Volume 2, Issue 4: September 16, 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.
Eating breakfast at school just a got a little easier for students at Ebner, Logan, and Pleasant Valley Elementary schools with the introduction of Grab N Go Breakfast.
Grab N Go Breakfast makes it convenient for students to take advantage of a healthy start to the day.  Upon arrival, students now have the option to grab breakfast on the go and head straight to the classroom. Each Grab N Go breakfast meets all nutritional guidelines. It’s an easy and convenient way to avoid missing breakfast, even if there is just a little time.

Eating a healthy breakfast is important for students. It is linked to improved concentration, better test scores, and increased energy. The benefits to eating breakfast extend beyond the classroom helping students to meet their daily nutritional requirements and develop a healthy lifestyle.

“We want to make sure students have the opportunity to eat breakfast, fill their hungry bellies and fuel their brains for learning,” said Dr. Daloisio, principal at Logan Elementary. The students seem to enjoy the convenience.

Although Grab N Go Breakfast is only currently available at the three elementary schools, breakfast in the cafeteria is available at all Altoona Area schools at a cost of $1.00.

Brian Kamoie '89 Presents to Students
AAHS Distinguished Alum Brian Kamoie '89 returned to AAHS to speak with Student Council leaders and AP Government students about his experiences working in Government.

Kamoie is currently the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mission Support at FEMA. In that role, he leads an organization of approximately 700 full-time and many more temporary personnel who provide five lines of business services to support FEMA's critical mission: information technology, human capital, procurement, security (physical and personnel), and administrative services .Students had the opportunity to ask questions about his experiences in public service.

Kamoie challenged the students to:
  1. Commit now to learn how to learn, never be afraid to learn new things.
  2. Get to know and keep in touch with your classmates.
  3. Learn how to focus on a shared mission to solve a host of problems.
The Neil Armstrong Planetarium has announced the Sky Show schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.

Three sky shows will be held at the planetarium along with five Mt. Lion outdoor Observatory public events at Fort Roberdeau.

The Haunted Tours will be held on October 13th from 6:30 - 10:00 PM at Fort Roberdeau.

New for this year is the Adult Night Sky Study 2. Adults taking this 9-week course will lean about constellations and mythologies, enjoy sky shows, and learn which star systems may hold alien life. For more information or to register, email Jim Krug at jkrug@altoonasd.com.

Attention Class of 2019
Seniors & Parents
Class of 2019 Afterglo BBQ fundraiser
When - Oct. 20, 2018 only
Where - Jaffa Shrine lot

Meal pick up from 11am to 2pm

1. Parents can request tickets to sell / $8 per meal by emailing kshope@altoonasd.com or by sending the order form that was sent home to the School store

2. All money and unsold tickets are due to Mrs. Shope by Oct. 10, 2018

This is the ONLY fundraiser for the Afterglo.
Mr. Jamey and Robbie
Matching Haircuts

After a rough start to the school day, STA bus driver Mr. Jamey wanted to make Robbie feel confident in his newly shaved head. “He was upset and worried about what others would say,” said Mr. Jamey. In an effort to encourage Robbie, Mr. Jamey promised him a special surprise when he returned at the end of the school day to pick him up. 

When Robbie boarded the bus at the end of the day, Mr. Jamey removed his hat revealing his newly shaved head and said, “Check it out! We have matching haircuts!”  Robbie smiled and now has confidence in his new hairstyle. Another example of what an act of kindness can do for someone and the important role our bus drivers play in students’ lives. 
yearbook distribution
Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones
Don't Miss this Presentation
A discussion of youth social media and mental health trends presented by Ryan Klingensmith, Licensed Professional Counselor and founder of Shape the Sky will be held in the AAJHS Auditorium on October 10, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. This Adult Only presentation will focus on apps, smartphones, social media, use/misuse, privacy settings, setting expectations and ways to talk to young people about wise use of their device.

Mark your calendars and look for more information to come!
Elementary Night 2018 at Mansion Park
A special thanks to the parents, coaches, cheerleaders and players who came out to make Elementary Night a great evening, topped off by the Mt. Lions 27-9 victory over the Allderdice Dragons. Thanks also to the cheerleaders and volunteers that made this process run smoothly.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Gold Ribbon Game
A special thank you to Dawn Morden and Kaylee Kruise for serving as the Honorary Captains at Friday night's Gold Ribbon game.

Logan Elementary School as well as AAJHS and AAHS were recognized as the schools with the highest number of miles walked per student in the Brian Morden Foundation's Alex's Million Miles challenge. A picture album can be seen on the AASD Facebook page.
Fall Sports Teams Start Strong
The Altoona Mt. Lions and Lady Lions have started off the Fall sports season strong in 2018. Get your latest Mt. Lion Sports Updates.