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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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“Magnetizing” leader: Julie Apagya-Bonney and her image as a student

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On Thursday afternoons, Julie Apagya-Bonney (12) can be found in Ms. Jill DiCuffa’s classroom leading the senior class in their prom committee meeting. As class president, Apagya-Bonney has worked hard to communicate with her peers to make the school year more significant. Her commitment to student council has been prominent to her high school career…

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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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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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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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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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Shooting Star(Fish): Ann Richards Swim Team soars at District Meet

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On Saturday, January 27th at 9:45 am, the upper deck of athletic bleachers at the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center was occupied by two people: Ann Richards swim coach Jill Dicuffa and team captain Georgia Moore (12). The team’s warm-up formally started at 11, but the pair got a head start…

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Changes for the mind: Ann Richards begins changes to address mental health

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The Ann Richards School is known for its rigorous course work and high academic standards, however students struggle with stress under the high expectations for their performance at school. Throughout the first semester, administration has taken different approaches to ensure the best mental health for all their students. One of these approaches was seeking student…

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Good-bye Goka: Jeanne Goka’s Last Day as Ann Richards School Principal

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A final message: 12th graders prepare for senior speeches

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Ann Richards is home to many traditions, such as Homecoming or Cotillion, one of these traditions includes senior speeches. Since the school’s first graduating class in 2013, 12th graders have prepared to give a speech to their younger sisters. This tradition has been ongoing for five years and now the class of 2018 is up…

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Teachers without borders: ARS faculty outnumber classrooms

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Ms. Thakrar wheels her computer cart into Mr. Ramirez’s room for her advisory. Photo by Gus Flores. Fall 2017 has brought a new school year, with new students and new classrooms, or a lack thereof. Due to greater year to year student retention and larger incoming sixth grade classes, ARS’s student population has demanded more…

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Hearing in color: ARS students polled for synesthesia

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Can you taste certain words? Do you hear colors? No matter what senses may mix in your mind, it can be safely said that if you experience two or more different senses from the same stimulus, you are likely synesthetic! Don’t worry, it’s not contagious. Synesthesia is a neurological condition that, literally translated from Greek,…

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