Volume 3, Issue 9: November 17, 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.
AAJHS Winter Concert December 6 @ 7 pm
Mr. King’s pottery students are collaborating with Mrs. Authur's Life Skills classes to create hand-built ceramic mugs through an AASD Foundation Grant. The AAJHS Roar Cafe Mugs will be available for faculty and staff to purchase in December, and the Roar Cafe will offer a discount on coffee for those who purchase a mug.  
More than 140 AASD retirees attended the 35th Annual Retiree dinner on Thursday, November 14. Sponsored by the AASD Foundation, the dinner celebrates former AASD and GACTC instructional and non-instructional employees. An award is given to recognize an instructinal and a noninstructional employee for their dedication and commitment to the Altoona Area School District. This year's award winners included AAHS instructor Mr. David Aboud and Maintenance Supervisor Mr. Gregg Coldwell.
Sounds of the Season
Any questions, contact Ben Cossitor at bencossitor@altoonasd.com
This is a second reminder for the Hindsight 2020 event on May 30, 2020. Those who have not yet paid registration need to do so to confirm attendance. Song lists will be determined based upon those attending.

At this point, the online link to pay is closed. please mail your $25 (plus $15 per extra guest) to the address below. 

AASD Alumni Association
RE: Hindsight 2020
1415 6th Ave
Altoona, PA 16602
Thanks to family, friends, and the McEldowney Academic Scholarship Committee all of our 5th graders will receive a free book each month of the school year! Building strong readers!
Kiera's Dream Concert
Vaping - How to Talk to Your Kids
Vaping has become a serious epidemic and concern for our young people. Take the time to learn more about it and start that conversation with your children.
National Education Support Professionals Day
group photo Education Support Professionals
National Educational Support Professionals Day is an important part of the National Education Association’s American Education Week. These individuals are recognized on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. ESPs are educated, well-trained, experienced and committed to students and their success. Education Support Professionals Day is a celebration in honor of support staff that work within schools across the country. The Altoona Area School District currently employs 33 ESP’s that work in many buildings and classrooms across the district. They assist special education teachers and students with educational goals. If you see any of these E xtra S pecial P eople today, thank them for all that they do for our schools.  
Destiny Montgomery , Reporter

The AAHS Friends of Rachel Club is organizing a Rachel's closet which gives students the ability to provide items for students in need.