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 new club, students explore the ska music genre

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By Sahara Portlance

If you’ve looked at the Arundel Clubs list or even looked up at the walls while walking in the hallway, you may have noticed the Ska Club. The club is new to Arundel and was started by our school’s music director, Ian Burns. Mr. Burns has a passion for ska music and thought that ska club would be a nice way for students that share his passion to express themselves and maybe even get other students interested in the genre. 

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

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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

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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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Arundel Volleyball starts the season with a bang vs Towson 3-0

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By Savannah Brooks

After being the runner-up for last year’s regional championship, Arundel volleyball is back with a strong start to their season. Continue reading “Arundel Volleyball starts the season with a bang vs Towson 3-0”

After 39 years at Arundel, Mary Ellen Towns’ teaching career comes to a close

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By Caitlyn Freeman

As kids walk through the downstairs F-hallway before the late bell rings on Thursday, April 25th, 2019, Mary Ellen Towns is on patrol. She greets students as they walk by; asking athletes how their games the previous evening went, telling kids to keep walking to prevent traffic, and reminding students to get to class on time, keep their hands to themselves, and overall behave themselves. While monitoring the students as they make their way to their 1A class, she also begins multi-tasking in order to be prepared for the arrival of her 1A class; sorting through papers, turning on the projector, and organizing the countertop. Her first period of the day is Drugs in Society, an elective that teaches students about the different types of drugs, illegal substances, and their impact.

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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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Rida Alvi: a student with a passion for politics

By Natalie Adams

Rida Alvi is an International Baccalaureate (IB) student at Annapolis High School, with an interest in travel, art, tennis, history, and public policy. While most of her interests are just hobbies, her passion for public policy has led her to one of the highest student leadership positions in Anne Arundel County: Student Member of the Board (SMOB).

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