As most of you know, there is nothing that we like better as a staff then when former students return to visit us and this morning was no exception! Now a Junior who splits her time between Kenmore and Buchtel High Schools, Kimiera Grant is a girl on a mission! She is part of the vocational nursing program, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and participating in a WIDE variety of extracurricular programs. Kimiera plays volleyball, runs track & field events, along with being a member of DECA and she LOVES her art program in school (even winning a 2nd place with one of her projects!)
On a recent beautiful fall morning, we had two former students stop in to visit us! We have to admit, we LOVE THIS!! These two young men
are now Juniors at local High Schools and frankly, we couldn’t be more proud. In fact, they stayed with us for the morning and ended up talking to some of our current Akros Middle School students regarding their experiences and opportunities that they have had. Along with academic achievements, both of these young men are on a great and bright path into their futures.
Carlos admits that when he came to Akros in 7th grade that “I got into trouble in my younger years. I was risking my life and freedom by having to face being locked up. Being here at Akros, I got the attention I needed to further my education and want to pursue the right path.” Carlos is a very active student at Firestone High school, including participating in programs such as Falcon Friends, Upward Bound Classic, Alchemy Inc. and College Today for Kent State. He also maintains a 3.0-3.5 GPA and knows that his limitless with potential.
Tyrique has also had a fun-filled and busy career in high school! He has spent a lot of time working on his passion, which is music. Which includes singing, and songwriting, he has even been invited to sing with some local record labels! He has been on Merit Roll multiple times throughout his high school career and is currently enrolled in a vocational program working with Kenmore Construction.
Both of these young men and glowing representatives of the leaders we want to see in our community. We are so glad that they came back to visit us and look forward to hearing more of their successes in the future!
Akros students and staff have been having lots of fun participating in Spirit Week.
Students in Life Skills visited Stan Hywet Hall recently! They learned about the mansion which is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this year. They found out about the differences between today's technology and the things that were used in 1915. They also learned that you'd need about 12 million dollars to buy such a house today!
On a recent visit from the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education, both The Edge Academy and Akros Middle School were presented with the distinction of being "All-Star" School. Our visitors, Ms. Sue Westendorf and Ms. Beth Lear, from the OCQE, enjoyed touring both schools to see all of the learning and leadership occurring in our buildings. We are all so proud of the hard work of our students, staff and parents. Educating the future is definitely a team effort and we couldn't do it without you!
What exciting news! As we closed out the first 9 weeks of the school year 64 students were invited to attend the good behavior field trip. How do you earn such a field trip you may ask? To earn the good behavior field trip each 9 weeks, the students must have fewer than 5 violations and 5 absences. In this 9 week period, the field trip student leadership team chose laser tag for the field trip of fun. The 64 students were invited to a full day trip to Amazone in Medina, Ohio where they had all day play and laser tag, as well as 10 free tokens to play in the arcade. Students enjoyed hanging out together and we received so many compliments from the staff of Amazone as well as parents who brought their young ones in during the time we were there. We are so very proud of the students for displaying great leadership behavior in and out of the school!
Let's see how many students earn the second 9 weeks good behavior field trip. Can't wait to see!!
In an effort to make sure that all parents of Ohio middle and high school students know about Ohio’s College Credit Plus program, I ask that you work with your district’s middle school and high school principals to distribute the following letter to their students’ parents. These principals also have received a similar email request this morning.
Whatever channels you would normally use to communicate with parents, including the school or district website, newsletter or mailing list, should work fine.Click here to see a copy of the letter that your principals or staff can post, mail or email.
I know that you, like I, want to see your students and their families take advantage of every high-quality educational opportunity we can offer them. Getting our most motivated students on this early pathway to success can help you meet, and even exceed, the current expectations of the families of your community. Thanks very much for your help, and enjoy your weekend.
Dr. Richard A. Ross
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Akros Middle School will hold its Board Meetings for School Year 2015 on the following dates at 5:00 pm at The Edge Academy Library at 92 N. Union St. Akron, 44304:
Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Monday, January 11, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Board Meeting dates, changes and special meetings may also be accessed via this website www.akros4kids.org.Board meeting dates are also posted in the school office.