The 2013 Teacher of the Year Banquet took place at Quaker Station on May 21, 2013. Fifty teachers were nominated as Building Teachers of the Year. Of those 50, eight were selected as finalists for Teacher of the Year. Thank you, teachers, for all of the hard work you do every day.
APS' annual Teacher Recognition ceremony was held last night (May 21, 2013) to honor all teachers and personally recognize some of the best in the business. #1 at APS is Timothy Zolyniak, music teacher extraordinaire at East Community Learning Center. Congratulations to Mr. Zolyniak! Check out the program, and look for our many wonderful teachers featured inside.
May Festival took place at Firestone High School on May 7, 2013. The performances took place by elementary choir students, the Middle School Honors Choir, Firestone Jazz Band, Firestone and Kenmore Honors High School Choirs and the Visual and Performing Arts dance students. Students' artwork were also on display.
The first annual Race for Case one-mile fun run/walk took place on Saturday in Akron. More than 500 registrants participated, sponsored by and for the benefit of the Case Elementary School PTA, and raised $10,000 toward technology purchases for the school.
David James took time of out of his very busy schedule to encourage students to do their very best. This school year, let's make all of the parents and staff that work so hard to help our students APS proud!
Akron Public Schools recognizes the important role community and parent volunteers play in its students' education. Indeed, it takes many hands to shape a child, and the effect is nowhere as apparent as in the results of the wonderful programs represented this evening. The 14 winners being honored, along with the 28 other nominees, bring to our schools a wealth of knowledge, service and compassion. The Volunteer Recognition Awards, sponsored by the Akron Board of Education and the Business Advisory Council, recognize those who have gone above and beyond in their involvement and contributions. Candidates are nominated by Akron Public Schools personnel in the categories of business, civic organization, individual, PTA and senior citizen. Each person who volunteers his/her time, talent or resources enhances the lives and educations of others. It is no small compliment to be labeled a "volunteer." Without them, the quality of education would diminish.
Superintendent David W. James discussed the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club's luncheon at The University of Akron's Martin Center on February 14. Questions were asked following the speech regarding related issues.
The latest installment of APS Shoutouts! on Tuseday, November 20 honored ward captains, lieutenants, campaign managers, and others who gave so much to spread the positive message of the Akron Public Schools. APS representatives, including Superintendent David W. James, Assistant Superintendent Ellen McWilliams, Executive Director of Business Affairs Debra Foulk, Director of Community Relations Carla Sibley and others recognized the invaluable service of so many that volunteered their time and effort to the campaign. These individuals were greeted with a round of applause, words of thanks, a breakfast of pancakes and sausage cooked by David James, and a few small gifts. During the event, Ellen McWilliams read a proclamation by Don Plusquellic, Mayor of Akron, praising the efforts of all involved and declaring November 20, 2012 as Team 61 Day! APS Shoutouts! honors APS employees who go above and beyond in their work for the district. APS chooses and surprises winners (a group, department or individual) every other week.
Superintendent David James, Mayor Don Plusquellic, as well as many members of the community, came out to celebrate the dedication of the newly named National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School.
Akron social activist and former deputy mayor Dorothy Ola Jackson spoke to APS students on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of the third annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program. Akron Public Schools Superintendent David W. James introduced Mrs. Jackson, the first African-American woman to serve in an Akron mayor's cabinet. The HistoryMakers, a national non-profit group, collects the stories of African-Americans. Successful African-Americans will speak to students across the country on Friday as living examples of the importance of committing to education and fighting apathy, underachievement and delinquency in schools.