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The Abington Heights School District Special Education Department will be hosting the “Office of Vocational Rehabilitation” and the “Early Reach Initiative” on Tuesday, October 27, from 6:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Abington Heights Administration Building, Second Floor, 200 East Grove Street, Clarks Summit.  

The topics:  “What is OVR?” and “What is Early Reach Initiative?” will be discussed.

(OVR is for eligible individuals with disabilities to help them prepare for, get or keep a job.)

Presenters will be:  Mary Jane Saras, LCSW, the Early Reach Coordinator, and Barbara Phillips, the district’s OVR Counselor.                                                                                                                             

No registration required and all community members are invited to attend. Questions, comments or persons requiring any special accommodations, may contact Dr. Fran A. Rassouli, Director of Special Education, 570-585-8278.                                                                                                                          

The next parent session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, 2015 on the topic of “What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Abington Heights School District is now using Remind Notification Service. 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 Remind sign-up instructions.

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.

Our entire Music Department has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the nation. The Music Department, also, received this same recognition in 2001. It is based upon a District's music instruction, commitment to standards, student and teacher accomplishments, enrollment, funding, how often students are instructed, what is offered as far as classes and what positions and programs are retained in the District, and how Abington Heights constantly strives to improve the Music Department. 

The High School cast of Beauty and the Beast has been nominated for the following Excellence in School Theatre Arts awards:  Best Executed Choreography; Best Female Lead (Kate Glidewell); Best Actor in a Villanous Role (Max Earl); Best Featured Dancer in a Musical (Drew Rothka); and Best Supporting Male Role (Liam Gordon).  Winners in each category will be announced in a ceremony on June 1.
2015-2016 Band Officers are:

President - Clare Domenico

Vice-Presiden t- Jamie Pennachio
Treasurer - Drew Rothka
Secretary - Cary Lenahan
Librarians - Karen Whitaker and Lauren Olevnik
Webmaster - Siena Rainey
Custodial Engineers - Ryan LaCapra and Tom Kerrigan
Publicity - Jeramie Glynn

The Abington Heights Concert Choir and Mixed Ensemble attended a Music in the Parks competition on May 16 in Allentown.  Both choirs not only received Superior ratings, but also tied for Best Overall Choir, each with the exceptional score of 98.8.  

Joseph Sileo was selected as one of 565 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition.  From nearly 3.3 million graduating high school seniors, over 4,300 students were identified as candidates in the program, and 565 semifinalists have been selected from across the country.  Select this link for a list of the 2015 semifinalists.

Junior Chemistry students were recognized for their successes on the High School Chemistry Exam given by the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society on April 11.

Shahil Patel was the section winner and Claire Traweek was the section runner up for the First Year Chemistry Exam. Both students are currently taking Honors Chemistry.  Richard Ling, an AP Chemistry student, was the section winner for the Advanced Level Chemistry Exam.

The following students were selected to take part in the Lackawanna All-County Band held at Lackawanna College on May 4.

Livia Rainey- Flute 1
Karen Whitaker- Flute 2
Mariana Winters- Clarinet 1
Carla Stillwagon- Clarinet 2
Samantha Machler- Clarinet 3
Katherine Clark- Alto Clarinet
Danielle Zeplin- Bass Clarinet
Paula Galvao- Alto Saxophone 1
Regina Volpe- Alto Saxophone 1
Robert Swift- Tenor Saxophone
Jamie Pennachio- Trumpet 2
Siena Rainey- French Horn 1
Aliza Selznik- French Horn 2
Clare Domenico- Trombone 1
Nicole Olver- Baritone TC
Matthew Parry- Mallet Percussion
The following three Odyssey of the Mind teams have advanced to World Final Competition, May 20-23, at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI:

Experiencing Technical Difficulties Div I  South Abington Elementary School
Team:  Jordan Colombo, Avery Folmar, Rita Gowarty, Molly Lindaman, Kate Lloyd, Ava Ramsey.  Coaches: Ruth Colombo, Karen Lloyd
Experiencing Technical Difficulties  Div III  High School 
Team: Mark DeSeta, Joe Fulton, Matt Galaydick, Jared Levinson, John McGarry, Evan Phillips, Stephen Sokalsky.  Coaches: Sue Fulton, Bill Fulton

Silent Movie  Div III   High School 
Team: Elizabeth Bamford, Nicholas Beckish, Rachel Gilmore, Alex Gockley, Joe Sileo, Sarah Uhranowsky.   Coaches: Teresa and Steve Beckish

Ethan Ross and Kevin Hu won awards at the Marywood Math Contest.  Ethan placed second of all participants on the Level I exam (9th and 10th grades), answering 35 out of 40 questions correctly, and won a cash prize of $50. Kevin tied for third place on the Level II (11th and 12th grades) exam, answering 33 out of 40 questions correctly, and won a share of the $25 prize.

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.  

33rd Annual High School Physical Education Department Triathlon
Friday, May 8th, 2015
Entry Fee: $12 per participant

Friday, April 17, 2015

The following students have been selected to take part in the Lackawanna All-County Band held @ Lackawanna College on Monday, May 4:

Livia Rainey - Flute 1
Karen Whitaker - Flute 2
Mariana Winters - Clarinet 1
Carla Stillwagon - Clarinet 2
Samantha Machler - Clarinet 3
Katherine Clark - Alto Clarinet
Danielle Zeplin - Bass Clarinet
Paula Galvao - Alto Saxophone 1
Regina Volpe - Alto Saxophone 1
Robert Swift - Tenor Saxophone
Jamie Pennachio - Trumpet 2
Siena Rainey - French Horn 1
Aliza Selznik - French Horn 2
Clare Domenico - Trombone 1
Nicole Olver - Baritone TC
Matthew Parry - Mallet Percussion

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.

The Abington Heights Special Education Department will hold the last parent session for this school year on Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Abington Heights Administration Building 2nd floor. The topic will be the new Vocational Functional Academic Program (V-FAC) which has been developed to meet the needs of students who require this level of support. The V-FAC I program will be located at the Abington Heights Middle School and the V-FAC II will be located at the Abington Heights High School. Please contact Dr. Fran A. Rassouli if you require special accommodations and/or have questions regarding this session at 570-585-8278. All community members are invited to attend. The regularly scheduled parent session will resume for the 2015-16 school year beginning in October.

The Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed in the NE regional tournament at Penn State University, Wilkes Barre.  The team placed 6th overall and qualified for the fifth year in a row for the State Tournament at Juniata College on April 25.  Individual medal winners were:

1st place Bio Process Lab – Liam Pitchford and Katya Williams

1st place Bridge – Katya Williams and Jacob Gilbert

1st place Wheeled Vehicle – Ryan Salony and Adam Kenny

2nd place Fossils – Gavin Ross and Lydia Hodge

3rd place Elastic Launched Glider – Michael Rodyushkin

3rd place Robo Cross – Shaine Hughes and Liam Pitchford

3rd place Simple Machines – Camilla Fontini and Hannah White

4th place Air Trajectory – Griffin Price and Hutch Lynott

4th place Bottle Rocket – Lucy Earl and Ryan Salony

4th place Disease Detectives – Harry Johnson

The High School Science Olympiad team placed 3rd overall at Regionals and qualified for the state tournament.

Regional medal winners:

 1. Air Trajectory - 2nd place  Andrew Gibson & Paul Wardach

 2. Astronomy - 2nd place  Ethan Ross & Sam Morano

 3. Bungee Drop - 1st place Andrew Gibson & Shrey Chandragini

 4. Chemistry Lab - 1st place  Shrey Chandragiri & Richard Ling

 5. Dynamic Planet - 3rd Dante Paniccia & Claire Traweek

 6. Ex Design - 4th Claire Traweek, Timmy Habeeb, Sam Myers

 7. Fossils - 2nd place Ethan Ross

 8. Geologic Mapping - 1st Claire Traweek & Matt Molinaro

 9. Green Generation - 2nd place Jacob Ross & Sam Morano

10. Mission Possible - 2nd place Sam Myers & Timmy Habeeb

11. Tech Problem Solving - 2nd place Shrey

      Chandragini & Matt Molinaro 

12. Wright Stuff - 3rd place Matt Parry & Richard Ling

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.

Shahil Patel won 2nd Place in the Student Congress House at States. Matt Klucher advanced to Semi-Finals in Radio Announcing and the Parliamentary Debate team of Levinson, Mecca and Phillips also advanced to Semi-Finals.

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.

Nick Beckish and Liv Osborne have been chosen as WVIA-TV Artists of the Week for music and visual art, respectively.   Access the Artist of the Week taping on the WVIA website by selecting this link.

Senior student Joseph Sileo earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test takers nationally in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.

At the State High School Powerlifting Championship at Glen Mills School, Matt Devine (114 pound weight class) set 4 new state records and was selected as the Outstanding Lifter of the meet.
Kayleigh Tokash was selected as the female Outstanding Lifter of the meet.
Ben Knox, Nick Robb, Matt Strein, Ryan Green and Jason Husisian all placed 2nd in their respected  division and weight classes.  Landon York placed 6th.

Milwaukee Wisconsin  2015 national High School Powerlifting Championship results:

Kayleigh Tokash placed third in the female 114 pound weight class.  Alyssa McMinn placed 8th in the female 181pound weight class.  Matt Devine won the 114 pound weight class almost lifting 180 pounds more than his nearest competitor.     Matt was runner up for the outstanding lifter award.  All Abington lifters set personal records at the meet.

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