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  • New and uniform: Students adjust to uniform changes

    Students model the Ann Richards high school uniform, which includes black shoes and socks. This is different from the middle school uniform, which requires white shoes and white socks.

    The first day of school is a huge day of firsts for many, or changes for others. For most new students, it’s their first time wearing a school uniform. Jaki Saldana (6) is one student wearing a uniform for the first time. “I feel like it’s was pretty easy, because at my old school you could wear whatever you want, so you had to pick out what to wear, but here, you already have it all.”

    Jonna Sanchez (6) is also new to wearing a uniform and learning about the Ann Richards uniform policy. “On a scale of one to ten, this school is a nine for being so different from my last school and mostly because of the uniforms.

    For the class of 2021 uniforms are nothing new, but putting on the blue polo for the first day of school instead of white is something new that students, including Ana Moreno (9), have been looking forward to. “It’s really different, seeing your friend dressing in blue,” Moreno explained. “When you walk in a room, and you’re like ‘Oh! High schoolers!’ but then you remember, oh right, I’m in 9th grade.”

    In addition to the changes for 6th and 9th graders, the entirety of the student body welcomes new changes to the Ann Richards dress code including permitted nose piercings and allowing students to opt out from wearing their ID lanyards. Previously, the dress code did not allow students to have visible nose piercings. To abide by the rules, students would either wear a clear stud, or cover their ring with a bandaid. This year, students are permitted to wear a simple, non-distracting nose stud.

    For safety, the school used to require students to wear their ARS ID badge on a lanyard around their neck. In the 2016-2017 school year, lost ID lanyards were a huge issue, requiring the office to replace several student’s ID badges. Now, this is an optional piece of the uniform. However, students will be required to scan their badge to check out books.  

    Librarian Shawn Mauser explained her idea to duplicate everyone’s ID. “Keep one on your Chromebook case to use in the library, and one in your wallet for discounts.”

    In addition to the excitement surrounding new dress code, Middle School principal, Briana Castano, would like to remind students to abide by the stated dress code and avoid demerits.

    “The easiest thing to do is check the rules, and just come to school in full uniform.” Castano explains that the uniform violations she most commonly sees are in shoes, lack of belts, and unnaturally colored hair.

    For the full Ann Richards School dress code policy, check the Student Handbook section of the ARS Student Planner.

    September 3, 2017 • ARS News, Showcase • Views: 128

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  • Birth Of Blend: Transitioning from ARS website to Blend.

      Three years after Ann Richards opened it’s doors, the school devoloped the website This website included class calendars, grade check, and a gmail account. This year, ARS decided to get rid of the

    September 2, 2017 • ARS News, News, Showcase • Views: 112

  • Eggciting additions: Chickens at ARS

    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

    September 1, 2017 • ARS News, Showcase • Views: 143

  • Teachers without borders: ARS faculty outnumber classrooms

    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

    September 1, 2017 • ARS News, News, Showcase • Views: 119

  • Racing into the new season: 2017 Cross Country team increases numbers and prepares for first meet

    Photos by Alexandra Lopez (10), Madeline Schell (12), and Ahna Stewart (11). The first cross country meet of the season for the Ann Richards team was originally held on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Due to Hurricane Harvey’s

    August 31, 2017 • ARS News, Cross Country, News, Showcase, Sports • Views: 155

  • Working 9 to 5: Juniors reflect on May internships

    During the week of May 15th to May 19th, the juniors embarked onto the annual internships week. Organizations such as Mother’s Milk Bank, Intel, and Planned Parenthood participated in providing an opportunity for students to

    May 29, 2017 • ARS News • Views: 272

  • School for the Summer: Students get ahead on credits at local community college during break

    Summer is a time for relaxing, hanging out with friends and completing required summer reading. However, some students embark on the mission of taking a summer course at Austin Community College through their Early College

    May 29, 2017 • ARS News • Views: 224

  • The plot thickens: 7th grader wins honorable mention for play-writing

    On Saturday, May 29, Sophie Peloquin (7) was awarded Honorable Mention by the Zach Scott Theatre for a play she wrote, titled Children of Aleppo. The play follows six children in Aleppo, a city in Syria and now one of the largest

    May 29, 2017 • ARS News, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts • Views: 236

  • Reasons why not: A look into Ann Richards’ perspective on 13 Reasons Why

    Photo courtesy of  Netflix. On March 31st,  Netflix released a show, “13 Reasons Why,” which quickly gained popularity on social media “I liked the show, it was really addicting,” Valerie Garza (9) said. “But I would

    May 20, 2017 • ARS News, Opinion, Our Voices • Views: 238

  • Curtsies for Cotillion: Students and faculty prepare for dance

    Melissa Merlin (9) with her mother at the 2016 Cotillion. Photo by Chloe Leline. On May 20th , many rising ninth graders will be nervous, along with very mixed emotions. The Class of 2021 will walk down a red carpet accompanied

    May 19, 2017 • ARS News, News, Showcase • Views: 623

  • Level up!: Austin teens spark change through theatre arts

    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

    May 18, 2017 • ARS News, Fine Arts, News, Showcase, Theatre Arts • Views: 308

  • Purposeful pets: Seniors raise kittens for school project

    One of two kittens the seniors are looking after. Photo by Terra Emerson. A bell jingles. Two pairs of curious eyes look towards the sound. One cat crawls forwards and claws at the feather wand. For two weeks, nine seniors

    May 17, 2017 • ARS News, News • Views: 267