Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
East High Sports
Akron Div. II
Massillon Div. I
N. Canton Div. I
Austintown Div. I
May 25 & 27
100 meter dash
N. Canton Div. I
Thank you to the members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson for
their donation of $200 to assist Barber families in purchasing
Akron students looking for a summer activity might want to consider
the City of Akron's Lock 3 Summer Arts Experience.
If activities such as learning to play steel drums, painting murals, or creating
public sculptures appeal to you, and you will between 14-17 years old during
the course of the summer,
are the details and an application.
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Let Your Kids Slide
But not their reading skills
In a joint partnership between the Akron Public Schools, the City of Akron, and
Summit Education Initiative, a free reading program called "Summer Slide" is being
The program, which will run from June 6 to August 18, is designed to prevent
the already-learned reading skills of students in kindergarten through second
grade from deteriorating over the summer.
has shown that children can lose up to two months' worth of reading comprehension over a summer vacation.
City Council President and former teacher at Barber, Marilyn Keith, states "There is a 'summer slide'
that we find children are going into, but what if we have them sliding into success when they go back [to school]?"
Students on the east side can attend the reading sessions at Joy Park Community Center.
To volunteer as a reader or sign up a student, call Joy Park at 330-375-2805.
is the Akron Beacon Journal story with additional detail.
East High Graduation
Congratulations Class of 2016
Honoring Our Teachers
Every year the Akron Public School System honors its outstanding teachers
at a teacher recognition banquet. This year's banquet took place on
May 19 at Guy's Party Centre.
East Cluster teachers who were selected as Building Teachers of the Year are:
- Terri Rings (Barber)
- Kari Masuoka (David Hill)
- Rebecca Smith (Mason)
- Andrea Woods-Thurman (Robinson)
- Ann Chapman (Seiberling)
- Denise Hritsko (East)
Four elementary and four secondary teachers are honored annually as Division Teachers
of the Year. David Hill teacher, Kari Masuoka, was honored from the East Cluster.
A highlight of each year's banquet is the presentation of the Shining Apple Award.
This award is presented by the top-ranking graduating senior at each high school and given
to the teacher who had the greatest influence on that senior.
The Shining Apple Award for East was given to band director, Tim Zolyniak, and presented
by senior, Jordan Cantrell.
is the program from this year's banquet.
Looking for a Summer Job ?
Summit County receives federal grant
The Summit County Council has officially accepted a
federal grant of $1.96 million for this year's Summer Youth Employment Program.
The program, entering its fifth year, is designed for Summit County residents
who will be between the ages of 16 and 24 as of June 1 and who live in
The period of employment will run from June 13 to August 20.
Registration is based on zip code of residence. Since most East High students
live in either the 44305 or 44306 zip codes, they will need to contact Jobs for Ohio's Graduates
at 330-374-9477 to apply.
are the guidelines for this year's program.
East High students
Critique Tone of
Recently, members of Mr. Chuck Rusinek's Advanced Placement American Government
class at East High had some intense political discussions.
East students, along with students from Firestone and Manchester, are participating in the
Newspapers in Education project developed by the Akron Beacon Journal and the Ohio
for Law Related Education.
The project attempts to teach attributes such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility,
fairness, and citizenship and compare those qualities with the way the current crop of
presidential candidates are behaving.
Here are reactions from some of Mr. Rusinek's students:
- "Nobody seems to be asking if what they [the candidates] are saying is true."
- "Political commercials are just big mudslinging campaigns that provide misinformation."
- "We have the power to stop the negative campaigning by not voting for them."
is the related article appearing in the Akron Beacon Journal, and
is a video feature that aired on WEWS, Channel 5, Cleveland.
(Photo by Karen Schiely courtesy of Akron Beacon Journal )
Back to School
Will Be Less Taxing
For the 2016-17 school year
Families looking to save money on their 2016-17 back-to-school expenses are in luck.
Passed by both houses of the Ohio legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kasich,
the state's operating budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year will take effect July 1, 2016.
A provision written into that budget allows for the elimination of state sales
tax for certain back-to-school items purchased between 12:00 a.m. Friday, August 5,
2016, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016.
The following items will be exempt from state sales tax during the tax holiday:
- Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
- School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
- School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.
So what kind of savings can be expected? The
of sales tax (combined state and local) in Summit County is 6.75%. A back-to-school
shopper making a qualifying purchase of $250 will avoid paying $16.88 in sales taxes.
Complete guidelines for the sales tax holiday are available on the Ohio
Deptartment of Taxation web site
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click