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 Informa-phone:  587-2000 - 24-hour information on school and community activities.  


The new Right-to-Know Law is in effect.  To submit a request for documents of public interest, please email the Open Records Officer at  rtk@ahsd.org.


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Abington Heights School District real estate school tax bills have been mailed.   Taxpayers who did not receive their real estate school tax bills should contact their tax collector for a duplicate copy of the tax bill.


Abington Heights School District

2012-2013 Calendar

 

Thursday, August 30 . . . . . . . . . New Teacher Day

Friday, August 31  . . . . . . . . . .  First Teacher In-service – In-service Day #1

Tuesday, September 4 . . . . . . . In-service Day #2

Wednesday, September 5 . . . .  First Student Day                  

                                                               

Wednesday, November 21  . . .   Act 80 Day – Early Dismissals for Students

Thursday, November 22 . . . . . .   Thanksgiving Day – Holiday – No School

Friday, November 23 . . . . . . . . . Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

Monday, November 26 . . . . . . .  Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

 

Monday, December 3 . . . . . . . . .In-service Day #3 – No School for Students

 

Friday, December 21 . . . . . . . . . Act 80 Day – Early Dismissals for Students

Monday, December 24 . . . . . . .  Winter Holiday – No School

Tuesday, December 25 . . . . . . . Winter Holiday – No School

Wednesday, December 26 . . . . .Winter Holiday – No School

Thursday, December 27  . . . . . .  Winter Holiday – No School

Friday, December 28 . . . . . . . . . Winter Holiday – No School

Monday, December 31 . . . . . . . .Winter Holiday – No School

Tuesday, January 1 . . . . . . . . . . New Year’s Day - Winter Holiday – No School

 

Monday, February 18 . . . . . . . . . In-service Day #4 - No School for Students

 

Friday, March 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Spring Holiday – No School

Monday, April 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Holiday – No School (Act 80 Day Make-up)

 

Monday, April 15  . . . . . . . . . . . . Act 80 Day - No School for Students (Snow Day Make-up #4)

 

Friday, May 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday – No School (Snow Day Make-up #5)

Monday, May 27  . . . . . . . . . . . . Memorial Day – No School

 

Thursday, June 6 . . . . . . . . . . . .  Last Student Day

Friday, June 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .In-service Day #5 - Last Teacher Day

Tuesday, June 11  . . . . . . . . . . . .Graduation Day

 

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Snow Day Make-up #1 . . . . . . . .  Friday, June 7, 2013

Snow Day Make-up #2 . . . . . . . .  Monday, June 10, 2013

Snow Day Make-up #3 . . . . . . . .  Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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NOTE:  Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2013, and will be affirmed in April, 2013. 

               

The Abington Heights School District reserves the right to alter the calendar as circumstances require.

Every effort will be made to keep graduation on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  Severe weather during the winter or unanticipated emergencies could require a change in the graduation date.



Football season passes for adults will be sold at the gate during first game vs. Pittston Area on Saturday, September 1, at 1 p.m. for $20. Normal admission is $5 per game, and there are 5 home games.  Fans save $5 by purchasing a season pass.

Football, basketball and wrestling season passes are available for students (K-12) by purchasing “Blue Crew” T-shirts for $5.  The shirts will be sold at football games throughout the season until all shirts are sold.  Students wearing the shirt to home games gain free admission to all football, basketball and wresting events during the 2012-13 school year.


Our Middle School has been re-designated as a “School to Watch.”   Three years ago the Middle School was first designated a “School to Watch.”   This award is part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Middle School Association, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Lehigh University, Shippensburg University and Horace Mann Service Corporation.


The Abington Heights School District supports:

     The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which affords parents and students over 18 years of certain rights with respect to the student's educational records.  For additional information on FERPA, click here.

     Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), which requires our District to notify you and obtain consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities.  For additional information on PPRA, click here.


NOTICE TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO RESIDE IN THE ABINGTON HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT

In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the Abington Heights School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services. If your child is identified by the District as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures. Individualized services and programs are available for children, who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions:

 1.  Autism/pervasive development disorder

 2.  Blindness or visual impairment

 3.  Deafness or hearing impairment

 4.  Developmental delay

 5.  Mentally gifted

 6.  Mental retardation

 7.  Multihandicapped

 8.  Neurological impairment

 9.  Other health impairments

10. Physical disability

11. Serious emotional disturbance

12. Specific learning disability

13. Speech and language impairment

If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, or young child (age 3 to school-age) may be in need of early intervention, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility are available to you at no cost, upon written request. You may request screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled in the District's public school program. Requests for evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to Director of Special Services, 200 East Grove Street, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, 18411.

For further information on the rights of parents and children, provision of services, evaluation and screening (including purpose, time and location), you may contact in writing the person listed above or any building principal.

Confidentiality: All information gathered about your child is subject to the confidentiality provisions contained in federal and state law. The District has policies and procedures in effect governing the collection, maintenance, destruction and disclosure to third parties of this information. For information about these policies and procedures, as well as rights of confidentiality and access to educational records, you may contact in writing the person named above or any building principal.

In compliance with state and federal law, the Abington Heights School District will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations, which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program.

These services and protections for "protected handicapped students" are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.

For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students, contact Director of Special Services at (570) 585-8278.

 


Our 2009 Soccer Team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (which is the largest coaches association in the United States) as one of the top 142 high school boys’ teams in the nation, 11 high schools in Pennsylvania and the only high school in NE PA that was awarded the 2010 NSCAA High School Team Academic Award.  This was based on our grade point average in the fall of 2009/spring of 2010.   Our team GPA during this period was a 3.41, based on a 4.0 scale.  This was the first time that an Abington Heights soccer team has received this award, since the inception of this award in 2000. 


 

High School English teacher Cyndi Page has been named a 2011 PA Teacher of the Year Finalist.


 

Adult lap swim will continue Monday through Thursday from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  The fee is $2 per visit.

  


Dress Code Policy/Guidelines

  • All upper body attire must cover from the collar bone to the base of the torso so as not to expose any midriff, cleavage, or chest.  Blouses, tops and shirts are to have a collar
    • All students must wear a traditional fold-down collar at all times
    • Collar must be visible at all times
    • Factory logos are allowed on shirts
  • Sweatshirts, sweaters, and hoodies are acceptable outer attire
    • A traditional fold-down collared shirt must be worn and be visible underneath the above items
  • Wording, phrases, or other representations with the exception of Abington Heights approved attire is not permitted on clothing.  Manufacture insignias, such as a Nike swoosh on the chest or sleeves are acceptable
    • Names and numbers are permitted on Abington Heights approved clothing
      • Sweatshirts/Sweaters
      • Warm-up style jackets
      • Sweatpants
      • Collared Shirts
      • Athletic jerseys are not permitted unless prior approval is granted by Principal
  • All lower body attire (pants, skirts, shorts, dresses, skorts, etc.) should be worn at the waistline and extend to at least the knee
    • Dresses must have a traditional fold-down collar or one must be worn underneath and be visible
    • Shorts or skirts that do not meet the dress code over the top of pants or tights are not allowed
    • Cheerleading skirts and Field Hockey kilts over the top of pants or tights are not permitted
  • Exposed underwear of any kind, including through clothing, as well as tears and holes in clothing is not permitted
  • Sneakers or shoes that are appropriate and safe for school activities must be worn at all times
  • Hats, spiked jewelry, sunglasses, or anything deemed disruptive or unsafe by administration will not be permitted
  • Special group attire may be worn on designated days with administrative permission and must conform to all rules of decency


Abington Heights School Hours:

          School hours for the 2010-2011 school year for Abington Heights students are as follows:

                       Kindergarten Morning Session . . . . . . .   8:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

                       Kindergarten Afternoon Session . . . . . .   12:10 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

                       Elementary Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:35 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

                       Middle School (Grades 5-8) . . . . . . . . . .   7:45 a.m. - 2:12 p.m.

                       High School (Grades 9-12) . . . . . . . . . . . 8:15 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.


     
The Abington Heights Educational Improvement Organization has donated over $400,000 to our District.  The organization helps fund new and innovative programs in our District by collecting donations from local businesses and residents, who receive tax credits for donating to the organization.  Anyone may donate to the organization by making a check payable to Abington Heights Educational Improvement Organization and mailing them to P.O. Box 154, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.  Visit www.aeioandyou.org for more information.

     "100 Book Challenge” is for Grades K-4.  See www.ahsd.org/reading for a link with more information.         


     Residents of municipalities in Abington Heights School District who are 60 years of age or older may enroll in the Gold Card Club.  Membership permits the card holder admission to all athletic and cultural events sponsored by the District.  Cards may be obtained in the Administration Building at 200 East Grove Street, Clarks Summit. Ten paid registrants in a community recreation program entitles free Gold Card member enrollment in that program. 


Abington Heights School District Hires Law Firm to Collect Delinquent Real Estate Taxes

     Abington Heights School District has hired Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd., to collect its delinquent real estate taxes.   Each delinquent property owner will receive a notice advising him or her of the balance due.  Attached to the notice will be a schedule of legal fees that Portnoff Law Associates will potentially assess against the property, if the property owner fails to respond to the notice.   Recipients of the notice will be afforded a thirty (30)-day grace period within which to make payment arrangements.  By placement of a toll-free telephone call, property owners with large accounts will be permitted to enter into payment arrangements of up to six (6) months.  Those with legitimate hardship situations will be permitted longer term payment plans.  After the grace period ends, Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd., will proceed with legal action on the unresolved accounts.  Delinquent property owners who have failed to make payment arrangements or request hardship accommodations will be assessed the legal fees and costs associated with collecting on their accounts.  The School District urges property owners to call the toll-free number listed on the delinquency notice within the thirty (30)-day grace period to avoid legal fees.  It is the position of the School District that this is by far the fairest and most efficient method of collecting delinquent bills.


    Our buildings and fields are available for rent. Click here for more information.            


           Abington Heights School District now lists school cancellations, delays, and early dismissals on its website at www.ahsd.org through cancellations.com.  Just click “Cancellations/Delays” on Abington Heights website to be directed to cancellations.com for up-to-date schedule information.   With this link, anyone can sign up to receive postings of Abington Heights cancellations, delays, early dismissals, and more via email.  Abington Heights cancellations, delays, and early dismissal news will also continue to be available by phoning Informa-phone at 587.2000 or via local television and radio channels. 


    The Abington Heights School District Public Relations Office works cooperatively with school and community organizations. From time to time, photos of students accompany press releases to the local media to promote our schools and students' achievements. Occasionally, television stations may also broadcast student activities. If you do not want your child to be photographed for publicity purposes, please contact Mrs. Judith Rhue, Director of Public Relations, at 585.8268.


     The Abington Heights School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents and weeds. Our goal is to protect every student from pesticide exposure by using an IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making the school building and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school building and grounds to detect any pests that are present. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator who evaluates the “pest problem” and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to address the problem. The techniques can include increased sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest, etc.

     From time to time, it may be necessary to use chemicals to manage a pest problem. Chemicals will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic product when possible. (Applications will be made only after normal school hours.) Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior to application and for two days following the application.

     Parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school. To receive notification, you must be placed on the school notification registry. If you would like to be placed on the registry, please notify the district in writing, including the school your child/children attends, your address and telephone number.

     If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem (ex. stinging insects), notice will be provided by telephone to any parent or guardian who has requested such notification in writing. Exemptions to this notification include disinfectants and anti-microbial products; self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students, and gel type baits placed in cracks, crevices or voids; and swimming pool maintenance chemicals.

     Each year the District will prepare a new notification registry.

     If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Erik Elliott, Director of Building and Grounds, IPM Coordinator at 585-8221.


NOTICE OF ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN:  The Asbestos Management Plan of the Abington Heights School District is on file and available for inspection at the Business Office located in the Abington Heights Administration Building at 200 East Grove Street, Clarks Summit, PA, 18411.  It is available for inspection during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.).  The District has also completed the required periodic surveillance and the three-year re-inspections of all buildings in the District in total compliance with the federal and state mandates.


     Facilities and programs in the Abington Heights School District are open and available to handicapped persons. The District is an equal opportunity educational institution and is in accordance with Title VI and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries regarding the above should be directed to Affirmative Action Officer, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, who is located in the District Administration Building.   


     Students who transfer into Abington Heights School District are asked to register at the school which they will attend.  The student's immunization record must be presented before registration can be completed.  If parents have questions concerning attendance area of new residences, they are asked to call the Administration Office at 586-2511.  The policy of the School District is to admit kindergarten children who will be five years of age prior to August 31 of September entrance to kindergarten.   Kindergarten registration should be made at the elementary school nearest the place of residence.    


    Abington Heights School District’s Safety Committee has earned the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation coveted "Safety Committee Certification" for meeting the requirements set forth under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, Article X, for establishing and maintaining an effective workplace safety committee. The certification entitles Abington Heights School District to receive a 5% discount in its workers’ compensation rate.  Only 1.5% of all employers in the State of Pennsylvania are certified with this award. Our certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Department of Labor and Industry exemplifies that our dedicated Safety Committee members are committed to making our school district a safer environment for our employees as well as our students.


     Residents of the Abington Heights District who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to become members of the Gold Card Club free of charge. Members of the Abington Heights Gold Card Club are welcome guests at home athletic events and at all school-sponsored plays, musical productions and other school activities free of charge. Gold Cards may be obtained by registering weekdays at the Administration Building between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. If there are ten paid registrants in a community education course, Gold Card Members will receive free enrollment in that course. Once registered, Gold Cards are lifetime passes to Abington Heights School District-sponsored activities.


     Abington Heights School District resident children will be admitted to Abington Heights School District kindergarten if the youngster will be five years of age prior to August 31 of the September entrance to kindergarten. A birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration. Also, parents must present proof of required immunizations at registration. Parents who desire to start children in kindergarten one year later than usual entrance age may select that option.


    

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