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Jamming out: Ann Richards marching band preforms at Band Jamboree

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Tech Changes: ARS helps provide students with devices

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An “Academic Space” poster is hung outside of a classroom as a reminder for students. These posters are seen all around school outside multiple classrooms. Photo by Alyssa Cerda. The Ann Richards school is having new technology changes in place this year with rewriting old policies, new online classroom programs such as Blend, and providing…

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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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Off to the races: JV cross country team runs at St. Andrews

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As good as new: Two perspectives on the new Youth and Government year

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  Wednesday afternoons are one’s that Yoselin Resendiz looks forward to. After the infamously mute school bell rings at 4:35, Resendiz rushes down to Room 150 and into her designated spot next to her Youth and Government (YAG) partner-in-crime Litzy Santana. It is Resendiz’s second year participating in the growing club, but her excitement is…

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Dream team: Teacher sponsors of multiple political science programs join forces

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The very first meeting for Youth and Government (YAG) this year was in Ms. Jill DiCuffa’s classroom, suited for a maximum of 30 students and filled with upwards of 50. This is the largest number of students to participate in the program since it began at Ann Richards nine years ago. During this meeting, the…

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Changing the principles: Principal Goka announces retirement, Waugh to step in

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The large gym bustles with tired anticipation. By the end of the second day of school everyone is exhausted but with the excitement of starting a new school year. Ann Richards students are used to unexplained assemblies in the large gym. It is part of the excitement of going to ARS: you never really know…

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New and uniform: Students adjust to uniform changes

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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…

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Birth Of Blend: Transitioning from ARS website to Blend.

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  Three years after Ann Richards opened it’s doors, the school devoloped the website annrichardsstars.com. This website included class calendars, grade check, and a gmail account. This year, ARS decided to get rid of the website and replace it with AISD’s website, Blend. “As the district has gone forward with more technology, and has tied…

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

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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 strong wind and rain, the meet was cancelled. The next meet, an AISD Invitational for only high school…

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