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Part of the Akron Public School System   •   Akron, Ohio

East High       East Middle       Barber CLC       David Hill CLC       Mason CLC       Robinson CLC       Seiberling CLC


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

Churn is
No. 1 !

The Akron Education Association has voted Mason principal, Stephanie Churn, the district's top building leader in its annual principal rankings.

Stephanie Churn

East High Sports

Varsity Football
Division III
All-District Honors

First team
Jemarulin Suggs

Honorable mention
Deandre Brimage Robert Collins Domonick Holley
Kevonte Jackson

Boys Basketball
Nov. 28 vs. Lake
at East
JV - 5:30 p.m.
Varsity - 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball
East 26
Firestone 60

Nov. 30 vs. Kenmore
at East
JV - 4:45 p.m.
Varsity - 6:30 p.m.

East High Band

Sat., Nov 28
Welcome Santa Parade
Downtown Akron
9:30 a.m.

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


Thurs., Dec. 10
2:45 to 6:35 p.m.

David Hill
Thurs., Dec. 3
2:45 to 6:45 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 3
Middle & high school
3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 21, 2016
2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 3
2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 3
3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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 visited David Hill to see the modified playground that is now accessible to students with physical disabilities.

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.


Release is


David Hill
East High & Middle


David Hill
East High & Middle

Contact Us

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East Cluster E-mail

e-mail in motion


Polymer Academy
Seeks Young Inventors

8th 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 8th 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 $7,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded with the first place winners in each division earning $1,000 apiece, and runners-up in each division earning $800 apiece.   All entries must be postmarked no later than March 16, 2016.

For complete contest details, entry forms, and important dates, visit the contest web site here.


Barber Seeking Tutors

The annual AkronReads program began in the district's elementary schools on October 1.   However, Barber still needs volunteer tutors to accommodate the number of third graders looking for a reading partner.

Barber's AkronReads pairs one volunteer tutor with one third grader, and the two read together for one hour each Friday.   The program runs through April 30.

In addition to a committment to read with a student for this school year, volunteer tutors will be fingerprinted, subject to a background check, and will need to attend a brief training session.

Anyone in the community who has an hour a week to share with an eager third grade reader can contact the school at 330-761-7911.   If you prefer, contact Barber's AkronReads sponsor, Mrs. Merendino, via e-mail.


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 tests 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 in the "Recent Stories" box in the far-right 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.


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.


A message from the Superintendent:

Akron Public Schools
Snow Day Policy

Supt. David James Dear A.P.S. Friends:

This year, and before our first flake falls, I'm going to mention Snow Days.

Calling a snow day is always a difficult decision, and we do not make these decisions lightly.   As superintendent of our school district, my decision to close school is always based on the safety of our students and staff. Although there are no hard and fast rules when deciding to close school due to inclement weather, here is what I consider:

  • the amount of snow on the ground
  • the projected amount of snow to fall
  • weather forecast for the school day
  • road conditions
  • temperature
  • wind chill
  • ability of the City of Akron to plow and salt the streets and
  • conditions of school parking lots and sidewalks.

When hazardous weather arrives in our community, the most important issue is the safety of our students and employees.   Our parents certainly have the right to keep students home if they feel it is not safe.

If we do close school, my goal is to make a decision by 5:30 or 6:00 a.m.   Keep in mind, that isn't always possible.   But I have been chastised for not calling a snow day 12 hours in advance.   Believe me, I've been burned a few times by northeast Ohio weather and find it much more prudent to wait, even though some of our parents feel that inconveniences them.

When the decision is made, we send automatic phone messages that reach all of our families and staff members; and we will contact all local radio, TV, and newspapers.

David W. James,
Akron Public schools

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.

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 or early February of 2016.   The family's tax return may not be ready for submission to the IRS 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.




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


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!



Some resources for the East High Marketing class:

Go Fund Me

National DECA


2015-16 competitions

School store
order form

Jacket order form

Area real estate

Junior Achievement

Burton Morgan Fdn.


2014 SAT results

David Hill

East basketball

East welders

Four-Year Myth

The new SAT

No more PARCC!

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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