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Message from Principal Minnick

My name is Dr. Michael Minnick and it is my privilege to serve this community as the principal of the Indiana Junior High School.  As a school leader, I consider my #1 most worthwhile work being that of the facilitator of a safe school environment for all students and stakeholders.  A very close #2 is the work we are called to do in the name of teaching and learning.  To me, the importance of providing our children with timely, engaging, and relevant learning experiences is the most important work one can choose, next to parenting.  It is important for me to express how much I truly care about all of the people we are called to serve.  Beginning with our students, we strive to inspire every student to find their individual strength and passion so that they are inspired, prepared, and supported to pursue their dreams.  I want to express my appreciation for our families, community members, and the dynamic team we have at the Junior High School. Our partnership and commitment to our students’ future will carry us as we continue to rise above every challenge and continue to evolve as an education system.  I look forward to meeting and working with you as we share the journey of preparing our children for the future!

In the News

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Reminder: IUP's 2024 GenCyber Camp

Don't forget to take advantage of this free cybersecurity camp for JH/SH students at IUP. Apply now, space is limited! Camp dates: June 24-28, 2024 with additional pre- and post-camp dates. See attached flyer for more information.
An Evening of Hope with Ryan Shazier

An Evening of Hope with Ryan Shazier

Join the United Way of Indiana County and Special guest, Ryan Shazier, in honoring outstanding community leader Mr. CJ Spadafora and celebrate an Evening of Hope!

Junior High School Vocal Ensemble performs Altoona Curve game

On Wednesday, September 6, the Indiana Area Junior High School Vocal Ensemble performed the national anthem at an Altoona Curve game as part of the pregame activities. The 35 seventh and eighth grade students who participated gathered around home plate at Peoples Natural Gas Field to start the game. They were directed by Dr. Jason Rummel and cheered on by their friends and family. Mr. Robert Heinrich, superintendent, and Dr. Michael Minnick, principal, were also in attendance to cheer on both the musicians and the Curve -- who won 5-4!
Avery Schneider - Invention Convention National Champion!

National Champion!

East Pike student Avery Schneider won 1st Place in the 3rd Grade Division at the National Competition of the Invention Convention! He also won the top prize for all K-12 students who entered in the Innovation in Education category! We are so proud of Avery and his incredible work! Congratulations!

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