Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
No. 1 !
The Akron Education Association has voted Mason principal, Stephanie Churn,
the district's top building leader in its annual principal rankings.
East High Sports
Nov. 28 vs. Lake
JV - 5:30 p.m.
Varsity - 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 30 vs. Kenmore
JV - 4:45 p.m.
Varsity - 6:30 p.m.
East High Band
Sat., Nov 28
Welcome Santa Parade
(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.
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.
WAKR's Ray Horner visited David Hill to see the modified playground
that is now accessible to students with physical disabilities.
Watch the video
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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
Barber Seeking Tutors
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
Ohio Dept. of Ed. announces:
Four Fewer Hours
of Standardized Testing
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
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
5th graders to study
Cuyahoga River Watershed
Seiberling has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Dominion K-12 Educational
This grant will enable Seiberling fifth graders to take part in a four-day learning
experience at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education
During the four days, students will engage in lessons centered around the Cuyahoga River
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
A message from the Superintendent:
Akron Public Schools
Snow Day Policy
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
- 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
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.
is some additional info from National Public Radio regarding the changes to FAFSA.
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