Volume 1, Issue 11: February 20 2018
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.
2018 STEM Robotics Competition
2018 Altoona Area Junior High STEM Robotics Competition

Twenty-four teams of students, elementary to secondary, competed to design a robotic device/system meeting a specific design challenge. Students wored collaboratively applying knowledge learned in the classroom to the challenge of the project.

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A Special Thank You to Sheetz, Inc. and the AASD Foundation for their sponsorship of this event.

Also,thank you to Mr. Tim Dzurko, Mrs. Rachel Manack and Mrs. Lori Piper for all the planning and organization of the event.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration is now open for children who are 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018. Register now!

Online registration and forms can be found by clicking Kindergarten Registration Forms..

For more information go to Kindergarten Information.
AAHS Broadcasting Students Produce Promotional Package
AAHS Students Selected to Produce Promotional Package

AAHS was one of six schools selected to attend the 2018 PETE & C Expo and Conference at the Hershey Lodge. Broadcasting students Chase Wade, Casey Rispoli, Noah Ruggery and Matt Drzol along with AAHS Instructor Doug Sipes attended the conference.

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Baker Reading Buddies
At the end of each Reading Workshop unit, Kindergarten students at Baker Elementary show off their "Super Reading Powers" and flex their reading muscles by reading to their 6th grade Buddy.

Students began the program reading about 15 minutes with their Buddy. After three units the reading time has increased to 34 minutes!
Piano Donated to McAuliffe Heights
Pianos in public - an initiative that celebrates both the performing and visual arts was recently launched in the Altoona Area. The initiative starts with individuals donating upright pianos for the project. As of January more than a dozen pianos have been donated. McAuliffe Heights was selected as a recipient of one of the pianos. . Altoona musician Dr. David Villani recently visited McAuliffe Heights, where he taught the students about the history of the piano with the hope to inspire students to consider playing. The piano will stay at the school and 5th and 6th grade students will have the opportunity to create a design and paint the piano.
The project is led by the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
AAHS Speech League - 2018 District Champions
Twelve schools participated in the District Championships at Westmont on February 9, 2018 with AAHS bringing home the Championship honors.

Congratulations to the students and advisors, Mr. Mike Steininger and Ms. Amanda Woodring.
The String Spectacular will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 PM in the AAHS Auditorium. The concert will feature performances by the AAHS Orchestra, AAJHS Symphonic Orchestra, and the All-City Elementary Orchestra.

The All-City Elementary Orchestra consists of the advancing string players from grades 5 & 6 and students represent all eight elementary schools.
Spring Athletic Screenings Scheduled

Physicals are scheduled for AAJHS students who plan to participate in spring sports. Screenings will be held on February 22 at 3:00 PM in the AAJHS Training Room. High School students who missed screenings on February 15 may go to AAJHS on February 22.

AAHS Health and Phys. Ed. Department Hosts Regional Event
The AAHS Health & Physical Education Department hosted the Regional Conference for Health and PE on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Sixty instructors representing 23 schools from Blair, Cambria, and Centre counties attended. Two AAHS students, accepted to Slippery Rock University for Health and Wellness Education in the fall, attended to gather information about the profession.

AASD recently revised the Health & Phys. Ed.to reflect health and wellness, focusing on developing life-long fitness habits in students.

With the addition of spin bikes, rowing machines, bosu balls, and Fitbits to name a few, students have taken to the new curriculum.