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  • April 17Lunch- Turkey, Bacon, Swiss croissant sandwich with french fries and a choice of fruit and milk!
  • April 16Mini-Thon for seventh grade! The cost is $10 and tickets will be sold Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18 in room 212.
  • April 16Lunch - Wild Walking Taco, Steamed Corn and Choice of Fruit and Milk!
  • April 15Lunch - Rodeo Burger, Baked Beans and Choice of Fruit and Milk!



Preferred performer! Even though many are excited for Usher to sing at the halftime show, some may be upset and wish that someone else is performing. Some would rather have had people like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus or Kendrick Lamar. Eighth grader Livi Adams said, “ I would be so much more excited if like Olivia Rodrigo or Tyler, the Creator, were singing at the super bowl.”

News Brief: Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Emma Hovan, Reporter February 8, 2024

With the most highly anticipated day of the year in American sports approaching, fans are placing bets, ironing their favorite jersey and buying chips n dip. Amidst these preparations, one burning question...

This is the record breaker. She is ready to run next year for high school and keep her running life alive.

Record Breaker Ashlyn Noce!

Ingrid Steward, Reporter May 25, 2023

Track and Field is one of Altoona’s many dominant sports. For Junior high girls, they have kept a winning streak at the qualifiers meets for five consecutive years in a row! This year there were several...

Here is Wendle in her area of teaching. She is soon going to be a retired woman!

Patti Wendle

Ingrid Steward, Reporter May 24, 2023

Eighth grade science teacher Pattie Wendle has been teaching for 30 years! She has had a great deal of experiences with students throughout her teaching years.   Wendle has been teaching ninth-grade...

Wahhh! The babies will be everywhere. Students will have to check in with them all the time!

News brief: It’s Time for the Babies!

Ingrid Steward, Reporter March 1, 2023

Every semester, eighth grade students who take the Child Development class have a project. At the end of their first marking period in the class, they have a big decision to make! Their first option...

Showing her smile! Negri wants to leave the school with high hopes. She will leave the junior high school full with smiles and laughter of fond memories.

History teacher to move schools.

Sofia Hallinan, Reporter June 1, 2022

Eighth grade history teacher Makenzie Negri will move from the junior high to the high school next year. She made the decision to move to the high school to teach 10th grade American history. This was...

Keeping up with the lions

Keeping up with the lions

Izabella Mccarthy and Melissa Krainer May 23, 2022

  The following are the events for Monday, May 23 to Friday, May 27: Monday, May 23:   PBIS Finally assembly    Wednesday, May 25:   Recess day grades Six-...



Izabella Mccarthy, Reporter May 9, 2022

Friday, May 13 current eighth graders will be having an amazing night during Roar-A-Palooza to celebrate moving from the middle school to the high school! The event will be held from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Eighth...

Melissa Krainer works to solve a difficult math problem to prepare for the competition.

News brief: Mathcounts state competition

Madison Aboud, Reporter March 17, 2022

Three, two, one, go! Eighth grader Melissa Krainer will be traveling to Harrisburg, Pa. to compete in the state Mathcounts competition Saturday, March 19!  Krainer placed third out of 33 competitors...

McCaulley designed this flyer just for this event!

News brief: Hats for Ukraine!

Cheyanne Zeth, Reporter March 15, 2022

Get your hats ready! Friday, March 18 students are invited to wear a school appropriate hat for $1! All donations will go to Save the Children Ukraine Crisis relief fund!   All money will...

Take a look at the poster for the play designed by the director.

School House Rock Jr!

Grace Stadtmiller, Reporter March 3, 2022

You certainly won't want to miss the comedy, "School House Rock Jr." directed by Stacy Palilla; the drama club is very excited to perform in these upcoming days. The drama club will be performing "School...

Smile! Hawksworth poses for a photo. Her favorite selection of the orchestra pieces for the concert is “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

News brief: String Spectacular Concert

Melissa Krainer, Reporter March 3, 2022

At 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Thursday, March 3, the All City Elementary Orchestra, Junior High Orchestra and High School Orchestra will all come together to perform for the String Spectacular...

Say cheese! The MATHCOUNTS team poses for a photo after the Sprint and Target Rounds.

News brief: MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition

Melissa Krainer, Reporter February 18, 2022

On Thursday, Feb. 17, the MATHCOUNTS team participated in the online MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition. This competition took place in Cheryl Abbott's room on the eighth-grade floor. Diego Gil, a sixth...

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