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  • Rachel's Closet will be open in room 356 from 2:45-3:15 after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
  • Information for the upcoming wrestling season for 7 and 8 graders can be found in the 1, 2, and 3 floor guidance offices! An informational meeting will be on Monday, October 18. See Coach Luciano in room 235 with questions.
  • Like math and puzzles? If so, then join Mathcounts! See Mrs. Abbott in room 275 for details.
  • The Technology Student Association's first meeting is on Oct. 21 in room 107 for people that are interested.
  • Want to join the Lego Club? Sign up in the library before Oct. 6! The first meeting is on Oct. 6 from 2:45 - 3:45 after school.
  • Check your email to sign up for Friends of Rachel Club! Deadline to sign up September 24!
  • Thursday, Sept. 30 is team spirit/ jersey day! Wear a favorite team color and show support!
  • The Chromebook Café is open every Monday - Friday from 2:40 - 4:10 after school.
  • The fitness room is open every Monday through Friday from 2:40 to 4:10 after school.
  • All library books are due ASAP.



Sam Dunkle the director of the veterans home was presented a check by sixth students Diego Gil and Emma Hovan of Langs homeroom. Kelly Smith the director of nursing at the veterans home was present as well alongside Makenzie Negri.

Giving thanks to veterans

Izabella Mccarthy, Reporter December 13, 2021

As our students were anticipating celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, we had a Veteran's Day challenge where individual homerooms raised money in order to win a prize. The prize was Dunkin Donuts! The...

At McAuliffe Heights Elementary School, Brynn Plunket, Michele Plunket, Meghan Sinisi and Patty Watson pose for a photo after Sinisi performed and spoke to students.

100th Anniversary Miss America Competition

Cheyanne Zeth, Reporter December 10, 2021

The 100th Anniversary Miss America Competition will be held again this year for young women representing each state; however, this year Meghan Sinsi an Altoona Area School District alumni is representing...

 Competitive fun! Mark Harrington, Ava Steinbugl, Rowan DiSabato and Ellaina Saylor take part in a game of competitive spike ball. The game began right before the teachers called everyone into the other gym to announce the winners of the raffle baskets.

Mansion Mania Fun

Megan Giles, Reporter June 7, 2021

The student council committee planned a fun, eventful night to commemorate the eight graders’ careers at the junior high. Students attended the function at school and had the opportunity to play many...

Bon Appétit! Maddie Auker and Courtney Irwin prepare their food for the competition. The students experienced tons of pressure as the judges began arriving for the competition.

Mrs. Juart’s food truck competition

Charlie Kephart, Reporter May 25, 2021

Brandy Juart’s Foods for Healthy Living class ranks as a favorite among students, and her food truck competition has made it more popular! Students had to design and build a food truck, make a slogan...

Batter up! Colton Anderson, outfielder, is up to bat. Anderson was able to hit a single making his team erupt in cheers!

News brief: Baseball season begins this spring

Charlie Kephart, Reporter March 26, 2021

It’s spring, which means Altoona Baseball season is starting again. Tryouts were held on the week of March 8.   Precautions are being taken due to COVID-19 such as the players wearing masks...

A blast from the past! These covers depict previous magazines made by the Literary Magazine Club. All of the covers are pieces of artwork submitted by students.

News brief: Literary Magazine Works Together Showcasing Student Art

Bryana Ayala, Reporter March 26, 2021

The Literary Magazine Club recognizes fantastic works of art submitted by students! John King, current advisor of the club, joined around 2013. Since then, he has been working every year to make a magazine...

So excited! Kinsley Palilla is eager to be able to compete next year. I love that I can express myself through words, Palilla said.

News brief: Become More Involved in Speech League

Abigail Shearer, Reporter March 26, 2021

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the interaction of the Speech League council, but Michele Hallinan and her kiddos manage to keep it all together and have fun doing it! It's not too late to join! "Numbers...

Play ball! Alecea Wisor practices her swing for her first softball game this season. The team was thrilled to hear that they have the opportunity to play ball this year.

News brief: Softball Season Begins

Isabella E. Bush, Reporter March 26, 2021

The girls softball team finally gets a chance to play ball this year since the COVID-19 pandemic has eased down from last year.  I was able to get some feedback from one of the softball team members....

C is for cookie. This girl scout troop is getting ready to set up their table to sell cookies. These girls just got done with another cookie booth at a different location.

News brief: Girl Scout Cookie Season Kicks Off With A New Cookie!

Megan Giles, Reporter March 26, 2021

There has been many changes selling cookies this year for Girl Scouts; however, a new cookie called Totast-YaY, which tastes like French toast became available for sale. The tan colored cookie comes in...

Play ball! We are a recreation league, so winning and losing is not our focus. Our focus is to get as many girls as we can out there enjoying the game of softball. We want to give them a fun environment to learn the game, to meet new friends and to be in a team environment,” Ott states.

News brief: Summer & Spring 2021 Keystone Girls Softball League Sign Ups

Theresa King, Reporter March 24, 2021

The Keystone Girls Softball League is now accepting applications for girls ages 4-19. This spring and summer season would be a great experience if interested girls have never played softball. This league...

Blast off! The Neil Armstrong Planetarium holds many exciting artifacts and replicas from the space race. James Krug leads the astronomy class. Many schools do not have planetariums like we do; thats our big, domed classroom. During classes most days, we bring down the lights, put up the stars, and  students learn about constellations.The sky is literally the limit, said Krug.

News brief: Electives at AAJHS vs. AAHS

Dominic Danastasio, Reporter March 21, 2021

Earlier this month, eighth grade students heading to the high school scheduled classes for the 2021-2022 school year, complete with new changes and new opportunities.   Compared to last year,...

Summer excitement! DelGrossos mascot, Buddy Bear, and park team are preparing for the 2021 summer season! The amusement park has over 30 rides and attractions!

News brief: DelGrosso’s Amusement Park reopening for summer season

Andrea Slusser, Reporter March 21, 2021

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and Laguna Splash Water Park in Tipton, Pa, reopens on May 29, 2021 while ensuring safety guidelines.   DelGrosso’s will employ COVID-19 precautions; however,...

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