Volume 2, Issue 2: August 20, 2018
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.
Meet the Teacher Night Schedule
Altoona Area School District welcomed the addition of 33 new teachers for the 2018-19 school year. Teachers and their mentors participated in a 3-day induction program last week at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. The New Teacher Induction Orientation was a chance for new teachers to meet the administration and learn about AASD and all the policies and procedures needed for new teachers. The 3-day orientation ended with the new staff getting the opportunity to spend time in their classrooms Friday afternoon.
AAHS will offer three opportunities for parents to attend a meeting regarding the 1:1 mobile device distribution for students. Students whose parents attend one of the meetings and who complete the required paperwork will receive their mobile device on the first day of school.  
These meetings are not mandatory , but, will assist in the timeliness of device distribution.
Meeting dates and times are as follows:
  •  Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the high school auditorium.

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM in room A211 (This is prior to the
start of Meet the Teacher Night)

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM in room A211
AASD 2018 -2019
Communication Survey
In order to better serve our stakeholders, AASD is conducting a communication survey to assess the effectiveness of our outreach from the classroom to home, from the school to home, and from the District to the community.

Parents, grandparents, community members and staff are all encouraged to take the survey.

Scan the QR Code or click on the link below to complete the survey.

New Traffic Patterns for
New traffic patterns for AAHS & AAJHS student arrival and dismissal have been established for the 2018-2019 school year.
Traffic congestion is expected around the schools between 7:00 - 8:00 AM and 2:30 - 3:30 PM.

Motorists are asked to take extra precaution when driving within this area.

Wellness Walk for a Cure 2018

You're invited to join the 2nd Annual Wellness Walk for a Cure. Students, staff, families, and community members are encouraged to log their miles by using the link below. Miles will benefit the Alex's Million Miles campaign. This event is in support of the Brian Morden Foundation and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.
Information will be sent home with the students.

  • Miles will be tracked from September 4-21, 2018. Competition Steps for schools will conclude on September 13th at 3:00)
  • Official kickoff September 9th at Mansion Park at 6:00pm.
  • Ceremonial lap with AAHS band and cheerleaders. Games on the field for kids. The concession stand will be open. Open to the public.
  • Winning school will be recognized at AAHS Football game September 14th
  • Gold Ribbon sales will conclude on September 21st.

Logging of Miles:
  • Please log your miles using this link at https://tinyurl.com/y9easbob They will benefit the Brian Morden Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
  • There is a dropdown menu for all schools, administration/Board, and members of the community
The Mt. Lion Football Season kicks off on Friday, August 24 at Mansion Park Stadium when the Mt. Lions take on cross-town rival Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers.

Be sure to get your AAHS vs. HAHS Rivalry t-shirt at the gate compliments of UPMC Altoona, UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopaedics and UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

Mt. Lions Season Tickets on Sale
Football tickets for the 2018 Season are now on sale at Mansion Park Stadium Main Ticket Booth., August 20-23 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Cost: $30 for reserved seating. Senior Citizen and Season Passes also available
Mansion Park Stadium
Policies and Procedures

For the safety and enjoyment of all spectators attending football games at Mansion Park Stadium the following policies and procedures will be enforced beginning with the 2018-2019 school year:
  •  No Backpacks will be permitted inside the stadium. All other bags may be subject to search.
  • Students are encouraged to watch the game from the stands. Student traffic will be restricted to the home side of the stadium. 
  •  Hazardous or disruptive items are not permitted inside the stadium. Samples of items not permitted include, but are not limited to, footballs, balls, Frisbees, skateboards, bicycles, and weapons of any kind. 
  • AASD is a tobacco free school district. The use of tobacco in any form is strictly prohibited by school board policy and PA State Law.