Volume 2, Issue 3: September 2, 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.
Schools and Offices are Closed on Monday, September 3, 2018
AASD Mission Possible!
Rachel's Challenge
Next week the Altoona Area School District will host Rachel’s Challenge for students in grades 7-12. Rachel Joy Scott was one of the first victims in the April 20, 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School.  Her legacy of kindness and compassion lives on through Rachel's Challenge.

Students will attend grade level assemblies on September 4 & 5 and additionally, 100 students and advisors will be attending a FOR (Friends of Rachel) training to ensure the chain reaction of kindness promoted through Rachel’s Challenge will continue throughout the school year. 

A community event for parents/guardians, families and community members will be held Wednesday, September 5 at the Altoona Area Junior High Auditorium at 7:00 PM. The recommended audience is 7 th Grade and up. 

Let's work together to create a chain reaction of kindness!
School Supply donations
M & T Bank Employees Donate Back to School Supplies
M & T Bank - Technology Department employees recently coordinated a school supply collection to benefit AASD elementary school students. Pencils, crayons, backpacks, paper, pencil boxes, calculators, and folders were just some of the supplies donated.

(L to R) Marsha Miller, Bernie Watt, and Barry Craig.
AASD 2018-2019
Communication Survey
In order to better serve our stakeholders, AASD is conducting a communication survey to assess the effectiveness of our outreach from the classroom to home, from the school to home, and from the District to the community.

Parents, grandparents, community members and staff are all encouraged to take the survey.

Scan the QR Code or click on the link below to complete the survey.

Survey closes September 15, 2018
AAHS Student Drop-Off
Parents are reminded student drop-off for high school students is now on 4th Avenue and 14th Street. For the safety of the students, please do not drop off students in the middle of the block. Students should exit onto the sidewalk and cross at the crosswalk.

Drop off is not permitted in front of the Field House due to the construction and drop off is not permitted within the staff parking lots located behind the A-Building.
student drop off
Final Harvest
The final harvest from the community garden located at the Booker T- Washington courts was shared with some of the high school students.

Thanks to the AAHS students and teachers who tended the garden this summer.

It was another successful season!
AASD Superintendent Dr. Prjatelj is now on Twitter. Stay connected. Follow @AASDSuper to get real-time updates on things happening within the district, including building project updates!
Wellness Walk for a Cure 2018

You're invited to join the 2nd Annual Wellness Walk for a Cure. Students, staff, families, and community members are encouraged to log their miles by using the link below. Miles will benefit the Alex's Million Miles campaign. This event is in support of the Brian Morden Foundation and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.
Information will be sent home with the students.

  • Miles will be tracked from September 4-21, 2018. Competition Steps for schools will conclude on September 13th at 3:00)
  • Official kickoff September 9th at Mansion Park at 6:00pm.
  • Ceremonial lap with AAHS band and cheerleaders. Games on the field for kids. The concession stand will be open. Open to the public.
  • Winning school will be recognized at AAHS Football game September 14th
  • Gold Ribbon sales will conclude on September 21st.

Logging of Miles:
  • Please log your miles using this link at https://tinyurl.com/y9easbob They will benefit the Brian Morden Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
  • There is a dropdown menu for all schools, administration/Board, and members of the community
First Responders Night
A special thank you to our regions First Responders for protecting our community and for serving as Friday night's honorary captains. (left to right) AASD School Police Officer Frank Shields, Altoona Police Patrolman Adam Miller, Logan Township Officer Tyler Prisk, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Robert Harvey, AASD Security Greeter Joe Russo '58, Altoona Fire Department Captain Jim Campbell, AMED Paramedic Supervisor Bryan Starr, AASD Security Greeter Fred Martynuska '72, and AASD Security Greeter Cheryl Peters.

Also a special THANK YOU to the 911 Call Center operators!

The Mt. Lions were victorious over Williamsport 38-0.
Friday, September 7 is Elementary Spirit Night at Mansion Park Stadium. Come out and support the Mt. Lions as they take on Allderdice. Game time: 7:00 PM

Elementary students are encouraged to wear their school colors and sit in the stands with their friends.

Students are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Adult ticket prices are $4 for general admission and $5 for reserved seats.
The advantages of competing in college sports are  both immediate and lifelong .

Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment.

College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to  register with the NCAA Eligibility Center  to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.

For more information go to the NCAA Eligibility Center: 

For questions about your student's course requirements, contact your child's school counselor.
Fall Sports Schedules
Check out the complete schedules here
Mansion Park Stadium
Policies and Procedures

For the safety and enjoyment of all spectators attending football games at Mansion Park Stadium the following policies and procedures will be enforced beginning with the 2018-2019 school year:
  •  No Backpacks will be permitted inside the stadium. All other bags may be subject to search.
  • Students are encouraged to watch the game from the stands. Student traffic will be restricted to the home side of the stadium. 
  •  Hazardous or disruptive items are not permitted inside the stadium. Samples of items not permitted include, but are not limited to, footballs, balls, Frisbees, skateboards, bicycles, and weapons of any kind. 
  • AASD is a tobacco free school district. The use of tobacco in any form is strictly prohibited by school board policy and PA State Law.