By Kirstin Nichols
On September 23, 2019, at 6:30 pm, a meeting was held by the Board of Education in Arundel High School’s auditorium in order to discuss the achievement gap affecting students in Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).
Several speakers, including county executive Steuart Pittman, county superintendent George Arlotto, AACPS executive director Jason Dykstra, Carl Snowden, and Pamela Brown shared achievement gap statistics as well as ideas for eliminating this gap.
Podcast: Board of Education Hosts Meeting to Discuss Closing the Achievment Gap
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By Hailey McDonald
The Arundel girl’s field hockey teams have just closed another successful season. Varsity has claimed a near flawless 11-2-2 record with their sole losses being against Severna Park High School. Even with two tie games against Archbishop Spalding and West Essex High School, the Lady Wildcats have still secured eleven wins this fall. A 2-1 loss against Severna Park ended their games in the County Championship. However, Varsity still has high hopes for their first playoff game on Wednesday, October 30th.
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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”
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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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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.
Continue reading “At High School Nation tour’s return to Arundel, most students enjoy playing and listening to music”
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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”
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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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.
Continue reading “After 39 years at Arundel, Mary Ellen Towns’ teaching career comes to a close”
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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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.
Continue reading “Board of Education votes to add a revision to policy eliminating class rank; revised policy sent to third reading”