Volume 4, Issue 12: December 20, 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.
Happy Holidays
From all of us at the Altoona Area School District, we wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday and safe New Year.

A special thank you to the elementary music staff for the efforts in putting together a Holiday Sing Along that took place for all elementary students this past Friday. A special appearance by Superintendent Dr. Prijatelj.

Operation Our Town Essay Contest
Each of us has experienced peer pressure at some point and time in our lives. Making the right decisions can be difficult and for young people it can be especially difficult not to give into peer pressure when it relates to decisions about drugs and alcohol.

Congratulations to Courtney Irwin, 8th grade student at AAJHS, for her award winning essay in the Operation Our Town Essay Contest. To read Courtney's essay, click the link below.

AltoonaSD YouTube Channel
Year at a Glance
You Tube Analytics for 2020
Learning Express Preschool Festive Sweater Theme Days

LEX students and staff were invited to participate in Festive Sweater Days.  Staff donated $1 to participate. For every student that wore a festive sweater on December 16 and 17 to their class’s live zoom sessions, Principal Nichole Carroll donated $1 on their behalf. Over 50 students participated. LEX raised $170.00. All proceeds will be donated to the Family Homeless Shelter operated by Altoona Family Services. Lisa Hann from Altoona Family Services will be accepting the donation. 
Food Service Program
food service
The Food Service Program is back up and running and available to all children ages 18 and under. Five breakfasts and five lunches will be packaged for pickup for families who order through the online order form. Families select the pick up location that is most convenient for them: AAJHS, Juniata, Logan or Pleasant Valley Elementary.

Simply order by Friday at 10 AM for a pick-up the following Wednesday, between
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. A new link will be posted on the AASD website and the AASD Facebook page each Monday.

There will be no distribution on Wednesday, December 30. The program will resume with the next pick up on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
The Spirit of the Holidays
AASD Title I Teams worked to bring holiday spirit to the homes of elementary age children over the last few nights! Throughout the evening, children heard stories read by Title I Teachers and even heard from guest readers like the Principal. Tips were shared to keep reading happening at home over the holiday break and families enjoyed making a holiday craft together. This evening was a fun way for families to learn more about the importance of reading and spend time together!  
Season of Light Holiday Sky Show
For the first time, the Neil Armstrong Planetarium offered a virtual showing of the Season of Light holiday sky show on Friday, December 18. The show was offered at 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00PM.

Congratulations to Mr. Krug for a successful evening. Families were able to gather in the safety of their home to watch the show together.

Virtual Sky Show
Harrington assumes new role as assistant principal

Ben Blackie, Editor in Chief

On Dec. 7, the AASD school board voted to appoint a new assistant principal. Keri Harrington, former AAJHS Instructional Literacy Coach, was appointed the position.

Read the full story HERE
Free Online Books
TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere and are now available FREE to families.

Thanks to IU8 for the purchase of a 3-year license, parents and students can access directly.

Tumble Math
Juniata Gap Elementary spread some holiday joy this past week!

As part of the Rocket Tree Program, seven Juniata Gap families were sponsored for the season.
Families received wrapped gifts of clothing, coats, hats & gloves, and other special items (i.e. books, toys). Each family also received bags of food (i.e. pasta, soup, rice, vegetables, cereal) this year. This program is very special because it is completely funded by the staff and PTO and all of the donations go straight to Juniata Gap Elementary families. Teachers select a random student and purchase him or her an item. Families either pick up their items or staff members make a special delivery.  
Christmas gifts

The Altoona Area School District is looking to fill the following positions:

Substitute Teachers – For more information or to apply, please visit aasdcat.com or contact Lynn Weakland, at Lweakland@ess.com or 814-515-3894.

Bus Drivers – For more information or to apply, please visit aasdcat.com or call 946-8220
Mt. Lion football Team District 6 championship Photo
Team Sportsmanship Award
Congratulations to Coach Nedimyer and the AAHS Mt. Lions Football team for being named the Team Sportsmanship Award recipient in the Mid-Penn - Commonwealth Division.