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The Student News Site of Alexandria City High School

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The Student News Site of Alexandria City High School

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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.
An drawing of a blue man surrounded by a black gradient.

A Hidden Demographic 

Yahney-Marie Sangaré, Editor May 3, 2023
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (NADA) reports that 9% of Americans will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime. With anorexia (a type of eating disorder) having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and conversations about mental health drastically increasing in a post-pandemic era, challenges still exist in having inclusive awareness. Specifically, of the nearly 30 million Americans who will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime, 25% will be male. 
New Courses, New Opportunities

New Courses, New Opportunities

March 7, 2023
With the 2023-2024 school year coming up very quickly, counselors have begun to meet with students to help them choose their schedules for the next school year. For many students, choosing their new classes is very exciting and important, as these classes may influence their future career choices. This year, students may notice a few new course options that are coming to Alexandria City High School.
 Intimate look into a cargo plane on its way to Qatar from Afghanistan, filled with refugees and American soldiers (back of photo in uniform). Photo courtesy of Meena Saadat

‘Alive, but Dead’

December 3, 2022
In 2021, the Taliban invaded Afghanistan. Two ACHS students were there. They gave us a look into that traumatic day, and what followed.
Without Lunch and Learn, Clubs Struggle to Meet

Without Lunch and Learn, Clubs Struggle to Meet

September 19, 2022
As the debate on Lunch and Learn’s potential return continues, many clubs begin to meet after school since meeting during school is no longer an option. Homework, sports, and overall availability are among the challenges that make it difficult for students to participate in clubs after school. Many students support Lunch and Learn since it would give them more time in their schedule to stay involved with clubs.
Schoolboard member Abdel Elnoubi, left, speaks at the September 10 listening session. Councilmember Canek Aguirre, right, writes down notes.

The Frustrations of a Community: Alexandria School Safety Community Listening Session

Yahney-Marie Sangaré, Editor September 13, 2022
Alexandria City Councilmember Canek Aguirre and ACPS School Board member Abdel Elnoubi hosted a community listening session about school safety at Beatley Library on Sunday, September 10. The session was permeated with discussions surrounding the Student Law Enforcement Partnership (SLEP) initiative, media response, and community involvement in legislative processes. Elnoubi said that the decision on what to do with school resource officers (SROs) will be made in October or November, whether that be to leave, remove, or reimagine the role of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the city and schools. This decision will come with the recommendations of the SLEP committee. 
A School Board meeting. Matt Smith speaks over Zoom.

Homework Survives… For Now

September 7, 2022
On Thursday, August 25, the ACPS School Board held a special-session meeting about a proposal to change their grading policy. Citing a lack of teacher input and a less than “ideal time,” the lengthy discussion concluded by tabling the overall proposal, including a section that would have eradicated the function of homework in the classroom. The Board voted to adopt aspects of the proposal, including regulating a 60/40% summative and formative grading ratio and abolishing class rank. 
ACHS Musicians Shine in Virginia Band and Orchestra Event

ACHS Musicians Shine in Virginia Band and Orchestra Event

May 15, 2022
Five Alexandria City High School students participated in the All-Virginia Band & Orchestra Event on April 21-23 at Christopher Newport University (CNU). This event brings the state’s best student musicians together in one location to work with world-renowned conductors. 

The Past, Present, and Future of TMA Hosts

March 13, 2022
The Titan Morning Announcements show, formally known as Everyday Titan, has been bringing smiles to the face of students and staff every morning since 2007. Although, the hosts of the show alternate every five weeks and it is hard for viewers to get to know the students that make the show a success. Discover what it is like to be the host of TMA and get to know Alexandria City High School’s very own TV personalities.
Spotlight on Mr. Burch, an Advocate for Extracurriculars

Spotlight on Mr. Burch, an Advocate for Extracurriculars

March 10, 2022
Michael Burch is in his second year as an assistant principal in Academy 3. Previously the assistant athletic director and volleyball coach at Alexandria City High School, Burch is passionate about extracurricular activities and encourages students to get involved. 
A Masked Education: ACHS Opinions

A Masked Education: ACHS Opinions

March 1, 2022
What symbolizes our daily worries about COVID-19 more than anything else? Could it be the constant reminder of throwing on a mask? What’s your take on wearing masks on buses, in class, and around campus? So I decided to ask the student and teacher population of ACHS similar questions.

DECA: Young Entrepreneurs Getting Their Start

February 28, 2022
DECA kicked off their 2021-2022 season this year. They are an organization that centers on students who are involved in marketing or finance to gain business and leadership skills while participating in competitions and conferences. 
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