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Wild, Wild, West: Students’ perspectives on the West Austin Studio Tour and future art events

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On May 12, 2018, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., student artists, musicians, performers, and supporters gathered throughout the halls of the Ann Richards School to commemorate the fine arts celebration that is the West Austin Studio tour. Incorporating both student work and local Austin artists, this is the second year the spring event has been hosted…

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Where There’s a Weld There’s a Way: The Start of the Welding Club

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In high school, classes can feel creatively limiting to students. With curriculum benchmarks,AP and STAAR tests to prepare students for, there’s little time to learn anything else. This creates a learning environment where students have little opportunity to explore their identity and passions, or learn practical, real-world skills. . In some cases, students decide to…

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Stackin’ Up to 6A: ARS Compared to Other 6A Schools

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The Austin Independent School District consists of five 6A schools that compete athletically, one of which is the Ann Richards School. The other four high schools at the 6A level are Bowie, Akins, Anderson, and Austin High. To give clarification on what exactly 6A is, it is defined as the highest categorization for all school…

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Cornerstone Around the Corner

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  At Ann Richards, a major project for each pathway happens sophomore year, the Cornerstone. This semester-long assignment blends the subjects studied in each pathway during 9th and 10th grade, ranging from the principles of design to Adobe software to vital signs. This year, Biomed students in groups of 2-3 were prompted to cure a…

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Juniors in Jackets : Juniors explaining their lettermans

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Every year, the juniors who get an 80 or above on their Cornerstone project, a college level project, get their letterman during the fall semester of their junior year. The letterman jacket has a been an Ann Richards tradition for many years. Each pathway assigns a very different kind of project to their students based…

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Thesis Triumph : Media Tech seniors explain thesis projects

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For the Media Technology pathway senior thesis, students can create a narrative film or a traditional animation. These are projects that they’ve done in previous years in groups, Media Tech students creating animations for their Cornerstones, documentaries during junior year and narrative films in senior year.. Usually, students each direct a narrative film instead of…

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Shipping out: How Ms. Shipman encourages students to learn differently

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“Spanish is an alive language,” Spanish teacher Ms. Kelsey Shipman says. Ms. Shipman, or Ms. K, is a new teacher at the Ann Richards school. On top of teaching Spanish III and and 7th grade creative writing, she also teaches an after-school Spanish class for students who went to dual-language elementary schools.   Ms. Shipman…

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So long, Class of 2018!: Interactive college map, infographics, and more

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Guess who’s back?: Former ARS teacher Pamela Mathai surprises students in Real Talk meeting

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Real Talk is an organization that focuses on educating the ARS community on social issues and amplifying youth voices through educational dialogue and respect. The organization came to be two years ago after Ms. Pamela Mathai, a former social studies teacher, spoke to students weekly about issues surrounding race that impacted them. Originally, the group…

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