Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
East High Sports
Jan. 30 at Massillon
JV - 6:00 p.m.
Varsity - 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 at Garfeild
JV - 5:00 p.m.
Varsity - 6:30 p.m.
Prior to Christmas, the East High National Honor Society sponsored an
angel tree. The students raised the funds to purchase winter hats, gloves,
and socks for 75 children area children with incarcerated parents.
Watch the WAKR interview
Read What We Wrote
In this space, we will be featuring some of the entries from the
recent student writing contest sponsored by the Goodyear Branch of the
Akron-Summit County Public Library.
For this year's contest, students were asked to write about an animal.
is Kayera L.'s winning entry in the grade 7-8 category.
Seiberling Student Leads Pledge
Seiberling sixth grader and honor roll student, Dorian Keys,
was selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Nov. 24 Akron Board of Education meeting.
Dorian has been on the honor roll at Seiberling every grading period of every year.
(Additional detail and picture
East Students Honored
East High seniors, Cathy Farrance and Kyle Jacot, along with
math and science students from other Summit County high schools, were honored on Nov. 6 at the
annual honors and awards banquet hosted by the Akron Council of Engineering and
This year's East High Alumni Association reverse raffle will be held on
Thursday, February 12, at Guy's Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Rd.
In addition to the raffle, a grand prize of $2,000 will be awarded to a lucky winner.
Doors open at 6:00; dinner will be at 7:30.
Proceeds from the raffle help support academic, athletic, and club activities
For further details and contact information, click
Many East Cluster students will qualify
A little-known option available to public school students in Ohio is the
voucher program. This allows students in under-performing schools to be
eligible for a voucher to attend a private school.
For students to qualify, their school must have received an overall grade of D or F
on their state report card for at least two of the past three school years.
(State report cards can be viewed at the bottom of the left column of this web site.)
Students in schools ranked in the lowest 10% of a district's buildings may also qualify.
Because their buildings had overall grades low enough to qualify,
students in all the East Cluster schools (Barber, David Hill, Mason, Robinson,
East Middle, and East High) except Seiberling are eligible to apply for a
private school voucher for the 2015-16 school year.
Families can begin applying for vouchers for the upcoming school beginning on
February 1. Up to 60,000 scholarships will be available.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can receive up to $4,250 in funding,
while high school students can receive up to $5,000.
Parents/guardians should first apply for admission to the private school of their choice.
If their student is accepted, the private school will submit the voucher application to the Ohio
Department of Education.
For a complete list of all Ohio schools eligible for EdChoice vouchers, click
Further details of the EdChoice program are available in this Columbus Dispatch
Students Feel Effects
of the News
Seiberling students react
to events of 2014
With the glut of 24-hour news services and social media outlets,
it's hard to avoid the news.
And although they may not always understand the full meaning, youngsters
are aware of what is going on in the world around them.
Before winter break, six Seiberling students gathered to
discuss important news stories of 2014 with StateImpact Ohio.
is the story in print and an audio copy of the feature that ran on National
(Photo courtesy of StateImpact Ohio)
Seeks Young Inventors
7th 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 7th 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 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 $2,000 apiece, and runners-up in each division earning
$1,000 apiece. All entries must be postmarked no later than
March 16, 2015.
For complete contest details, entry forms, and important dates, visit the contest web site
Extra Time in College Is Costly
Most students don't finish in four years
A recent study by Complete College America
entitled "Four-Year Myth" concluded that the large majority of full-time college
students in the U.S. do not graduate in four years.
This increased time in the classroom costs students and their families thousands of
additional dollars in college-related expenses and student loans.
Said Complete College America President, Stan Jones, "Student loan debt has for the
first time topped one trillion dollars — more than credit card and auto loan debt
In addition, staying in college longer causes students to delay entering the workforce
thus resulting in lost earnings.
The study also indicates that only 50 of the more than 580 four-year public colleges and
universities report four-year graduation rates equal to or greater than 50% for full-time
To help remedy this situation, Complete College America advocates a different kind of GPS
for students. This GPS, Guided Pathways to Success, would provide students with the
most direct route to graduation and career.
College majors would be organized into a systematic set of required courses and electives
that would lead to on-time graduation.
To read the report in detail, click
(Immediately below is an article detailing the University of Akron's effort to see
students earn their degrees in a more timely manner.)
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click
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