Principal's Message

Dear Firestone Families,

The first quarter is complete.  Report cards are will be available online in Home Access on Monday.  If you have any questions you can email your scholar’s teachers, counselors and/or Academy principal.  It is also important to monitor your scholar’s attendance.  Attendance letters and report cards will also be arriving via the mail.   We know that attendance is important to success and we look forward to partnering with our families to help Firestone scholars succeed.

In our partnership, we need you to talk to your scholar about Tik Tok challenges and the seriousness of vandalism, disruptive behavior and the need to attend classes.  Recently, we have seen Tik Tok videos in which students pretend to scream at one another fighting.  We have also seen numerous acts of vandalism in our restrooms.  The significant destruction was done by our own students.  We have identified several acts of vandalism that have mostly occurred in the school restrooms and led to considerable disruption to bathroom accessibility, damage to school property, and costly repair expenses. These trends also disrupt the school day and hurt the learning environment. 

We cannot and will not tolerate this behavior.  If students see acts of vandalism being committed we encourage students to report that to an adult immediately.  Students and parents should know that the Akron Public Schools administration takes these offenses seriously. The consequences for vandalism and theft may include suspension, expulsion, and reporting to the Akron Police Department.  Students who video tape and post the vandalism occurring are aiding and abetting the act.  Aiding and abetting is against our APS Code of Conduct and will result in disciplinary actions as well.  

Pride in our school requires a commitment from all of the staff, scholars and families.  After the first quarter, there is lots to be proud of at Firestone.  Both Girls’ Volleyball and Cross Country have won City Series Championships.  We wish good luck to our band who qualified for the state competition to be held on November 5.  Our seniors have taken the ACT and attended Dream Day as they prepare for the next chapter in their journeys.  We have added new clubs this year as our scholars look to explore their interests and increase their voices in the community.  Scholars have had opportunities to join their voices together with other APS schools in leadership days, have participated in master classes at Kent State and numerous other unique experiences.  While this quarter has seen its bumps, there is lots to celebrate.  As Falcons, we must exercise respect for our fellow classmates, community and building.  It is the Falcon way, and it continues our long tradition of excellence.

Lastly, as we head into flu season Akron Public Schools has partnered with Akron Children’s Hospital to offer flu shots.  An informational letter, fact sheet, consent forms can be found on the APS website link here.  Consent forms are also available in the main office.  

We will continue to work with families and scholars to make Firestone a safe, respectful, productive and enjoyable learning community where all scholars learn and grow.  I look forward to our continued work together to help our students make responsible decisions in and out of school.  Please have a conversation with your scholar about why it is important to respect and take care of valuable resources that have been designed and created for their benefit and wellbeing.


Tina Loughry

Campus Principal

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