• Check District provided email and Google Classrooms for updates
  • Virtual education will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020 for all students in grades 7-12 for all courses.

Teachers bring careers to close during pandemic

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.

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 are learning, end of the year ceremonies and the return of students' materials. But one thing that h...

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 and stay in touch with their friends.  Coronavirus has been forcing teens to brainstorm new ways to com...

Online schooling effects students

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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.

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 did not have any work to do, and this relieved some of these students. Gradually teachers and s...

Eating disorders: Livewire reporter shares personal journey

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.

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 also be linked with depression, anxiety and body image issues. These disorders can also occur in men...

Some businesses stay open during pandemic

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

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 spend my time dancing around my backyard and singing,” ninth grader Claudia Clapper said. Oth...

Spending time with family members in quarantine

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.

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 quarantine. Although it might be very boring, you and your family can spend so much fun time togethe...

On the front lines

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

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. Today a new disease the coronavirus has left hundreds of thousands of people around the world infe...

School closed until April 30

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.

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 business and school closures will no longer have a set date to resume normal operations. Up until...

School closed for two more weeks

School closed for two more weeks

Paris Lawson, Reporter

March 23, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered that all schools K-12 in Pennsylvania remain closed for another two weeks. This comes because of the spread of coronavirus in PA. He made the announcement Monday afternoon. "Most of us have not experienced a disruption in daily life of this type ever before. Our commonwealth...

District updates plans for food distribution, backpack program

District updates plans for food distribution, backpack program

Livewire Staff

March 17, 2020

Grab and Go Box Lunch Update Box lunches for any child 2-18 will be available tomorrow, March 17 through Friday, March 27, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The Altoona Area Jr. High School will be the main distribution site for the lunches. Lunches will be distributed from the AAJHS Field House Entrance Doors l...

Altoona schools play in String Spectacular

Time to play! The orchestra prepares to play in their upcoming concert. The eighth grade ninth grade symphonic orchestra played Rites of Tamburo and Meadowlands.

Myah Lear, Reporter

March 5, 2020

The String Spectacular of 2020 took place on Feb. 20. The concert was performed by the elementary school all city orchestra, the junior high seventh grade orchestra, the junior high symphonic orchestra and the high school orchestra. They performed the joint concert at Altoona High School. “I...

Rachel’s closet opens doors

Rachel's Club members cut the ribbon to officially open Rachel's Closet. Students and teachers have been setting up the in-school store.

Danielle Bardelang, Reporter

March 3, 2020

Rachel Scott has influenced many people across the world. Students have been influenced to stop bullying and start a chain reaction.  AAJHS recently opened Rachel’s Closet on Friday Feb. 21.  Rachel’s Closet originated from a school in Pennsylvania wanting to create an atmosphere that made students feel like themselves.  ...

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