West Side Education News & Notes
APS open enrollment begins
AKRON — Akron Public Schools (APS) is accepting open enrollment applications through Feb. 1 for the 2013-14 school year.
Applications may be downloaded at www.akronschools.com/departments/open-enroll ment/enrollment-dates and are available at all APS schools and the APS Administration Building at 70 N. Broadway St. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1. All applicants will be notified in writing by May 1.
Some schools have limited or no space.
APS offers free kindergarten, college access programs, career education, advanced placement courses and foreign languages.
A separate open enrollment period began in December for APS’ specialty programs at the following schools: National Inventors Hall of Fame® School ... Center for STEM Learning; National Inventors Hall of Fame Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) High School (current eighth-graders only); Firestone High School (for the International Baccalaureate, Akron School for the Arts and pre-engineering/aerospace programs); and Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Those applications were due Jan. 4.
For more details, call the open enrollment office at 330-761-2810 or 330-761-2811.
SWCD promoting Envirothon
CANFIELD — The Summit Soil and Water Conservation District once again is promoting the annual Area II Ohio Envirothon, which will take place April 24 at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road.
The Envirothon is an outdoor academic competition in which teams of high school students test their knowledge of soils, wildlife, aquatic ecology, forestry and current environmental issues.
Each team consists of five students, all from the same high school. They work cooperatively with each other to answer questions at five test stations. Each year there is an area of focus, and this year it is “Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a Balance Between Traditional Agricultural Uses and Non-Agricultural Uses.”
The Envirothon exposes students to natural resource professionals and current conservation issues.
The tests are graded, and the top four teams move on to the state competition. The state competition has a similar testing format over a two-day event. This year, the State Envirothon will take place June 9-11 at Deer Creek State Park in Fayette County. The winning team from the state competition will move on to the National Canon North American Envirothon Aug. 4-9 at Montana State University in Bozeman.
Call the SWCD at 330-929-2871, ext. 16, for more information.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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