Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
Recognize this Teacher?
In case you don't, this is a student drawing of teacher Becky Taylor at Mason.
In conjunction with this year's teacher recognition banquet, students at each
Akron Public School drew their impression of that building's nominee for teacher
of the year.
are drawings of all the teacher-of-the-year candidates.
East High Sports
for football coaches
May 27 @ 4:00 p.m.
for fall sports
May 28 @ 4:00 p.m.
Recently, Mason held a Pride Assebmly to help generate positive
motivation for the school.
Students and staff wore blue Mason Pride t-shirts and performed
About 200 parents and friends attended the event.
For more details and pictures, click
The next student writing contest for children and teens, sponsored by the
Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, will begin in May.
Writers can pick up entry forms beginning May 1.
This month's topic is to describe your ideal summer vacation.
New Boys' Basketball
Coach at East
Willie McGee selected
Had he not decided to go to high school at St. Vincent-St. Mary, Willie McGee
would have gone to East. Now he will have that chance.
McGee will be the boys' head basketball coach at East pending approval by
the Akron Board of Education. He will replace Joe Wojcik.
Said East Athletic Director, John McLean, "His qualifications speak for
themselves. He's just a good guy that will definitely be the right
fit for us."
McGee previously served as an assistant coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary under
Dru Joyce and as a graduate assistant coach at the University of
Akron under Keith Dambrot. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at
Chowan University in North Carolina.
McGee commented, "To start my own program and implement my game plan is
something I'm definitely looking forward to."
McGee believes in "...trying to help the kids as much as I can — first
in the classroom and secondly on the court."
is the announcement appearing on cleveland.com, and
is McGee's interview on WAKR.
Plants need help over the summer
The hard work of gathering plastic bottles and constructing a greenhouse
The official dedication of Seiberling's greenhouse was held on May 15, and now it's
time to start growing vegetables and flowers.
Seiberling is looking for volunteers to help keep the vegetables and flowers
planted by the students thriving over the summer.
Anyone having the time this summer to do a little watering and weeding, either
on a one-time or ongoing basis, please contact principal, Megan Mannion, by
Looking for a Summer Job ?
Summit County receives state grant
The Summit County Department of Job and Family Services has received a $1.8 million
grant from the State of Ohio to set up a summer jobs program for youth from needy
The program, now in its fourth year, is designed for Summit County residents between
the ages of 16 and 24 who live in low-income households. High school-aged applicants
must be 16 by June 1.
The program, which will operate from June 1 through mid-August, will pay $8.25
an hour. No one will work more than 40 hours per week.
Registration is based on zip code of residence. Since most East High students
live in either the 44305 or 44306 zip codes, you need to contact Jobs for Ohio Graduates
at 330-374-9477 to apply.
According to Steve Zimmerman of Job and Family Services, "There is no guarantee that all
youths who register will be placed in the program. It is based on a first-come, first-served basis."
For income guidelines or contact info for other zip codes, read the Akron Beacon Journal, article
Since 1947 the Akron
of PTAs has awarded scholarships to Akron Public School (A.P.S.) students pursuing higher
At this year's awards ceremony held at Ellet High School, $27,000 in scholarship
assistance was given to A.P.S. students. The awardees from East were:
Amber Craig, Alisha Eshun, Catherine Farrance, Aleycia Nance-Simmons, Chloe Sager,
Assha SaSay, and Chelsy Taylor.
is the complete list of awardees.
Summer Learning Programs
The dates for traditional summer high school, to be held at East, are
June 29 through August 6. The school day will run from 8:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m.
The Third-Grade Reading Academy will take place from June 15 through July 10.
The pre-fall program for incoming students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will take place from
For details about either program, contact Mary Outley-Kelly at
330-761-3075 or by
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
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click
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