• May 8Badminton Tournament, Basketball Tournament and Dodge Ball Games May 14 from 3-5 in A and B Gyms.
  • May 8In need of dresses, ties, shirts/pants or shoes - check out the Social closet in room 210.
  • May 89th graders: Social tickets will be sold for $10.00 the week of the dance.
  • May 8AAHS Mountain Lion Mascot Tryouts Wednesday, May 15 at 3:00 pm in Room B8.
  • May 8AAHS Cheerleading tryouts will be held in the AAHS Auxiliary Gym on May 6 and 8-10
  • May 8Summer school applications are available in the guidance office until May 14
  • March 13The Daffodil DELIVERY DATE has been moved to WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3.

Author Paul Volponi inspires young writers

Author Paul Volponi inspires young writers

June 4, 2019

Author Paul Volponi visited May 29 and 30 thanks to a grant from the Altoona Area School District Foundation.  Librarian Justina McCaulley and English teacher Maggie Lewis were instrumental in writing the grant and organizing the activities for the two days.  Students attended assemblies, worked with...

Reading Workshop to continue next year

Reading Workshop to continue next year

Sadie Price, Reporter

May 28, 2019

Readers Workshop is a new way of learning for the junior high.  There are only a few teachers in the pilot this year such as Autumn Barry Kyle, Amanda Kelly, Wanda Vanish, Alyssa Hetrick, Tim Mitchell,  LIndsay Zerbee and Christine Knott-Hallinan “The reading has increased since students are give...

Mitchell to retire at end of school year

Mitchell to retire at end of school year

Zakary Hicks, Reporter

May 23, 2019

Timothy Mitchell is an eighth grade reading teacher and has been teaching for 35 years.  He taught elementary school for twenty-four years and this is his eleventh year at the junior high.  In addition to teaching at AAJHS,  he taught at Curtin Elementary, Irving Elementary, Washington-Jefferson Elementary,...

Spanish student teacher says “adios” to students

Spanish student teacher says “adios” to students

Destiny Montgomery, Reporter

May 17, 2019

On Sept. 20, Spanish teacher Patricia Leonard welcomed Willa Boothe as a student teacher. Boothe just graduated from Penn State University. Boothe started teaching the morning classes off and on. When the second semester started, she began teaching every class. “I absolutely loved being at Alt...

Bardelang recognized by Harkins Foundation

Bardelang recognized by Harkins Foundation

Destiny Montgomery, Reporter

May 6, 2019

On April 15, Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation awarded eighth grader, Danielle Bardelang, second place for the nationwide essay contest. Any student from the United States in grades six to eight was eligible to enter the sixth annual contest. “Mr. Hatch sent out an email about the contest. I offered it t...

May club monthly update

May club monthly update

Destiny Montgomery and Brayden Adams

May 3, 2019

Anime Club - Led by John Garlick: To finish the school year, the Anime Club will be hosting their annual end of the year party at the end of May.  Japanese-imported candy and soda will be available during the event. Students are allowed to cosplay as well. Diversity Club - Led by Keith McFarland:  ...

Student body welcomes foreign exchange students

Student body welcomes foreign exchange students

Avery Reid and Zak Hicks

April 26, 2019

German foreign exchange students have come to Altoona where they stay with their hosts and attend school.  This experience is a new thing for both the host and the exchange student. Both have to adapt and learn how to communicate with each other.  Exchange student Lea Mercedes is hosted by Brooke Lo...

Pfiester attends national advocacy event for Alzheimer’s Association

Pfiester attends national advocacy event for Alzheimer’s Association

Brayden Adams, Reporter

April 25, 2019

In March, ninth grade student AnnMarie Pfiester visited Washington, D.C. to serve as an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association.  Pfiester has attended two of the premier national advocacy events held annually in Washington, D.C. each year. Pfiester was very busy during her time in Washington, D.C. ...

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests get closer

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests get closer

Zakary Hicks, Reporter

April 15, 2019

The seventh and eighth grade PSSA's are here.  These standardized tests include reading and mathematics for seventh and eighth grade, writing for eighth grade and science for eighth grade. These tests require early planning. “There just never seems to be enough time to get in all the different materials a...

Junior high students, teachers take part in foreign language festival

Junior high students, teachers take part in foreign language festival

Brayden Adams, Reporter

April 12, 2019

On March 23, numerous junior high students attended the annual APPLES Foreign Language Festival at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Areas that students competed in included listening, speaking, dancing, composition and vocal competition. Multiple schools participated in this event.  Because of this, ...

Teachers team up to help students succeed

Teachers team up to help students succeed

Zakary Hicks, Reporter

March 26, 2019

Numerous seventh, eighth and ninth grade teachers assembled five teams of five to compete in the March Madness contest.  These teams compete by implementing instructional strategies and generous actions from March 4 to March 15. “It was a competition where teachers participated in teams using teaching ...

Teachers decide between buildings

Teachers decide between buildings

Destiny Montgomery, Reporter

March 25, 2019

With the new high school coming during the 2020-2021 school year, teachers in the junior high faced the decision to move to the high school or stay at the junior high. Teachers could either stay and teach sixth, seventh or eighth grade, or they can move and teach ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth. Sin...

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