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  • January 7Daffodil Sales are back! Help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Room 212 for info

  • December 18Winter break for students Dec. 21 to Jan. 2.

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...

Weather interferes with music department adjudication

Weather interferes with music department adjudication

Caley Galarneau, Reporter

May 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Saturday May 19, the music department went to Hershey, PA to compete in Music in the Parks.  It was a nice competition and was set up very efficiently, but the weather was terrible. The people in charge obviously could not do anything about the weather, but the marching band had to stand outside in th...

Happy retirement, Mr. Yon! We will miss you.

Happy retirement, Mr. Yon! We will miss you.

Sydney Wilfong, Reporter

May 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Jon Yon is AAJHS’ seventh grade marching and concert band director as well as varsity jazz band director. I’ve had the honor and privilege of having Yon as my marching band director in seventh grade and as my jazz band director in both eighth and ninth grade. This man has played a very important...

New softball fields benefit players

New softball fields benefit players

Riley Steinbugl, Reporter

May 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The new softball fields that have recently been put in for the softball players benefit them in many ways. They have much better playing conditions, more space and teams are able to play more home games at Logan Elementary School.The new fields replaced the old and worn out fields. They were a gift fo...

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