Author: Frankie Price

Two English teachers join faculty

The 2017-2018 school year has begun and there are many new faces to be seen in the halls. Two of those faces are new English teachers Caitlin McGeary and Megan Lamb. McGeary attended Altoona Area High School and Penn State University. “I graduated from [Altoona] so I was really excited when positions popped up. It’s

End-of-year calendar packed with events

Students and staff begin to close the 2016-2017 school year. The month of May has many events to mark on the calendar. Finals for English, health, driver education and business education are May 15. That evening National Honor Society induction is from 7-8 p.m.. Finals for social studies, music, art, and world language are May

New math books add up

The school district has made the decision to get new math books for grades 7-12. The books are called enVision A/G/A and are published by Pearson. The books are a series and are collaborative through all grade levels. New math books were needed in order to keep up with modern education in terms of  the

Everything is to like about ‘Everything, Everything’

Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything, makes a heartwarming debut with this novel. It is a story about a 17-year-old girl named Madeline Whittier. Maddy has a rare disease called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, forcing her to never leave her home. The only people she ever sees is her mother and her nurse, Carla. Her life

Drama club prepares to go ‘Into the Woods’

On April 6-8, 2017 the drama club will be presenting its production of the musical Into the Woods. Into the Woods is a musical of Grimm’s fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel with a modern twist. All of the tales are tied together with a story

Earlier start time detrimental to student achievement

The school board made the decision Nov. 14  to start the school day 10 minutes earlier in the next school year for the junior and senior high schools and two elementary schools. This means the warning bell will now be at 7:35 a.m. and dismissal time at 2:40 p.m.. The goal of the change is to

Neely promoted to head principal

Andrew Neely has been promoted to principal, replacing Patty Burlingame who is now an assistant superintendent. When Neely began teaching he knew that he wanted to one day move into a leadership role. He first became an assistant principal. Neely attended Hollidaysburg Area High School and Penn State University. He also spent time in the

Close joins art department

Art teacher Kathryn Close is the newest staff member. The recent IUP graduate enters her first year of teaching. She wanted to teach at Altoona to challenge herself and to begin something exciting. “Once I graduated I decided to leave home, which was hard, and start my new life on my own. It was exciting