Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
Registration and Orientation
Kindergarten orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 26,
between 8:30 & 9:30 a.m.
Orientation for new kindergarteners will take place on
Monday, August 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
New kindergarteners can be registered from
August 18-29 between the hours of 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Kindergarten orientation will be Tuesday, August 26, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Kindergarten registration will be Monday,
August 18, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Kindergarten orientation will be held on Wednesday
& Thursday, August 20 & 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Open House Info
Open House will be held on Monday, August 25,
from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Open House will take place on Monday, August 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Open House will be held on Tuesday, August 26,
from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Open House will take place on Monday, August 25,
from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Open House will take place on Tuesday,
August 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Seiberling Ice Cream Social
Come for the ice cream,
leave with a school uniform
Seiberling Community Learning Center is holding an ice cream social and uniform
swap on Thursday, August 7, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the school at 400 Brittain Rd.
In addition to enjoying ice cream, Seiberling families can also exchange, donate, or
select school uniforms. Have a student who has outgrown their uniform?
There may be a younger student who could make good use of it. Have a growing student
who needs a larger uniform? You just may find one here.
All uniforms being donated should be gently used and washed.
If you have a new kindergartener who needs to be registered to attend Seiberling this fall,
kindergarten registration will be available at this event.
In addition, Seiberling students can use their Newton Bucks at the school store.
are further details about the ice cream social.
Learn a new skill this summer
Become a Citizen Journalist
To students of all ages: Is summer vacation starting to drag a little bit?
Would you like to use part of your summer to begin developing some new skills — for free?
The Akron Digital Media Center
( link here)
offers a series of five introductory workshops to help aspiring neighborhood
journalists develop their skills.
Workshop participants can study the basics of writing, story composition,
interviewing techniques, blogging, digital photography, video production,
audio and lighting techniques, digital video editing, and on-line promotion.
Computers, video equipment, and editing software are provided.
Those who complete the workshops will be able to post stories to the community web site,
or to other media sites.
Classes are held at the downtown main branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.
And it's worth mentioning again: the workshops are free.
O.G.T. Being Phased Out
New graduation requirements
to be implemented
Over the next three years, the Ohio Graduation Test (O.G.T.) is being phased out as a
requirement for high school graduation in Ohio. Critics of the test complain that
it was not a good measure of what a high school grad should know — that it
actually measured academic skill on an 8th-to-10th grade level.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2018 (incoming ninth graders), the state of Ohio
will employ a more effective and varied method of measuring the academic credentials
of its high school graduates.
Ohio House Bill 487 — passed by both houses of the Ohio legislature on June 4 and
signed by Gov. Kasich on June 16 — is the source of these changes.
Members of the class of 2018 will be required to pass seven end-of-course exams
(English, math, science, U. S. history, government) before being allowed to graduate.
Students enrolled in advanced placement or international baccalaureate classes would not need
to take the end-of-course exams for those subjects.
An added provision of H.B. 487 will allow students in eleventh grade to take the ACT or SAT
college admission test free of charge.
Below are two newspaper articles giving more detail on the subject:
Nordonia Hills News-Leader
Garden honors teacher, student
A newly-planted, heart-shaped memorial garden will help Mason Community
Learning Center students and staff remember sixth-grade teacher, Lisa Lupo,
and fifth grader, Qua'shai Varner.
Qua'shai died in January as the result of seizures, while Mrs. Lupo died
in February due to coronary problems.
On June 1, fifth and sixth-grade Mason students planted a garden of
marigolds and violets to honor their former teacher and schoolmate
(top picture below).
The bottom picture shows Qua'shai on the left and Mrs. Lupo on the right.
To read the full text of the article appearing in the Akron Beacon Journal,
and see additional pictures, click
(Photos by Ed Suba, Jr. courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal )
Teachers of the Year
The Akron Public School system held its annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet on May 20.
One of the highlights of the banquet is the awarding of teacher of the year
recognition to one teacher in each of the district's schools.
The East Cluster awardees are as follows:
- Barber - Ann Merendino
- David Hill - Lori Villanova
- Mason - Dawn Blakeney
- Robinson - Lynn Fickes
- Seiberling - Carol Evans
- East - Diane Swidarski
Another highlight of the banquet is the presentation of the Shining Apple Award.
This honor is presented by the top ranking student in each high schools' senior class
and goes to the teacher who had the greatest influence on that senior.
The Shining Apple Award winner for East is M/Sgt. John MacLean, Marine Corps
J.R.O.T.C. instructor and cross-country coach. Presenter was senior Matt Waldsmith.
To view the official banquet program, click
here. (Allow a few
seconds for the document to download.)
East High Sports
Football web site
Head football coach, Marques Hayes, invites everyone to visit the newly-launched
East High School football
Here you can view the varsity and junior varsity schedules, see the team and coaching rosters,
look at game scores and stats, and much more.
Football Media Day
This year's Akron Public Schools Football Media Day will take place Wednesday,
Aug. 6, beginning at noon at the A.E.A. office at 681 N. Main St.
( details )
is the 2014 varsity football schedule.
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click
Keeping Plugged In
For all the latest news in education in the state of Ohio
visit the StateImpact Ohio web site
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