As Arundel High School’s students and teachers have been going back to in-person school, they have encountered plenty of changes to the way school is being conducted and the environment. Some of the changes include mandated masks at all times, free lunches, and quarantining for ten days if sick or exposed to covid.
Samantha Murphy, a junior, said coming back to school for her has been “tiring, exhausting and a little bit fun.” She says the past year has been weird for her, but she says, “wearing the masks all day has been fine.” Paige Spriggs, a sophomore, said, “High school is a lot different than middle school. I get a lot more freedom and a lot more homework.¨ She is excited to participate in all the theatre opportunities that Arundel High School holds. ¨I’m hoping to do the Spring Musical, or just get more involved with theatre. I actually want to direct the Fall One Acts. Directing them seems pretty fun,¨ she said.
Some classes have been operating differently, like Mrs. Little’s classroom. During a recent Monday afternoon, 3rd period, Mrs Little was in the courtyard working on community building with her Honors English class in the courtyard. Brook Kline, a sophomore, explained that they were doing a team building activity to learn each other’s names. Another one of the students, Shannelle Mitchel, also a sophomore, said, “ I like how the teacher makes sure we understand and engages instead of moving on from a different topic and makes it fun.”
Mrs. Little has taught here for four years and went to Arundel High School herself, graduating in 2011. She originally planned to work in the business field but changed career paths. “It feels wonderful adjusting to covid. It feels much more natural than online learning,” she said. Mrs. Little says it was difficult not seeing her students in person. She says,“students don’t learn from people they don’t trust.” She followed up saying she wanted the students to be more comfortable with each other. Learning names engages creativity and teamwork in the classroom. “Creativity takes courage,” she explained.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Board of Education (BOE) for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) held a meeting open to public comment on the proposals for redistricting for the Crofton Area High School on Tuesday, March 19th at Arundel High School. At the meeting, parents and community members made claims of discrimination and bias towards the proposals, redistricting committee, and other attendees.
The Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) held their first regular meeting since the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) information night and campaign clinics on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Parham Building. While SMOB events were discussed, it was not the primary focus of the meeting and the CRASC Constitution, selection of SMOB interview panel members, upcoming General Assembly (GA) at George Fox Middle School, and new CRASC t-shirt design were important agenda topics.