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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Board of Education for AACPS votes on redistricting for Crofton Area High School

By Natalie Adams

The Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) voted to adopt the Option one redistricting proposal for Crofton Area High School at their meeting on Wednesday, April 17th. This option will relocate students in the Two Rivers and Waugh Chapel communities to the Arundel feeder system starting the 2020-2021 school year.

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Wildcat Music Live! showcases Jazz Band, talented students, and much more

By Josh Kirk

It was Saturday, April 6, 2019. Arundel High School’s Music Department held their first annual Wildcat Music Live! event. It took place at Community United Methodist Church in Crofton. It was a casual event with musical performances by student musicians, plenty of food, and a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. The styles of music at this show ranged from jazz, classical, pop, rock, and even folk.

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College admissions, scholarships, and overall well-roundedness: why class rank is still important

By Ian Dinmore

Recently, it has been proposed that the class rank system in Anne Arundel County be abolished. The champion of this issue is our student representative on the school board, Josie Urrea. Urrea, a senior at Severna Park High School, the current Student Member of the Board (SMOB), and Vice President of the Board of Education (BOE), claims that class rank creates a toxic environment where students are pitted against each other, saying this occurs across the county. Her solution is to terminate the class rank system, with it the valedictorian and salutatorian awards, and focus more on the cum laude honors system that was implemented in 2017.

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Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils hosts Student Member of the Board Debate

By Natalie Adams

Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) hosted the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Televised Debate on Thursday, April 4th. The three SMOB finalists, Rida Alvi, Tyler Bailey, and Charmi Patel, answered questions pertaining submitted by CRASC, students, and other members of the community. The Debate was an opportunity for the SMOB candidates to discuss their platforms before the SMOB election.

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Board of Education for AACPS begins discussion on abolishing class rank

By Caitlyn Freeman 

The members of the Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS)  began deliberations on the school system’s grading policy during the meeting of the BOE on Wednesday, April 3rd. After discussion, the board voted to send forth a policy change, which would abolish the class rank system starting in the 2021-2022 school year, to public comment for a period of 30-days.

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College Board invalidates SAT scores at South River High School after alleged cellphone use during fire evacuation

By Caitlyn Freeman 

As a result of a suspected fire at South River High School, which resulted in alleged student cellphone use during the evacuation process, College Board invalidated test scores for approximately 560 juniors at the school. The fire alarm went off during the school system wide administration of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) on Wednesday, March 27th, which prompted the evacuation.

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Que tan importante es para mi?

Por Julisa Murcia

Es un hecho confirmado y muy cierto los medios de comunicación y las redes Sociales se han convertido en una distracción para adolescentes y adultos jóvenes ha tenido muchos efectos a nivel escolar y social, pero nadie se pregunta qué efectos tiene un teléfono celular en una persona que tiene su familia lejos y tiene muchos años sin verla bueno lo diré aunque nadie me lo pregunte. Para una persona extranjera como yo el teléfono me permite comunicarme con mi familia y cada vez que hablo con ellos es algo muy especial porque siento que estoy con ellos cuando estamos lejos de nuestra familia solo queremos estar en constante comunicación con nuestros seres queridos y en algunas ocasiones queremos recordar lo divertido y lo hermoso que era tener muchas aventuras con ellos.

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Arundel Theater Company’s production of West Side Story highlights Arundel’s talent

By Josh Kirk

Arundel High School is known for having a theater company bursting with awe-inspiring talent and truly unforgettable productions. Their recent spring musical production of West Side Story is certainly no exception. The legendary musical romantic tragedy, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins, is easily one of the greatest musicals ever made. Staying true to the original Broadway version was Arundel’s main goal for this production. Luckily, they have a top-notch production crew to help out the student cast and tech. That crew features director David Jennings, choreographer Jamie Eacker Jennings, producer Eleanor Minor, vocal director Andrea Brumbach, and orchestra director Ian Burns.

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