• 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

Livewire nominated as Crown finalist

Livewire nominated as Crown finalist

Paris Lawson, Reporter

December 20, 2019

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has nominated the Livewire student newspaper for a crown award. This isn’t the first time the newspaper has been nominated. This time though, the Livewire is the only junior high or middle school to be nominated for a Gold or Silver Crown award in the country. “It’...

AAJHS welcomes new club

AAJHS welcomes new club

Danielle Bardelang, Reporter

December 6, 2019

The Scholastic Scrimmage team was welcomed into the list of AAJHS clubs this past November. The team is a club where members work together to answer academic questions based on science, literature, history, geography, government and mathematics.  Wes Rogers advises the team and prepares members t...

Kiera’s dream concert scheduled for this weekend

Kiera’s dream concert scheduled for this weekend

Sufana Hamid, Reporter

December 6, 2019

On Dec. 8 at 3 p.m, the youth orchestra will perform a concert honoring Kiera Chirdon, an orchestra student who passed away in her sophomore year. The concert takes place at the Mishler Theater.  “I think it’s a great way of getting a lot of donations and money for the organizations. I think...

GACTC opens doors to ninth grade students

GACTC opens doors to ninth grade students

Myah Lear, Reporter

December 4, 2019

The Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC) will open its doors to students on Dec. 5, during the school day, so they are able to experience the classroom environment. They will also open their doors on Dec. 3 from 5-8 p.m.  The students, during these events, will be able to see different...

Pop Tarts start students’ days

Pop Tarts start students’ days

Eli Costanzo, Reporter

November 27, 2019

Since the start of the school year, Pop Tarts have appeared in many mornings in the front hall. Principal Lori Mangan and several assistants encourage students to pick up Pop Tarts at the start of the day. Many students have wondered where the Pop Tarts come from and how this started. "The Pop Tarts...

Marissa Hewitt informs students about ATOD

Marissa Hewitt informs students about ATOD

Cassidy Klock, Reporter

November 18, 2019

On Thursday Nov. 14, Marissa Hewitt, representing the local Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug program, spoke at an assembly to grades seven through nine on the subject of teen use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Among the topics that Hewitt discussed was what to do if someone is at a party and somebody ...

Fall play scares students silly

Fall play scares students silly

Sufana Hamid, Reporter

October 23, 2019

A new drama play creeps its way to the school’s auditorium on Oct. 23, 24 and 25 featuring a Halloween theme. Scared Silly features some short stories put together.  Drama club’s actors, crew and student managers have spent countless hours preparing for the show led by directors Alyssa Hetrick...

Seventh graders change to block schedule

Seventh graders change to block schedule

Cassidy Klock, Reporter

October 23, 2019

Building administrators decided to change the seventh grade schedule from eight periods to six periods a day at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.  ELA and mathematics classes changed to block periods which are 90 minutes each, while social studies, science and all elective periods remain 45...

Changes coming for 2020-2021 school year

Changes coming for 2020-2021 school year

Maddie Cowfer, Reporter

October 23, 2019

With ninth grade moving over to the high school, it is bringing many changes to the junior high.  Within the district teachers will move buildings, sixth grade will move up to the junior high and eighth and ninth graders will move to the high school. Next year the whole junior high school wil...

Ninth grade social requires preparation

Ninth grade social requires preparation

Zakary Hicks, Reporter

May 28, 2019

On May 24, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the annual social for ninth graders took place.  Preparation for this dance was done by advisors Stephanie McAleer and Julie Gardner.  The ninth grade committee also helped set up for the dance.  Students who plan to attend the dance also have to prepare. “The...

Hogan prepares for yearly trout trip

Hogan prepares for yearly trout trip

Destiny Montgomery, Reporter

May 23, 2019

Ninth grade life science and biology teacher, Jessica Hogan, will be taking her yearly trout trip to Henrietta, PA on May 24. This will be the tenth year that Hogan has taken her students on this trip. “My dad is a member of the John Kennedy/Blair County Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a local organization...

Mountain Lion Movers moving kids into shape

Mountain Lion Movers moving kids into shape

Connor George, Reporter

May 10, 2019

The newly formed Mountain Lion Movers club is the newest craze today.  Every week, Monday through Thursday, the Movers club meets up to walk for a cause.  The cause- get into shape and have loads of fun. First off, the Movers club was created by the Let’s Move Blair County Committee, which is ...

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