Parents and Students:
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Parent-Teacher conferences will be held at the high school on Monday, February 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. The Guidance Department will be conducting a college seminar for parents of juniors from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium. The Senior Class will be hosting its annual Pasta Dinner also on this night from 4:30 to 8 p.m.. The price is $8 for adults; $6 for children (ages 12 and under) and senior citizens. Take out will be available. Hope to see you on the 16th!
Reminder from Beth Stone, CSN: 11th grade physical letters were sent out to parents, please have your physician complete and sign the physical form.
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 policy, please 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
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.
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.
If at any time you have questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions, please contact us!
Pam Murray, High School Principal
Andy Snyder, Assistant Principal oversees 11th and 12th grade students
Lee Ann Theony, Assistant Principal oversees 9th and 10th grade students
Randy Hanyon, Athletic Director
Pete Smith II, Director of Student Services
Fran Rassouli, Director of Special Education
Marcy Curra, World Language Coordinator & Keystone Exam Coordinator
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:
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:
In addition, anyone can make a referral to our Student Assistance Team (SAP) by clicking on the link below:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.