School needs active shooting drills

School needs active shooting drills

Kaya Newell, Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As mass shootings are becoming something to worry more about, many students are unprepared for the incidents. As of Oct. 27 there have been a total of 294 mass shooting incidents that have occurred in the year of 2018 according to Gun Violence Archive. This year the only thing the school has done ...

New Chromebook software shouldn’t be used

New Chromebook software shouldn’t be used

Zakary Hicks, Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The teachers shouldn’t be able to see what their students are doing on their Chromebooks and shouldn’t have the new software called Impero. This new Impero software allows teachers to see Chromebook screens from their computer screen and see what their students are doing to make sure they aren’...

Ninth graders need summer gym class

Ninth graders need summer gym class

Brayden Adams, Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Summer gym is offered to all high school students except for freshmen.  Freshmen need this option for several reasons.  The school district should keep the idea of ninth graders being freshmen in their minds.  Ninth grade is the start of a student’s high school record, freshmen should be allowed to h...

Bad students need bad punishment

Bad students need bad punishment

Destiny Montgomery, Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A student is picking on another student, doesn’t do his/her homework or refuses to do any work at all, and he/she doesn’t care what kind of trouble he/she gets into. When students misbehave they are reported, usually, to the principal for their punishment. Depending on the situation, the punish...

Ripped jeans aren’t distracting

Ripped jeans aren’t distracting

Avery Reid, reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Are ripped jeans really that distracting? The Student Code of Conduct states students are not allowed to wear distracting clothing. This rule is mainly referring to girls in the school. While boys wear shorts to knee length girls can’t even wear ripped jeans with the rips at the knees. There...

Stop smoking Juuls

Stop smoking Juuls

Sadie Price, Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

According to CNBC, Juul sales have escalated by 800 percent over the past year.  Many kids across the United States who are under the age to possess a Juul are not only smoking them but are bringing them to school. Juuls were made to help smokers addicted to cigarettes but still give them the sa...

Junior high needs study halls

Junior high needs study halls

Savannah Blazer, Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Studying is like practicing, the more someone practices, the better they can do. Some students can not “practice” at home for tests and quizzes because of extracurricular activities and other homework assignments. Students also may need one on one help in a class and can get help during the s...

EDITORIAL: FOR club needs different meeting times

Editorial Board

November 1, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Currently the majority of Rachel’s Challenge Program (Friends of Rachel or FOR) meetings and events are held in the morning before school. The current morning meeting times are not working for all students.  Some students cannot attend morning meetings and would benefit from holding meetings before...

13 Reasons Why becomes teen conversation topic

13 Reasons Why becomes teen conversation topic

Gianna Ciavarella, Reporter

May 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

13 Reasons Why is based on the New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher. 13 Reasons Why is the story of Hannah Baker, a high schooler, who commits suicide. Clay Jensen, a young friend of Hannah receives a box of tapes from Hannah, his late classmate and crush, after she kills herself. On the ta...

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Caden Mcmaster, Reporter

May 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

Avengers: Infinity War has been out for a while and this movie is beyond good. This movie takes viewers' hearts out and throws them on the floor. Infinity War is now known as the saddest Marvel movie ever. It takes something the heroes the fans love and puts them in very difficult situations testin...

Editorial: Summer approaches, students plan

Editorial:  Summer approaches, students plan

Editorial Board

May 25, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Grab your sunglasses, Kool-Aid, flip-flops and sunscreen. Summer is coming! The Altoona Area School District has had a successful year and the students plan on having and even more successful summer. Not all students have set-in-stone plans for summer break. Here are some fun ideas to kick off your brea...

Hey eighth graders! Follow these tips to start next year right

Hey eighth graders! Follow these tips to start next year right

Sydney Wilfong, Reporter

May 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Dear eighth graders, It’s almost the end of May, which means school is coming to an end and summer will soon commence. But don’t forget, when school begins again, you will be taking my place as a ninth grader. Now, don’t be scared; there’s nothing to fear--except the plethora of homework and...

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