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Part 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.

East Sports News

East 0
Trinity 10

East 3
Trinity 13

Thurs., April 20
4:30 p.m.
at Mogadore

Junior Varsity
Tues., April 18
4:15 p.m.
vs. Buchtel
at Erie Island

Ellet 20
East 7

Sat., April 22
10:00 a.m.
vs. Rootstown (DH)
at Reservoir Park

Middle School
Mon., Apr. 24
vs. Kent
at home

Boys Track
East 21
Firestone 106

Thurs., April 27
4:00 p.m.
vs. Firestone & Kenmore at Ellet

Middle School
Wed., April 26
4:00 p.m.
vs. Kent
at Ellet

Girls Track
East 24
Firestone 106

Thurs., April 27
4:00 a.m.
vs. Firestone & Kenmore at Ellet

Middle School
Wed., April 26
4:00 p.m.
vs. Kent
at Ellet


Tues., Apr. 25
Middle & high school
3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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.

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:

First Congregational Church of Akron made a gift of $8,019.00 to Mason for the purchase of 30 Chromebook computers and a charging cart

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

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.


David Hill
East High & Middle

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FAFSA applicants beware:

Your Tax Data
May Have Been Hacked

Any students and their families who have applied for college aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may have unwittingly shared their income tax data with hackers.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced April 6 that the data of as many as 100,000 taxpayers might have been accessed illegally.   These breaches occurred when hackers posing as student applicants used the Data Retrieval Tool along with stolen tax information to apply for student aid.

The Data Retrieval Tool allows applicants to import income tax data directly into their FAFSA application.

The IRS does not expect the Data Retrieval Tool to be secure and operable until October.

For further info, read the New York Times article here.


East Middle schoolers

Try to Keep Afloat

Seven Akron middle schools and two high schools took part in this year's cardboard canoe race held in the Firestone High School pool.

Middle schoolers' boats are constructed with 3-foot-by-3-foot cardboard boxes (dontaed by River Valley Paper Co.), one roll of plastic wrap, and two rolls of duct tape.

Firestone engineering teacher, Dan Spak, stated, "As a STEM activity...we look at center of gravity.   We look at construction practices...but more importantly, what we want to do is take those concepts and make them come alive for the students."

Pictured below are East 8th graders Jonathan Knox (L) and Jacob Hinkle.


(Photos by Karen Schiely courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )


Ohio's ESSA
Submission Delayed

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.   Ohio orginally planned to submit its plan to the federal government on March 6.

However, on March 14 Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DiMaria, reported that the state will delay its submission to the feds until September in order to achieve "..."greater unity and a clearer sense of direction."

DiMaria commented further that "There is a clear voice out there for less testing."

Excessive testing — some of it used exclusively to evaluate teachers — was the top concern expressed about the proposed ESSA plan during public hearings held around the state.

For additional detail, read the Columbus Disptach article here.


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 )


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.




class reunion

Alumni Night

Class of 1976
reunion pics

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities



test takers

Testing dates

Practice tests

Ohio Graduation
Test info

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


Some resources for the East High Marketing classes:

Central Region
Leadership Conference

National DECA


2016-17 competitions

School store
order form

Jacket order form

Area real estate



Junior Achievement

Burton Morgan Fdn.


Bio-med careers

Common college application

FAFSA changes

Ohio school
report cards

Robinson adopted

Texting & driving



math students

Discovery Educ.

Homework Help Desk

Homework Spot

Info Please

Khan Academy

Time for Kids

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

The BULLY Project

Geo Listening



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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