Chang, the East High mascot

East Cluster of Schools

Chang, the East High mascot

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 relating to the schools of the East Cluster.

Making the Grade

Seiberling second grade teacher, Barb Fisher, has been nominated as an Amazing Teacher as part of the Akron Beacon Journal's Make the Grade initiative.

Read her story here.

Barb Fisher

East Sports

Basketball Media Day
Newspaper article


Boys Basketball
Firestone 58
East 56

Tues., Dec. 10
7:00 p.m.
vs. Buchtel
at home

Junior Varsity
Firestone 34
East 53

Tues., Dec. 10
5:30 p.m.
vs. Buchtel
at home

Middle School
Mon., Dec. 9
4:15 p.m.
vs. Jennings
at home

Girls Basketball
East 39
Firestone 62

Mon., Dec. 9
6:30 p.m.
at Buchtel

Junior Varsity
East 28
Firestone 11

Mon., Dec. 9
5:00 p.m..
at Buchtel

Middle School
Mon., Dec. 9
4:15 p.m.
at Jennings

Sixth Grade
Season concluded

Artsy Things
at East

East Band

Percussion fundraiser


Tues., Dec. 17
Auditions for spring musical

Tues., Jan. 21
Rehearsals begin for spring musical

On the Stage

Fri., Dec. 13
7:00 p.m.
A night of one-act plays

Media Matters

WKSU-FM recently aired a two-day reporting piece on the Akron Public Schools College & Career Academies. Here are those reports:

Day 1    Day 2

The annual Akron City Series Basketball Media Day was held on Nov. 12. Coaches from each of the conference's six schools discussed their their boys and girls teams' prospects for the coming season.

Watch the video here.

Brunson Leads the Pledge

East student, Kyrice Brunson, was selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Nov. 18 Akron Board of Education meeting.

Brunson serves as the student member of the Board representing East.

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Thank You

Thanks to the following organizations and individuals who made contributions to the schools of the East Cluster:

• The NFL Foundation has given a $10,000 grant for uniforms and equipment to the sports teams at East as part of its Original Towns program.

Sandra Laktash donated $150 to the East band.

Michael Hayes donated $200 to the DECA chapter at East.

Micah Eshun donated a 2011 Dodge Caliper, valued at $1,500, to the Auto Tech lab at East.

• The East High Alumni Assoc. donated $2,036 to purchase new uniforms for the school's cheerleaders.

John & Ashley Ferguson donated $100 to Mason in memory of Patricia Ann Miller.

St. Victor's Catholic Church donated 120 back packs with school supplies, valued at $1,000, to Barber.

Trinity Lutheran Church donated $4,600 to Robinson designated as follows: $1,500 for books, awards assembly, & bikes; $3,100 for field trips & the Starfall software package.

Akron Bible Church donated 150 sweaters & shirts, valued at $4,000, to Seiberling to be used as incentive gifts for students & parents.

Summa Health Systems donated three vehicles valued at $6,800 to the Auto Tech lab at East.

Warren Ferrell donated $1,000 to support the reading and math programs at Seiberling.

Meeting Minutes

Here are the minutes from the Nov. 14 PTO meeting at Barber.

State Report Cards

Every year the Ohio Dept. of Education issues a report card with letter grades for every public school in the state. Evaluated are factors such as standardized test scores, reading competency, and graduation rates.

Listed below are the report cards for the schools of the East Cluster for the 2018-19 and 2017-18 school years.

David Hill
East High & Middle

David Hill
East High & Middle


Board Votes to Initiate
Termination for Finney

Vyrone Finney In executive (non-public) session, following its regular November 18 meeting, the Akron Board of Education voted unanimously to begin termination proceedings for East principal, Vyrone Finney, for violating school district policy.

Finney has been on administrative leave since September 19 following an incident where he was accused of striking a 15-year-old student.

Finney has ten days to request a hearing in front of either the Board or with an independent arbitrator.   If no hearing request is made, a motion to terminate his contract will be voted on at the next Board meeting on December 9.

Here is a previous story appearing on this web site, and here is a follow-up story appearing in the Akron Beacon Journal.

East C.L.C. campus principal, Vyrone Finney, has requested a hearing with an independent referee to appeal the proposed termination of his contract with the Akron Public Schools.

Here is the story as printed in the 12/4/19 Akron Beacon Journal.


Polymer Academy
Seeks Young Inventors

for 12th 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 12th 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 $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded with the first place winners in each division earning $600 apiece, and runners-up in each division earning $300 apiece.   All entries must be postmarked no later than March 13, 2020.

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


Trading Hoops for Books

Members of the University of Akron's Women's Basketball team visited Barber to read to students on this year's "Read to Me Day."


Student Reps to the
Board of Education

Each of the eight high schools in the Akron Public School system has a student representative to the Akron Board of Education.

Pictured below are this year's reps.   East representative, Kyrice Brunson, is the second from the left (in scarlet shirt, naturally).


Not Everyone Needs to
Go to College

No, this isn't an indictment of a college education.   Many professions require one.   However, many professions don't.

The Career Path Less Taken is a video presentation — jointly produced by PBS stations in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati — that challenges traditional notions of success by demonstrating that there are many pathways to skilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree.

Rather than inundate you here with statistics, watch the video for yourself.   It runs slightly less than 27 minutes.


Family Resource Center
Available at Robinson

The United Way of Summit County has established a Family Resource Center at Robinson.

Located inside the school, the Center is designed to help families by connecting them with health services, social services, academic enrichment, and more.

The center is open to all community residents, and is staffed by a full-time resource co-ordinator who will meet with residents to discuss their needs and provide information and referrals to appropriate resources.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit the United Way web site.

Read about the grand opening of Robinson's center at


Want to Improve
Your ACT Score?

No need to retake the entire test

Currently, those wishing to improve their score on an individual section of the ACT test are required to retake the entire test.   All that will change beginning in September, 2020.

ACT, Inc. has announced that test takers wishing to try for a better score on a single section of the test (English, reading, math, science, optional writing) may retake just that section without having to retake the entire three-hour test.

This new option will be available only at national testing centers where the ACT is administered on Saturdays.

Joshua Mauro, an admissions consultant at the test prep organization, Signet Education, commented, "In my experience, students taking individual sections do drastically better than when they sit for the full exam.   I see that as a way to reduce anxiety."

Currently, the cost to take the four required sections of the test is $52 (the optional writing section is an additional $16).   The ACT has not yet decided upon a pricing structure for when retaking individial sections of the test becomes possible in September, 2020.

To read more info about these changes to the ACT, see the articles below:

New York Times       Education Week


What, again?

Ohio Changes Its
Graduation Requirements

Imagine a rug where the rug maker can't decide what pattern to use.   So, he uses different patterns for each section of the rug...and the patterns don't necessarily match.   That should give you an idea of the changing mosaic of graduation requirements for Ohio's public high school students.

Over the last several years, the Ohio legislature has developed the habit of constantly altering the requirements for graduation from the state's high schools.   This has caused great confusion for students, their families, and school districts.

And the legislature is still at it.   Included in the recently-enacted biennial (2-year) state budget, which took effect July 1, 2019, are yet a further set of changes that will affect the class of 2023.

To provide a little clarity, here are the current requirements for graduation for the classes of 2020 through 2023 (current freshmen through current seniors) as summarized by the Ohio Department of Education:


Ready, Set, FAFSA !

Beginning on October 1, 2019, those planning to attend college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, can begin filling out their FAFSA forms.

For assistance in completing the forms, visit the Homeroom blog created by the U. S. Dept. of Education.

For some additional info on financing a college education, visit the blog of business analyst, Jill Schlesinger.

Drumming Up Support

The East band already marches to the beat of its own drums.   However, those drums are pretty beat up.

To help correct that, band director, Stephen Fassnacht, has launched a page on Donors Choose, the fund raising web site for public school teachers.   The band is seeking to purchase three new Yamaha Field-Corps bass drums.

If you would like to help the band by making a tax-deductible contribution, visit the Marching Dragons Percussion page on the Donors Choose web site.



Are You Vaping?

In case you're already vaping, or considering starting, it could be helpful and informative to read these current findings:

American Lung Association


Johns Hopkins Medicine

Valuable School Info

Some important things to know for the 2019-20 school year:

Code of
student behavior

College & Career

Dress code

Home Access

Inclement weather procedures

Parents' info

School supply list

Start & end times

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities



test takers

Testing dates
& deadlines

Practice tests

Ohio Graduation
Test info

Testing dates
& deadlines

Practice tests

Classroom Resources

East High
I.T. - Interactive
Media pathway

East High
Marketing Class


math students

Discovery Educ.

Homework Spot

Info Please

Khan Academy

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Because of You

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

The BULLY Project

Kind Campaign

National Bullying
Prevention Center

Sit With Us



Akron / Stark St.
Direct Connect


East industry

teachers honored

Financial coaching
at Robinson

Finney on
admin. leave

Fire safety
at Seiberling

Fruits & veggies

Mean girls

New weight room
at East

Texting & driving


class reunion

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site

Alumni Group

Class of 1968
reunion pics

Class of 1976
reunion pics


For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click here.

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