Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
Fri., Oct. 25
at Ellet Stadium
Sat., Oct. 26
Wed., Oct. 23
vs. Youngstown South
Div. I District
Div. I District
Div. II Sectional
Fri., Oct. 25
Football vs. North
at Ellet Stadium
Report @ 4:00 p.m.
On the Stage
Mon., Oct. 14
Winter play practice begins
Other Artsy Stuff
Childrens' Concert Society
Oct. 16 & 17
Concert Hall Series
Akron Civic Theatre
Akron Art Museum
Oct. 19 - Feb. 2
Open World: Video Games & Contempo Art
Univ. of Akron
School of Music
Rubber City Theatre
Thanks to the following organizations and individuals who made
contributions to the schools of the East Cluster:
• Peak Physical Medicine LLC donated $200 to Barber
to be used to purchase school incentives for the students.
• St. Victor's Catholic Church donated 120 back packs with school supplies,
valued at $1,000, to Barber.
• The Hilton Garden Inn Akron donated $962.25 to Robinson for a field trip &
Thanksgiving luncheon for grades K-2.
• Trinity Lutheran Church donated $4,600 to Robinson designated as follows:
$1,500 for books, awards assembly, & bikes; $3,100 for field trips & the Starfall software package.
• Akron Bible Church donated 150 sweaters & shirts, valued at $4,000, to Seiberling
to be used as incentive gifts for students & parents.
• The Society of Plastic Engineers donated $500 to East teacher, Tracy Braho,
to be used for science projects.
• Cheryl Arnold donated $1,000 for the East football program.
• East End Welding donated $420 to the Electrical Engineering career pathway
• Adolph & Helga Schreiner donated $25 to the Student Activity Fund at Mason.
• Brent & Gigi Wadle donated $100 to the Student Activity Fund at Mason.
• Michael Hayes donated $200 to East designated as follows:
$100 band percussion fund raiser & $100 cheerleaders fund raiser.
• Summa Health Systems donated three vehicles valued at $6,800 to the Auto
Tech lab at East.
• Warren Ferrell donated $1,000 to support the reading and math
programs at Seiberling.
• The GAR Foundation donated $64,150 to Seiberling for its
Fostering Positive Self-Efficacy & Self-Regulation in Order to Increase
Student Achievement initiative.
• Rev. Donald Register donated $500 to fund the Margaret and Urile Wyche
Scholarship Fund at East.
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Seiberling students learn
It Pays to Listen in Class
Seiberling first grade teacher, Barb Fisher, was gratified when one of her students, Zhiouli Wilson,
applied outside the classroom something she had learned inside the classroom.
Just one week before Zhiouli needed this knowledge, Ms. Fisher had spent time in class instructing her students in a
Junior Fire Marshal
program sponsored by insurance company, The Hartford.
When a fire broke out at Zhiouli's home, she was trapped in the basement with no escape route. Remembering her training,
she protected herself by covering up and getting low to the floor until the Akron Fire Department arrived.
On October 11, Seiberling held an assembly to recognize Ms. Fisher and Zhiouli. Members of the fire department were welcomed by
the students, and The Hartford set up a mobile fire safety house to allow students to experience a simulated fire.
is the story as it appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal.
(Photo by Jeff Lange courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )
Ready, Set, FAFSA !
Beginning on October 1, 2019, those planning to attend college between
July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, can begin filling out their FAFSA forms.
For assistance in completing the forms, visit the Homeroom
created by the U. S. Dept. of Education.
For some additional info on financing a college education, visit the
of business analyst, Jill Schlesinger.
Why Are So Many Girls
So Mean to Each Other?
No, this isn't a tag line from a promo for the movie "Mean Girls." This is an unfortunate
reality facing many high school and middle school girls in this country.
According to a recent
conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, three time as many girls as boys
reported being harassed online or by text message. To be specific, 21% of girls in high
school and middle school reported being bullied in this manner compared to 7% of the boys.
The survey further showed that about one in five (20%) students overall reported being the victims
of acts of bullying ranging from rumors or being excluded to threats and physical attacks.
is the complete story as reported by the Associated Press.
Drumming Up Support
The East band already marches to the beat of its own drums. However, those drums
are pretty beat up.
To help correct that, band director, Stephen Fassnacht, has launched a page on Donors Choose,
the fund raising web site for public school teachers. The band is seeking to purchase
Field-Corps bass drums.
If you would like to help the band by making a tax-deductible contribution, visit the Marching Dragons Percussion
on the Donors Choose web site.
Talent Under the Stars
Talent Under the Stars: The caption for this posting, the theme of East's
October 11 talent show, and an accurate description of the activity on the stage.
Homecoming Alumni Night
Pictured below are some of the many East alums who attended the homecoming game at
Ellet Stadium on October 10. They left the game happy because East beat Firestone 54-0.
The Wait for the Weights
For years, athletes at East had to make do with a very inadequate weight room. Coaches
bemoaned the fact that it looked like no upgrades were on the horizon. Now, we can cross
that item off their wish list.
With thanks to Mark Murphy, Coach Dan Boarman, and their staff, the non-profit group,
has refurbished and re-equipped the weight room at East. The new facility is available to
all students, faculty, staff, and athletic teams at the school.
For more info on the new weight room and additional pictures, click
Debt dragging you down?
Coming to Robinson
Frustrated by your financial situation? Need some help setting up a budget, erasing some
of your debt, developing a savings plan, raising your credit score? Free professional
financial coaching to help acquire these skills will be available at Robinson beginning in October.
In conjunction with the City of
and the United Way, the Financial Empowerment Center has been created to help citizens of Akron overcome
some of their financial difficulties.
To quote the City's web site: "For greater Akron to truly thrive, the population needs to be
empowered and fiscally healthy. Access to trustworthy and free financial services should be a
public right, and the Akron Financial Empowerment Center is the first step in making that goal a reality."
For more info, or to request an appointment at Robinson or at one of the other centers,
the United Way of Summit County web site.
Ohio Changes Its
Imagine a rug where the rug maker can't decide what pattern to use. So, he uses different
patterns for each section of the rug...and the patterns don't necessarily match. That
should give you an idea of the changing mosaic of graduation requirements for Ohio's public
high school students.
Over the last several years, the Ohio legislature has developed the habit of constantly altering
the requirements for graduation from the state's high schools. This has caused great confusion
for students, their families, and school districts.
And the legislature is still at it. Included in the recently-enacted biennial (2-year) state
which took effect July 1, 2019, are yet a further set of changes that will affect the class of 2023.
To provide a little clarity, here are the current requirements for graduation for the classes of 2020
through 2023 (incoming freshmen through incoming seniors) as summarized by the Ohio Department of Education:
East Principal Finney
Placed on Admin. Leave
East Community Learning Center principal, Vyrone A. Finney, has been placed on paid administrative
leave by the Akron Public School System for allegedly striking a student in the face.
The incident occured on September 19 and involved an altercation with a 15-year-old student who
was in the process of being suspended.
is a detailed write-up of the incident as appearing on the cleveland.com web site.
Finney is also the head of the
Community Health and Wellness Foudnation.
Former Garfield and Kenmore-Garfield principal, Frank Kalain, is currently serving as interim
principal at East.
Not Everyone Needs to
Go to College
No, this isn't an indictment of a college education. Many professions require one.
However, many professions don't.
The Career Path Less Taken is a video presentation — jointly produced by PBS stations in
Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati — that challenges traditional notions of success by demonstrating
that there are many pathways to skilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree.
Rather than inundate you here with statistics, watch the
for yourself. It runs slightly less than 27 minutes.
I.T. - Interactive
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click