families."
If you're interested in viewing the entire virtual Board meeting, you can
it on YouTube.
For a condensed version,
the article as reported in the Akron Beacon Journal.
Board of Ed. decides
Second Nine Weeks of School
Will Remain Virtual
One of the victims claimed by the recent surge in
infections in Ohio is the hope that Akron Public School students
would be able to return to the classroom during the second nine-week grading period of the 2020-21 school year.
At its October 26
the Akron Board of Education voted 7-0 to continue virtual (remote) learning but to also implement a "Remote Plus" plan
recommended by Superintendent David James.
Under this plan, students who are having difficulties with the
virtual education format will have in-person help available
beginning on November 30. The new grading period began
on November 11.
is some additional detail on the October 26 Board meeting as reported in the Akron Beacon Journal.
Akron Board of Education
Supplying the Students
In the top picture below, educational assistants, Angela Leasure and Debbie Clifton, are seen assembling nearly
300 bags of school supplies for distrubution to Barber students.
The lower picture shows the drive-through distribution. And, as you can see, everyone involved in the
process was masked for the safety of those around them.
It's Time to FAFSA
Beginning on October 1, 2020, those planning to attend college between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, were able
to start submitting their
applications. The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is
the gateway to receiving financial aid for college.
For assistance in completing the application, visit the
blog created by the U. S. Department of Education.
For some additional info on financing a college education, visit the
Remeber, the first "F" in FAFSA stands for "free." There is no charge to submit an application.
A Veterans Day Salute
From the East virtual choir
Sometimes, during these days of CoViD-19-forced virtual learning, we lose sight of the fact that education
is still taking place.
As evidence of this, Mrs. Megan Meyer and members of the East C.L.C. Combined Virtual Choir have created this musical
of "My Country 'tis of Thee." Not an easy task to co-ordinate 40-some singers from 40-some locations and
create a unified production.
Although this video was created primarily for Veterans Day, it is uplifting to listen to any time.
Classroom Resources for:
I.T. - Interactive
Business & Entrepreneurship
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click