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10/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Akron Digital Academy adopting changes, hosting open house

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Digital Academy, a community e-school formerly sponsored by Akron Public Schools, is now sponsored by Warren County Educational Service Center.

David Bowlin, Ed.D., was recently appointed as its superintendent.

The school offers a blended program for students in sixth through 12th grades at various locations throughout Akron.

According to Bowlin, the school has partnered with Blended Schools Network to offer a more rigorous, up-to-date and college- and career-ready curriculum, with more than nine advanced placement courses, foreign languages and solid core courses in English, mathematics, social studies and science, coupled with intense literacy programs in reading and writing.

Also new is each student will be issued a free Google Chromebook, offering a new mobile learning environment, said Bowlin. Also, students are expected to come to school between two and four half-days per week, according to Bowlin.

Akron Digital also has a new logo, a new mission statement and a new attitude: “This Choice Changes Everything,” according to Bowlin.

Akron Digital Academy will host a Community Open House Oct. 22 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at 335 S. Main St. Attendees can meet staff, learn more about the school and tour new labs, and also learn about programs offered by the Summit County Juvenile Court, Mental Health of America, SAFE Landing, Haven of Rest and Beech Brook from agency representatives.

For more information, visit akrondigitalacademy.org or call 330-237-2200.


Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driving School offered at Revere

BATH — The Sports Car Club of America Foundation and Neohio Region will host Tire Rack Street Survival® Teen Driving School Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Revere High School, located at 3420 Everett Road. The cost is $75, with lunch included.

According to organizers, Tire Rack Street Survival is a national advanced driver education program that teaches teens the skills they need to stay alive behind the wheel. The program is intended to improve driver competence through hands-on experiences in real-world driving situations.

Students will receive a short classroom session and then will learn, hands-on, how to manage everyday driving hazards, obstacles and challenges in a controlled environment on an advanced driving course. Students will learn emergency braking, how to recover from a skid, skills to avoid accidents, emergency lane changes and how to use the steering wheel to get out of a dangerous situation. A coach is in the car at all times with the student, according to program officials.

Students are taught in their own cars, not specially prepared program vehicles, so the skills they learn can be directly translated to the vehicle they drive. Tire Rack Street Survival challenges teens to understand how to control a vehicle, rather than just operate one.

In the classroom, students will learn about proper seating position and hand positions; mirror placement; the concept of the contact patch of their tires; the theories of weight transfer; and the use of long-distance vision and situational awareness. Also discussed will be the challenges of distractions to the driver, be it the radio, iPods or cell phones for talking or texting, or too many teens in the car.

The Tire Rack Street Survival program is open to licensed and permitted drivers ages 15-21. Forms, schedules and more information can be found online at www.street survival.org.

For additional information, contact Pete Sedlak at 216-289-0840 or speedchaser43@yahoo.com.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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