Diversity Awareness Meeting, Monday, May 19, 2014, at 5:30 PM in the High School library – open to all teachers, students, parents and community members. Agenda includes:
The last student day and graduation day are tentatively planned for Monday, June 16. This date is tentative and will be affirmed in April by the School Board.
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:
Update on Stakeholders Committee Meeting:
Tuesday May 13, Wed. May 14 = Literature Keystones
Thursday May 15, Friday May 16 = Biology Keystones
Monday May 19, Tuesday May 20 = Algebra Keystones
The Senior Reflections Program is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Inne of the Abingtons at 7:00 p.m. Monetary scholarships will be presented to graduating seniors during this program. Although members of the Class of 2014 who are receiving scholarships will receive a special invitation to this event, all seniors and their parents are invited to attend. Reservations are required and should be made by contacting Mrs. Parsells in the main office at 585-5300. The cost is ten dollars per person, and checks can be made payable to Abington Heights School District. Checks should be mailed to Mrs. Parsells, AHHS, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Directions to the Inne of the Abingtons:
1 mile west of I-81 Scott Exit 199; Route 524
2 miles east of the intersection of Routes 407 & 524 (Lackawanna State Park)
GPS Coordinates: Lat. 41.559 & Long. 75.669
The Senior Awards Program and Senor Luncheon is June 16, 2014. The awards ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m.; seniors will meet in the auditorium and the following awards will be presented: school sponsored academic awards, the District II PIAA awards, Comet athletic and sportsmanship awards, and the Abington Heights scholar-athlete awards. Parents are welcome to attend the award ceremony. After the awards ceremony, the senior luncheon will take place. The senior luncheon is for all seniors, faculty and staff. There is no cost for the luncheon.
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.
Changes due to January snow days…
Update on Stakeholders Committee Meeting
Upcoming meetings open to parents, students, faculty, staff and community members
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.