APS faculty, board members and students from all over the district competed in the 7th Annual Cardboard Canoe Competition on Tuesday, March 26. The cardboard canoes competition is the brainchild of Dan Spak, Firestone High School engineering teacher, and is part of the APS Career Education department. The competition, now in it's seventh year, combines all the STEM principles into a single challenge. For the students, it is a wonderful opportunity for them to put their classroom learning into practice. For the adults, it is a chance to have fun and pit their own skills against their kids' skills.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Hall, Media Specialist and Digital Literacy Learning Coach for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Center for STEM Learning, is an advocate for an innovative approach to getting learners interested in reading. As the culmination of their summer reading event, Coach Hall has her students begin by choosing and reading a book over the summer. Once class resumes, the students must try to "sell" that book to their peers. This event is set up similar to a speed dating format; but, instead of selling themselves, they are selling a book (or story) to their classmates. The students have one minute to cajole, entice and convince their classmates to read their book using only props and their own passion for the story.
From the unique to the extraordinary, Akron Public Schools staff, students, and graduates are enriching lives and communities. Find out what the buzz is all about! Watch and learn why everyone is saying "I'm APS PROUD!" Samuel George is a student at the National's Inventor Hall of Fame STEM School.
From the unique to the extraordinary, Akron Public Schools staff, students, and graduates are enriching lives and communities. Find out what the buzz is all about! Watch and learn why everyone is saying "I'm APS PROUD!" Brant Anderson is the proud parent of a student at the National Inventor's Hall of Fame STEM School.
From the unique to the extraordinary, Akron Public Schools staff, students, and graduates are enriching lives and communities. Find out what the buzz is all about! Watch and learn why everyone is saying "I'm APS PROUD!" Edna Moore is the proud parent of a student at the National Inventor's Hall of Fame STEM Middle School.
Fifty teachers were nominated as Building Teachers of the Year. Of those 50, eight were selected as finalists for Teacher of the Year. To showcase why these very special individuals were chosen, this video montage was constructed and was shown during the 2012 Teacher of the Year Banquet on May 22, 2012. This is just a small sampling of the great teachers and staff we have in APS. Thank you, teachers, for all of the hard work you do every day.