Pleasant Valley Cougar News
March 3, 2022
Secretary Ortega Visits Pleasant Valley
Students then moved to the art room where Dr. Ortega read Mikey's selection, Your Future is Bright by Corey Finkle. All seven other elementary schools and the Learning Express zoomed in to take part in hearing from Dr. Ortega. Over 3300 AASD students shared Dr. Ortega's visit and book reading with Pleasant Valley.
Third grade, led by Mrs. Temchack and Mrs. Jarrett, worked this week to produce a book of their own. Using Book Creator, students wrote The Importance of Education in just three days. All year long, Mrs. Temchack and Mrs. Jarrett have been piloting the Writing Workshop program and this project was an excellent opportunity to showcase all that the students have learned. Liam Oswald, Jaelynn Tremmel, Angeline Bravin, and BransonTrostle presented the book to the Secretary. Dr. Ortega promised the book would be displayed at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He was very impressed by the young authors.
We are very honored to be able to showcase the exceptional things happening in the AASD. We want to thank the Assistant to the Superintendent, Haley Fleegle, for arranging and organizing this visit. The faculty and staff worked together to prepare for the special honor. Mr. Burns, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stahl, our custodians, Mrs. Wall and our cafeteria staff, and Mrs. Kuhn, our secretary worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the visit seamless. Mrs. Miller, our art teacher, shared her space. The first grade and third grade team took on extra responsibility so their teammates, Mrs. Temchack, Mrs. Jarrett, and Mrs. Wasovich could be hands-on with the visit. The entire faculty, staff, and student body made an extra effort to show our community just how amazing our school and the people here are! I may be bias, but I think they are pretty awesome every single day!
Third Grade Erupts
Music Fills the Air
This year's performance had a very special musical moment. Miss Strayer, elementary string specialist, commissioned a brand new work to be composed for AASD string players. She reached out to a composer to create a brand new piece specifically for these students. On Thursday, our students performed the music for the very first time in history. The work, which was stirring and challenged our young musicians to excel, will now be made available for worldwide purchase. As schools around the world purchase and perform the piece, it will always contain, "Commissioned for the Students of the Altoona Area School District" in the title. The students also got to zoom with the composer and learn more about his process.
Thank you, Miss Strayer, for making this special memory for our students and their families.