The Week At A Glance
District News
Forensics Team - Off to a Good Start 
Marcus Douglas and Lane Macy placed first in Public Forum Debate.
 The Twelve Days of Christmas Presented by Mrs. Washko's Third Grade Class and produced by the Elementary Announcement Crew.  

Limo Lunch Incentive
As an incentive for the PTO's fundraiser, students who sold 20 or more items were able to attend the Limo Lunch on November 22.  Several students who sold 25 items were able to take a friend.  75 students were picked up at the school and  taken by limo to Pizza Hut in Ebensburg.  They enjoyed a lunch of pizza and breadsticks before returning to school.  Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to the trip again next year! (More

6th Grade Business- 4 Jake's Sake

      During the month of October, the sixth graders learned the basics of running a business and began developing plans to create their own small company to help  support a charity or an individual in need. To enhance this project, the students had the opportunity to learn about a local non-profit company,  Seedz 4 Needz,  and its founder, Jakob Zernick. During his visit, Jakob shared the story of his company’s development after he was diagnosed at the age of 8 with Crohn’s Disease.  After meeting with Jakob, the sixth graders in Mrs. Kissell’s classroom voted to make changes to their business plan to help Jakob. (More)

Students Learn about Petroleum Engineering

      On Monday, November 18, students from SFU and Penn State’s Society of Petro Engineers, presented to Mr. Gorba’s Physics class to inform and encourage high school students to get involved in engineering in college. They conducted an experiment that involved making and measuring the density of "mudd" used in the later stages of drilling for petroleum.  Among the visitors was PAHS Alumni, Caleb Lutz. The students in the class now have a greater appreciation and understanding of this kind of work. 

County Chorus Participants

Congratulations to Kendra Kunko, Makenna Redfern, Melody Shi, Madison Gribbin, Charlotte Melotti, Cassidy Miller, Eva Sossong, Isaac Geer and Lea Rose Ferrari for representing PAHS at the County Chorus Concert on Thursday, November 14. 

To view the First Quarter Honor Roll recipients click here. 

Cybersecurity Opportunity

      On Wednesday, November 13, a small group of PAHS students ventured to Mount Aloysius for their first ever Cyber Security Day.  It proved to be a very informative and interesting endeavor.  After a brief meet and greet, we were fortunate to listen to a guest speaker who actually works for the government in the field of cyber security.  He discussed his job and how they sometimes track "hackers" that try to infiltrate our government and national security.  After this, we attended several break out sessions that were led by Mount faculty.  The day helped to grow the interest in Cyber Security for several of our students, and thus, proved very worthwhile!


Honoring Our Veterans
      In honor of Veterans Day, students in the elementary school were given the opportunity to write about a veteran they know. The papers were collected and put together to make a Wall of Honor. This project allowed students and families to learn more about the veterans in their lives. There are over 200 names on the wall representing all branches of the military and as far back as World War II. On, Friday, Nov. 8, students also entertained local vetarans with a few musical pieces to show their appreciation for their sacrafices. (More) (Video)

      LIHEAP stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistant Program and is designed to help those who are struggling to pay natural gas bills this winter. Click here for more information. 

Capture Your High School Memories  
      Order your 2019-2020 Yearbook for only $55.00.  You can take advantage of this deal by clicking here.  Be sure to order your copy today.  

Senior Information

      The following links provide helpful information for seniors regarding graduation requirements, college visits, job shadowing, a financial aid workshop, etc. 

Guidance Bulletin College Visits Financial Aid Workshop
Dual Enrollment Graduation Fees Class Nominations

W.I.N. is a Win for our Youngest Students

      W.I.N. or the What I Need period is proving to be a great success for our grade seven students. This academic year the Portage Area JR/SR High School has attempted to further assist our seventh grade students with the transition from elementary school to secondary school. We reduced the number of teachers our younger students interact with and provided a dedicated period to get focused on student learning. (More

Caregiver Support Program for Grandparents
If you are raising your grandchildren you may be eligible for financial reimbursement for the costs associated with being a caregiver to your grandchildren. (More)

High School Clothing Drive
      The Interact Club in conjunction with the Guidance Department are collecting gently used clothing items, on an ongoing basis, to stock our Care Clothing Closet for the upcoming school year. More
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