Our Middle School has been recognized for re-designation this year as a School to Watch. The Middle School was initially recognized six years ago. Schools to Watch is a national recognition program that identifies middle-grades schools across the country that are meeting or exceeding 37 criteria developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grade Reform. Our Middle School is only one of 380 middle schools in the United States to receive this recognition. Additionally, Abington Heights Middle School is one of only 35 other middle schools in the State of Pennsylvania to receive this recognition. Abington Heights has the only middle school in Northeastern Pennsylvania to ever earn this nationally recognized honor in 2009, 2012, and in 2015.
Our High School has obtained Four-Star Healthy Champion Status according to Penn State Hershey Pro Wellness Center. Abington Heights High School is among 30% of enrolled Pennsylvania schools that have achieved a Four-Star Healthy Status Champion status. Based upon the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for goals and strategies to prevent obesity, schools were awarded “stars” based upon answers to questions in the following categories: community partnerships, nutrition and nutrition education, health promotion, physical education and activity, and employee wellness.
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High School music students Nick Beckish (12th grade) earned first place on cello, and Richard Ling (11th grade) achieved second place on violin II, both qualifying through competitive audition for Pennsylvania All-State Orchestra, which will be held in Hershey from March 25-28.
Two High School music students recently qualified through competitive audition to attend Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's All-State Chorus. Kate Glidewell (soprano 1) and Robert Swift (tenor 1) both placed 2nd on their respective voice parts to qualify for the ensemble. The festival will take place in Hershey, PA, from March 25 through March 28. Two weeks after the All-State festival, Kate will also travel to Providence, RI, where she will participate in National Association for Music Education's All-Eastern Chorus.
All Abington Heights School District students, parents, teachers, staff and community members are invited to attend an information session presented by The Center for Independent Living and hosted by the Abington Heights Special Education Department on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Mr. Ed Ryan, CSPPPD Coordinator from The Center for Independent Living will present information on the available services. This organization assists adults 18 years of age and older by developing specific service plans that suit their individual needs to live independently in the comfort and safety of their own homes. The in-home services include personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, therapies, home modifications, non-medical transportation, and adult day services. Mr. Ryan will explain who qualifies for these services, how to apply and what services are available. Contact Abington Heights Director of Special Education Dr. Fran A. Rassouli by phone at 570-585-8278 for special accommodations to attend this session or for more information about the program.
Thirteen High School students participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional competition held at Wilkes University recently. Seven students won 1st awards and will advance to the state competition in May. The other six students earned 2nd awards. The winners are:
Shreyas Chandragiri – 1st award
Andrew Gibson - 1st award
Matt Molinaro - 1st award
Anjli Dalsania – 1st award
Alison Kane – 1st award
Sam Myers – 1st award
Pari Pancholy – 1st award
Adrianna Green – 2nd award
Arjun Iyengar – 2nd award
Jasmin Patel – 2nd award
Abby Molnar – 2nd award
Rishi Mulloth – 2nd award
Raeva Mulloth – 2nd award
The Mock Trial Team captured the Region 10 Championship. The team advances to the state competition later this month. Individual awards were won by Alex Fried and Matt Klucher.
The following High School students have qualified to represent Abington Heights High School at the NCFL (National Catholic Forensic League) Grand National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 22-25:
- Alex Fried - Lincoln-Douglas Debate
- Ben Oon/Richard Ling - Public Forum Debate
- Tyler Kusma - Extemperaneous Speaking
- Jordan Rippon - Original Interpretation of Poetry and Prose
- Shahil Patel - Student Congress
- Jared Levinson - Student Congress
- Matt Klucher - Student Congress
Forensic Team members Alex Fried and Matt Klucher have been awarded the status of Academic All-American by the National Speech and Debate Association.
The Robotics Team has captured the first place award at the Mt. Olive district competition. The team is headed to the mid-Atlantic regional competition in April.
Six of our Odyssey of the Mind teams (two elementary teams, and four high school teams) have qualified for State finals by placing first or second in their problem/division. The Odyssey of the Mind State finals will be Saturday, April 11, in Berwick. Select this link for more information.
Students Against Destructive Decisions are collecting used eyeglasses, which will be donated to the Lackawanna Blind Association. Collection will take place at the High School until, Friday, March 27.
The following students have qualified and participated in the 2015 Region IV Band Festival:
Flute: Livia Rainey
Baritone: Nicole Olver
Trombone: Joe Sileo
Senior students Nick Beckish and Sam Morano achieved Abington Heights High School's high score on the American Mathematics Contest for11th and 12th grade level category. Sophomore student Kevin Hu was the high scorer on the 9th and 10th grade category exam. Twenty-eight students from Abington Heights High School participated in the contest.
Eleventh graders Amanda Kohut and Rachel Muir were featured in the January, 2015, edition of School Arts, a national art education magazine, for their collaborative clay hexagon work.
Senior student Kate Glidewell has qualified to attend National Association for Music Education's All- Eastern Chorus. The festival will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, from April 9-12, 2015. Kate's qualification last year through competitive audition to attend PMEA District, Regional and All-State Choir, as well as a written recommendation, served as a basis for her selection.
Tenth grader Jack Abdalla has been selected as the HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) Ambassador for this school year. Tenth grader Olivia Baker was chosen as the HOBY Ambassador alternate.
Nick Beckish and Celeste Belknap have both been accepted into the Philharmonic Mentoring Program through a very competitive audition process. This program will enable them to receive monthly private lessons with NEPA Philharmonic musicians. They will participate in sectionals with Maestro Larry Loh, the assistant conductor and attend masterclasses with guest soloists. Nick and Celeste will also perform in several side-by-side performances with the NEPA Philharmonic this upcoming year.