Volume 3, Issue 3: September 15, 2019
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.
September 11 - We Remember
This week many teachers and students were involved in 9/11 lessons. Mrs. Bronson’s 8th grade American Cultures students read and discussed in small groups quotes relating to 9/11 and answered the question “What did I learn about 9/11?” Mrs. Bronson and her class were included as part of WTAJ-TV's 9/11 reports from Shanksville, PA. See the link below for the full story:
The Marvels of the Monarch Butterfly
Mr. Allender’s third grade class at Juniata Gap Elementary participated in a project designed to introduce kids to the marvels of the monarch butterfly- its metamorphosis, behavior, ecological relationships, and migration. The students also gained a sense of ownership by participating in research and conservation by tagging monarchs, which hopefully will be recovered, giving scientists useful information.  
·          The Livewire online newspaper received its critique from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which is a Gold rating. The 2019-2020 staff members included: Kaya Newell, Savannah Blazer, Sadie Price, Avery Reid, Connor George, Brayden Adams, Destiny Montgomery, and Zak Hicks. This year's staff is working on photography and will begin adding to the site in the coming weeks hoping to maintain the standard previous year's staffs have set.  

Judges comments for Gold Rating : Articles/topics/reviews/opinion pages are interesting, varied, and designed to engage the student reader. They cover a diverse range of content that is relevant to the school. This is an impressive strength of your publication. Copy includes interesting headlines, varied sentence and paragraph structure, diverse and varied quotes. Sports section is impressive in the details included within the articles. I am impressed with the scope of your website, especially considering the grade level/age of the staff. Some specific strengths include the varied and interesting content, the clear work of your writers in doing their research, interacting with the school population and writing detailed, engaging copy. The inclusion of relevant and diverse photographs across the different sections of the website is also nice to see.

Congratulations to the staff!
Project LITAltoona Introduced at AAHS
(Previously Known as BookChat)
AAHS is an officially registered chapter with the ProjectLIT Community.

ProjectLIT Community is a national, grassroots LITeracy movement, a network of dedicated teachers and students who are committed to increasing access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities.

As a chapter member, teachers have access to resources and checklists to design a plan and organize ProjectLIT book clubs.

Want to be be part of ProjectLIT Altoona? Follow on Twitter, @ProjectLITAltoona. See how Altoona students are engaging in and sharing their love of reading!
Dollars for Dorian
The Patriotic Student Alliance and Youth and Government Clubs held a Dollars for Dorian event at AAHS. For a $1 donation students and teachers were able to wear a hat at school on Friday, September 13. A total of $500 was collected.

All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian Relief.
The STEAM Learning Center at Penn Lincoln first Family Activity - Planting Positivity, was held on Thursday, September 6. More than 200 people from 67 families attended.

It was a great evening!
The Learning Express Preschool has a new logo. The Mountain Lion Cubs spent last week learning about internet safety on their iPads.
There's a lot of Reading Going on at Logan Elementary
Mrs. Gregg's kindergarten students at Logan Elementary School have been learning how to read with a partner during Reading Workshop.

First grade students in Mrs. Eger's class have been making predictions by completing picture walks before reading stories in ELA. The students loved making predictions about "The Hungry Caterpillar."

Mrs. Walker's fifth grade ELA students have been working on building each student's reading stamina.
Yearbook Senior Picture Information Reminder
Senior photos for the yearbook are due by Friday, January 17, 2020. Don't miss out on your photo being included in this year's book. Provine Studios will take all senior portraits free of charge on October 30 and 31.

For more information about senior photo submissions go to:
Sixth grade students at McAuliffe Heights Program at Irving worked in teams to create a movie parody using Movie software.

Students recorded and edited their movie and will share the final product with their classmates.
Check out the reactions of these 4th grade students at McAuliffe Heights
as they worked together to make a Slime Bubble!
Ebner Tinker Tuesday
 a Success
Tuesday, September 10, students and families attended the first Tinker Tuesday at Ebner Elementary.

Students and families participated in the Back to Challenge to use the materials provided to construct their very own school bus. As an added challenge, they were asked to make the bus movable.
This week, first grade students at Juniata Elementary were excited to "shop" for books to read during Reading Workshop.

Giving students a choice from so many amazing books inspires them to read and instills a love of reading that will last a lifetime!
Miss Hall is the new vocal and instrumental teacher, at Baker Elementary. This past week, Miss Hall, was instructing her trumpet and trombone players hand placement and how to blow into the instrument to make the various notes. 

The students learned quickly and wanted to play more.
Pleasant Valley Students on a Mission .....
Students at Pleasant Valley Elementary are on a mission…a mission to stop childhood cancer. For the past two weeks, staff, faculty and students have been tallying laps in support of the Brian Morden Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. These foundations are crucial in the treatment of children with cancer. Every year, after the first fire drill, the entire school walks two laps together to show unity in their efforts. There is excitement for the amount of laps completed so far and a drive to complete many more!
Mark your calendar for the 2019 Post High School Opportunity Fair to be held at the AAHS Field House on Tuesday, October, 1 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

This evening session is specifically designed to provide parents and students time to talk with various representatives and gather information on admissions requirements, financial aid and more!

This year's Fair will include 70 schools and colleges. These schools include 4-year colleges and universities, technical, trade career schools, business schools, nursing schools, junior and community colleges and military academies.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to "visit" schools all in one location!
Ben Blackie, Mt. Echo reporter, covers all seven fall sports teams and their hopes to improve this season.

Tom Stout, Tracey Stout, Robert Kutz, Jr. President Blair Bedford Central Labor Council, Joe Eckels
Joe Eckels '64 and Tom Stout '54, two Altoona alumni, were recognized at the 101st Anniversary Celebration of the Blair Bedford Central Labor Council.

Stout was recognized posthumously as the 2019 Labor Award winner. He was the long-time President of the George B. Kelley Amateur Baseball Federation. Recently, the baseball field at Geesey Park was named in his honor. He coached basketball for Juniata Gap, Curtin and Ebner schools. . Accepting the award on his behalf was his son, Tom, and daughter, Tracey.

Eckels was honored as the 2019 Person of the Year.for his volunteerism. Introduced by Debbie Bartley, Eckels was described as easygoing, unassuming, selfless, and a person who never says no. He has been employed as a Bus Driver for the district since 2001. He has been president to the Big A Boosters Club since 1992.The club has raised thousands of dollars each year through 50/50 sales and concessions at the Altoona Area High School.

Congratulations to both Joe and the Stout family.
Mansion Park Stadium Reminder

For the safety and security of all those attending events at Mansion Park Stadium, the following rules will be followed:

  1. No backpacks permitted in the stadium
  2. No footballs, balls, frisbees, etc. may be brought into the stadium
  3. All bags are subject to search
  4. AASD is a Tobacco Free Zone, no smoking or tobacco use of any kind is permitted
  5. No weapons are permitted inside the stadium
Parents are encouraged to monitor their child's behavior when attending football games.

Please understand these safety measures are in place in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all spectators and athletes.
Are you interested in becoming a Tutor for adults?  The AASD Adult Education Program is planning an Open House for Tutors and Classroom Aides on September 24, 10 am to 2 pm at 200 E. Crawford Avenue, Altoona. Learn how you can impact adult students and help them prepare for the High School Equivalency (GED® or HiSET®), learn English as a Second Language, or brush up on math, reading and/or language skills.  Volunteers receive training that is designed to provide the applicant with the skills and knowledge necessary to tutor adults.   No experience is necessary. Tutors meet with their learners three hours per week and receive free ongoing professional development trainings.
Interested individuals may drop by the open house or contact: Barbe Daugherty, Tutor Coordinator, at (814)946-8495, AASD Adult Education Program, 200 E. Crawford Avenue, Altoona, PA, email   bdaugherty@altoonasd.com   or on Facebook at  aasdadulted@facebook.com
This Program is a partnership with the Altoona Area School District and the PA Department of Education.