Author: Michael Baker

Collins complicates writing process

The high school implemented Collins Writing into the curriculum, to the displeasure of a multitude of students.  The activities involved are no different than what is normally done by teachers. These include brainstorming, regular questions and writing with guidelines: not exactly the most original ideas. The only difference is that Collins has given students a

MLTV to stream live events

With the access channel now departed, the AASD has invested in a portable broadcast system called a TriCaster. The system will be used to broadcast AAHS sporting events as well as other school events. One of the events to be broadcast is the June 2 commencement. “[Commencement] will be streamed live on YouTube,” said AAHS

Heat harms ability to learn

In many science classes in the Altoona Area High School students are learning about temperature, but all they think about is the extreme heat in the classroom. All the rooms in the high school are affected by the lack of functional air conditioning, but the rooms on the top floors of the A and B

Opinion: School lunch continues downward trend

Despite school lunch prices increasing on a yearly basis, the quality of the food in the cafeteria continues its downward spiral.  It should not be too much to ask that the quality of the food be at least average, but both daily entrees and everyday options are of abysmal quality.   The school cafeteria offers

Prijatelj looks to improve schools, district

The construction of the new high school building has been a major topic this year among citizens of Altoona, both students and those who have graduated.   Current students are dealing with a 91-year-old high school that restricts the use of modern technology and teaching methods.  Altoona Area School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Prijatelj described

French classes prepare for Paris

For most students the end of the current 2016-2017 school year seems it is an eternity away.  For the students taking French, they are already marking their calendars for the end of the 2017-2018 school year.   In the summer of 2018, students in French II and up will have the opportunity to go to

Mansion Park atmosphere excites Felus

The 2016 Mountain Lion football team started this season with a victory over Allderdice Aug. 26th.  The Mt. Lions won by a large margin of 43-0, the first time in quite a few years the Lions won a game by that large of a margin.   In week two the team lost to Norwin 22-44,