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October 6, 2020

Middle School Students-of-the-Month – September 2020


The Student-of-the-Month Recognition is designed to recognize students for their exemplary academic efforts, community service, citizenship and behavior.


• Displaying the character trait of the month
• Earning 80% or higher in all subjects
• Attending school at least 95% of the time
• Dress code is worn on required days


Student Name: Chloe Johnson-Davis

Teacher: Nagy, Kunsman, Taylor, Grayson/Gorham

Grade: 8th

Tell us about the student:

Chloe meets each of the requirements listed for student of the month. She has perfect attendance so far this school year and is always on time to class. She consistently displays September’s character trait of self-control even in some of the most trying situations. Every day she brings a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn to class, is always on task, and produces quality work. We are pleased to select her to represent the 8th grade as September student of the month!



Student Name: Danielle Agee

Teacher: Nagy, Kunsman, Taylor, Grayson/Gorham

Grade: 7th

Tell us about the student:

Danielle brings value to each of our classes. She is consistently on task in class and her participation adds value to each lesson. The work she produces is of high quality as well. Her attendance is admirable and she always follows dress code when required. Danielle exhibits the character trait of self-control daily and we are pleased to select her to represent the 7th grade as September student of the month!



Student Name: Ke’Ajah Shepherd

Teacher: Nagy, Kunsman, Taylor, Grayson/Gorham

Grade: 6th

Tell us about the student:

Ke’Ajah exemplifies each of the Student of the Month characteristics. Not only is she present and maintains a high rate of attendance, but she is also mentally present in each class. Her dedication to school work is respectable and she contributes immensely to the discourse in all subjects. Ke’Ajah models the character trait of self-control daily and continuously proves to be a role model to her peers. Because of these reasons, we are pleased to select her to represent the 6th grade as September student of the month!

September 9, 2020
September 2, 2020

Parent Letter – 9/1/20


Dear Parents and Guardians:

These last couple of weeks have been a great opening to the new school year. We would like to give you information to make your family’s experience at East Academy the best learning experience possible.


We still are having a lot of tardy students in the morning and early pick-ups.

BREAKFAST: We serve breakfast from 7:30-8:00 a.m. daily.

INSTRUCTION: Teaching begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students are marked tardy after 8:05 a.m.

DISMISSAL: We start dismissal at 3:25 for students who walk and take the bus. Dismissal for others is at 3:30 pm.


Hybrid: Tuesdays- Scholars will bring home breakfast and lunch for Wednesday.

Thursdays- Scholars will bring food home for meals for Fridays and Mondays.

Virtual: Orders must be placed by Friday mornings by 9:00 a.m. to be picked up in your child’s building on Mondays between 1:15-2:00 pm. * If you have given your order to be renewed weekly, you do not need to call in your order. If you want to be on a weekly renewal, please let Ms. Monique know for future weeks.

DRESS CODE: The Dress Code is part of the Student Handbook. Wearing the Dress Code is NOT an OPTION. There are certain exceptions that will be approved by Dr. Sherman, Principal and Superintendent.

The student dress code is as follows:

Girls • Any solid colored polo shirt (long or short sleeve); undergarments must also be solid colored (e.g., t-shirts); • Black, navy, or khaki skirts, skorts, jumpers, or slacks. NO COLORED DENIM may be worn. Skirts, skorts, and jumpers must be knee length. No floor length dresses, jeans, sweatpants, overalls, leggings or jeggings. Uniform shorts may be worn during the months of April through September only; Uniform shorts are black, navy, or khaki and must be knee length. Dress shoes or plain black or white tennis shoes may be worn.

Boys • Any solid colored polo shirt (long or short sleeve); undergarments must also be solid colored (e.g., t-shirts); • Black, navy, or khaki slacks. NO COLORED DENIM may be worn. No jeans or sweatpants. Uniform shorts may be worn during the months of April through September only; • Black or brown belts must be worn around the waist (no “sagging”); • Dress shoes or plain white or black tennis shoes may be worn.

Hair-The expectation for all scholars is that you come groomed ready for school; head raps, scarfs, or “do-rags” are not acceptable for school. When scholars leave for the day, they are free to wear them but not at school. We are preparing scholars for the next phase of life.

LANGUAGE-There is the expectation that both staff and scholars will speak to each other in a respectful manner. As part of the learning process we connect with scholars where they are but we are trying to move towards ‘academic language’ when in the classroom or school environment. Language and communication will look different depending on the audience or to whom the conversation is with. It is the academic language that will help students increase their language fluency and will help them perform better academically.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call us at (216) 383-1214.


Warm regards,
Dr. Sheila L. Sherman
East Academy



August 27, 2020

East Academy featured on The 74 Million

Patrick O’Donnell, correspondent at The 74, visited East Academy on the second day of school and spoke with staff and parents about the school reopening which include three learning options for families: Traditional (5 days at school), Online (5 days at home), and Hybrid (mixed).

Dr. Sheila L. Sherman is quoted, “We know we have diverse needs among our families…by offering these three modalities, we put the decision in the parents’ hands.”

The article features photos and focuses on the Traditional option which about one-third of students have selected so far this school year. Parents are quoted about the reasons they have chosen this option–a preference for in-person learning and the need to work outside the home.

Read the full article: Giving Parents Choices as Pandemic Continues

August 21, 2020

Online & Hybrid Student Internet Reimbursement Policy

Internet Service Provider reimbursement is available to students enrolled for the 20-21 school year. Eligibility for reimbursement is dependent on the family qualifying for the National School Lunch Program and other requirements outlined below.

  • Amount: $25 per month, per household (not per student)
  • Payment: Twice per year (February 2021 & August 2021)
  • Eligibility & Requirements:
    • Family must qualify for the National School Lunch Program
    • Student must be enrolled in the Online or Hybrid learning model for the 20-21 school year
    • Student & family must be in good standing with the school (verified home address on record, active enrollment, regular attendance, participation in state and local testing requirements, etc)
    • Reimbursement is per household (not per student). Families with students residing in multiple households are not eligible for multiple reimbursements. In this situation, families must determine a primary household and submit receipts accordingly.
  • Process:
    • Families will be required to submit receipts from their Internet Service Provider to the school office:
      • No later than January 15th in order to receive a reimbursement check in February for the months of August-December 2020.
      • No later than July 15th in order to receive a reimbursement check in August for the months of January-June 2020.
    • Families will be asked to verify their mailing address with Proof of Residence documentation prior to the distribution of the reimbursement check.
  • Exceptions:
    • Reimbursement will be pro-rated for any partial months the student is actively enrolled. For example, if the student is actively enrolled fewer than 15 calendar days, the reimbursement amount will be process at $12.50 for the month.
    • Students enrolled in the Traditional model who meet the eligibility requirements will be eligible for reimbursement if the school is required to suspend face-to-face learning for a period of time based on public health guidance and in coordination with ACCEL Schools and local public health officials.
  • To read the full policy, click here.
August 17, 2020

A Day in the Life: Your Plan for Successful Online Learning


New to online learning? Worried about preparing for fall? Want to make sure your child can stay on track?  Don’t worry, we have you covered!


We have created a plan that is simple to follow no matter what grade your student is in!

  • Every day, make sure your student is logged in by 8:00am
  • Every day, your student will meet online with their teachers. You will be provided with a schedule the first week of school.
  • Not all learning will happen online. There will be time every day to students to practice what they have learned independently offline.
  • Your school will give you a schedule to help keep you on track and prepped for success.

You and your student have a login. You have a schedule. You have great teachers.

We just need a couple of things from you to help make this a great year.

  • Set up a work area for your student that is quiet and free of distractions.
  • Log in to Canvas every day with your observer account to help your student stay on track.
  • Take the parent orientation course to teach you about all the great tools that Canvas has to keep you and your student on track.

Get school updates, learning resources, tech support, and more in the tabs on our dedicated COVID-19 page.

Ready for the school year? You’ve got this!


July 27, 2020
July 9, 2020

20-21 Learning Options for Students

We are happy to announce that our students will have multiple learning options for the 20-21 school year:

  • Traditional  In-person learning at the school building with added safety protocols and procedures.
  • Online At-home learning supported by teachers, technology, and curriculum specifically built for online learning.
  • Hybrid A mix of Traditional and Online learning with in-person and at-home components.

Over the coming weeks we will be releasing more detailed information. Please:

  1. Check your email, school website & Facebook page the Week of July 13 for further description of these models including logistical details like safety protocols, technology, and transportation.
  2. Plan to attend our upcoming Online 20-21 School Year Information Session—date and time will be announced soon!
  3. After attending the info session, please select the option for your student(s) by Friday, July 31st. Your student will be enrolled in the Traditional Cohort unless we hear a different selection from you by 7/31. To select your options, visit: www.accelschools.com/Fall2020

Thank you. We look forward to educating your student this school year!

June 29, 2020

Free School Meals

We offer free breakfast and lunch to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally-assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, USDA-compliant meals to students each school day.