Volume 4, Issue 4: September 13, 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.
2020-2021 School Year Underway
Although it was not the way we had hoped to begin the school year, secondary students in grades 6-12 began the school year virtually on Tuesday, September 8. Elementary students, many of whom returned to traditional school, began on Wednesday, September 9 with Kindergarten starting Thursday, September 10.

The District will follow this model for the first nine weeks and will reevaluate the plan at the end of the first marking period.
4th & 5th Grade Elementary Contact Number
Parents of 4th and 5th grade students attending the Altoona Area Junior High School are asked to call 381-7537 for any questions/concerns about their children during the school day. This phone number is a direct number to the elementary secretaries that are stationed at the junior high school.
Virtual Learning Information
Virtual learning information is provided for students and parents on the AASD website.

Elementary, grades K-5, can be found by clinking Elementary Virtual Learning

Secondary information, grades 6-8, can be found by clicking Grades 6-8.

Secondary information, grades 9-12, can be found by clicking Grades 9-12
AASD is partnering with One2One Risk Solutions to provide accident protection for our technology initiative. Registering with One2one and purchasing a damage waiver will protect you from the cost to repair or replace your institution-issued device and limit your responsibility to a per-occurrence deductible, should a loss occur. 

Parents can opt to purchase this accidental protection for their child's district issued device at a very low cost beginning Thursday, September 10 through October 30, 2020.

For details click HERE.
SKYLERT Reminder
Parents are reminded to update their contact preferences for the Emergency Notification System (SKYLERT). The SKYLERT link is found within SKyward Family Access.

This system will be used to advise of school closings/delays, emergency notifications and any other important information.
The Last Full Measure
Available for Purchase!

A newly created book of an important chapter in both Altoona and world history is now available for purchase. The final product of a school project, the 700-page book includes the stories of those from Altoona who died during their service in World War II.

The book began as student-created projects that were then edited and refined for publication in a professionally bound paperback book. It is over 700 pages in length and includes multiple images with each biography as well as an index of names.

For more information click HERE

PHEAA Virtual Financial Aid Presentation

Join PHEAA for a Virtual Financial Aid Night Webinar from the comfort of your home! This presentation provides an early understanding of the financial decisions students need to make concerning high education. Topics to be discussed include: education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid. Participants will have the opportunity to enter questions in the Q & A section at any time, as well as the end of the presentation.

For more information: PHEAA Virtual Event
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The Summer Food Service Program has been extended through December 2020. This program provides free meals, breakfast and lunch, for children ages 18 years and younger. 

  •   Meals include five (5) breakfast and five (5) lunches and will be distributed weekly on Wednesdays, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at the 13th Street entrance of the Altoona Area High School (near the Neil Armstrong Planetarium).
  •  Pre-Ordering meals is recommended to guarantee availability. Orders must be submitted on line or by calling 946-8270 no later than 10 AM each Friday. A new link to order will be posted every Monday on the AASD Facebook page and the AASD Web-page.
  • Students PreK – 5, all students who attend traditional school are eligible for free breakfast and lunch at school. Because meals are provided at school, these students are not eligible for the weekly pick-up.
  • Students who choose to pack lunch may purchase milk or juice using their child’s MySchoolBucks account or lunch account. 

A link to place orders will be posted every Monday on the AASD Website as well as the AASD Facebook Page.

AAHS B-Building Commemorative Brick
B-building Commemorative Plate
The AAHS Alumni Association has announced an AAHS B-Building Commemorative Brick Sale.

Commemorative Bricks are available for $20/each and can be ordered online at AAHS Alumni Association Web-page

This is a limited sale and orders will be filled first come, first served.
Sale will be open until all bricks are sold and individuals will be contacted when bricks are available.

For more information call 946-8424.

Fall Sports Begin
The AAHS Girls Tennis team is off to a great start this season with wins against Central, Thomas Jefferson, Hollidaysburg and Tyrone. Senior Isabella Frank received the Altoona Mirror Female Athlete of the Week on September 8. The Lady Lions play Mifflin County next on Monday, September 14.
The Mt. Lions golf team is currently 5-0 after wins over Hollidaysburg, Central (2), St. Joe's, and Tyrone. The Mt. Lions play Holliidaysburg, Monday, September 14.
The Mt. Lions Football team hosted Mifflin County Saturday at Mansion Park stadium for their first scrimmage of the season. The Mt. Lions' opening game is scheduled for Friday, September 25 against Cumberland Valley.
Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer and Boys and Girls Cross Country open their seasons this week:

Cross Country - Tuesday, September 15 at Hollidaysburg
Girls Soccer - Wednesday, September 16 at Hollidaysburg
Boys Soccer - Thursday, September 17 at Dubois

For a complete list of upcoming events click HERE