April 2014

2nd Annual College and Career Readinees Day (CCR)

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Wednesday, April 23, is the second annual College and Career Ready (CCR) Day for Akron Public School students. CCR Day is an instructional field trip designed to allow students to connect daily learning to College and Career Pathways. Whether your student is college or career bound, this day will be filled with activities to help him or her prepare for the next step.

The plan for the day, by grade level, is as follows:

ALL 9TH graders will report to school and be transported to the STEM High School to participate in a college and career fair. They will hear from college admissions personnel regarding college success, explore career education options available within Akron Public Schools, participate in a Q&A session with a college student panel and more.

ALL 9TH graders will report to school and be transported to the STEM High School to participate in a college and career fair. They will hear from college admissions personnel regarding college success, explore career education options available within Akron Public Schools, participate in a Q&A session with a college student panel and more.

All 10th graders will report to school and be transported to various area colleges and universities for a campus visit.

All 11th graders will report to school and take the ACT Plus Writing college entrance exam (valued at $52.50) at no cost to the family.

12th graders will choose from the following options in place of reporting to school:

• Make a formal college visit or schedule an orientation appointment with his/her chosen school to finalize plans (financial aid, testing, orientation, housing, etc.) for enrollment in fall 2014.

• Participate in a job shadowing experience

• Participate in a community service project

Note: Seniors will be responsible for scheduling their opportunities and getting them approved by the appropriate high school staff person by April 18, 2014.

Please make sure your student turns in his signed permission slip (grades 9 or 10) or his CCR Day option sheet (grade 12) on or before April 18.

*April 23 will be a shortened school day. Following the activities of the day, students will have lunch before being dismissed from school. Dismissal will begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Mrs. Yvonne Culver, College Access Program Manager at 330.761.3032.

From the desk of AASL

Important Reminder for Parents


Pack the Park is our annual event where the STEM High School welcomes our new incoming freshman class, during the home opener of the Akron Rubber Ducks. Join us on April 10, 2014 at 6:30pm and help us give the class of 2018 and their families a warm STEM welcome. I can't wait to see you there.

Tickets are $6Diamond Ball fudnraiser is $5, both can be purchased by contacting Mr. Nicik directly at franknikic@gmail.com or330-730-3452; $11 gets one game ticket and 5 chances to win at the Diamond Ball Toss. We deserve an evening at the ball park, help us welcome our new freshman STEM class (2018)!

A night for the adults.

AASL is excited to announce and invite you to our first annual STEM Parents Night Out. This annual scholarship fundraiser includes a raffle dinner and crazy fun. Funds raised will benefit graduating NIHF STEM learners. The event will be held on May 16, 2014 from 6p.m. - 9p.m. and is a perfect way to unwind, enjoy the company of wonderful friends and support your high school and our dedicated learners. Mark your calendar May 16th from 6pm - 9pm.

Basket themes

In two months AASL will be holding its 1st Annual Scholarship Dinner Raffle, "Come Grow with us. Plant a Seed with STEM"!

This is an important fundraiser for our learners as the proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund. We need everyone's help to get our scholarship fund off the ground. As such, we are hoping to fill up with basket donations to be raffled off during the event! We are asking families help to put together a basket from each grade. Our learners have decided on a theme for their basket .

Freshman Basket Theme : Family Fun Vacation

Sophomore Basket Theme :Summer Time Athletics

Have some fun choosing an item for the basket theme. Please bring your items into the school office . There will be boxes awaiting your donation. If your are donating a gift card please give the gift card to Coach Derrig.

Need an idea or someone to pick up your item please call :

Jacqueline Borkowski 330 564-6335 Freshman Basket Ideals

Kathy Delaney 330-283-5913. Sophomore Basket Ideals

We ask all items to PLEASE be Donated BY May 2. If every learner brings in just one item these baskets will be overflowing with great things! Thank you in advance for anything that you give!! If families would like to create and donate their own basket we would gladly accept your generosity. Please call Florence Whitmire Scholarship Fundraiser Chair at 330 472-9111 with questions about donating a basket.

Coach Appreciation Week

Coach Appreciation Week is quickly approaching, for more information our website at www.akronadvocatesforstemlearning.org

Spring Reminders

Early Release

April 10 @2:00pm

April 23 CCR @ 1:00pm

April 24 @ 2:00pm

College Fair at UA

April 7th 9:00am -1:00pm

Candid Pictures COMING SOON

Capture your creativity forever during our Candid Picture day. Carmen Studios will be at the high school will be after morning meeting. Participation is only for the creative and innovative learners... :)

Goodyear Engineering Day @ UA 8:00am - 2:30pm

Participate in tons of hands on activities, problem solving challenges and mind challenges. Join us as STEM HS competes with other area engnineering students. Guaranteed to be super fun!

ALICE Training

Monday April 14th Akron Police Department will facilitate an ALICE training learners and coaches. ALICE training is designed to prepare learners and coaches how to respond to instruders in our school. ALICE is a set of proactive strategies to increase chances of survival in the event of an intruder. ALICE stands for:

Alert - use specific language to inform asn many people as possible.

Lockdown - barricade the room, silence all mobil devices and prepare to evacuate...

Inform - communicate the shooters location in real time.

Counter - create noise, movement, distance and distractions with the INTENT of reducing accuracy of the intruder.

Evacuate - when it is safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone.

The training will take place in the auditorium for 10th graders at 8:15 and for 9th graders at 9:15. Training sessions generally last about 45mins and are design to engage and education staff and learners on what is expected in the event of an emergency.

College Visits

April 15th - John Carroll (permissin slips due to Coach Howard by April 11th)

April 16th - Case Western Reserve (permission slips due to Coach Howard April 11th)

Interim Report Pick up

April 17th 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Follow the link to reserve time with your learning coaches.

Please sign up for Interim Report Card Pick Up #3 - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/3MFkmB
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Chipotle for Dinner

"Layer Your Flavor" April 22nd from 5pm -9pm at Chipotle on Howe Ave. Support the Stress Free Club in their efforts to raise a healthy consiousness. Tweet a picture of your bowl, taco, salad or burrito for a chance to win free STEM gear in the "Layer your FLavor" contest. Its simple, place your order, take a picture and tweet it to @NIHFHS #layeryourflavor

The most creative meal wins.

College Visit - CCR

The district has planned for all STEM sophomores to visit STARK STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE on April 23rd from 8:00am - 1:00pm. Once returing form the campus learners will be relaese as part of the district early release schedule at 1pm. Permission slips are due to either your advisor, or the main office no later than Friday April 18th. There will be NO 10h grade courses offered at STEM during CCR day, as all district 9th graders will be participating in CCR activities here at the STEM high school.

Barnes & Nobel Weekend

STEM Showcase at Barnes & Nobel in Montrose April 26th 11am-2:30pm. Stop by and pick up your summer reading books and benifit the STEM ELA department. 30% of all proceeds this weeked will be doanted to the STEM High School.

STEM Anual Talent Show

May 2nd at 2:pm. You do not want to miss this epic event.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Interested in learning more about the University of Akron pathways and requirements for dual credit? Coach Howard can lead you through general information, ACT benchmarks, ACT testing days, ACT practice sessions and application requirements. If you were unable to attend earlier sessions please email Coach Howard choward@akron.k12.oh.us

Volleyball Intramurals

Volleyball Intramurals begin Tuesday immediately afterschool in the gym. ONLY those learners who are participating in intramurals or other afterschool activities that take place in the gym are permitted in the gym. All other learners are required to wait for their rides near door number 1 at 3:40pm.

MORE Testing

Our learners have endured an enormous amount off testing (state and district mandates) this year. We are almost finished, with the exception of end of the year exams.

MAP (Progress Monitoring): April 4th - April 25th

Compass (College Readiness): March 17th - April 25th


If your learner is scheduled to take the ACT at the end of April, this session is a must and it’s FREE! During the week of April 7th more than 100 STEM learners will participate in a 3 hour ACT prep session at the high school. If your learner is interested in participating in this session designed to demystify and arm them with strategies please email Coach Howard at choward@akron.k12.oh.us.

(Learners taking the ACT in April recieve enrollment preference.)


Hate following the rules? Does your learner always as "Why"? Is your learner always looking for a way to do things "different"? Then, they just might be one of our community’s most powerful economic stimulants. We invite all interested learners to join our Center for Entrepreneurial Learning on a field trip to University School. They will be introduced to other young entrepreneurs, and be enmeshed in culture of creation. Approximately 25 learners have signed up for this event. For more information feel free to contact Coach Bridenthal aissac2@akron.k12.oh.us or Coach Rauschenberger brausche@akron.k12.oh.us.


Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support the National Hall of Fame High School. Just come into the Cuyahoga Falls Chipotle on Howe & Home

Ave. on Tesday, April 22nd, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, and bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier and they'll get 50% of the proceeds. Bring in the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier and they'll get 50% of the proceeds.