• September 12The Internet Café is now open for the school year in rooms 204 and 205 on the ninth grade floor.

  • September 12Yearbooks on sale now! jostens.com.

  • Livewire Scavenger Hunt

    Livewire Scavenger Hunt

    November 7, 2017

    Click the link below to open a printable worksheet.  Return to room 234 for a prize. Newspaper Scavenger Hunt Worksheet  

  • Collins writing program changes classroom instruction

    Collins writing program changes classroom instruction

    Ben Blackie, Reporter

    October 27, 2017

    This year the Altoona Area School District started using the Collins Writing program. This program provides a new way of writing for the AASD students. Collins Writing is used in every subject. Collins Writing uses a system known as “Five Types of Writing”. These five types make sure stud...

    Dr. Collins teaches seventh, eighth and ninth grade teachers. The teachers learned how to use Collins Writing.

  • Drama club performs Law and Order … The Fairytale Unit

    Drama club performs Law and Order … The Fairytale Unit

    Abbie Starr, Reporter

    October 26, 2017

    As the school year continues, so does the drama club, with a performance on Oct. 19 and 20. The club picked the play, Law and Order… The Fairy Tale Unit to amuse people who love comical theater.  Maddy Reed is in ninth grade and played the role of JIll, Jillian, who is a jogger, who is interrogate...

    Eighth grader, Khloe Stoltenberg, ninth graders, Kaelab Ruggles and Darrah Evans, suspect Pinnochio or seventh grader, Benjamin Kennedy did the crime. They question him until they find the answers.

    Abbie Starr

  • Students react to Cyberslam assembly

    Students react to Cyberslam assembly

    Caley Galarneau, Reporter

    October 26, 2017

    The Sept. 22 Cyberslam assembly in the auditorium inspired students to open up about bullying. Since 1981, the Saltworks theatre academy has traveled to schools to present award-winning, entertaining and educational school assemblies. According to Saltworks they provide schools with high energy, pertinent assemblies ...

  • Seventh graders adjust to junior high

    Seventh graders adjust to junior high

    Maddie Detwiler, Reporter

    October 26, 2017

     The seventh grade floor is full of students who have mixed opinions about how the adjustment from elementary school to junior high went and is going this year of 2017. In the Altoona school district, students attend elementary school for six grades then transition to the junior high for three yea...

    The seventh grade floor was filled with new seventh graders on the first day in school of 2017. The new junior high students share different opinions of how their seventh grade year is going and will continue to progress.

    Maddie Detwiler

  • Fundraising students rewarded

    Fundraising students rewarded

    Gianna Ciavarella, Reporter

    October 26, 2017

    Junior High students went onto the IM field to celebrate Harvest Day on Oct 5. Junior High students who sold two magazines in a fundraiser during the month of September got to spend five hours outside for Harvest Day. Harvest Day is a day where students play games, sports and eat iconic carnival...

  • Toona’s turf is everywhere!

    Toona’s turf is everywhere!

    Joleyna Martino, Reporter

    October 26, 2017

    On Thursday, Oct. 5, cheerleaders, band and band front members arrived to provide some extra school spirit as the varsity team took on rival Hollidaysburg. According to members of these groups, much preparation happens before the season and each game. Eighth grader Alexis Starr is a varsity majorette...

    The cheerleaders and football players prep before the throw back thursday game.

    Joleyna Martino

  • Juart awarded with beef for classroom cooking

    Juart awarded with beef for classroom cooking

    Sarah Weathersbee, Reporter

    October 26, 2017

    Foods teacher Brandy Juart received her first beef and veal award from the Pennsylvania Beef council. Because of her dedication to cooking and teaching , the option of beef products or an amount of money was given to Juart on Aug. 10. More labs and cooking involving beef will now be unde...

    Yum! 9th grader Anna Batrus pulls a pizza out of the oven during the homemade pizza lab in foods class. Lab partner Kassie Clawson stands by to make sure Batrus is careful and doesn’t burn herself!

    Sarah Weathersbee

Guest speaker Gerety visits field house

Sarah Weathersbee, Reporter

December 12, 2017No Comments

On Nov. 29 , author , youth speaker and entrepreneur Ed Gerety came to speak to the Altoona Area High school and ninth grade class. He has taught over 2 million students and has traveled to all states including Canada. ...

Girls’ soccer remains undefeated

Riley Steinbugl, Reporter

October 26, 20172 Comments

 Girls’ soccer finished out their season with a record of 17-0-1. The team has been competing against other schools since Sept. 5. Coached by Jill Lane and assistant Coach Jeff Lane, athletes have been practicing almo...

Chromebooks distributed to eighth, ninth grade students

Maddy Pincin, Reporter

October 26, 20177 Comments

For the 2017-2018 school year, eighth and ninth grade students received Chromebooks, cases, chargers and tags for use in school and at home. According to students and principals, the implementation of this technology has ...

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Students must carry cell phones

Jocelyn Fetter

November 15, 20173 Comments

When I got home from school, I immediately started working on my homework. Why? Because once my mom saw my math grade on my report card, I would need all the brownie points I could get. My mom gets home and calls me downs...

  • Don’t be a bystander! November 15, 2017
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New cafe opens

May 30, 2017No Comments

The Clay Cup is a new cafe located in downtown Altoona. They offer a wide variety of drinks and food. They also have a variety of T-shirts and mugs customers can purchase....

The Diary of an Oxygen Thief steals attention

The Diary of an Oxygen Thief steals attention

May 30, 2017

Gunslinger introduces Dark Tower series

Gunslinger introduces Dark Tower series

May 30, 2017

Disney introduces new Polynesian princess

Disney introduces new Polynesian princess

May 5, 2017

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Recent Sports Scores
  • Thursday, October 19

    Girls' soccer

    AAJHS 2 - Bedford 0

  • Tuesday, October 17

    maroon seventh grade football

    AAJHS 7 - Hollidaysburg 0

  • Monday, October 16

    Girls' soccer

    AAJHS 3 - Spring Cove 3

  • Thursday, October 12

    Girls' soccer

    AAJHS 7 - Dubois 0

  • Tuesday, October 10

    Girls' soccer

    AAJHS 8 - Hollidaysburg 0

Junior varsity football players share experiences

Chastity Brunner, Reporter

October 26, 20176 Comments

As the seventh and eighth grade football season comes to a close in October 2017, Damon Luciano, Ryan Hopkins and Conner Reimer gave some insight on their season and future plans. Altoona native Julian...

Theme games highlight varsity football season

Theme games highlight varsity football season

October 26, 2017

Get the ball rollin’

Get the ball rollin’

October 26, 2017

Volleyball goes up against Northern Cambria in last game

Volleyball goes up against Northern Cambria in last game

October 26, 2017

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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. ...

Editorial:  Chromebooks improving students education

Editorial: Chromebooks improving students education

November 15, 2017

This year Chromebooks were given out to each eighth and ninth grader in the school. No longer will s...

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