I hope you are enjoying your summer break. It has gone by very fast! I also hope that you and your children have had some time to relax and have some summer fun. It won’t be long before the start of the 2016-2017 school year at Akros. We are really looking forward to the new school year.
Here are some very important dates:
- Open House on Monday, August 15 th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with the parent meeting beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Akros Cafeteria. We will be sharing our successes and discussing the upcoming school year. There are lots of exciting things to see! Your child will also be able to receive their schedule, meet their teachers, visit their classrooms, get into their lockers and check the bus schedules in the office.
- The first day of school is Wednesday, August 17th, 2016. If your child does not come to school within first 3 days of school, their spot will be forfeited and given to the next child on the waiting list.
There are just a few changes to the dress code which can be reviewed here for boys and here for girls. Please read the dress code completely. Please make sure to purchase school clothes for your children that meet the guidelines in the Akros Dress Code. Students are expected to be in complete dress code on the first day of school and every day throughout the school year. Also the 2016-2017 school calendar can be found here and student supply list. If you have any questions, feel free to call Mrs. Keen, Mrs. Piskula, or Mrs. DeCesare at (330)374-6704.
Please remember that all bussing must be approved by Akron Public prior to going to Petermann for routing. This can take up to ten business days from the time we send in the proper documents. If you have any changes, the proper documentation needs to get to Mrs. Keen immediately. Any other bussing questions should be directed to Petermann at (330) 773-4222.
We look forward to seeing you at Open House!
Mrs. Holly Piskula and Mrs. Faith DeCesare
Admin team at Akros Middle School
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!)
As everyone knows, we love nothing more at Akros Middle School than when former students take time out of their busy schedules to come and visit us! Talk about a surprise, these two ladies stopped in on Thursday afternoon and it was awesome! Please take a moment to read up on their successes. These are two leaders and students that we are so excited to see go into the future and become amazing women....oh wait...they already are!
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!
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!
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!
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!!
Akros Middle School will hold its Board Meetings for School Year 2017 on the following dates at The Edge Academy Library at 92 N. Union St. Akron, 44304:
Monday, July 25, 2016: 4:00 p.m.
Monday, September 19, 2016: 4:30 p.m.
Monday, November 21, 2016: 4:00 p.m.
Monday, January 23, 2017: 4:30 p.m.
Monday, March 20, 2017: 4:00 p.m.
Monday, May 15, 2017: 4:30 p.m.
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.
Board Members can be emailed through the staff page or by clicking here.
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