Principal's Message

January 30th, 2023

Dear Firestone Families,

If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s grades and/or progress, I encourage you to reach out to the teachers.  We offer tutoring after school from 3:15-4:15, as well as virtual tutoring through the Tutor Me app in the APS portal.  As we begin the second semester, we are excited by all the events that will be taking place. Our First Semester Recognition Assembly will be this Thursday, February 2.  Winter formal will be held at Firestone on Saturday, February 11.  Juniors will be taking the ACT on February 28.

Scheduling for next year is starting as well.  During freshman seminar, our freshmen are ranking their pathways for next year.  Counselors are visiting classes to inform students about their options for next year, and class requests are being submitted.  During our interim report pick up on February 16, families can meet with counselors if there are concerns about course requests and scheduling related questions.  Families will begin to see their students' requests for next year in HAC. 

Akron Public Schools has announced a new policy for students attending sporting events.  Students will only be able to attend the game if they are a student at the school who is playing in the contest.  Students who would like to attend games in which their school is not participating must be accompanied by a guardian.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Fuller, Firestone Athletic Director or Joseph Vassalotti, APS Athletic Director.

Lastly, we will begin using the new open gate metal detectors on February 9, 2023.  Over the past months, we have had more staff helping with bag searches, and this addition will also improve our safety and efficiency in the mornings.  Students who arrive at school by 7:55 are in class by 8:05.  Students need to be in class by the 8:05 tardy bell.  Students who arrive late are missing valuable instruction, cause a distraction for others and are in danger of being excessively truant.    

I know this second semester will go quickly as seniors finalize their plans for next year, juniors start focusing on the ACT and college decisions, and our freshmen and sophomores take OST tests in preparation for their graduation.  Our arts programs are finalizing their portfolios and shows, our IB and AP students are preparing for exams and our student organizations are looking to qualify and/or compete in state competitions.  There is much to do at Firestone. If any student has questions about our clubs they can see Mrs. Copeland, our Leader of Campus Support.


Tina Loughry

Campus Principal

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