Superintendent David James, Mayor Don Plusquellic, as well as many members of the community, came out to celebrate the dedication of Buchtel Community Learning Center, the 27th CLC to be completed by Akron Public Schools.
SPARK Ohio offers direct support to families with three- and four-year-olds so they can be their children's first and best teachers. This free program prepares children for kindergarten at Leggett, Mason, McEbright, David Hill, Glover and Robinson Community Learning Centers. A Parent Partner visits the family, does screening with the child, and provides parents with activity packets that include books and other learning materials that they can use with their three- and four-year-olds. This year, 66 families with four-year-olds and 60 families with 3-year-olds participated to get their children ready for kindergarten. Since 2008, SPARK has served 313 families. On August 14, 2012, recognition of the 2012 class was held at Leggett Community Learning Center for all APS SPARK programs.
Students, staff and parents share their perspective on why education matters and what makes them APS PROUD.
How can you erase the past failures of students who never believed they could learn to read? LANGUAGE!® delivers intensive instruction and a powerful approach that accelerates the reading and writing process. This curriculum supports any student (grades 3–12) who is below the 40th percentile on standardized tests or who requires extra skill practice, such as students with special needs or English learners. This literacy curriculum (text and technology) is specifically designed to achieve reading gains as much as two years in one. Dr. Jane Fell Greene designed and piloted the LANGUAGE! curriculum in 1994–95 with 45 adjudicated minority students, ages 13–17. The controlled study included a non-treatment group of students from the same correctional program (Greene, 1996). Over 22 weeks, students gained significant and noteworthy academic progress in oral reading rate and accuracy, reading comprehension, spelling, and word identification skills. Watch the video of Dr. Fell Greene's visit to Litchfield Middle School to learn more!
The latest installment of APS Proud Shoutouts! honored Ryan Dumont, producer for APS Channel 15. In his first year as producer and manager for APS Channel 15, Ryan Dumont excelled at highlighting hundreds of student, staff and community events throughout the district. Ryan works tirelessly to film, edit and produce a variety of programs for Akron Public Schools including Ask Gilby®, MY APS testimonials and sporting events, just to name a few. Despite having a light staff and budget, Ryan always “makes it happen.” Congratulations, Ryan! You make us all APS Proud. 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.
In a speech to Congress on Feb. 24, 2009, President Obama encouraged every American to complete at least one year of education beyond high school, whether at a community college, or a four-year school, or through vocational training, or an apprenticeship. This video will tell you how to get ready for that education—and how the government will help you pay for it.
The fifth installment of APS Shoutouts! on Tuesday, May 8, honored Maggie Oliver, a teacher at Leggett CLC. Maggie began her career with APS in 2007 after she found her previous career in the business sector to be “unfulfilling.” Maggie provides dedicated service to students with autism at Leggett CLC all while working on her master’s degree, continuing to raise her autistic son and keeping everyone at Leggett CLC in a positive mode. Maggie has a significant amount of knowledge about autism and shares willingly with staff. She wrote articles on the subjects of literacy, comprehension and use of visuals for children with autism. Ms. Oliver spent endless hours making personalized books for her students and fun projects that involve their families. 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.
From cradle to career, Akron Public Schools gives students every chance to excel and achieve their dreams. From classrooms and experiments to field trips and recreation, these kids show us all why we are 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.
The fourth installment of APS Shoutouts! on Tuesday, March 27, honored Donna-Marie Smith, secretary for the Teaching and Learning Department. APS representatives – including Superintendent David W. James, assistant superintendent Ellen McWilliams, director of Community Relations Carla Sibley and executive director of Teaching and Learning Karen Gegick – recognized Donna-Marie with a round of applause, words of thanks, and cookies baked by culinary and restaurant management students at North High School. During her 28-year secretarial career at Akron Public Schools, Donna-Marie has served in Adult Vocational Services; Purchasing and Warehousing; Print Shop; Child Study; Student Services; with learning specialists for English language arts, fine arts, and currently the Department of Teaching and Learning. Donna-Marie also serves on the District Professional Practice Team for support staff and has been a mentor and a huge support to everyone involved. In addition to being an invaluable office support employee, Donna-Marie goes above and beyond by working with other secretaries to host a clothing drive for families in need. Whether she's supporting the staff, classroom, or children and their families, Donna-Marie is a shining example of what makes Akron Public Schools stand above the rest! 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.