• School pictures will be held on Feb. 24 and 25 for all virtual and hybrid students.
  • The Chromebook cafe and fitness room will be open starting Monday, Feb. 22!
Ice cream! Courtney Irwin poses with all the sponsors of the contest. Pictured here are Barb Harpster, Media Consultant of The Altoona Mirror, Joe Meadows, Partner of The Meadows Original Frozen Custard of Hollidaysburg and Fred Imler Sr., President of Imler's Poultry.

Operation Our Town Essay Contest Winner

Charlie Kephart, Reporter December 13, 2020

Operation Our Town has chosen a winner for The Best Me Is Drug Free essay contest; Courtney Irwin, an eighth grade student, at AAJHS, won the competition. The topic of the essay was about why people choose...

Go Digital! This photo depicts what the virtual set up for JLG on multiple devices. It shows the basic platforms and tools such as highlighting, bookmarking and more.

JLG Digital Bookshelf

Theresa King, Reporter December 7, 2020

The JLG digital bookshelf at AAJHS set up by Justina McCaulley allows  all students the opportunity to have a digital library at their fingertips! Students are a click away from checking out books...

Student, Nevaeh Montgomery, crams some last minute work in before her class ends. Nevaeh said,

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...

Sandy Catherman takes a photo as quarantine continues, and she continues to teach her students online. 
Not many teachers expected their school year to end this way, and for retiring teachers like Catherman, it is far from expected.

Teachers bring careers to close during pandemic

Paris Lawson, Reporter May 26, 2020

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, school has been closed since March 16 and is remaining closed through the end of the school year. Quite a few things have changed because of this including the way students...

Ways to stay connected with friends during quarantine

Ways to stay connected with friends during quarantine

Cassidy Klock, Reporter May 11, 2020

It is no doubt that the Covid-19 virus has completely shifted some people’s schedules. Schools are being closed for the year, people are working from home and teens are having to find new ways to communicate...

Click It!
Students and teachers everywhere are using the internet to continue the school year. Most teachers  have used things such as Zoom and Google Hangouts to connect with their students.

Online schooling effects students

Mykenzi Doran, Reporter April 28, 2020

On March 30, Govenor Tom Wolf closed schools which caused the entire Altoona Area School to switch to an online format for the remainder of the year.  The first two weeks schools were closed, students...

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

Nurses share experiences during coronavirus epidemic
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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