The Student News Site of Alexandria City High School


The Student News Site of Alexandria City High School


The Student News Site of Alexandria City High School


Graphic by Yahney-Marie Sangare for Theogony

Emotion, Upheaval and Reckoning: Inside the High School Project

James Libresco, Editor April 26, 2024

Due to the sensitive nature of this article, several sources agreed to speak to Theogony on the condition of anonymity. Altered names of anonymous sources appear with an asterisk upon first use and are...

School Board members and employees in the Collective Bargaining Committee meet in the boardroom at ACPS’ Central Office on January 25. Outside the circle, various community members and teachers look on. Board Chair Dr. Michelle Rief, Abdel Elnoubi, Dr. Ashley Simpson-Baird and Meagan Alderton sit around the table. Lawyers from the Isler-Dare firm sit at the side. / Screenshot from the ACPS TV live Zoom recording.

Collective Bargaining in ACPS Reaches New Tipping Point after Draft Resolution Released

Yahney-Marie Sangaré, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 8, 2024

At the January 18 public hearing for the next school year’s proposed budget, David Paladin-Fernandez took the final slot for public comment. Wearing a Titan’s Wrestling hoodie -- the Jefferson Houston...

Graphic by Yahney-Marie Sangare

Proposed ACPS Budget Stirs Controversy Surrounding Teacher Pay

James Libresco, Editor January 31, 2024
The ACPS community is upset about COLA, and they don’t mean the carbonated beverage...
From left: Courtesy of Gina Baum; Photo by James Cullum, Courtesy of ALXnow

School Board Special Election: A Candidate Guide

James Libresco, Editor December 15, 2023
A Theogony guide dives into candidate perspectives and policies on important ACPS topics.
Shannon Campos-Dowdy teaches social studies and serves as a building representative for the Education Association of Alexandria (EAA). / Theogony photo by James Libresco

A Collective Look at Collective Bargaining

James Libresco, Editor November 16, 2023

Collective bargaining has been a central part of labor movements throughout history. America’s leading union organization, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO),...

Metal Detectors that were implemented during the 2022-23 school year.

Opinion: Are The School Metal Detectors Really Necessary?

Christopher Koukoui, Staff Writer October 23, 2023

During the 2022-23 school year, the Alexandria City School Board made the decision to implement weapon detection scanners at ACHS. The scanner's primary purpose is to scan for weapons such as knives and...

The Teacher Abundance at ACHS

The Teacher Abundance at ACHS

Ermila Mazariegos, Features Editor October 23, 2023

As the new school year begins, students and teachers are more than thrilled to get back into the school groove. Students get to skip class and walk the halls again, teachers get to have one-sided conversations...

Editorial: ACHS, It Should Be Duncan

Editorial: ACHS, It Should Be Duncan

June 21, 2023
The responsibility of a journalist is to chronicle the truth in its many facets with as much diligence, thought and care as possible. Theogony has historically attempted to stay neutral on school endeavors while operating in the aftermath of major decisions that affect us foremost as students — and perhaps equally importantly as student journalists. We comment precariously on these decisions, but as a part of the school community, we want to represent the interests of our school population as much as possible. Thus, we, the Theogony Editorial Board, voice our support for Mr. Alexander Duncan as the best selection for Executive Principal at ACHS. 
The End of an Era

The End of an Era

May 25, 2023
As the year winds down, Theogony says goodbye to a vital member. Mick Heller, a retired journalist, has been volunteering to assist student journalists since 2017. Heller worked on The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Times before becoming a sports copy editor at The Washington Post for 15 years. A California native, Heller attended the University of the Pacific before beginning his career.
The school board with student representatives and Superintendent Kay-Wyatt gather around the dais and Kay-Wyatt poses with flowers.

Kay-Wyatt to Remain Superintendent

James Libresco, Editor May 15, 2023
At its May 4 meeting, the Alexandria City Public School Board announced that Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt would remain in place as ACPS Superintendent. Kay-Wyatt has served as Interim Superintendent since September 2022 and was also the ACPS head of Human Resources from 2021 to 2022. She is the first Black woman to assume the permanent superintendent role.
A Champion Supporting Champions

A Champion Supporting Champions

May 3, 2023
On Saturday, April 22, ACHS senior Milan Rex was honored for her donation of $1,000 to the Miracle League of Alexandria (MLA).  Rex was chosen as Gatorade Player of the Year, which is an award given to outstanding high school athletes nationwide. With the award, she is able to donate $1,000 to a youth sports organization of her choosing– and she chose The Miracle League. The award comes only weeks after winning the Virginia State Volleyball Championship with her ACHS team.
SEAL Lessons: A Hollow Promise

SEAL Lessons: A Hollow Promise

April 18, 2023
The start of this school year brought many changes. The end of Lunch and Learn was certainly the one that garnered the largest reaction, but that wasn't the only new thing this year. Social Emotional Academic Learning (SEAL) lessons have also become a staple of ACHS’ 2022-2023 school year. These daily lessons focus on social and emotional health. They provide students with important information and allegedly assist them with internal growth. However, anyone who has taken part in these lessons knows they fail to meet that standard.
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