Category: Opinion

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

AASD needs to add spring break

Over the past few years, Altoona students have had a three-day week for spring break. We get Friday before Easter and Monday after Easter off ,but we always end up having a snow day on Easter Monday. These days off are considered spring break. It is actually just a long weekend. Colleges usually get a

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

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

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

‘Doctor Strange’ continues Marvel tradition

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been releasing a couple Marvel movies each year and the last Marvel movie to be released this year has been Doctor Strange. It is an action-packed film that will make you question the world around you. Usually, Marvel movies tend to excel at the box office due to the high