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How to keep a plant alive: Tips from Ms. Warner

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Want to find a way to reduce stress levels? Gardening is a great way to fight depression, reduce anxiety, and mitigate associated lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. This spring, get in touch with mother earth with these plant care tips from Ms. Warner.   Good starter plants are ones that best fit…

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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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Lights, camera, color: Capturing student makeup looks

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For the month of February, the Polaris Press is producing weekly content approaching the idea of beauty from varying angles. This week, we bring you a photo gallery featuring fellow classmates in images that explore color and makeup. Click on the gallery to get started!

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Good as Gold: What you should know about the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Shortly after the end of World War I, the first Winter Olympics were hosted in the French Alps in 1924. Following the same tradition of international camaraderie and diplomacy, in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony will commence on February 9th, with the globally televised competitions ending on February 25th. This…

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Out and About: Gallery from Journalism intercession

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    A graffiti artist finishes up his art on January 4th, 2018 at the Austin Graffiti Park, atop Castle Hill. A few watchers observe him spray paint. Since the art is recent, you could go up to The Graffiti Park and see it for yourself, right at the very top and very center of the hill. Photo by Nina Drutz
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    A skater is caught mid-action at the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park. The skater practices some moves, as depicted by his limbs as they help balance him. Though not seen, more skaters make some moves as Ann Richard’s Students take more photos, supported by the skater’s provided actions making for good practice. Photo by Nina Drutz
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    Another skater caught mid-action gracefully skates down a ramp in the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park. They are casually skating, facing straight ahead. As her calm gaze is held forward, a person in the background balances themselves. Though not seen, there are more Ann Richards students waiting for good shots and actions for photos. Photo by Nina Drutz.
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    Ben Peterson stands in a window of Amy’s ice cream on a cold week in January. He says that as it gets colder business decreases. A week that was suppose to make $5,000 only made $800. Peterson says “ I like to work in the summer more because time goes by faster.” Photo by Molly Pacheco.
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    Destiny Sigales (6) and Jayden Davilla(6) look at art work below them at Castle Hill. They were at Castle Hill to take pictures of artists spray painting art work for intercession. Photo by Kaylee Cervantes
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    Cate Landstirom takes a picture in front of the “I love you” sign on South Congress. She saw the sign on a blog and came from Michigan to see the it. “I just think it’s very sweet,” said Landstirom. Photo by Jayden Davilla
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    Cory Quach, and his finace take a picture in front of the i love you sigh on congress.the couple travel from Hong Kong to take this photo" it's nice to see something like this considering 2017 was pretty crappy " says Cory Quach. Photo by Destiny Sigales
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    Arianna Rodriguez (6) throws leaves in the Ann Richard School courtyard on January 3. Rodriguez was modeling for intersession photojournalists who practicing action shots. “I love nature and how the sun shines,” Rodriguez said. Photo by Briana Mondragon (6).
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    Holley is smiling as she tells us about her job working at Big Top Candy shop. This candy shop opened around 10 or so years ago. She says, “I like working here because there is a good energy here, especially with my coworkers, we all care about each other.” Photo by Sofia Bird.
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    A boy skates towards on of Austin’s more well-known skate park while enjoying a drink and snack. Photo by Amanda Macias Schreiber.
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    Amanda Macias Schreiber (8) is completing a photography scavenger hunt on January 3, 2018. Amanda really enjoys when photographers take a picture of themselves in the mirror. “The frame was interesting and I liked the style, so I took the picture.” Photo by Amanda Macias Schreiber.
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    Lily Yepez (12) was talking with a friend in the office on January 3, 2018. Lily was a member of the office staff for intercession. Photo by Amanda Macias Schreiber.
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    A skater is getting ready to do a trick a the top of a slope. Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park is where many skaters and bikers can relax and do the things that they love. It was made in memory of Morgan Moss and Heath Eiland. Photo by Adaline Purcell.
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    Photo by Adamaris Olivares.
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    Photo by Adamaris Olivares.
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    Photo by Adamaris Olivares.

The following content was generated from January 3-5 during the Film Photography and Intro to Journalistic Writing Intercession, led by Ms. Walker and Polaris Press editors Gus Flores-Rascon, Keyla Blanco, Ezra Morales, and Emily Weaver. Photos and captions were taken and written by intercession participants from grades 6-10. On January 4, 2018, the intercession for…

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The story is Bond… Austin ISD Bond; Details on the package being voted on in October and November, 2017

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Austin Independent School District has been around since 1881, the 130 schools ranging from 136 years old to just a few years old. Even the oldest buildings have been minimally renovated since their original establishments, and AISD now has the chance to modernize all of the schools in need throughout the district. This opportunity is…

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Pride 2017: Middle schoolers attend pride with GSA

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Austin’s annual PRIDE parade, originally scheduled earlier in September, was rescheduled to the 30th due to Hurricane Harvey, and the extra time allowed Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) a chance to get middle schoolers transportation to the parade, which is a new option for ARS. GSA is a student-run organization that allows students to have a safe…

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Jumping in: New beginnings for ARS swim team

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For the first time in ARS history, the swim team is going to not be practicing with Austin High. We started practicing with Austin High swimming at  the Texas School for the Deaf six years ago. Paige Robbins, alumni of the class of 2013, was the first swim team member and the person who started…

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Bonded together: ARS student and staff opinions on AISD bond

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AISD proposed a bond to remodel several schools in need of improved learning environments. Ann Richards is one of the schools on the bond, and if it passes the school will undergo a renovation. This bond, which asks for extra money from taxpayers to do something that is more than what they are already paying…

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Signs of the times: an astrological overview

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The concept of astrological (star) signs dates back to the Babylonians in the first millennium BC. The simple split of twelve different “signs” corresponding with celestial coordinates in relation to the movement of stars was later adopted by the Greeks and Romans. Around that same time, Hindu astrologers developed a system called “jyotish vidya,” or…

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Pennies for Powell: Putting a face onto an ARS cancer survivor

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On March 3rd, (add year here) Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Powell (9) woke up with a sore throat and didn’t think much of it. She brushed it off, as well as the lack of energy, as allergies. On March 4th, she knew something was wrong. Powell’s energy was drained barely being able to make it from…

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Political demonstrations in Austin, TX

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