The Building Leadership Team at Findley CLC implemented “Breakfast in the Classroom” service for 2012-13. As a result of this new approach to school breakfast, Findley CLC is feeding 400-450 students each morning—an increase of 100+ kids each day—in a calmer, less chaotic environment. The Findley CLC staff, students and parents are happy with the results, which include reduced discipline problems, reduced visits to the school nurse, more time to eat breakfast, and students who are well-nourished and better able to behave and succeed in the classroom. As one teacher puts it, “We never want to go back to the old way!” Congratulations, Findley CLC!
On February 7, 2013, the city of Akron honored one of their own. Singer Ruby Nash Garnett, the lone survivor of the group Ruby and the Romantics, as well as family members of the deceased band members, were present for the celebration. Hosted by Billy Soule, assistant to the mayor for community relations, the program featured proclamations from local representatives of the NAACP and the Akron Urban League. It also included musical and historical information about 1963, and presentations by Soule and Akron City Council President Garry Moneypenny. The program ended with a performance of Our Day Will Come (Ruby and the Romantics No. 1 Billboard hit from the 1960s) from Jasmine Moore, an eighth-grader at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame® School Center for Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) celebrated the 2013 Chinese New Year (the year of the snake) on Friday, Feb. 15, with a student-led program featuring interactive performances and displays of Chinese culture. Student activities included a Chinese lion and dragon dance, piano and violin performances of traditional Chinese New Year music, Chinese New Year vocal song routines, and a traditional Chinese dress/fan fashion show. Others invited to participate were the Cleveland Chinese School, a University of Akron student who lived in China for a year and two martial arts groups. In China, the new year celebration lasts 15 days.
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.
Students and staff at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts gave a presentation on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following a series of very special performances and testimonies by students and staff, Dr. Ellen McWilliams gave a closing speech about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the importance of service to our fellow man.
Island Breeze, a Hawaiian group that shares a taste of island culture through dance, song and inspirational messages, visited Seiberling Elementary School Monday, Jan. 14. The group spoke to students about the power of good character and reinforced the importance of reading. Seiberling chose to focus on Hawaiian themes for its 100 Book Challenge reading program this year. Island Breeze tours worldwide. The group was in the area for its annual trip to Hartville, Ohio. Hosts Howard Miller and Ruby Whittmer, owners of the Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market, hosted the group and helped make the visit to Seiberling possible.
Hyre students were involved in a PBL at Hampton Hills and Highland/Dover national parks. They conducted Phosphorous, Ph and Nitrogen tests on the soil and used the data collected to formulate hypotheses about the results of reforestation on those environments. On November 20th, the students presented their findings to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Rangers at Hyre CLC.
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.
APS Coaches for the Boys and Girls Akron City Series League talk about the 2011-2012 season and the exceptional students they brought with them.
Grandparents and Veterans were honored at an event at Windemere CLC on November 2, 2012. As part of the event, students from 1st-grade and 2nd-grade sang a patriotic medley to those in attendance.
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