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Parents and Students:

To receive official communication directly from the School District, sign up for Remind Notification Service for information about delays, cancellations and emergency announcements.  Select this link for directions.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held for High School students on Tuesday, December 2, from 1 to 5 PM and 6:15 to 8:15 PM. Please feel free to stop by at your convenience, and visit with your child's teachers.

Abington Heights High School graduates are invited to the High School on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM to speak with upperclassmen about their post-secondary experiences in college, the military and/or the work force.  If you are a graduate interested in speaking with our students, please contact Mrs. Parsells at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 570-585-5300 to register.

School Rules & District Policies

Please note that all school rules and district policies apply during the school day and during all school related activities outside of the school day. Students are reminded that a violation of the controlled substances/paraphernalia policy and/or violation of the weapons policy may result in an expulsion from school and may have legal consequences.  The controlled substances/paraphernalia policy and the weapons policy are posted in the student office and are available on the district website.

High School Student Drop-Off / Pick-Up Procedures

Student drop off in the morning is in the main student parking lot in front of the high school (cars are not to enter by the bus platform). Parents should drop students off in the parking lot and continue through the parking lot and around the back side of the building and exit via Beynon Drive to Noble Road.  Please do not turn around in the parking lot and exit back to Noble Road.  Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the back of the building near the guidance parking lot.  In order to maintain the safety of our students, staff and community members, everyone needs to travel in one direction around the building.  We appreciate everyone's help with this matter.

Parents and Students:

The high school had some minor technology issues during the first two weeks of school.  Teachers have updated  homeroom and period attendance in Sapphire.  Please check the community portal and verify that your attendance is accurate.

Please remember that attendance is recorded on the student's transcript.

If you have any questions pertaining to attendance, please speak with the assistant principal, Mrs. Theony (grades 9 & 10) or Mr. Snyder (grades 11 & 12).

Congratulations to our students, faculty, staff, administrators and parents for their collective efforts in helping our High School earn a building level academic score of 98.4 (out of 100) according to the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP).  Congratulations to our students on their academic performance, and thank you to our teachers and parents for supporting and educating our students.

Keystone Exams: These are part of the criteria for the School Performance Profile.  Students currently enrolled in a biology course, algebra course and 9th grade English course will take the Keystone Exams in May; in addition, any student who did not previously earn a proficient score on any of the Keystone Exams will be scheduled for a retest this winter (January). The performance level demonstrated, not the score, for each Keystone Exam will be on the student’s transcript.  Performance levels on Keystone Exams will be used to determine level placement for overrides and course placement for math.  Please refer to pages 6 & 7 in the Curriculum Guide for additional information on Keystone Exams.  The Curriculum Guide is available on the high school website, under the documents link on the left hand side of the webpage.  In addition to the Keystone Exam performance levels, student attendance will be also reported on the transcript


All ninth grade and transfer students need to have completed the Internet User Agreement Form.  To review the policyplease follow the link. To print a form to sign the agreement please click here.  All students can submit their signed Internet Use Agreement form to their homeroom teachers during the first week of school.  Please contact Mrs. Lee Ann Theony at 570.585.5332 should you have any questions.

Graduation Project Volunteer Opportunities:

Students can access the Voluntary Action Center website for additional volunteer opportunities: www.vacnepa.org

If you have specific questions pertaining to any of the organizations on the Voluntary Action Center website, you can contact

Jennifer Wynn
Voluntary Action Center
538 Spruce Street
Scranton, PA  18503
Phone:  570-347-5616 ext. 3332
Fax:  570-341-5816
Website:  www.vacnepa.org
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."  Mahatma Gandhi

 

Diversity Awareness Club Meeting Notes

Diversity Awareness Club Mission Statement

Stakeholders' Meeting Notes

Stakeholders’ Meetings: Opportunity for students, parents, teachers and community members to discuss academic, social and school community issues. Each month the administration will initiate the conversation by discussing topics relevant to the three focus areas (high school academic issues, student social issues and areas of school-community focus). All are welcome to come and share their perspective. This is a great way to be involved and keep abreast of current high school issues.

  • Meetings Dates for the 2014-15 School Year: Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, Dec. 15, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, April 28, May 19
  • All meetings are held in the high school library, 6 PM
  • The administration will be available after the meeting to discuss any individual questions or concerns

Diversity Meetings: The purpose of the diversity meetings is to examine our school culture by engaging in an ongoing and systematic process to better understand students’ and parents’ perspectives of the learning environment both in and outside of the classroom. All students, parents, faculty, staff and community members are welcome.

  • Meeting Dates for the 2014-15 School Year: Sept. 15, Oct.13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12 (inclusion day, Jan 16), Feb. 9, March 9, April 13
  • All meetings are held in the high school library, 5:30 PM
  • This committee is helping to organize the high school inclusion day, Jan. 16, 2015 and helping to recruit guest speakers for the open block guest speaker lecture series

  1. oOn the following Fridays, the upperclassmen will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of guest speakers: Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, and May 8.
  2. oIf any student, parent or community member would like to recommend a potential guest speaker they can contact Mrs. Murray at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If at any time you have questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions, please contact us!

Pam Murray, High School Principal              

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570.585.5305

 

Andy Snyder, Assistant Principal oversees 11th and 12th grade students

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570.585.5312

 

Lee Ann Theony, Assistant Principal oversees 9th and 10th grade students

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570.585.5332


Randy Hanyon, Athletic Director

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570-585-5311

 

Pete Smith II, Director of Student Services

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570.585.5307

 

Fran Rassouli, Director of Special Education

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570.585.8278

 

Marcy Curra, World Language Coordinator & Keystone Exam Coordinator

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570.585-5317



The State Board of Education’s revision to its Chapter 4 regulations for academic standards and assessment are final and effective as of Saturday, March 1, when they were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.  The key provisions under the newly revised chapter 4 regulations can be found at:

                http://www.psba.org/issues-advocacy/issues-research/assessments-testing-nclb/


The high school has been experiencing some issues that are impacting our students and our school community. Due to recent concerns regarding drugs in the school, a lock down was held on Friday, January 31, 2014.  No drugs were found during the lock down; however, there are rumors that many students are experimenting with drugs and alcohol, especially our underclassmen.  The administration encourages all parents to talk with their children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. 

Students and parents need to be forthcoming with any information that could jeopardize the safety of our students.  The administration will protect the confidentiality of anyone who is forthcoming with information regarding the safety of our students. Please encourage your child to speak with an adult at school if they see or hear anything that could be of concern.  Parents are also encouraged to contact the school at any time if they have concerns. 

The high school administration can be reached by phone or email. Contact information is below:

Pam Murray, Principal: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

W: 570.585.5305

C: 570.561.7806

Andy Snyder, Assistant Principal: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

W: 570.585.5312

In addition, anyone can make a referral to our Student Assistance Team (SAP) by clicking on the link below:

http://www.ahsd.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131&Itemid=145

Student Assistance Team

The Abington Heights School District has two Student Assistance Programs that are supported by the Board of School Directors’ resolution of 1988 to address the needs of students. These support teams are members of PASAP. PASAP is an association of school and community-based program specialists organized to meet the needs of Pennsylvania youth for education, prevention, intervention, referral, and support services in the area of at-risk behaviors affecting mental health and wellness. Alcohol and other drug related problems are a major focus of these support teams. One Student Assistance Program (SAP) exists at the Abington Heights High School; and the other program is called MAP (Middle Assistance Program) for Middle School students. Members of the Student Support Teams are trained through the Pennsylvania Department of Education with the primary purpose of helping students and parents resolve adolescent problems.


The Student Assistance Program Teams (SAP) (MAP) are intervention programs staffed by teachers, guidance counselors, nursing staff, administrators and members from appropriate community agencies. (Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Scranton Counseling.) The Middle School and High School teams are trained to identify and refer high-risk students to appropriate treatment.


High-risk concerns: Include, but not limited to, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, suicide prevention, pregnancy or depression.


Referrals: Referrals may come from another student, parent, teacher, counselor or administrator and will be kept strictly confidential. If there is a concern for the physical or emotional well-being of a student, contact a member of the “SAP" "MAP" Teams. Parents will be contacted and informed of the concerns and will be offered necessary services to help deal with the problem. Forms can be found in the faculty rooms, guidance office, library or sent through email.

  • To make a referral for a High School student, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include the name of the student, grade level and a description of the concern.
  • To make a referral for a Middle School student, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please include the name of the student, grade level and a description of the concern.

Team Interventions: Formal interventions may take place for the benefit of the student, their families and the school community. The goal of an intervention is to encourage the student and family to seek further assistance for the problems that face them. By relaying observable behaviors to the parties involved, the Student Support Teams hope to assist families with these difficult decisions.


Meetings of the “SAP” "MAP" Core Teams are held each week. Students with referrals are identified and the network system of the school, home and community is initiated. Strict confidentiality is upheld.


High School Student Assistance Program:


If you have any questions about the High School Student Assistance Program, email Susan Corwin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have any questions about the Middle School Assistance Program, contact Tina Santaniello at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The referral form is accessible from the SAP website (link referenced above; the SAP website is also accessible from the district website: www.ahsd.org District Information, Student Assistance Program). 


Assisting Agencies with Confidential Services:

  • Drug & Alcohol Commission Hot Line: 961 - 1234
  • Lackawanna County Commission on Drug & Alcohol Abuse: 963 - 6820
  • Scranton Counseling Center Hot Line: 348 - 6100
  • Lackawanna County Bureau of Children & Youth Services: 963 - 6781
  • Clearbrook Treatment Services: 341 - 8145
  • Women's Resource Center: 346 - 4671
  • Children & Youth Services: 963 - 6781
  • Planned Parenthood & HIV Testing: 344 - 2626



Congratulations to our students, faculty, staff, administrators and parents for their collective efforts in helping our high school earn a building level academic score of 95.3 (out of 100)!  Our building level academic score of 95.3 ranks our school as one of the top 30 high schools in Pennsylvania.  Congratulations to our students on their academic performance and thank you to our teachers and parents for supporting and educating our students!

 

School Performance Profile (SPP)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has made significant changes in how student achievement is being reported and calculated.  The Department of Education recently released the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP) on a public site (http://www.paschoolperformance.org).  The SPP provides an academic performance score for public schools in the state.  The performance score is designed with several  purposes:

  • To inform the public of individual school’s performance
  • To provide a building level score for educators as part of their evaluation system
  • To the public to compare schools across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • To give schools a way to analyze their strengths and needs

The SPP replaces the AYP (adequate yearly progress) reporting system that was part of No Child Left Behind.  Many factors contribute to the school performance profile.  Test scores, progress in closing achievement gaps, student growth factors, graduation and attendance rates as well as evidence of offering rigorous courses factor into the calculation.  Schools may also earn extra credit points for students who have earned advanced scores on the state, industry and Advanced Placement exams.

The Keystone Exams are the state assessments that are part of the SPP.  Keystone Exams are given in Algebra I, Literature and Biology.  The attached documents are resources pertaining to SPP.  The link below is to the PA school performance profile for Abington Heights High School.

http://paschoolperformance.org/Profile/5937

The goal of the athletic program is to provide student-athletes with a positive, successful experience. It is important for parents to encourage the students to give their best at all times. No matter what happens on the scoreboard, athletes need to focus on what they can take away from the game to get better. Setbacks and mistakes are inevitable, but what is crucial is how the athlete responds to them. We respectfully ask our parents and spectators to support the principles of our athletic programs and to abide by the PIAA sportsmanship guidelines. Working together, we can cultivate a spirit of support for our student-athletes and them to enjoy the experience.

We anticipate sold-out games throughout the 2013-14 boys’ basketball season.  When the crowd is reaching maximum capacity, spectators waiting to purchase tickets will be informed of the possibility of a sell-out and approximately how many additional tickets will be available.  When the maximum capacity is reached, spectators will be turned away and the doors will be closed. 

Thank you in advance for your support of our student-athletes.

Pam Murray, High School Principal

Diversity Awareness

Attention students and parents: Please be advised that student attendance will be recorded on the transcript. This will start this year for all students, except seniors, and will include both excused and unexcused absences. Your student's transcript is a record of his/her academic and attendance history throughout high school. Colleges, universities and employers often request a copy of your transcript. Please make every effort to do your best each and every day. If you have any questions about your attendance record, it is imperative that you contact the attendance office immediately to discuss the matter.  

Any senior interested in completing the course on financial literacy may do so by going to www.everfi.com/register When asked for the registration code they will enter bc6cb48c.  They will then enter their first name, last name, email address (optional) and create a password.  Please see Mr. Snyder with any questions.  A certificate of completion is generated when the student completes the course.  Seniors can bring a copy of the certificate to the guidance office to have the course listed on their transcript. 

What is a MOOC?

Clubs & Activities

   Abington Heights High School offers a comprehensive and rigorous program of studies for students in grades 9-12, including 15 AP courses. In addition to the program of studies, students may participate in a wide range of highly successful extra-curricular and co-curricular activities such as Mock Trial, Odyssey of the Mind and Robotics. Our highly successful athletic teams have won many regional and district titles. The orchestra, band and choral programs enjoy a regional reputation and strong student interest.

     Abington Heights High School offers a broad program of subjects that provides students the opportunity to elect courses based upon their individual abilities, achievements and goals within the limit of requirements for graduation. With counseling assistance, students may be recommended for placement in one of three levels including academic, honors, or advanced placement. Extensive curriculum offerings permit qualified students to choose Honors courses in grades 9-12 in English, social studies, mathematics, world language, and science. Four languages are offered for four years: French, German, Spanish and Russian.



Abington Heights High School
222 Noble Road,
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Phone: 570.585.5300
Fax (Main Office): 570.586.8188
Fax (Guidance Office): 570.585.8274

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