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Changes and Challenges: Adjustments Faced by Students and Staff in the New School Year 

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  It’s a new year at Ann Richards, and students and staff are just beginning to settle into the rhythm of school. The year starts with a major shift in schedules, now distinguishing Mondays to be used for personalized schedules which we call “flex days.” This change took a lot of getting used to, for…

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Stars of the Court: A Look at the Tennis Team

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Sofia Duarte (8) takes her tennis racket out of her duffel bag. Photo by Sammie Seamon The tennis team has always been a bit of an anomaly; it’s only available to middle school, it’s smack in the middle of major high school seasons like track and soccer, and we don’t get booming announcements every Monday…

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

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Growing Pains: The class of 2024 completes their first month of 6th grade

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Transitioning from elementary to middle school is difficult for anyone. The end of elementary school can feel like the end of a childhood. You go from spending all day in the same classrooms with the same kids you’ve known for up to five years to being in an unfamiliar building with 800+ strangers and eight…

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The Polaris Mess presents: Hello, hallway – students liberated from classroom environment reflect on the diverse learning experience

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Facing a steady increase in both the student population and the number of rodent-infested classrooms, Ann Richards Stars have intrepidly taken their education to the streets, or, more specifically, the hallways. Hallway classrooms have become a new craze, possibly signaling the twilight of the time-honored ARS tradition: the ‘traveling classroom’. Some have referred to the…

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Eggciting additions: Chickens at ARS

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Annie the chicken poses for a picture in the ARS courtyard. It was a cool Wednesday morning in the courtyard, and Ugly Betty, Annie, and Alice three chickens at the Ann Richards School, were roaming around looking for food. They found their way to Ann Richards through a group of 6th graders working on a…

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Level up!: Austin teens spark change through theatre arts

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CLYTE wraps up their performance at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Photo by Amelia Bagnaschi. The room is filled with hustle and bustle, sounds of laughter and comradely bouncing off of the walls. All collaboratively working to Change Lives. Together. Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, or “CLYTE”, is a partnership between…

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Quiz: How involved are you?

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Between the second semester, spring testing, UIL, and the fast-approaching end of the year, many people are crazy-busy with activities. Many students complain about a lack of sleep, over commitment, and no free time.  Take this quiz to find out how busy you really are! [playbuzz-item url=”//”]

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10k Magic: Running Club prepares for the Cap 10k

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The team warms up for their run by doing lunges. Photo by Sammie Seamon. Running Club, coached by Ms. Brianne Welser and Coach Lora Tilson, began practice in the beginning of February. The club aims to get students ready for the Statesman Cap 10k race in Austin on April 23rd, although participating isn’t required. “The…

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