Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
Football Web Site Kick Off
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.
David Hill Students Leads Pledge
Daivd Hill fifth graders
were selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Jan. 13 and Jan. 27
Akron Board of Education meetings.
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Seiberling Scientists Advance
Seven budding Seiberling scientists will be taking part in upcoming local competitions.
Advancing to the Western Reserve District V
on March 15 at the University of Akron are teammates Andrew Edwards and Sarmed Mahmood
and individual entrants Sam Becker, Jennifer Auman, and Dakota Baechel.
These five had entries in the Feb. 8 Akron Schools Science, Math, and Technology Expo and qualified
to advance to district competition.
Taking part in this year's BEST Medicine Engineering
on March 22 at the Inventor's Hall of Fame STEM School
are Seiberling students NyMill Davis and Safiah Vang. This event is
jointly hosted by the Austen BioInnovation Institute and the University of Akron.
NyMill and Safiah will have the opportunity to earn cash, scholarship, or internship
prizes awarded by the competition.
Coming in 2016
A Revised SAT
The purpose of pre-college tests like the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and
ACT (American College Test) is to give college admissions staff an idea as to how well
prepared a student is for college-level academics.
Because the SAT has become less effective in predicting this, the College Board
has announced major revisions for the test beginning in 2016. These will
be the first changes to the test since 2005.
College Board president, David Coleman, states "It is time to admit that the SAT
and ACT have become disconnected from the work of our high schools."
Major changes to the SAT include:
- the essay portion of the test, added in 2005, will become optional
- the maximum score attainable will return to 1,600 from the current 2,400
- the math portion of the test will place more emphasis on problem solving, data
analysis, and algebra
- test vocabulary will be more in line with current college usage
- in conjunction with the Khan Academy, free instructional videos will be offered
to help students prepare for the test.
For more detail,
the article from Inside Higher Ed, (a daily on-line publication focused on
college and university topics).
ACT, SAT Scores
No Guarantee of College Success
High school GPA may be better predictor
Every year students agonize over scoring well on college-readiness tests such as
the ACT and SAT. However, a recent study led by former Bates College (Lewiston, Maine)
Dean of Admissions, William Hiss, indicates that some of that anxiety may not be necessary.
Hiss' study involved 33 public and private universities (Washington State Univ. being the
largest) with admission policies that make tests such as the ACT and SAT optional.
Grades and graduation rates of students who chose to submit college-readiness test scores
were compared against those of students who declined the tests. Results showed a
negligible difference between the two groups.
If not these test scores, what data should college admission officers consider instead?
"The evidence of the study clearly shows that high school GPA matters. Four-year,
long-term evidence of self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, and hard work; that's what matters the most,"
Greater detail of Hiss' findings is available below:
National Public Radio
PBS News Hour
The End of Days Is Here !
.... school calamity days, that is
With the recent and ongoing bout of cold, blustery, snowy weather, many Ohio
schools are on the brink of exhausting — or have already exhausted —
their allotment of five calamity days per school year.
Any days missed beyond the allowed calamity days have to be made up
at the end of the school year.
The Akron Public Schools have been closed due to weather conditions seven days
in January alone — exceeding the five day limit.
Ohio Department of Education
states that schools can use their calamity days
(formerly termed "snow days") for "...circumstances such as hazardous weather
conditions, disease epidemic, damage to school building, inoperability of buses or
other equipment necessary to the school's operation, or temporary conditions making
the school building unfit, such as utility failure."
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Ohio districts will have a minimum requirement of
hours, rather than days, of instruction per school year
( new policy ).
Instead of adding additional days to the academic year, schools will be allowed to add
additional hours to existing school days to make up for the time a school may need to close.
UPDATE NO. 1: On Feb. 19 the Ohio House of Representatives passed a
calamity day extension bill giving Ohio school districts an additional four days to add to the
current five. The Ohio Senate is now deliberating on its own calamity day legislation.
are details of the House bill as printed in the Columbus Dispatch.
UPDATE NO. 2: Akron schools were closed again on Feb. 18 and are now
three days over its current five-day calamity day limit.
UPDATE NO. 3: Surprise, surprise! The Ohio House and Senate
are currently deadlocked over how many additional calamity days to allow for the current school year.
Hopefully, they will come to a resolution before June.
is a March 3 update as printed in the Cambridge Jeffersonian.
Could Be Held Back
Inability to read at grade level
may delay fourth grade for some
Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee says that beginning this school year,
schools cannot promote to fourth grade any third grader
whose score is below a certain level on the English portion of the Ohio Achievement Assessment (O.A.A.)
For this year's third graders, anyone scoring under a 392 on the O.A.A. could be retained in third grade.
This threshold will continue to rise each school year until reaching 400.
The Reading Guarantee requires schools to provide reading intervention for elementary students.
If they are not reading at a specified level by the end of third grade, they will be held back.
Based on O.A.A. test results from 2012, Akron has identified 438 students, or about 25 percent of all
third-graders, who would likely qualify for retention if their reading scores do not improve.
In order to prevent an inordinate amount of third graders for the 2014-15 school year, the Akron Public
Schools are using literacy coaches in the schools to help students with borderline test scores to
increase their reading ability.
Below, are two articles with additional information:
Akron Beacon Journal
( Akron Beacon Journal photo courtesy of Karen Schiely)
Students in grades K-8 are required to wear uniform-like attire. Some schools
have specific color guidlines. Check with your school office.
The high school dress code has been revised and is listed below.
The complete dress code rules for all Akron Public School students are listed
Keeping Plugged In
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