Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
East Sports News
Cent. Catholic 39
Tues., Jan. 23
Cent. Catholic N/A
Tues., Jan. 23
Mon., Jan. 22
Mon., Jan. 22
Mon., Jan. 22
Mon., Jan. 22
Wed., Jan. 24
at Akron Lanes
Wed., Jan. 24
at Akron Lanes
The annual Akron City Series Basketball Media Day was held on Nov. 14.
Coaches from each of the conference's six schools discussed their their boys
and girls teams' prospects for the coming season.
Watch the video
Watch the City Series football champion East Dragons beat Buchtel
21-20 by clicking
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 Band News
Mons. & Thurs.
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.
Thanks to the following organizations and individuals who made
contributions to the schools of the East Cluster:
• Adam Rosenberger of 3M donated a school supply pack
valued at $3,455.00 to David Hill to be used as needed as determined
by the principal.
• Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron donated $1,000.00
to Robinson for books.
• Michael Hayes donated $1,000.00
to East High for the proposed spring trip to Chicago for the combined choir,
DECA chapter, & Hospitality students.
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
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This year's East High Alumni Association reverse raffle will be held on
Thursday, February 15, at Guy's Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Rd.
The grand prize will be $2,500.
Doors open at 6:00; dinner will be at 7:30.
Proceeds from the raffle help support academic, athletic, and club activities
For further details and contact information, click
May Be Offered
as a Grad Requirement
In place of Algebra II
To high schoolers who fear having to pass Algebra II to graduate, the Ohio Legislature may have come
to your rescue. On December 22, Gov. Kasich signed
into law. This bill will allow students to substitute advanced computer science for Algebra II
as a graduation requirement.
The new law also requires that the Ohio Department of Education adopt K-12 standards for
computer science and have a model curriculum in place by July 1, 2018.
One of the reasons for this legislation is summed up in a study made by Google that shows that Ohio
graduated only 1,137 computer science majors last year while nationwide there are more than 520,000
job openings in the field.
A commenter in the Youngstown Vindicator
"Awesome move! My company already can't find enough U.S.-based programmers. And now that
bonehead in the White House is making it so difficult to bring talent onshore that we are very close to
shipping these jobs overseas."
Amended language in HB 170 requires that parents must be notified and sign a consent form stating that
they understand that by not taking Algebra II, their student might not meet the requirements for entry
into some universities.
The decision to offer computer science classes in lieu of Algebra II will be left up to individual school
districts. If you would like to express your views on this subject to any of the members of the Akron
Board of Education, click
For additional info on this subject,
the article in Education Week.
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.
--- UPDATE ---
At its January 9 meeting, the Ohio Board of Education voted 16-1 to urge the Ohio Legislature
to extend the graduation requirements established for the class of 2018 to include the classes of 2019 and 2020.
Read the Columbus Dispatch story
BEST Medicine Fair
Seeks Student Innovators
The eighth annual BEST (Bridging Engineering, Science, and Technology) Medicine
Engineering Fair will be held Saturday, March 18, at the National
Inventors Hall of Fame (STEM) School at 199 S. Broadway in downtown Akron.
The fair, hosted by the College of Engineering at the University of Akron, is designed
to inspire students to participate in the biomedical engineering and medical science fields.
The BEST Medicine fair is open to all students in grades 6-12 in
any public, private, parochial, or home school. All BEST Medicine projects should
include an engineering approach to solve a medical problem.
Registration for the fair opened on January 2. Deadline for registration
is February 9.
In addition to the other prizes offered, there will be two $200 cash awards
for the best entries from Akron Public School students. One is for the best
entry from grades 9-12; the other, for the best entry from grades 6-8.
For complete fair guidelines, project ideas, and resources, click
Seeks Young Inventors
for 10th annual Rubber Band Contest
The Akron Global Polymer Academy at the University of Akron is looking for
students in grades 5-8 with elastic minds for the 10th annual Rubber Band
Contest for Young Inventors.
The contest is divided into two divisions: Arts & Leisure and
Science & Engineering. The goal of the competition is to come up with a
working invention or piece of art that uses at least one rubber band.
More than $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded with the first place winners
in each division earning $600 apiece, and runners-up in each division earning
$300 apiece. All entries must be postmarked no later than
March 2, 2018.
For complete contest details, entry forms, and guidelines, visit the contest web site
The death of a classmate can be difficult to understand and cope with for elementary
The fourth-grade class at Seiberling experienced such a death a year ago in the
loss of their classmate, Shanice Riley. Shanice, her mother, father, and older
sister died in a
at their home.
As the school looked for a way to honor Shanice's memory, sixth-grade teacher, Lisa Yanchek,
suggested creating a calming sensory room where students can go to deal with problems at school,
at home, or just to work off some extra energy.
The room, call The Safe Space, and created with funds donated by the Seiberling PTA, offers soft lighting,
a trampoline, cushions, and journals for students to express their feelings. At the entry
to the room, there is a plaque honoring Shanice.
Memories of Shanice were shared in a
at the school on December 21.
A bright idea
While Making Your Home
More Energy Efficient
Seiberling has an opportunity to win $2,500 while helping to make area homes more
energy efficient. The school is participating in First Energy's Energy Efficiency Kit program.
Every home ordering one of these free kits, and entering Seiberling's promo code, will
give the school a chance to win the grand prize. The school with the most kits
ordered by the end of the school year will be awarded $2,500.
Each kit consists of a variety of
light bulbs, two night lights, and a glow ring toy. These bulbs use less energy
and will help reduce your electric bill.
To order a kit for your household, click
If you prefer, you can call 1-855-343-6600 to order your kit. Kits will be delivered
by the U. S. Postal Service.
And most important of all, don't forget to use Seiberling's promo code, FEOH1718,
when placing your order.
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click