Click on the calendar below to see a list of events relating to the
schools of the East Cluster.
East Band News
Aug. 15 - 25
Summer band camp
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
School Registration Info
Pre-K - 6th grade
665 Garry Rd.
Grades K - 6
1060 E. Archwood Ave.
Pre-K - 6th grade
700 E. Exchange St.
Pre-K - 6th grade
1156 4th Ave.
Grades K - 6
400 Brittain Rd.
Grades 7 & 8
40 Brittain Rd.
80 Brittain Rd.
East High Sports
Friday, Aug. 26
Saturday., Aug 27
vs. Jackson at East
High school football
July 20 @ 1:00 p.m.
High school fall sports
(other than football)
July 25 @ 10:00 a.m.
Middle school soccer &
volleyball coaches meeting
July 27 @ 4:00 p.m.
East Band Marches in
Soap Box Derby Parade
(Photos courtesy of International Soap Box Derby)
Summer Reading Program
Elementary school libraries open
Elementary school libraries in the Akron Public School System will
be open one day a week for young readers this summer.
Between the dates of June 20 through August 26, all students entering
grades 1 through 4 will be welcome between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
The reading days for East Cluster schools are as follows:
- Tuesdays - Barber
- Wednesdays - David Hill & Seiberling
- Thursdays - Mason & Robinson
Details of the reading program and a permission slip are available
Middle School Sports
to be Re-aligned
Will now mirror high school calendar
Some changes are coming this school year to middle school sports programs in the
Akron Public School System. The changes are:
- volleyball will become a fall sport rather than a winter sport, and
- softball will become a spring sport rather than a fall sport.
These changes will bring Akron middle school sports into compliance with Ohio
High School Athletic Association guidelines and will now match the seasonal
calendar for high school sports in Ohio.
Based on these changes, beginning practice dates for middle school sports will be:
- Aug. 1 for soccer and volleyball,
- Nov. 4 for boys' basketball,
- Nov. 11 for girls' basketball and wrestling,
- Feb. 20 for softball, and
- Mar. 6 for track.
Let Your Kids Slide
...but not their reading skills
In a joint partnership between the Akron Public Schools, the City of Akron, and
Summit Education Initiative, a free reading program called "Summer Slide" is being
The program, which will run from June 6 to August 18, is designed to prevent
the already-learned reading skills of students in kindergarten through second
grade from deteriorating over the summer.
has shown that children can lose up to two months' worth of reading comprehension over a summer vacation.
City Council President and former teacher at Barber, Marilyn Keith, states "There is a 'summer slide'
that we find children are going into, but what if we have them sliding into success when they go back [to school]?"
Students on the east side can attend the reading sessions at Joy Park Community Center.
To volunteer as a reader or sign up a student, call Joy Park at 330-375-2805.
is the Akron Beacon Journal story with additional detail.
Summer Food Program
The City of Akron's Recreation Bureau announced that it will once again be
participating in the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture's Summer Food Service
The program ensures that low-income children under the age of 19 continue
to receive nutritious meals (lunch only or breakfast and lunch) when school
is not in session.
The City's food program will operate from June 13 to August 18.
For questions about eligibility or for any other info about the program, contact
Food Service Program Co-ordinator, Audley McGill, at 330-375-2826 or via
For a list of food sites, types of meals served, and serving times, click
Back to School
Will Be Less Taxing
For the 2016-17 school year
Families looking to save money on their 2016-17 back-to-school expenses are in luck.
Passed by both houses of the Ohio legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kasich,
the state's operating budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year will take effect July 1, 2016.
A provision written into that budget allows for the elimination of state sales
tax for certain back-to-school items purchased between 12:00 a.m. Friday, August 5,
2016, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016.
The following items will be exempt from state sales tax during the tax holiday:
- Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
- School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
- School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.
So what kind of savings can be expected? The
of sales tax (combined state and local) in Summit County is 6.75%. A back-to-school
shopper making a qualifying purchase of $250 will avoid paying $16.88 in sales taxes.
Complete guidelines for the sales tax holiday are available on the Ohio
Deptartment of Taxation web site
For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click
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What is a Cluster?
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
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.