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

Watt takes over driver’s education spot

Driver’s education teacher Adam Watt joined the faculty earlier this year.   Watt has been teaching for 7 years. He attended St. Francis University for two years, then went to Slippery Rock for another two years for health and physical education. He wanted to become a teacher because of his family. “My whole family is

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

‘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

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

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

Christie’s ‘Trap’ springs tonight

Each fall, students can look forward to many activities. One such event is the fall play. The fall play showcases student theatrical talent. This year’s fall plays is Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which is the longest running play in history. It is the only play that Christie wrote. The play is a murder mystery set

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

New superintendent values community, recognizes challenges

With the start of the new school year, the Altoona Area School District welcomed a new Superintendent, Dr. Charles Prijatelj. Dr. Prijatelj’s career started when he  graduated from Bethel Park High School in 1978. He went to Duquesne University majoring in music education. When he got out of college, he was a taxpayer service representative

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,