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Winning in the Classroom

Borrowing her mother’s words, Tria Hummel says she “was born to teach.” The Canton Elementary Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners teacher seems to defy common-day perceptions (perhaps, misperceptions) about teaching: that it lacks creative freedom, that students who previously slipped through the cracks cannot catch up, that teachers must be as tough as … Continued



Warren high school students make natural dyes for a classroom lesson that links science, art, sustainability and entrepreneurship

Walnut shells soaked in water, boiled, muddled and strained create a dye with a rich sepia hue. Marigolds, processed similarly, generate a pot of pink possibilities. High school seniors studying environmental science at Summit Academy School for Alternative Learners-Warren Middle and Secondary are creating dyes from nature’s objects, many of which they planted in their … Continued


Egg Drop Challenge Puts Critical Thinking to the Test

Students from Summit Academy Transition High School  in Cincinnati crafted containers with everything from duct tape to Styrofoam and put them to the test during the school’s first Egg Drop Challenge. The objective: to land an egg without breaking it. Mission accomplished. Containers designed by students Isaiah Clay, Shelby Kruse, Kendra Meiser, Madison Taylor and … Continued



Pasta Dinner Fundraiser Set Sept. 5 to Support Akron Family

The public is invited to Pasta for a Purpose, Thursday, Sept. 5, 4-9 p.m. at Summit Academy Akron Middle School, 464 S. Hawkins Ave. in Akron. The event will support the family of the late Jesse Smith, a student of the school who passed on August 17 unexpectedly.   Tickets ($5 for adults, $3 for … Continued


Warren Elementary school swings into start with a soldier’s visit, sidewalk sentiments, snow cone tickets and smiles

Summit Academy Community School – Warren Elementary students were greeted with chalked sidewalk sentiments, snow cone tickets, handshakes from U.S. Army Sergeant Scott Soltis, and supportive smiles from school staff members this morning, for their first day of classes. Yesterday, Principal Allison Glass and roughly 20 teachers gathered to decorate the sidewalks surrounding the school … Continued


Akron fourth-graders discover a kindred spirit in teacher who faced learning obstacles as a child

When Amy Norris’ fourth-grade students arrive to her Summit Academy – Akron Elementary School classroom for the first day of classes next Thursday, you might guess she’s met them before. Her students, many with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and other challenges, find a kindred spirit in Norris, once a struggling student herself. “I missed … Continued


Teachers, intervention specialists and other educators get the first lesson of the school year

New academic staff members at Summit Academy Schools made the grade during a lesson at their August 9 orientation. Pictured from left to right, Summit Academy – Toledo teachers Marquita Murphy, Rebecca Sheldrick, Megan Gorman and Michelle work on a poster that represents Summit Academy Schools’ mission statement. The mission statement underscores that every child … Continued


6 tips for easing into the new school year

As summer slips by, anxiety tends to sneak up on children and parents as they wonder – and worry – about what lies ahead in the new school year. What’s more, the novelty of a new school year may never fully wear off, says Megan Fagan, a regional director for Summit Academy Schools. Going to … Continued


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