Volume 1, Issue 4: Novmeber 3, 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.
AASD Board of Director Dick Lockard Recognized for 44 Years of Service
On November 13, Dick Lockard will attend his last School Board Meeting after having served 44 years as a Director of the AASD School Board.

Lockard was honored for his many years of service prior to the start of the Mt. Lions' final home game on Friday, October 27 by PSBA Member Services Manager Karen Devine. Lockard was added to the PSBA Honor Roll. Lockard also served as the Mt. Lions' Honorary Captain.
Guiding the College-Bound Athlete

How do you get an Athletic Scholarship? What does it take to be a college athlete today? When does the recruiting process start? Do smaller colleges have money for athletes?

Learn the answers to ALL these questions and more on:

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the AAHS Auditorium when our AASD Athletic Department hosts the “Student-Athlete & College Recruiting”.

This FREE seminar is a MUST for ALL athletes in grades 8-12 who want to play sports in college, and their parents.  

J uniata Gap helps Scare Away Breast Cancer!
            Students raised a total of $707.50 at Juniata Gap to help fight breast cancer! Each classroom, meeting their goal, chose a Halloween costume for their teacher to wear on October 31 st . Juniata Gap had some pretty spooky characters walking the halls and teaching in classrooms including a pirate, Fred Flintstone, the Nittany Lion, and even a Unicorn Fairy! Students also participated in a Pink Out to support breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. 
Students in 3rd & 6th grade at Pleasent Vally Elementry School got a surprise visit for lunch last week as the Altoona School District police officers attended their lunch period.
Director of Police Services Billy Pfeffer and his staff are using these opportunities to get familiar with the kids as well as letting the kids spend time with the officers to ask questions and get to know them.
The Ribbon Project
For the second year, students in the Art 1 course with Ms. Close completed the Ribbon Project in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Displayed at the UPMC Altoona Cancer Center, the artwork symbolizes hope for all cancer patients and survivors. A single pink ribbon is woven throughout the mural and students incorporated additional color ribbons to symbolize other cancer types as well.

An awesome display of hope and support for all those who face this disease daily.

Thank you to Ms. Close and all those who participated.
Fall Sports Wrap Up 2017

Congratulations Boys' Soccer District 6 3A Champions!! Read more about our 2017 fall sports team accomplishments.

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STEAM Education at McAuliffe Heights

Teachers at the McAuliffe Heights Program at Irving Elementary school are starting to make STEAM education (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) an integral part of the daily classroom experience for all students in grades K-6.

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Spooktacular Trick or Treat
After years of hosting a Fall Party, the Logan PTO revamped the program and hosted a Spooktacular Trick or Treat Event. All the treats (i.e. pencils, stickers, candy, chips, pretzels etc.) were donated by Logan parents and staff. The teachers came back to school Tuesday evening in full costume to hand out treats to the students.The Helping Hands Committee hosted a costume contest for the staff and parents and students voted for the best costume by placing monetary donations in the jars. The winner was Logan’s School Principal, Dr. Daloisio