• February 14Parent teacher conferences Feb 27 from 4:30-8:30

  • February 14Snow makeup days: School in session Feb. 15 and April 2

  • February 13Homework help/Internet Cafe on Mondays, please use room 205.

  • Drama prepares for rendition of Mary Poppins

    Drama prepares for rendition of Mary Poppins

    Ben Blackie, Photographer

    February 23, 2018

    As the 2017-2018 school year comes to the spring semester, the drama club prepares for their rendition of Mary Poppins. In the fall the club did their first 2017-2018 performance which was Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit. The drama club has been practicing the musical since  late December and since ...

    On Set! After many weeks of preparing for their play, Mary Poppins, the Drama club practices in front of their living room set. The cast built the sets after the original Mary Poppins set.

  • Students hide bookmarks in library

    Students hide bookmarks in library

    Maddie Detwiler, reporter

    February 22, 2018

    At the end of each marking period, art teacher, Sara  O’Roark introduces certain art techniques students use to create bookmarks. Students then take these bookmarks and hide them in the library. Students will continue this tradition at the end of the third marking period by taking the bookmarks they ar...

    Students will be going down to the library on the last day of the marking period to hide their bookmarks. Whoever finds the bookmarks can keep them to use for the book they check out!

  • Fans support favorite sport teams

    Fans support favorite sport teams

    Sarah Weathersbee, Reporter

    February 21, 2018

    Supporters of their favorite sports teams wore a T-shirt, hoodie, jersey and/or hat on Feb. 2  for Ultimate Fan Day. The event was free of charge, and students as well as teachers were able to participate in the all day event. “ I wore a Ben Roethlisberger jersey with the number seven to support my...

    Ninth grader Cameron Passarello wore a New York Yankees baseball home jersey , supporting #99 Aaron Judge , the outfielder.

    Ben Blackie

  • Seventh grade teachers choose students of week

    Seventh grade teachers choose students of week

    Maddie Detwiler, reporter

    February 1, 2018

    Teachers on the seventh grade floor are choosing students every week who they think are exceptional. One of the seventh graders chosen was Sufana Hamid. Her name was mentioned over the announcements on Jan. 12, 2018 “I really like the idea of the student of the week because of the fact that every...

    Seventh grade students are chosen to be student of the week. Whenever a student gets picked, they get recognized in various ways.

    Maddie Detwiler

  • Peace boxes distributed

    Peace boxes distributed

    Sarah Weathersbee, Reporter

    January 29, 2018

    Posters of boxes decorated with paint can be seen throughout the school. These boxes are known as “ peace boxes”  and have been delivered to students during their eighth period upon request. The idea of the peace box has been brought to school by eighth grade art teacher Sara O’Roark.   ...

    Love! Ninth grader Michael Herren stands behind peace boxes in Mrs.O'Roarks art class room.

    Mrs.O'Roark

  • Student gain opportunities for future jobs at CTC

    Student gain opportunities for future jobs at CTC

    Chastity Brunner, Photographer

    January 24, 2018

    The GACTC in Altoona, PA is a place where not only Altoona students can go, but also students in school districts surrounding the community. The CTC was founded in 1966, and most of the students who go there are from the junior high and from the high school. In recent years the Altoona junior high ha...

    Let's work. Andrew Garman and david Harpster III work on a car in Automotive Diesel class at the CTC on Jan. 11. Both boys worked on their teachers car and learned how to change spark plugs on a truck.

    Chastity Brunner

  • PBS committee seeks to overhaul program

    PBS committee seeks to overhaul program

    Mychenze Alberts, Reporter

    January 18, 2018

    The PBS program is a program that provides a reward system almost for students to show positive behaviors and their ROAR. PBS is an acronym for Positive Behavior System. Events and programs provided by PBS include lion loot, movie days, hat days, theme days and much more. Lion loot is a way of rewarding...

    During a PBS assembly, eighth grade teacher Jessica Gouse balances Oreos as part of the games.

  • Cancellations, delays affect school schedule

    Cancellations, delays affect school schedule

    Maddie Detwiler, reporter

    January 18, 2018

    With the weather change, the Altoona School District received some two hour delays and cancellations. Students express a variety of opinions regarding the schedule changes. The first delay was on Tuesday Jan. 2. Dr. Charles Prijatelj makes the decision if two hour delays or cancellations are needed. Af...

    Because of the weather, two hour delays and cancellations have been scheduled. The makeup days are feb. 15 and April 2.

Students wear vision impairment goggles
Seventh graders rewarded with ice cream
Barr receives STEM grant
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  • All teachers should believe in extra credit January 26, 2018
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  • Junior high must offer more language options January 26, 2018
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Ice Cream Bunny  movie rates worst of all time
Green man conquers Whoville’s Christmas

Green man conquers Whoville’s Christmas

December 19, 2017

Man of bones discovers Christmas land then finds true love

Man of bones discovers Christmas land then finds true love

December 19, 2017

Polar Express remains family favorite Christmas movie

Polar Express remains family favorite Christmas movie

December 19, 2017

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Recent Sports Scores
  • Thursday, February 8

    Ninth grade white boys' basketball

    AAJHS 48 - BG 30

  • Monday, February 5

    Eighth grade white boys' basketball

    AAJHS 37 - Huntingdon 25

  • Saturday, February 3

    Ninth grade white boys' basketball

    AAJHS 54 - Mifflin County 19

  • Saturday, February 3

    Eighth grade white boys' basketball

    AAJHS 21 - Mifflin County 27

  • Tuesday, January 23

    White ninth grade boys' basketball

    AAJHS 55 - Bishop McCort 45

Boys’ basketball season continues
Ninth graders compete in winter track meet

Ninth graders compete in winter track meet

January 29, 2018

Wrestling team achieves victory

Wrestling team achieves victory

January 24, 2018

Girls’ basketball season begins

Girls’ basketball season begins

January 18, 2018

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Do you perform better when you're competing or when you're collaborating?

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Editorial:  Painted boxes spread happiness

Editorial: Painted boxes spread happiness

January 29, 2018

Peace boxes are cheering up students everyday. Peace boxes are such a good idea, and they could really bring tr...

Editorial:  Varsity chorus, vocal ensemble deserve pat on back

Editorial: Varsity chorus, vocal ensemble deserve pat on back

December 8, 2017

The varsity chorus and vocal ensemble did an absolutely fantastic job at their holiday concert on Dec...

Editorial: Interim grade reports, report cards waste time, paper, money.

Editorial: Interim grade reports, report cards waste time, paper, money.

November 15, 2017

AAJHS has been using report cards and interim grade reports as well as using an online grade book. ...

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