Volume 3, Issue 20: March 8, 2020
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.
A Message to Families about COVID-19
AASD is continuing to monitor reports and advisories regarding the coronavirus. Information and resources about COVID-19 have been added to the AASD webpage. A letter was sent to all AASD families last week about the virus.

Information will be added to the webpage as it becomes available. Parents are reminded that if students are sick, please keep them home. Students should not return to school until they are fever free for 24-hours.
The Altoona Area School District is now currently enrolling children that will attend Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020 to be a candidate for Kindergarten. Register now so your child can participate in the transition events scheduled at each of the elementary schools.

For more information on registration and dates and times of transition events go to Kindergarten Registration Details
Building with Tubelox
Logan Elementary second grade students had the opportunity to work with Tubelox "life-size building" materials borrowed from the IU08 STEM Lending Center. Students worked in teams meeting the objectives of teamwork, building a life-size form of an everyday object, and following a plan and acquiring the necessary materials to build the object. Each team completed a different variation of the life-size chair, completing the objectives successfully and demonstrating pride in their accomplishment.
Logan Elementary Student Give Back
Logan Elementary Student Council hosted a Special Someone Dance where students brought a parent, grandparent, or older sibling to enjoy a night of fun and dancing. The Student Council members voted to split the proceeds between Shriners Hospitals for Children-Philadelphia and The Brian Morden Foundation. Each charity was presented a check of $900. 
Use of Mid-Technology Assistive Technology
Speech therapist Maureen Butterbaugh provides individual and group speech therapy sessions in the Autistic support classrooms at McAulliffe Heights Program at Irving Elementary. This year she has introduced the use of assistive technology adaptations to help students increase their communication skills. Through the use of this equipment, students are increasing their ability to request items, label and answer questions in the classroom setting.

In a recent classroom lesson, students used the device to answer questions. The device offers verbal output, as well as pictures for the student to make a correlation between the item name and the pictre. The students have reacted well to the new technology!

The devices were purchased through an AASD Foundation Teacher Venture Grant.
By: Zakaray Hicks

Students join many competitive clubs. Members of these organizations use their talents and knowledge to compete against other like-minded individuals from other schools. 

Lady Lions Advance
The Altoona Lady Lions continue to advance through the playoffs after Friday night's OT victory over Mount Lebanon. Click here to read more details about the game.

The Lady Lions will play Nazareth on Tuesday, March 10 at Central Dauphin. Tickets will go on sale in the AASD Athletic Office Monday, March 9 from 8:00 - 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 10, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Adults $8 - Students $4. Let's go Lady Lions!
Big "A" Booster Club Looking for Volunteers
The Big “A” Booster Club supports the twenty-two varsity sports at Altoona Area High School.  The Club is under the leadership of Joe Eckels, Tony Roscia, Denny Walters, Rick McGinnis and Heidi McCorkle who have been dedicated to Altoona Athletics for decades!

Parents of athletes are encouraged to become a member of the Big "A". Volunteers are also needed for 50/50 drawings at home football games and winter concessions in the Field House.

To learn more about the Big "A" or to become involved, call Joe Eckels at 944-0407.

For more Information: Big "A" Booster Club