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Bracing for budget shortfall

By Dakota Wasson/J-Line Writer ~ The threat of budget cuts, teacher layoffs and program whittling is looming over Atascocita High School. It’s present in the faces of teachers, on the minds of administrators and in the fears of students. “You see it in the teachers lounge and in the atmosphere,” said AHS Principal Dania Rovegno. […]

“I’m sort of sad”

By Bri’Anna Dilbeck and Camela Bluford/J-Line Writers ~ From freshmen to seniors, from Gold House to Red House, from classroom to band room, students at Atascocita High School are wondering and worrying how their education will be affected by potential budget cuts and teacher layoffs. “I’m sort of sad,” said Daniel Orlas, a freshman, who […]

District budget woes cut deep

By Dakota Wasson/J-Line Writer ~ The Texas budget crisis hit home this week when about 350 Humble ISD teachers on a first-year probationary contract found out that their contracts may not be renewed at the end of the school year. More than 30 Atascocita High School teachers were told Thursday that Superintendent Guy M. Sconzo […]

“A learning experience that feeds the mind and soul”

By Kaley Consford/J-Line Writer ~ Tap, tap, tap, tap tap, tap is all you hear as nervous students drum their pencils on their desks, wipe their sweaty palms on their jeans, and gnaw at their already chewed down fingernails. These are AP students subjected to the stress of preparing for college. Stress is a common […]

Three schools, many choices

26 February 2011

By Jordan Anholt/J-Line Writer ~ Long before the valedictorians give the final words of their speeches, students begin to hear “Pomp and Circumstance” in their heads, and instantly know that the next step will be heading to college. With so many colleges to choose from, what things should a student look for in a school? […]

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Learning where “we” come from

26 February 2011

By Rossi McFadden/J-Line Writer ~ Atascocita High School football coach Al Smith’s first choice was not to go to a historically black college, but he changed his mind after half a semester at Texas Christian University. Smith, who wanted to move from his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, transferred to Prairie View A&M University, a […]

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Advancing through AVID

26 February 2011

By Ashley Vance/J-Line Writer ~ It all started in California in 1980 as a program for high school students who need a little bit of help with their academic classes. Advancement Via Individual Determination, better known as AVID, helps students who are taking Advanced Placement or Pre-AP courses. Atascocita High School’s AVID program currently has […]

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A $10,000 challenge

26 February 2011

By Mikaela Wall/J-Line Writer ~ It was a bold challenge. In his State of the State address on February 8, Gov. Rick Perry called on all Texas universities to develop a bachelor’s degree costing no more than $10,000, books included. “Education is the most important long-term investment a state can make in its people,” Perry […]

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Less study, better results?

26 February 2011

By Kelli Hinojosa/J-Line Writer ~ Students may actually do better on tests by studying less. According to Science, a website where scientific research is published, a recent study showed that students who study through retrieval practice — or reading the review or study guide once, then taking a practice test — actually do better on […]

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Swimming into the future

23 February 2011

By Alex Lance/J-Line Writer ~ Just days before the big race, Morgan Pfeil was pumped and ready to jump in the pool. Pfeil, an Atascocita High School swimmer, and her teammates Rachel McKenzie, Sierra Trambaugh, and Britney Fant, had been preparing for this moment for months. They were going to swim the 200-yard freestyle relay […]

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Atascocita to Africa: Changing lives one by one

23 January 2011

By Jordan Anholt, Kelli Hinojosa and Alex Rynearson/J-Line Writers ~ Water. H2O. Agua. No matter what people call it, nobody can live with dirty water. But many people in South Africa have to. In poor parts of South Africa, people don’t have access to clean water and have to drink contaminated water from canals, wells […]

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“It’s not the end of the world”

22 January 2011

By Alex Lance/J-Line Writer ~                                   One ocean and 9,000 miles away lies a land utterly different from anything most Americans have seen before. Nelspruit, South Africa. Its official name is Mbombela. The city in the province of Mpumalanga was renamed in October 2009 to bring back the original heritage of the country. About a month […]

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Moved by a mission

22 January 2011

By Austin Davidson and Edgar Galvan/J-Line Writers ~ In South Africa, a country where 7,500 schools lack access to a safe water supply, it’s not uncommon for students to go all day without water to drink, restrooms to use, or food other than bread to eat. But at five schools in the Nelspruit region, clean water will now be readily […]

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Charmed by the children

22 January 2011

By Ariel Reyna/J-Line Writer ~ Many Americans don’t expect children living below the poverty level to be all smiles and always happy. Especially if those children live in rural South Africa, where clean water is scarce and food is meager. But they are. At least, that is what Atascocita High School teachers, Tara Bain and […]

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Commentary: Hand in hand, making a better world

22 January 2011

By Kaley Consford/J-Line Writer ~                A dry, hot, and deprived land. That is what the volunteers for H2JoJo first saw when arriving in Nelspruit, South Africa. Seeing this, the students and teachers from Humble ISD knew more than ever that they had never suffered the way these people have, that now was the time to realize nothing […]

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A tale of two teachers

22 January 2011

By Gary Hinds and Courtney Harris/J-Line Writers ~   For Tara Bain, the H2JoJo Project was a mission to open the eyes of students here and to enhance lives of children there. For Shannon O’Brien, the journey to South Africa was one that touched her soul as a teacher and her heart as a mother.   […]

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