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SAT Question of the Day  

2016-2017 Curriculum Guide

Course Selection Process

Ways to Help Students Succeed

Reminders for Students

Final Exam Parent Tips

Summer Assignments

9th Period Study Hall Options for 2015-16

Application for 9th period study halls; return to main office in August

Dual Enrollment Information

Local Mental Health Resources in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties

2015 Fall Sports Schedule: Practice dates, times & location

Smart Goal Planner

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Extra Curricular Code of Conduct

* Volunteer Opportunities:
If you are interested in a volunteering at the Gathering Place in Clarks Summit, please contact Mrs. Armezzani at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (570-881-7612) for more information. 
The Voluntary Action Center (VAC) provides numerous student community service opportunities.  Contact the VAC at www.vacnepa.org (570-347-5616) for more information

* Parents and Students:

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Keystone Project Based Assessments

What are Project Based Assessments?

Pennsylvania’s Chapter 4 regulations require that students demonstrate proficiency in Algebra I, Biology and Literature.  For students who are unable to demonstrate proficiency via the Keystone Exams, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has developed a project based assessment system (PBA) that is aligned with the modules for each Algebra I, Biology and Literature Exam.  Successful completion of a PBA aligned to the Keystone Exam or Keystone Exam module on which a student did not demonstrate proficiency shall satisfy the state graduation requirement. (NOTE: This requirement applies to students in the class of 2017 and beyond)

The links below provide addition information on the project based assessments.

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.

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 policyplease 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

Nancy Post

The Voluntary Action Center

829 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA  18510

570-347-5616 ext. 207

Diversity Stakeholder's  Agenda & 2015-16 Meeting Dates

Diversity Awareness Club Mission Statement

Stakeholders' Meeting Notes

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.

  • Meetings Dates for the 2015-16 School Year: Aug. 3, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 16, Mar. 14, April 11, May 9
  • All meetings are held in the high school library, 6 PM
  • The administration will be available after the meeting to discuss any individual questions or concerns

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.

  • Diversity Meeting Dates for 2015-16 school year: Aug. 11, Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 24, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 23, Mar. 22, April 19, May 10.  
  • All meetings are held in the high school library, 5:30 PM
  • This committee is helping to organize the high school inclusion day, Jan. 16, 2015 and helping to recruit guest speakers for the open block guest speaker lecture series

If at any time you have questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions, please contact us!

Andrew Snyder, High School Principal

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Lee Ann Theony, Assistant Principal oversees 9th and 10th grade students

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Mark Lemoncelli, Assistant Principal

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Randy Hanyon, Athletic Director

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Pete Smith II, Director of Student Services

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Fran Rassouli, Director of Special Education

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Marcy Curra, World Language Coordinator & Keystone Exam Coordinator

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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:


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.

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.

The Student Assistance Program Teams (SAP) (MAP) are intervention programs staffed by teachers, guidance counselors, nursing staff, administrators and members from appropriate community agencies. (Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Scranton Counseling.) The Middle School and High School teams are trained to identify and refer high-risk students to appropriate treatment.

High-risk concerns: Include, but not limited to, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, suicide prevention, pregnancy or depression.

Referrals: Referrals may come from another student, parent, teacher, counselor or administrator and will be kept strictly confidential. If there is a concern for the physical or emotional well-being of a student, contact a member of the “SAP" "MAP" Teams. Parents will be contacted and informed of the concerns and will be offered necessary services to help deal with the problem. Forms can be found in the faculty rooms, guidance office, library or sent through email.

  • To make a referral for a High School student, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include the name of the student, grade level and a description of the concern.
  • To make a referral for a Middle School student, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please include the name of the student, grade level and a description of the concern.

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.

Meetings of the “SAP” "MAP" Core Teams are held each week. Students with referrals are identified and the network system of the school, home and community is initiated. Strict confidentiality is upheld.

High School Student Assistance Program:

If you have any questions about the High School Student Assistance Program, email Susan Corwin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have any questions about the Middle School Assistance Program, contact Tina Santaniello at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The referral form is accessible from the SAP website (link referenced above; the SAP website is also accessible from the district website: www.ahsd.org District Information, Student Assistance Program). 

Assisting Agencies with Confidential Services:

  • Drug & Alcohol Commission Hot Line: 961 - 1234
  • Lackawanna County Commission on Drug & Alcohol Abuse: 963 - 6820
  • Scranton Counseling Center Hot Line: 348 - 6100
  • Lackawanna County Bureau of Children & Youth Services: 963 - 6781
  • Clearbrook Treatment Services: 341 - 8145
  • Women's Resource Center: 346 - 4671
  • Children & Youth Services: 963 - 6781
  • Planned Parenthood & HIV Testing: 344 - 2626

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:

  • To inform the public of individual school’s performance
  • To provide a building level score for educators as part of their evaluation system
  • To the public to compare schools across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • To give schools a way to analyze their strengths and needs

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.

Attention students and parents: Please be advised that student attendance will be recorded on the transcript. 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.  

What is a MOOC?

Clubs & Activities

   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.

     Abington Heights High School offers a broad program of subjects that provides students the opportunity to elect courses based upon their individual abilities, achievements and goals within the limit of requirements for graduation. With counseling assistance, students may be recommended for placement in one of three levels including academic, honors, or advanced placement. Extensive curriculum offerings permit qualified students to choose Honors courses in grades 9-12 in English, social studies, mathematics, world language, and science. Four languages are offered for four years: French, German, Spanish and Russian.

Abington Heights High School
222 Noble Road,
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Phone: 570.585.5300
Fax (Main Office): 570.586.8188
Fax (Guidance Office): 570.585.8274

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