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Location chosen for new high school

Location chosen for new high school

September 19, 2017


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At a meeting on June 29, the School Board approved a plan that will add 1,300 new high school seats to Arlington Public Schools (APS). The seats will be located at the Career Center and the Education Center and can be found next to the David M. Brown Planetarium behind Washington-Lee High School, bot...

Students anticipate unusually early Homecoming

Students anticipate unusually early Homecoming

Anika Bahl, News Editor

September 8, 2017


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One of the most classic traditions in the back-to-school season, Homecoming week, comes early this year, with spirit days starting on Monday. In fact, it will be taking place on the second week of school itself. As the school’s Homecoming festivities usually take place the latest in the county, as ev...

Outcry over 13 Reasons Why

Outcry over 13 Reasons Why

Holland Forsythe, Opinion editor

July 10, 2017


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  Arlington Public Schools (APS) sent an email to parents on Friday, April 21 cautioning the viewing of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The email mentions that critics who have said the show “romanticizes or glamorizes suicide but gives no healthy alternative to kids struggling wit...

Expanding Arlington

Expanding Arlington

Abigail Presson, Lifestyles Editor

June 21, 2017


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This month, the School Board will vote on a plan to add 1,300 new high school seats in order to lower overcrowding in the Arlington Public School (APS) system. Enrollment in APS is expected to continue to grow, which is why the school system has begun to take measures to add elementary and middle school...

The facts of sexual harassment

The facts of sexual harassment

May 11, 2017


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Sexual harassment, despite being ignored for years, is one topic that seems to now constantly be in the news. From Bill Cosby to Bill O’Reilly, legal action is finally being taken against high-profile predators, and programs are now in place for incidents that strike closer to home. One frighten...

Science March and Climate March draw thousands to the district

Science March and Climate March draw thousands to the district

May 3, 2017


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Crowds of protesters gathered in the district and in numerous other cities around the world on April 22, also known as Earth Day, for the March for Science. While from its name people may assume that the March for Science would be an exclusive event for scientists or otherwise devoted science-enth...

A closer look at climate change

A closer look at climate change

May 3, 2017


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Over the past decade, Northern Virginia has experienced a significant increase in its climate. Scientists around the world believe that this will continue to get worse unless strong action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the state. Climate change can have many negative outcomes inc...

The Role of the Writer event engages young authors

The Role of the Writer event engages young authors

April 28, 2017


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Georgetown University’s Italian Research Institute hosted, “The Role of the Writer: a Dialogue,” in the Intercultural Center Auditorium on April 18. With Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Laureate in Literature. According to the Nobel Institute, the award was given to ...

Online petition asks APS to end iPad program

Online petition asks APS to end iPad program

Myles Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

March 31, 2017


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An online petition has recently appeared calling for the Arlington Public Schools (APS) K-5 1:1 iPad program to be shut down immediately. The Change.org petition has more than 250 supporters as of Thursday morning. The starters of the petition cite their reasons: “The 1:1/Digital Learning/Personalized programs, which put a personal iPad in the hand of elementary school children, over the past three years has not only cost millions for devices, ...

80’s dance a thing of the past

80’s dance a thing of the past

Carolyn Bradley, Co-Editor-In-Chief

March 20, 2017


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After anticipating an 80's themed dance set for March 10, the dance was canceled due to the lack of tickets sold by the junior class. The dance was originally set up to raise money for the junior class, with the main goal of making prom tickets less expensive for the future. In preparing for the dance, the junior class...

Creating ecosystems out of ecocolumns

Creating ecosystems out of ecocolumns

Carolyn Bradley, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 1, 2017


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Learning about ecosystems through textbooks and videos was not enough for Ms. Maria Sotomayor’s IB Biology classes. Taking hands on learning to the next level, the IB Biology students created “ecocolumns” over the past month in order to learn about sustainable ecosystems. Ecocolumns are model ecosystems made out of ...

Report: APS Minority Achievement

Report: APS Minority Achievement

Matthew Herrity, Online Editor

February 27, 2017


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Arlington Public Schools (APS) has been ranked as one of the best school systems in the country. Niche.com ranked them as the top school in the state of Virginia, and the Washington Post ranked APS in the top three percent in the nation in their "Challenge Index." This report explores the performance of...

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