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Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the schools of the East Cluster.

East High Sports

Varsity Football
Buchtel 14
East 6

Oct. 16 @ 7:00 p.m.
vs. Firestone
at Ellet

Football web site

WAKR video

J.V. Football
Oct. 10 @ 10:00 a.m.
vs. Buchtel
at East

Boys Cross-country
East 28
Buchtel 30

East 20
Garfield 38

Oct. 17 @ 1:00 p.m.
City Meet
at Goodyear Metro

Girls Cross-country
East 21
Buchtel 34

Oct. 17 @ 1:00 p.m.
City Meet
at Goodyear Metro

North 16-15-25-25-11
East 25-25-16-17-15

Tournament info TBA

East High Band

Fri., Oct. 9
Football vs. Buchtel
at Akron U.
5:30 p.m.

(Times shown are when band members need to report — not the time of the event.)

Valuable School Info

Some important things to know for the 2015-16 school year:

Start times

Dress code

School supplies

Parents' handbook

Home Access Center

Video Corner

WAKR's Ray Horner interviewed head football coach Marques Hayes and some of his players as well showed some plays from the Lake game.

Watch the video here.

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 two most recent school years available.




David Hill
East High & Middle


David Hill
East High & Middle

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East Cluster E-mail

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Seiberling Receives
$10,000 Grant

5th graders to study
Cuyahoga River Watershed

Seiberling has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership.

This grant will enable Seiberling fifth graders to take part in a four-day learning experience at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.

During the four days, students will engage in lessons centered around the Cuyahoga River Watershed which will incorporate science, math, language arts, social studies, and technology.

The Dominion K-12 Partnership annually awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in an effort to develop learning situations that will strengthen math and science skills by studying energy and the environment.

To see a list of grants awarded, including 17 in Ohio, click here.


Ohio Dept. of Ed. announces:

Four Fewer Hours
of Standardized Testing
in 2016

In an effort to address the concerns about too much time being spent on standardized testing in the state's schools, the Ohio Department of Education has announced that an average of four fewer hours of testing will be required this spring for students in grades 4 through 9.

This decrease in testing time will be possible as Ohio incorporates new testing for English and math as provided by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). These tests will replace the previous ones provided by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
(See related story at the bottom of this column)

The average time spent on PARCC testing last school year was between 5 and 5.75 hours each for English and math.

The AIR tests will average between 2.5 and 3 hours for math and between 3 and 3.5 hours for English.

Each of the state's school districts will select its own 10-15-day testing period between April 4 and May 13 of 2016.

For additional info about these changes, read the Dayton Daily News article here.


East Marketing Students
Seek Learning
Outside the Classroom

DECA is a world-wide organization for high school and college marketing students.  The sponsor for the East High chapter is Marketing teacher, Mrs. Susan Schutte.

Mrs. Schutte will be making a presentation at this year's Central Region Leadership Conference in Kansas City in November and, knowing that they would benefit by attending the conference, would like to take several of her students with her.

While the Akron Public Schools will pay for Mrs. Schutte's travel, there are no such provisions to cover the students' expenses.   Therefore, the students decided raise the money necessary for the two-day trip on their own.

As part of their fund-raising effort, the students have started a Go Fund Me account.   Any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated.

At the conference, East Marketing students will have the opportunity to attend learning labs, visit exhibits offering college and career information, get tips on enhancing their own chapter, and have the opportunity to network with 1,800 members of DECA chapters from around the central region.


New Rules for FAFSA

Current juniors first class to benefit

On September 14, the Obama Administration announced major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for students seeking financial assistance to attend college.

Under current guidelines, FAFSA applications are not available until January of the student's senior year of high school.   However, most college-interested seniors begin applying to college much earlier in the school year — usually in the fall.

Beginning in 2016, the FAFSA will be available in October of that year as opposed to the usual January of the following year.

A second major change is the manner in which IRS tax data is used on the FAFSA.   Currently, the family's tax return from the previous full year is required.

Let's examine an imaginary family to see what these changes look like.

Anthony is a member of the high school class of 2016.   The FAFSA is not available to him until January, 2016.   However, he has already started applying to colleges in the fall of his senior year (2015).

The FAFSA for 2016 requires family income tax data from the 2015 calendar year (the most recent full year available).   Most W-2s, 1099s, etc. will not be received in the home until late January of 2016.   The family's tax return may not be submitted for weeks or months after that (filing deadline is April 15).

And since the FAFSA cannot be submitted until this tax data is complete, theoretically, Anthony could be accepted to a college before he has any idea of what level of funding is available to him through FAFSA.

Let's look at Anthony's younger sister, Ashley, whose FAFSA experience will be much different.   Ashley is a member of the 2017 graduating class.   She will be able to get the FAFSA in October of her senior year.   In addition, she can use the family's tax return from 2015 — the same one her brother had to wait for.

This ability to use the tax return from two years prior to Ashley's college enrollment will enable her to complete and return her FAFSA well ahead of receiving any college acceptance letters.

Here is some additional info from National Public Radio regarding the changes to FAFSA.


East High welders

You Have a Job Waiting

The message to students in the East High welding program is that there is a job waiting for you.

Estimates by the American Welding Society indicate that by the year 2024 there will be a shortage of about 400,000 welders in the U.S.

An article on the web site Compact Equipment states that this shortage " due both to a lack of incoming skilled welding operators, as well as the aging population of the current welding workforce..."

The average age of welders in this country is currently 57.

The welding curriculum at East is a two-year program designed primarily for juniors and seniors.   After successfully completing the program at East, some students opt for advanced training while others go directly to jobs in the area.

For more detail about welding classes at East, here is a video produced by a member of the I.T. class at Ellet.


Ohio Schools
Come Up for AIR

Wide dissatistaction with the PARCC

Even before the first round of testing was complete, parents, teachers, students, and administrators expressed dissatisfaction with the PARCC, Ohio's choice of Common Core testing for math and language arts as provided by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

The tests required an inordinate amount of preparation and testing time, and forced many school districts to spend heavily to upgrade their technology in order to accommodate the PARCC test.

As part of the two-year Ohio budget for fiscal 2016-17 — passed by both houses of the legislature and signed by Gov. Kasich on July 1 — the contract with PARCC will not be renewed.

Instead, the AIR Assessment from the American Institutes for Research will become Ohio's choice of Common Core testing for math and language arts.   They already supply Ohio with non-Common Core tests for science and social studies.

The announcement of this change was made on July 1 by Richard Ross, State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Board of Education, in a conference call to the media.

While the PARCC test was administered twice during the school year, the AIR will be given only once beginning in the spring of 2016.

For additional info and detail about how these changes will affect the Akron Public Schools, read the Akron Beacon Journal article here.




class reunion

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities



test takers

ACT Aspire

Testing dates

Practice tests

Ohio Achievement

Ohio Graduation
Test info

Testing dates

Practice tests


Some resources for the East High Marketing class:

National DECA


2015-16 competitions

School store
order form

Jacket order form

Area real estate

Junior Achievement

Burton Morgan Fdn.


math students

Brunner Math

Homework Spot

Khan Academy

Know It Now 24x7

Time for Kids

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

The BULLY Project

Geo Listening

Stop Bullying Now!



2014 SAT results

David Hill

East basketball

Finishing college

championship game

Four-Year Myth

The new SAT

O.G.T. phase-out

School vouchers

Texting & driving

Year-round schools


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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