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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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The family that plays together: Sister soccer legacy takes place at Ann Richards

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Balancing athletics and academics is an obstacle faced by countless high school students, but the Hruby sisters have got it down to an art form. Collectively, Sofia (class of 2015), Lucia (class of 2017), and Olivia (9) have been involved in almost every sport offered at Ann Richards. Olivia and her sisters have been playing…

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Making the rounds: Campus cop upgrades to circular desk

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On a typical school day, anyone can see security officer Ms. Samara Anderson at her new desk at the front entrance or walking the hallways, or hear her announcing “get to class” and laughing with students. “Being at [Ann Richards] was my first time being at an all-girls school, so it was different, but within…

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Spooky pooches: Annual Howl-O-Ween Bash takes place

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Grab your costumes and your love of animals: The annual Howl-O-Ween Bash is back and ready to help out all of your favorite animals. The event occurred on November 1st, 2017, and was hosted by the Ann Richards Chapter of the National Honors Society (NHS). Outside the courtyard doors, different events were displayed such as…

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Albright, Albright, Albright: Seniors attend interview with Madeleine Albright at LBJ Library

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On October 25th, the senior class arrived at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and was ushered into the seats in a darkened auditorium with four empty chairs on a brightly lit stage. In only a few minutes, Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State, would be seated in one of those chairs,…

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

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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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Food for the soul: Senior’s speech touches on the impact of music in her life

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Before 9th grade morning meeting commenced on September 20th, it was just another Wednesday for the students in attendance. However, senior Mariana Monroy sat to the side, nervous and impatient for the clock to strike 8:55 am. The previous week, her Senior Speech rehearsal was an emotional experience for her classmates, and while her topic…

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Technology 101: Students review new computers used for school work

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At the September 13th high school back to school night, each Ann Richards high school and eighth-grade students were given their own individual Chromebook laptops that were to be used both inside and outside of the classroom. To get a feel for how the Chromebooks have been working so far, the Polaris Press analyzed survey…

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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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Freaky phobias: Weird phobias of the ARS students and staff

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Art by Kai Bovik. Phobias are common in our daily lives. People can be scared of many things. Some shriek at roaches, others spiders. Some hurl at heights and others shiver in the dark. But what about the phobias that people have that aren’t so common? Things that are constantly in our daily lives there’s…

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