• School pictures will be held on Feb. 24 and 25 for all virtual and hybrid students.
  • The Chromebook cafe and fitness room will be open starting Monday, Feb. 22!
A student bubbles   answers for a test. Standardized testing is an occurring thought in the minds of staff and students throughout the school year.

News brief: Plans for the PSSA in 2021

Bryana Ayala, Reporter February 16, 2021

Many students, teachers and administrators patiently await a decision and directive on whether or not the  Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) standardized form of testing will follow schedule...

Brandon Lyle, a student here at AAJHS, believes the hybrid model will not last very long.

News brief: AASD School Board Meeting

Charlie Kephart, Reporter January 29, 2021

Altoona Area School District decided to send students back to school in a hybrid model Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The school board held a majority vote, which passed 7-2. The secondary student schedule...

COVID-19 restrictions caused a shut down of all of Pennsylvania scholastic, winter sports. Players and coaches stay in shape through virtual workouts and training hard on their own time.

News brief: COVID-19 Pauses Winter Scholastic sports

Allison Little, Reporter January 6, 2021

Governor Wolf strongly recommended that K-12 scholastic, winter sports postpone activities, practices and games until at least January 1, 2021, due to the rising Covid 19 cases. The governor along with...

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many holiday celebrations to cease. The theatre wants to have a positive impact in the community, even during this hardship.

News brief: Christmas Carol-A-Thon Kicks Off

Dominic Danastasio, Reporter December 23, 2020

Currently, the Altoona Community Theatre is holding the Christmas Carol-A-Thon contest, which started on Dec. 11, 2020 and ends on Dec. 24, 2020.   In an attempt to bring positives to the community...

This photo displays one of the drive-thru exhibits at Holiday Lights on the Lake. Trees wrapped in lights create an interesting effect from the base to the top of the branches.

News brief: Holiday Lights on the Lake

Charlie Kephart, Reporter December 23, 2020

Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park opened again from November 13, 2020, until January 3, 2021! This year with COVID-19 operations will be a little different. The drive-through experience will...

In recent years, all of the grandchildren celebrated together on Christmas Day. This will be the first year in awhile that everyone will not be in attendance. 

Top row: Adalynn Bush, 
Noah Bush and Sabrina Reighard. Middle row: Isabella Bush, Camden Bush and Sammy Reighard. Bottom row: Stella Reighard and Adler Reighard.

News brief: Holiday Traditions Changing

Isabella E. Bush, Reporter December 23, 2020

Many Christmas traditions all over the world undergo drastic changes this year due to the increase of COVID-19 cases. Families can’t spend time together because of the need to social distance in order...

Easily, prescription pills become highly addictive. Sadly, prescription pills sell daily for money.

News brief: Addictive Drugs

“After investigating the most resent research and data, I push out through social media all the necessary information about drug addiction to my students, ” says Rose.
Theresa King, Reporter December 23, 2020

Recently, Kristina Rose’s eighth grade class, “Real World” studied about addictive prescription drug use. In this class, students learn important information to prepare for adulthood. During the...

Without a doubt, individuals will hear the bells ringing upon entering local stores this holiday season. The Salvation Army has and will continue to have volunteers showing up in masses for this wonderful charity.

News brief: It’s time to volunteer

Brandon R. Lyle, Reporter December 23, 2020

As the Christmas season starts to roll around, the volunteers step up again for the Salvation Army charity all around Altoona, PA; this charity starts in December, and provides the opportunity to help...

The eighth grade orchestra creatively practices daily for their upcoming concert on Google Meets. The group's holiday song, “Angels we have Heard on High,” takes place as one of seven songs played by grades 6-12 in the AAJHS and AAHS virtual holiday concert.

News brief: AASD Virtual Holiday Orchestra Showcase

Andrea Slusser, Reporter December 23, 2020

The Altoona Area School District released a virtual holiday concert for grades 6-12 on Dec. 22, 2020, at 3 p.m. in the Band app, Mrs. Detwiler’s YouTube channel and the Altoona Area School District Secondary...

Keri Harrington smiles brightly for her photo. Years after earning her principalship, she makes the change in her life and becomes an assistant principal.

News brief: Former teacher at AAJHS accepts new position

Bryana Ayala, Reporter December 23, 2020

Keri Harrington, a former teacher and reading coach at AAJHS, accepted a new position at Altoona Area High School as an assistant principal for the last names Se-Z on Dec. 8, 2020. The process of getting...

On patrol! K-9 Rik relaxes during his shift posing by his new police ride on a crisp night. Corporal Bennett received the public vehicle through helpful donations.

News brief: Blair County Sheriff’s K-9 Foundation for Rik

Olivia Wilt, Reporter December 23, 2020

In Blair County, PA, Corporal Bennett started a support program for his K-9 partner, Rik, to help raise funds for vehicle, equipment, training and care for Blair County’s K-9 officer. Rik, a Belgian...

The world wide pandemic doesn't take away from Tom and Joe's dining experience.  They continue to stay open and take care of their customers

News brief: Local Diner staying open during pandemic

Abigail Shearer, Reporter December 21, 2020

On December 12, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf decided to shut down inside dining again for the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic, but local diner, Tom and Joes, has other plans. The restaurant wanted...

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