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No tests! Mr. McBurneys class makes comic strips.  Students made different comics about the progressive era actions that left a lasting impact on society today.
Teachers use activities to engage with students
Abigail Rudy, Reporter • December 1, 2022

Some teachers use their own ways of teaching and others use more traditional ways to teach. The traditional way to teach is giving students notes and then a test or a quiz....

Bonjour! Veronica Skomra and Jessica Patton comprise the French portion of the languages department. Skomra has organized field trips to deepen the content and culture so that students can learn beyond the classroom. “My favorite part is making connections with students. It doesnt just have to be with content, it can be in life,” Skomra said.
Patton and Skomra's Journey
November 30, 2022
Time for class. Members of the drama club act out a scene in which all of the Puffs are attending a class. This scene happened in Act l of the play.
Drama club performs "Puffs"
November 30, 2022
Making clips  Sophomore Kiana Vellners clip sits on a blanket. Vellner makes different kinds of accessories and sells them to her fellow classmates during school.
Vellner runs small business
November 17, 2022
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Gioiosa places first at Sweat for Vets
Gioiosa places first at Sweat for Vets
Ashley Carini, Reporter • November 30, 2022
Mountain Echo Voices
Poes mind. Some describe Edgar Allan Poe as crazy. Others believe he was just suffering through trauma that made his writing the way it is.
Was Edgar Allan Poe crazy or just misunderstood?
Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor • December 1, 2022

Some believe Edgar Allan Poe was a crazy man because of the dark, disturbing nature of his stories. Some believe he went through immense trauma and that changed his mindset....

Communication is key. Business teacher Jesse Frailey helps a student complete an assignment. Helping students understand a topic is important for success.
Qualities in good teachers
Lincoln Frank, Reporter • November 30, 2022

For teachers, there are qualities that can both increase and decrease the quality of their teaching. Some teachers have developed their own methods of handling the challenges...

Ear to ear Jason Itle-Clark smiles brightly while teaching his class.
Are teachers too harsh on students?
Lillian Robert, Reporter • November 22, 2022

When I ask myself how I am doing in school, I would say absolutely great grade-wise, but stress-wise? That’s a whole different ball game. Everyone always says junior...

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“Permanent Record” displays both the comedic and serious side of relationships [not finished]
“Permanent Record” displays both the comedic and serious side of relationships [not finished]
Myah Lear, Media Manager • December 2, 2022

It’s not very often that books recommended to me by friends are ever really good, but this book, “Permanent Record”, left me putting off finishing the book for a week...

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Editorial Cartoon
Lila Benjamin June 1, 2022
Local store 33 on Mac is a mac and cheese shop. The shop is local to Altoona.
People should support local businesses
Editorial Board November 1, 2022

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of businesses fail in the first year. Local businesses are integral parts of the community....

Echo in the Halls - October 2022
Echo in the Halls - October 2022
Ryan Longstreth and Miley Naugle October 31, 2022

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