Volume 4, Issue 13: January 10, 2021
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.
Happy New Year Card with Mt. Lion
PHEAA representatives are offering free webinars to assist students and families as they seek an affordable higher education. There are two webinar topics with multiple date/times to accommodate everyone's busy schedule. Click on the logo to read more.
Sibling athlete duos dominate sport scene

Destiny Montgomery, Associate Editor

Playing sports can be a big part of many students’ high school experience and even impact their lives. For some student athletes; however, they have the chance to enjoy their sporting experiences with their own sibling.

Read the full story HERE
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Police Services Group Photo
In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, we want to give a shout out to the Altoona Area School District Police Services Department for their continued support and dedication to keeping AASD students and staff safe.

These officers daily maintain safety and order at all of the district schools and facilities, events and activities. Be sure to show your appreciation next time you see them.

AASD Police Services (R to L) - Security Officer Bill Wilkinson, Uniformed Officer Greg McNeal, Director Bill Pfeffer, Uniformed Officer Kim Sanders, Uniformed Officer Sean Riley, and Uniformed Officer Mike Szewczyk. Missing from photo: Security Officer Bryce Gibbons, Greeters Jim Kulik, Fred Martynuska, Cheryl Peters, Joe Russo, Mike Walker, Jim Conway, Glen Davis, and secretary Caroline Little.

The Challenge Program Logo
The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to build sustainable Business/Education partnerships while motivating students to develop good habits required to succeed in school and in their future careers. Co-sponsored by Reliance Bank and AASD Foundation, students in grades 10-11-12 can earn cash awards for Attendance, STEM, Community Service, Academic Improvement, and Academic Excellence.

In addition to these awards, students can apply for Student of the Year and potentially earn $1,500 (winner) or $1,000 (2-finalists).

To learn more about this program or enter the competition click HERE.
AASD Foundation Receives Estate Gift
Thanks to a generous donation from the Gerald Getz '46 Estate to the AASD Foundation, a stock ticker was recently purchased and installed in the new AAHS B-Building.

Mr. Getz was employed by the Ohio Plate Glass Co. for five years and enjoyed a twenty year career in sales with Osterman Jewelers. His favorite hobby was to dabble in the stock market.

The new stock ticker provides updated financial market information as well as headline news, professional sports scores, and the sign has the ability to add customized messages.

Located inside the 1st floor lobby area of the B-building and just outside the business labs, the ticker is visible to all students and visitors.
Winter Sports Set to Start
Winter sports will see the first competitions begin this week. Games scheduled this week for AAHS include:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Girls Basketball vs. CD East - Home - Varsity only at 6 PM
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Gymnastics vs. St. Mary's - Away
  • Friday, Jan. 15 - Boys Basketball vs. Carlisle - Away
  • Saturday, Jan. 16 - Wrestling vs. Juniata - Away

Fans are encouraged to continue to check the AASD Sports Calendar for schedule changes/updates on a regular basis. Spectators will be limited based upon facility capacity restrictions. Home contests for both AAJHS and AAHS will be streamed on the Altoona Athletics YouTube Channel so that Altoona fans can still cheer on their favorite teams.

Go Mt. Lions!

The Altoona Area School District is looking to fill the following positions:

Bus Drivers – For more information or to apply, please visit aasdcat.com or call 946-8220