Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the
schools of the East Cluster.
East High Sports
Mar. 28 @ 1:00 p.m.
at Reservoir Pk.
Mar. 30 @ 4:30 p.m.
Mar. 28 @ 9:00 a.m.
Mike Bevan Invitational
East Students Mean Business
East High students fared well at the recent district competitions sponsored by
chapter of the Business Professionals of America.
Nine students qualified to advance to state competition March 12 & 13 in Columbus.
is the complete list of East High placements.
Seiberling Learns to Eat Better
Seiberling third graders now know how to create balanced meals, how to read food labels,
and how to burn off fat after a recent visit from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
The students took part in the "You Are What You Eat" presentation, part of the Museum's
are some details of the Museum's visit.
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Contracts for Wojcik, Shaw
won't be renewed
There will be some new faces on the sidelines at East High
basketball games during the upcoming 2015-16 season.
Ron Linger, interim Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics for
the Akron Public Schools (A.P.S.), and former Athletic Director at East,
has announced that contracts for current boys' basketball coach, Joe Wojcik,
and current girls' basketball coach, LaCresia Shaw, will not be renewed.
He states that East principal, Felisha Gould, "...has decided to move in a
Shaw will continue to be the head volleyball coach at East.
is the link to the A.P.S. job postings web page.
Year-Round Schools for Akron?
Superintendent floats the idea
Year-round classes could be coming to an Akron Public School (A.P.S.) near you.
This possibility was offered by School Superintendent, David James, at his State of
the Schools message on February 24.
James, a proponent of year-round schooling, said "I think this is going to happen sooner rather than later."
The Superintendent would like to adjust the A.P.S. academic calendar to help
combat what he calls the "summer slide." This, as James pointed out in a
WKSU interview, is when students "...forget content and then at the beginning of
the year, teachers are spending the first couple of weeks going over stuff that kids
should have learned already."
As with any major systemic change, there are many details to be worked out:
for example, the financing of a longer school year and necessary adjustments to
The entire text of the Superintendent's speech can be seen
James' remarks to WKSU's M.L. Schultze are available
For a summary of the entire State of the Schools address, read the Akron Beacon Journal article
Linger Takes New Job
Interim head of interscholastic sports
Someone familiar to the East High family, Ron Linger, has been appointed
by the Akron Board of Education to be the interim Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics
for the school district.
He takes over for the recently retired Joe Howard.
Linger, a 1976 East High grad, has 32 1/2 years of service with the Akron Public Schools.
He previously served as East's Athletic Director. He aslo taught and coached at Central-Hower
and taught at Firestone.
Linger's resume also includes being selected as the center on the
Beacon Journal All-City football
for the 1975 season.
To listen to the WAKR interview with Linger, click
Giving Peace a Chance
Tips to dealing with the police
Sometimes people are in doubt about what to do when stopped by the police.
Sometimes this doubt can lead to unnecessary confrontations. The group Akron
and the City of Akron are working to prevent these unfortunate encounters.
Members of PeaceMakers, all Akron Public School (A.P.S.) students, gave a presentation
at the Feb. 11 meeting of Akron City Council to offer their plan to educate the public
— especially their fellow students.
The group is in the process of distributing informational
entitled "You and the Law," to all A.P.S. middle and high school students.
The cards offer helpful advice such as: "Your basic rights and responsibilities
may not always be clearly defined by law enforcement officials. If stopped or
detained, politely ask the officer 'why' in a manner that is not confrontational."
For more detail on the efforts of the PeaceMakers,
is an article from Leader Publications.
is a report broadcast on National Public Radio.
(Photo courtesy of Akron Beacon Journal )
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