West Side Education News & Notes

ODE School Report Card results released

OHIO – On Sept. 15, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released the 2022 Ohio School Report Cards that include performance information for all schools in the state. According to an ODE press release, districts and schools did not receive overall ratings this year.
The report cards include five rated components and various report-only data. The five components – achievement, progress, early literacy, gap closing and graduation – will receive ratings from one to five stars, based on performance.
Ratings for schools in the West Side Leader coverage area include:
• in the achievement category: Akron Public Schools (2 stars), Copley-Fairlawn City Schools (5), Norton City Schools (4), Revere Local Schools (5), Woodridge Local Schools (3) and Highland Local Schools (5) ;
• progress: Akron Public Schools (2 stars), Copley-Fairlawn City Schools (2), Norton City Schools (3), Revere Local Schools (3), Woodridge Local Schools (5) and Highland Local Schools (5);
• early literacy: Akron Public Schools (1 star), Copley-Fairlawn City Schools (3), Norton City Schools (4), Revere Local Schools (5), Woodridge Local Schools (2) and Highland Local Schools (5);
• gap glosing: Akron Public Schools (3 stars), Copley-Fairlawn City Schools (5), Norton City Schools (5), Revere Local Schools (5), Woodridge Local Schools (5) and Highland Local Schools (5); and
• graduation: Akron Public Schools (1 star), Copley-Fairlawn City Schools (4), Norton City Schools (3), Revere Local Schools (5), Woodridge Local Schools (4) and Highland Local Schools (5)
“The more we understand the needs of students through the Ohio School Report Card results and other data, the better we can personalize education, focus instruction and tailor enrichment programs to accelerate and enhance learning,” said ODE Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens. “Ohio’s education community, together with families, is working to improve achievement for students. Our charge is clear and the work ahead remains more urgent than ever as we continue an emphasis on literacy and mathematics acceleration while providing supports and interventions to help students overcome obstacles to learning. “
The 2024-25 School Report Cards will also include a component that rates how well Ohio’s students are prepared for future opportunities, whether they plan to go to college, pursue a technical career, enter the workforce or join the military.
For more details on the results, search the report cards online at reportcard.education.ohio.gov.
For individual district responses to School Report Card results, check the West Side Leader for upcoming reports from school board meetings.

GAR Foundation renews funding to APS program

AKRON – GAR Foundation officials announced they will continue funding assistance for Essential Experiences, which provides Akron Public Schools students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade with a meaningful, co-curricular experience outside of the classroom.
The renewal provides an additional $ 2.1 million in support over the next three years, nearly doubling their initial investment.
Since its launch in 2019, Essential Experiences has served roughly 9,000 APS students each year through partnerships with key arts and cultural institutions throughout the Greater Akron area. The grantee partners are ArtSparks, Akron Children’s Museum, Akron Art Museum, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, Akron Zoo, Hale Farm & Village and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Students will visit these organizations to participate in educational programming directly connected to classroom learning.
Foundation officials stated the program coordinates learning with classroom learning before and after the field trips.
“GAR Foundation’s Essential Experiences has truly expanded the horizons of our scholars by creating what really are educational adventures,” said APS Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack. “These really are amplified field trips that offer young people a deep learning adventure that captures and holds their attention.”

Semifinalists selected in NMS program

AKRON – National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) officials have announced the semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Area semifinalists include: Colin Doss and Joseph Markowski from Archbishop Hoban High School; Elena Klingler, homeschooled; Ryan Lee and Bowen Zheng from Copley High School; Thomas Biery and Noor Shah from Walsh Jesuit High School; Andersen Mast from Highland High School; and Adelyn Brookover, Taylor Creveling, Devin Donich, Tate Johnson, Wesley Leong, Philip Liu, Calin Milicia, Sara Tomechko, Lauren Weil and Annabelle Yost from Revere High School.
According to NMSC officials, these high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships worth almost $ 28 million next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must advance to the finalist level of the competition, with about 95 percent of them expected to attain this standing and approximately half of the finalists winning a scholarship and earning the Merit Scholar title.
Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
High school juniors entered the scholarship program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT / NMSQT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% of US high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Area schools, teachers receive award for excellence in STEM education

GREATER AKRON – The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) has selected 45 Ohio schools and 544 teachers to receive The Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and Student Research for their accomplishments during the 2021- 22 school year.
According to OAS officials, each school will receive a special Governor’s Award certificate, and each teacher will receive a complementary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science. The Technology Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency funded the program.
The OAS initiated this educational partnership program in cooperation with the governor and The Technology Division of The Ohio Development Services Agency to recognize schools and teachers for excellence in STEM education and scientific student research.
The criteria for the award are: conducting a local science fair with 12 or more students and have two or more of these students participate in the Virtual District Science Day or have six or more students participate in the Virtual District Science Day when no local has been conducted; students participating in at least one more youth science opportunity beyond the classroom.
First established in 1985, the Thomas Edison Awards recognizes Ohio schools and teachers who stimulate scientific student research and technological design and extend experiential opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities.
For more information about the OAS, visit www.ohiosci.org
“These schools and teachers are connecting classrooms to the real world by demonstrating the relevance of STEM,” said Michael Woytek, OAS executive director. “They are developing a group of active and intrinsic learners.”
Award recipients include the following: Buchtel, Ellet, Hyre and Litchfield community learning centers, North High School, I PROMISE School, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts and National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM High School and Middle School and St. Sebastian Parish School.

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