Volume 3, Issue 21: March 15, 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
The Altoona Area School District will be closed March 16 through march 29, 2020. We will continue to monitor reports and advisories regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide updates as timely as possible.

Updated Information and resources about COVID-19 are available on the AASD web page. An update from Dr. Prijatelj was sent to families this week.

Kindergarten Registration for the week of March 16 is postponed. Parents will be contacted and a new scheduling appointment will be set.

Every effort will be made to update the website with schedule information as it becomes available.

Please understand that we are making every effort to inform our families of updated information as timely as possible. Thank you for your patience as we work through this together.
Free Box Lunches Available
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Altoona Area School District will offer a free box lunch to any student ages 2-18. The lunches will be offered every week day; Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. 

The Altoona Area Jr. High School will be the main distribution site for the lunches. Lunches will be distributed from the Main Office Entrance Doors located on 7 th Avenue.

For more information: Free Box Lunch Option for Students
Mark Your Calendar
An update will be provided, if the performance dates are changed.
Young Entrepreneur Academy Results
Four AASD students participated in Young Entrepreneurs Academy this year. Pictured left to right are Marcus Osmolinski, Landon Davis, Morgan Baker, and Zach Zeigler. All four were awarded money from local investors for their own businesses in a Shark Tank Style Competition. With his tech support company, Osmolinski took home the biggest prize of the night and will move on to compete in Roschester, NY on the national stage.

 If any students are interested in joining YEA for next year, see Mr. Cowher
Cereal Drive a Huge Success
The cereal drive, sponsored by AAHS Student Council was another success with 2,229 boxes collected school-wide. Jim Lowe's class collection of 650 boxes was delivered to the Altoona Food Bank and the remaining boxes went to St. Vincent DePaul. A special shout out to Joe Falger's classes who collectively donated 1,393 boxes.
AAJHS Scholastic Scrimmage Team
Congrats to the AAJHS Scholastic Scrimmage Team on coming in second place in the Bedford/Blair Region JV Finals. The team defeated Bellwood-Antis 2-0 in the semifinal match, but fell to Hollidaysburg a hard-fought final, 3-1. Team leaders Jacob Ceglar and Logan Walter lead the way.  Team members Daniel Kelley, Sarah Saylor, Jake Yohn, Jackson Whitaker, Patrick Reed, Warren Leberfinger, Conner Matosziuk, and Emma Bechtel also did a wonderful job. 
7th Grade Students Introduced to Yoga
Mr. Despot and Mrs. Palfey's seventh grade Health classes participated in the practice of Yoga. Research over the past years has shown Yoga to have stress-relieving powers on students, paving the way for improved academic performance.  The practice of yoga, meditation and breathing exercises allow for decreased stress levels and being more at peace. Our students were open to try Yoga and they appeared to enjoy it as well! Namaste.
The AAJHS library hosted another Meet the Author. 

Seventh and eighth grade students were invited to a special webcast featuring award winning author, Margaret Peterson Haddix. Haddix writes a very popular dystopian series called Shadow Children  along with historical fiction, scifi, and fantasy. Students learned about her books and her writing process.

Currently seventh graders are studying dystopian novels within their Readers Workshop curriculum. The students learned about Haddix's childhood, how she came up with the ideas behind her books, and the characteristics of her different genres that she's written. 
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
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