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  • Rachel's Closet will be open in room 356 from 2:45-3:15 after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
  • Information for the upcoming wrestling season for 7 and 8 graders can be found in the 1, 2, and 3 floor guidance offices! An informational meeting will be on Monday, October 18. See Coach Luciano in room 235 with questions.
  • Like math and puzzles? If so, then join Mathcounts! See Mrs. Abbott in room 275 for details.
  • The Technology Student Association's first meeting is on Oct. 21 in room 107 for people that are interested.
  • Want to join the Lego Club? Sign up in the library before Oct. 6! The first meeting is on Oct. 6 from 2:45 - 3:45 after school.
  • Check your email to sign up for Friends of Rachel Club! Deadline to sign up September 24!
  • Thursday, Sept. 30 is team spirit/ jersey day! Wear a favorite team color and show support!
  • The Chromebook Café is open every Monday - Friday from 2:40 - 4:10 after school.
  • The fitness room is open every Monday through Friday from 2:40 to 4:10 after school.
  • All library books are due ASAP.



Bon Appétit! Maddie Auker and Courtney Irwin prepare their food for the competition. The students experienced tons of pressure as the judges began arriving for the competition.

Mrs. Juart’s food truck competition

Charlie Kephart, Reporter May 25, 2021

Brandy Juart’s Foods for Healthy Living class ranks as a favorite among students, and her food truck competition has made it more popular! Students had to design and build a food truck, make a slogan...

Modern day dating. Couples are always on their phones and never looking at each other. They could even be texting each other from across the table.

Dating’s transformation

Charlie Kephart, Reporter May 11, 2021

Milkshakes. Diners. Roller Skating. These are the words that come to mind whenever I think of dating back in the day. Whenever I think of dating today, I think of Snapchat, not talking to each other in...

Safety! Students finally enjoy Danish’s class in person. Masks are mandatory and social distancing is being enforced.

News brief: Students and teachers return full time!

Allison Little, Reporter March 21, 2021

  There has been much confusion and uncertainty this school year because of the constant changes with Covid-19 and the shifts in our education between virtual, hybrid and in person learning.   With...

Summer excitement! DelGrossos mascot, Buddy Bear, and park team are preparing for the 2021 summer season! The amusement park has over 30 rides and attractions!

News brief: DelGrosso’s Amusement Park reopening for summer season

Andrea Slusser, Reporter March 21, 2021

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and Laguna Splash Water Park in Tipton, Pa, reopens on May 29, 2021 while ensuring safety guidelines.   DelGrosso’s will employ COVID-19 precautions; however,...

Mentally drained. Madelynn Schraff, eighth grade artist, created this image to demonstrate the hardships that her fellow peers feel leading up to the PSSAs.

Editorial: Waiving the PSSA tests will relieve students and teachers

Editorial Board March 15, 2021

  Throughout the duration of the 2020 - 2021 school year,  students and teachers all over the U.S. transitioned back and forth between many instructional methods. The new learning environments...

Student, Nevaeh Montgomery, crams some last minute work in before her class ends. Nevaeh said, I like doing my school work on my Chromebook, but when Im in school in person, I like writing on paper.

Mixed Emotions Transitioning From Elementary School To Junior High School

Abigail Shearer, Reporter December 7, 2020

Six graders are not having the same thoughts about moving into the middle school this year. Students Nevaeh Montgomery and Madison Mirabella gave their opinions about the transition, voicing positives...

AAJHS welcomes new staff members.

Bryana Ayala, Reporter December 7, 2020

Sixth grade teachers transfer from multiple elementary schools to join the AAJHS staff in 2020. Many sixth grade teachers from elementary schools in the Altoona Area School District have transferred...

On April 27, I ate an English muffin, scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon slices for breakfast. This is a common breakfast I eat during my recovery journey.

Eating disorders: Livewire reporter shares personal journey

Cassidy Klock, Reporter April 22, 2020

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in the United States, as many as 10 out of 100 young women suffer from an eating disorder. Along those lines, eating disorders can...

Subway is one of many stores still open. Subway has switched to being carry-out only.

Some businesses stay open during pandemic

Danielle Bardelang, Reporter April 21, 2020

On Monday March 16 Gov. Tom Wolf strongly recommended that all nonessential stores should close due to the coronavirus pandemic.    Some students are lost for things to do with all of the closings.  “I...

Read and share!
On April 2 Moaz Hamid reads a book, so he can then share his favorite part of it with his family. He shared his favortie part of the book with his family right after reading it.

Spending time with family members in quarantine

Sufana Hamid, Reporter April 8, 2020

On March 16 governor Tom Wolf announced the start of quarantine in the state of Pennsylvania to slow down the spread of Covid-19.  Spending  time at home could be very boring especially when it’s...

Grace Ritchey follows the new procedures due to the coronavirus. All medical workers have new protocols to prevent exposure to the virus.

On the front lines

Maddie Cowfer, Reporter April 3, 2020

Right now we’re all living in a big moment in history. The biggest pandemic we have worried about since 1918 was the influenza pandemic taking the title of being the most severe; but, in recent history....

Student no longer sit in their traditional classrooms as they begin online learning this week.  The school closure has now been extended to April 30.

School closed until April 30

Paris Lawson, Reporter March 31, 2020

In line with President Donald Trump's announcement on Sunday evening, Governor Tom Wolf will be extending  all stay at home orders until April 30. This new order took effect at 8 p.m. on March 30. "Our...

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