Volume 1, Issue 5: Novmeber 17, 2017
Welcome to The Mt. Lion Roar where you can read about some of the things happening in the Altoona Area School District. With nearly 8,000 students, AASD is the area's top choice for Academics, Arts and Athletics.
American Education Week
November 13-17, 2017
Jim Kuhn, Mary Ann Hofer, Dave Scott
Brad Hatch, Amy Brisbon, Patty Burlingame, Phyllis Hunter, Dr. Charles Prijatelj
Public education provides students with the foundation to learn, grow and develop into productive citizens. American Education Week is an opportunity to recognize the exciting things that happen on a daily basis that enhance student experiences.

Activities were held throughout the District to showcase just some of those things.

Service to Education Awards were presented to three community members who have significantly contributed to the enhancement of AASD programs. Mary Ann Hofer has volunteered as a Foster Grandparent in the School Age Parent Program since 1999. Jim Kuhn, Executive Vice-President of Reliance Bank, serves as an AASD Foundation Board Member and has volunteered time on the AAHS Q-SITE committee. Dave Scott, a partner at Young, Oakes, Brown & Co., Inc, has been instrumental in bringing speakers to the high school who have brought history to life with their real-world experiences.

AASD Foundation Sponsored a retirement dinner recognizing former employees who helped to build the traditions of excellence in education at AASD. Phyllis Hunter, computer operator, was recognized as the Non-Instructional employee, Amy Brisbon was recognized as the Instructional employee and Jack Chilcote (missing from photo) was recognized as the GACTC employee. Thank you to all our retirees.
Top Professional Youth Speaker to Visit Altoona
Bridging the Gap:
Helping Students Succeed in School and LIfe

Parents, students and community members are invited to attend a presentation by Ed Gerety, one of the top professional youth speakers and trainers in the United States. Gerety will speak in the AAHS Auditorium on Wednesday, November 29 beginning at 7:00 PM.

This high energy program will include practical ideas and techniques to help students make positive choices in the changes and challenges of school and life.

Gerety will speak with AAHS students, grades 9-12, in the morning and Hollidaysburg students in the afternoon prior to his community event.

The program, sponsored by the AASD Foundation, Hollidaysburg School District, Altoona School District and UPMC Altoona, is another opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of making good choices, doing the "right' thing and supporting one another.

Day of the Arts at Juniata Gap Elementary
Juniata Gap Elementary celebrated the 21 st Annual Day of the Arts. Over forty presenters shared talents, skills, and hobbies with students. Students were able to partake in crafts, yoga, karate, and even flower arrangement. Students also were able to display their artwork in the Art Gallery in the main lobby. It was a fun day for students to celebrate all the arts at Juniata Gap! 
Phillip Swartz Signs National Letter-of Intent

Congratulations to AAHS volleyball player Phillip Swartz who recently signed a Letter of Intent to continue his athletic pursuits at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

Swartz, a three year letter winner for the Mt. Lions plays as an outside hitter. He has played an integral role on two District Championship teams.

Swartz holds the Single Season ace record for the program at 70 in 2017, the Single Season kills record at 453 in 2017 and the Career ace record for the program at 122.

"Phillip has proven to be a very talented, coachable and hardworking student athlete who has taken all of the necessary steps to achieve his goal of playing volleyball at the collegiate level," said Coach Saboe. "We wish him all the best as he completes his high school career and moves on to the college ranks."
A Lesson in Robotics
Penn Lincoln students had a lesson in Robotics presented by AAHS students enrolled in the Engineering Robotics class.

Frank Harpster, AAHS Technical Education instructor, explained to students engineers solve problems. As he talked about the operation of the robots, he spoke in technical terms such as analogue vs. digital. High school students then paired with a a student to assist in the challenge. The challenge was to retrieve a ball and deliver to a predetermined bin for points. The challenge was difficult. After a quick retrieval of a ball one student exclaimed "I'm good at this stuff!"

Students share excitement as the challenge continued. "If you want kids to solve problems, they need to do meaningful things," said sixth grade instructor Mr. Haduck.

This was the third time students from the high school worked with Penn Lincoln students.
Student Council at Juniata Gap Elementary helped celebrate Veterans Day by honoring family members serving and who have served in the armed forces.

All branches of the military were represented. Students were invited to submit a photo and name of a family member. These photos are currently displayed in the main entryway of the school.

Juniata Gap is proud of all of our veterans! 
Students in Mrs. Beiswenger's 2nd grade class at McAuliffe Heights class sent a special thank you to the Veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Winter Sports Preview

Winter sports officially begins Friday, November 17. Check out our team preview and we hope to see you out cheering the Mt. and Lady Lions to victory!

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