• 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.

Circus returns to town

Circus returns to town

Joleyna Martino, Reporter

April 26, 2018

The Jaffa Circus is back in town. The circus returned on Monday April 9 and was in town until Sunday April 15. From clowns to flying trapeze and high wire acts, the Jaffa Circus attracts hundreds of spectators. Wesley Williams is a well known unicyclist in the circus. “My favorite part about the ...

Exchange students visit for cultural experience

Exchange students visit for cultural experience

Morgan Baker, Reporter

April 24, 2018

German students hosted Austrians in their homes from April 6 to April 14 for the chance to learn more about another culture through foreign exchange programs. “It’s been interesting having the Austrians here because I got to learn a lot about their culture,” ninth grader Eve Hogan said. Ho...

Eleven teachers join staff

Eleven teachers join staff

Mychenze Alberts, Reporter

April 24, 2018

In the 2017-2018 school year, there have been several new additions to the staff. Some of the additions include Kristina Rose, Nick Caminiti, Connor Chywski, Christy Harrold, Cameron Kyle, Keith McFarland, Adam Walstrom, Makenzie Wilt, Jen Herr, Kim Rieg and Tyler Elvey.  This is Kyle’s first year as a full time t...

The greatest stuntman

The greatest stuntman

Jocelyn Fetter, Opinion editor

April 5, 2018

Caleb Asch has worked with horses for years and had the opportunity to work as a stunt man in the feature film The Greatest Showman.  The movie is all based around the circus, and the story behind the Barnum and Bailey circus. (Read my last Column and you can hear more about the movie, and what I th...

Easter for Eli ‘springs’ into action

Easter for Eli ‘springs’ into action

April 2, 2018

To honor the little boy, Elias “Eli” Garrett and his fight with Non-Hodgkin’s T-Cell Lymphoma in 2009, schools all over the nation get their students to bring in items such as coloring books, toys, puzzles, stuffed animals, etc. to place in baskets for the little boys and girls who are hospitalized...

“Flight Academy” visits planetarium

“Flight Academy” visits planetarium

Maddy Pincin, Reporter

March 23, 2018

During the week of Feb 26, 2018, a group called “Flight Academy” went on a field trip they earned to the high school to see an astronomy show. The “Flight Academy” is a group of students who are involved in a non-fiction reading program with Justina McCaulley and Sonya DeArmitt. DeArmitt’...

Clay Cup hosts mug give away

Clay Cup hosts mug give away

Maddie Detwiler, reporter

March 20, 2018

On March 13 in downtown Altoona, the Clay Cup hosted an event for pottery students to hand out free mugs to whomever wanted one. Recipients of the mugs then also could fill the cup with free coffee. The Altoona Area School District Foundation funded this project with a grant. The end goals of the proj...

Teen shelter provides safe place to hangout

Teen shelter provides safe place to hangout

Chastity Brunner, Photographer

March 20, 2018

The Altoona PA teen shelter is located at 1701 sixth avenue. The shelter is a place for teens ages 12-17 to go. The shelter has various open nights for teens such as: game nights, pizza nights, taco nights, plus other various activities. It is also a place for teens to stay for up to 21 days. When...

Students learn “The Treasures of Leadership” at student council conference

Students learn “The Treasures of Leadership” at student council conference

Ben Blackie, Photographer

March 20, 2018

This year the school's Student Council sponsored and hosted a student council conference. Although most schools couldn't attend due to a snow storm, two schools did. Student Council members from AAJHS, AAHS, BGHS, HAHS and HAJHS enjoyed the conference and learned lessons from the workshops. Student Council...

Circus Schools help performers follow dreams

Circus Schools help performers follow dreams

Joleyna Martino, Reporter

March 20, 2018

In the United States alone, there are approximately 219 circus schools open and available for individuals who have a dream to join the circus. These classes offer training for all types of circus arts for children and adults. The most well-known circus schools for those 18 and under are Sailor Circus, Circus Smirkus and Circus Juventas. Some circus schoo...

New ATOMS location: Altoona added this year

March 15, 2018

ATOMS Enrollment 2018 Appalachia IU 8 is conducting the Advanced Training for Outstanding Mathematics and Science (ATOMS) Scholars Program again this summer. These are hands-on, high level, intensive STEM experiences for interested students who will be completing grades 2 through 8 this school year...

Vote now

Vote now

March 12, 2018

Six students from AAJHS are part of the 2018 Dream It. Do It. PA  "What's so cool about manufacturing?" Video Contest. They have partnered with McLanahan Corporation in Duncansville with the goal of introducing students to the world of manufacturing. The viewer's choice voting window has opened today...

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