• There will be no school for students on Jan. 17 or on Jan. 20.
  • The Rachel's Closet committee members who signed up for January will be staying after school Jan. 22
  • There will be a FOR club meeting on Jan. 22. Bring Chromebooks.
  • The GACTC open house is Jan. 23 form 5 to 8 p.m.
  • There will be a Mathcounts meeting on Jan. 16 in room C275 after school
  • The Altoona Hollidaysburg Wrestling match will be Jan. 14 at 5:00 p.m. in AAHS field house
  • Open Gym for Softball will be Jan. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the B building auxiliary gym
  • There is a mandatory NJHS meeting on Jan. 14 at 7:10 a.m. Attendance will be taken!
  • Dec. 20 theme day is dress up as your favorite Christmas character
  • Dec. 19 theme day is ugly sweater day

Musicians welcome holiday season

Musicians welcome holiday season

Mykenzi Doran, Reporter

December 20, 2019

Many musicians of different kinds showed their holiday spirit in the month of December.  On Dec 6 at 7 p.m. the varsity chorus and vocal ensemble performed.  The varsity chorus sang seven songs. The vocal ensemble sang four holiday songs afterwards. On Dec 10 at 7 p.m. jazz bands one and two s...

Roar mugs benefit staff

Roar mugs benefit staff

Maddie Cowfer, Reporter

December 20, 2019

After school pottery class that are held by and in John King’s room, help to teach kids how to make slab clay mugs that are going to be used for staff here at the school.  The students started pottery class at the beginning of the school year. With the help of the life skills class and the stu...

Anime club makes changes

Anime club makes changes

Eli Costanzo, Reporter

December 17, 2019

Anime Club started up the year again in November. Anime club runs from 2:50 p.m. and ends at 3:40 p.m.   Anime club this year will be little different than last  year. With anime club having new groups of activities to do including: creating and writing manga and watching different types of anime. Some...

Students give to veterans for holidays

Students give to veterans for holidays

Mykenzi Doran, Reporter

December 9, 2019

To make it a brighter holiday for the veterans of Altoona and Hollidaysburg, students donated money to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.   The annual fundraiser started Wednesday, Nov. 20 and ended Monday, Nov. 25. Seventh grade donated the most ($219.33) followed by eighth grade ($191.25) and then...

Reading competition competes at Bellwood

Reading competition competes at Bellwood

Maddie Cowfer, Reporter

December 6, 2019

Since the beginning of the school year the reading competition teams have practiced for their yearly competition at Bellwood High School.  Within the school, 17 students worked on reading and meeting once a week to prepare for their competition in mid November.  The reading competition team i...

Readers workshop expands across junior high English department

Readers workshop expands across junior high English department

Cassidy Klock, Reporter

December 6, 2019

Reading workshop began at the junior high school at the start of last year. It started with just a few teachers, and now has expanded to include most teachers in the English department.  Reading workshop is a program that lets the child choose a book of his or her choice. It also incorporates les...

Eighth, ninth grade prepares for move to new high school

Eighth, ninth grade prepares for move to new high school

Paris Lawson, Reporter

October 23, 2019

During the beginning of the 2020 school year, there will be changes for eighth and ninth graders. The ninth grade will be moved to the high school and the sophomores will also move as usual.  By the beginning of the next school year, the new high school is scheduled to be built. This change has br...

Ninth, eighth grade orchestra performs in concert

Ninth, eighth grade orchestra performs in concert

Myah Lear, Reporter

October 23, 2019

On Oct. 21, the orchestra performed a concert with the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School to practice with new people and so that the orchestra had something special to do in the fall. This was the first concert of the year for the orchestra and showed how much they have progressed from the be...

Aides provide support

Aides provide support

Danielle Bardelang, Reporter

October 23, 2019

Everyday some students with mental, physical and emotional disabilities are aided by Student Education Aides (S.E.A.).  An S.E.A. is an adult who provides support to classroom teachers by working directly with a student. Aides are helping in the classroom.  “An S.E.A. is someone to be there for th...

Ninth grade performs last football show

Ninth grade performs last football show

Mykenzi Doran, Reporter

October 23, 2019

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, the eighth and ninth grade band and band front members will perform together at Mansion Park Stadium for the last time.  This performance impacts eighth and ninth graders as they take the field for their last pregame and halftime shows with the seventh graders.  ...

Cyber school offers alternative education option for students

Cyber school offers alternative education option for students

Alyssa Feather, Guest Reporter

October 17, 2019

 Being able to participate in the Altoona Cyber Academy became an option for many during the 2012-2013 school year, but it was only available to high school students. Now, the program has expanded and is available for junior high kids as well. Students also get to participate in all activities in...

Seventh grade students face fears

Seventh grade students face fears

Alyssa Feather, Guest Reporter

September 5, 2019

 August 26, 2019 was the first day of school for students. For last year's sixth graders this day was the first day of a new school and a new phase of life - junior high.   “There were a lot of things that took some getting used to,”  seventh grader Taylor Feather said.  “The locker room...

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