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Security vestibule construction to increase school security

Photos by Amber Bartlett

By Kirstin Nichols

As part of a countywide effort to increase school security, construction of a security vestibule is underway in the main lobby at Arundel High School. Continue reading “Security vestibule construction to increase school security”

At High School Nation tour’s return to Arundel, most students enjoy playing and listening to music

Photos by Amber Bartlett

By Logan Hale, Emma Wible, Spencer Mower, Dominic Mortimer, Sahara Portlance, Akayla Williams

High School Nation, a touring event promoting music in high schools and featuring live music, interactive activities, and promotional giveaways, staged an event at Arundel for the second time in four years on Friday, October 11th. The event was staged in the F-Hall parking lot. As part of the event, the tour donated resources to Arundel’s music program. 

Performers included R&B singers Micah Blu and Jessame, pop singer Sofi K, and actress and singer Kerri Medders. The festival was sponsored by and included giveaways from Takis and Hollister. During the festival, students could try out various instruments (including guitars, basses, drums, microphones, and DJ equipment) or learn dance steps at a smaller dance stage. There was also a ball-pit and a tent with bean-bag chairs. 

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The Joint Initiative to Eliminate the Achievement Gaps holds first meeting at Arundel High School

Photo by Yarmi Kalokoh

By Yarmi Kalokoh

The Joint Initiative to Eliminate the Achievement Gaps, a new committee created to identify and investigate issues related to differences in academic performance among various student groups, held their first meeting in Arundel High School’s auditorium on Monday, September 23rd. The meeting, following a press release announcing the joint effort between the school board and county government, was led by both Superintendent Dr. George Arlotto and County Executive Steuart Pittman and provided Anne Arundel County (A.A.Co) and Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) data highlighting achievement gaps, particularly between African-American students and other student groups. Continue reading “The Joint Initiative to Eliminate the Achievement Gaps holds first meeting at Arundel High School”

High School Nation tour coming to Arundel High October 11th

By Caleb Williams

On Friday October 11th, Arundel High will host the High School Nation Tour sponsored by Hollister. The High School Nation Tour is a traveling Music & Arts festival that visits public high schools across the country introducing students to opportunities in all fields of the arts.

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Gymnastics removed from Arundel curriculum due to decline in popularity

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By Yarmi Kalokoh

As of this school year, Arundel’s gymnastics class is no longer offered as a Physical Education (P.E.) elective. Its removal, according to Mrs. Madden, PE Department Chair and former Gymnastics teacher, was decided last school year and prompted by shrinking class size and popularity. 

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AACPS hosts a second ‘community conversation’ about ‘acceptance’ and ‘inclusion’

By Caitlyn Freeman

Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) hosted a second ‘community conversation’ on Tuesday, May 21st at Central Middle School, located in Edgewater. During the event, led by school system officials, members and leaders of the community partook in activities and conversations meant to, according to the press release, “to explore how communities are interconnected.”

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Board of Education votes to add a revision to policy eliminating class rank; revised policy sent to third reading

By Caitlyn Freeman

The Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) voted to add a revision to the already posed amendment to Policy II, the school systems grading policy,  which would eliminate class rank during the meeting of the BOE on Wednesday, May 15th. The revision would allow students after completing seven semesters of high school who qualify for a summa cum laude recognition to apply to be considered for valedictorian or salutatorian.

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Governor signs bill meant to lower acceptable levels of lead in school drinking water; 13 Arundel water sources exceed the ‘intended’ lead content

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By Caitlyn Freeman 

Governor Larry Hogan signed The Lead Reduction and Remediation Act, which includes a non-binding expression of intent from The Maryland General Assembly to reduce the acceptable lead content in school drinking water sources to five parts per billion (ppb), into law on May 13th, 2019. 13 drinking water sources (ten non-consumable and three consumable) at Arundel High School previously tested positive for contents of lead higher than five ppb but tested lower than the state-mandated 20 ppb action level for lead in drinking water sources. Since the new law is non-binding, and the water sources are in accordance with state law, they continue to operate.

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Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils hosts officer information night

By Natalie Adams

Chesapeake Regional Association of student Councils (CRASC) held their second officer information night on Wednesday, May 1st at the Parham Building. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the positions available, ask questions, see the Secretary of Education in action, and experience a typical Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

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County Executive Pittman’s budget proposal reduces requested Capital and Operating budgets for AACPS

By Caitlyn Freeman

Anne Arundel County Executive, Steuart Pittman, announced his $1.7 billion proposal for the county budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 on Wednesday, May 1st. According to Pittman’s budget brief, $733.3 million is appropriated to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), which accounts for 51 percent of the total county budget.

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