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School fever: Ms. Dunavant makes the switch from middle school to high school

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This year at Ann Richards brought many new faces to the community, including Ms. Haley Dunavant. Ms. Dunavant is a “passion-driven” teacher who has taught seventh grade science for four years. She moved to Austin this year from Memphis, Tennessee, and this semester is her first time teaching grades higher than 7th. Recently, Dunavant stepped…

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Signing off: Language Learning beyond the classroom

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Addy Town (10) references the vocabulary sheet, mimicking a sign to practice before a quiz. Photo by Emily Ownby.   Hidden from the noise of a bustling hallway, the quietest club on campus gathers for a weekly meeting. The Sign Language Club, lead by teacher Ms. Brianne Welser, meets each Wednesday to learn vocabulary and…

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Long-term goals: Middle school soccer team continues to grow

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For the past few weeks, it’s not unlikely that members Ann Richards Middle School soccer team will be taking hold of the mic during the celebration section all-school morning assembly. Over the course of the season, the announcement of wins, losses, and “shout-outs” to star players has been a weekly tradition for the team. The…

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Best of the fest: Students advance in UIL film competition

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The curtains are drawn, the lights go out and the 2018 UIL Young Filmmakers Festival commences at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Austin on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. People in attendance included Media Technology teacher Mr. Roger Soden and a group of Ann Richards Media Technology students along with hundreds of other advisors and…

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Our Global Community: Seniors Take on Semester-Long Capstone Assignment

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In December, the ARS seniors took the first steps to selecting a topic to pursue in the much-anticipated Senior Capstone project. For this semester-long project, the senior class was split up into eight different groups featuring a mix of media technology, biomedical, and engineering students to research and innovate a solution for a real-world problem…

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Welcome Waugh: Ann Richards brings in Ms. Waugh as full time principal

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Since former ARS principal Ms. Jeanne Goka retired, Ms. Kris Waugh has been filling in as interim principal, but the time has come to get a permanent placement for that position. Austin Independent School district collaborated with parents, students, teachers, board members, and Ann Richards community members to compile a principal profile of things they…

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Full bloom: Sixth graders finding leadership through gardening

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The 6th grade gardens are blooming and full of vegetables that are ready for consumption. This can be attributed to Ms. Carey Warner, who has been working to let the sixth graders make an impact. “As far as the green spaces in our campus go, they’re the leaders on our campus in that,” said Ms.…

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Competing for fair competition: Staff Editorial on 2018-2020 athletic UIL placing

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Every two years on February 1, sports, arts, and academic UIL (University Interscholastic League) districts are evaluated and redistricted by the UIL board of directors. Every two years, The Ann Richards School is moved up to 6A based on the board’s interpretation of school type. Every two years, Ann Richards Coach, Meg Brown, appeals this…

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Rodent on the run: Class pet continues to escape

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Amongst the many rodents around the school, one is special. Chubs Maloy has lived in Mr. Albert Marino’s math classroom since August 2017 – well, most of the time anyway. He’s been known to escape his enclosure and disappear for days at a time.       “Mr. Ward offered [me] a hamster cage over…

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The Passion of the Passion Project: The thoughts, creations, and ideas going into the Freshman’s Passion Project

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The Class of 2021 has been through their first semester in the turmoil of high school. While ninth grade is stressful with new classes, new rules, and more pressure, ninth grade English teacher Ms. Anni Knox thinks that students are doing well. “They are adjusting quite well, I think the eighth grade team did a…

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It’s getting hot in here: Flu epidemic sweeps hallways

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Snot filled tissues are overflowing the trash cans around the Ann Richards School as one of the United States’ worst outbreaks of the flu since the Bubonic Plague has begun making its way through the hallways. Due to the 2018 flu student attendance is at an all time low for the year and things only…

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Keep Austin Free: Things to do around Austin for no cost

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Looking for things to spend your time doing in Austin? Well, here are 12 free activities you can do with family, friends and pets all around the capital city of Texas. 1)Take your pets to the Barton Springs dog park and you too can go for a dip! With a waterfall and beautiful view, it’s…

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