Flags Wave for Local Heroes

The flags stand tall with each represented hero’s name taped to the post of the flag. Photograph By: Juliana Bird

By: Juliana Bird

On November 1st, 2016 flags were installed on the front lawn of Arlington High School in honors of Veteran’s Day. The Arlington Rotary Club was the organization responsible for mounting the flags. The Workplace Program at AHS, run by Peter Lundstrom and Bill Cronin, worked to put each of the 120 flags up.

Each flag represented who Lundstrom described as, “all the people that make a positive difference in our lives” also known as “a variety of heroes.” Those people include men and women who currently serve in the military, veterans, police, firefighters, first responders, parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, and community leaders in Arlington.

Lundstrom noted that the hope of this project was that “that the rows of American flags flying in the fall breeze will transform the field into a hallowed space to recognize the deceased and thank the living.”

From an outsider’s perspective, the flags are “magical” described a passerby, and “a good reminder of why we should be so thankful.” Lundstrom described the purpose as a “place of contemplation” for some and for others, “a place to run with their children through a sea of red, white and blue.”

The Workplace Program has been working for the Arlington Rotary since 2012. The group has done a number of other community service projects including, “cleaning up and planting flowers around some monuments in town.” Lundstrom believes that, “when one of our students gets to physically be a part of the construction of something important in Arlington that the community can see and enjoy, it makes them feel more “part of” the great town of Arlington.” They will, in addition, take down the flags on November 16th after Veterans day has passed.

These flags honored our veterans and loved ones throughout Arlington for sixteen days, however that love and honor does not cease after the flags have been taken down. In the words of Dr. Janger, “Thank you to Rotary for honoring our veterans” and thank you to the Workplace Program as well.

 

 

New Teacher Welcomes Students

By: Rebecca Murphy

Ms. Kisling, an English teacher who previously worked at Melrose High School for four years, has joined the AHS staff this year. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia she moved to Medford to attend Boston College.

The summer before she joined the AHS staff and community, she backpacked through Europe. She followed the El Camino trail  that starts in France and ends in Spain, and walked up the Pyrenees Mountains accompanied by her boyfriend for five weeks. She called it a “liberating experience” because while she had her phone, she found it became insignificant to her when she was surrounded by all the natural beauty of the world. Her feet were worked hard by the end, yet she would experience it all again because the trip was empowering in the sense that she proved to herself that she could accomplish something so great.

In addition, Kisling enjoys spending time in her kitchen and has a passion for painting and yoga.

One of Kisling’s students from her AP Literature class, Will Christmann, noticed something different about her student survey, a survey that most teachers give out to “get to know students” in the beginning of the year. Kisling included one question in her survey that stood out to him: “What pronouns do you prefer?” He says it was refreshing to hear a teacher be so conscious and actively working to make sure all of her students are not only comfortable, but also feel safe within her classroom.  

Club Day Entices New Members

The Speech and Debate Club’s tri-fold at club day (left). Students look at posters and explore the clubs of AHS (right). Photographs by: Clair Kitzmiller

By: Clair Kitzmiller

On Wednesday, October 19th, students entering old hall were surrounded by posters representing at least 65 different clubs. Students had the opportunity to walk around and talk to representatives of the each club. Many students were able to sign up for clubs they never knew existed.

Club day was organized and monitored by Ms. Begin, a math teacher at Arlington High School. Begin says, “Each club was responsible for making a tri-fold poster and sending two representatives to talk about and answer questions about the club.

Last year, the school tried a virtual club day but reviewed negative feedback, so Begin revived the club day they had done for years. Sophomore Karenna Ng, remembers last year’s virtual club day as unsuccessful because students weren’t given the opportunity to ask questions about the clubs or actually sign up.

Students who represented a club, students who didn’t, and teachers all think club day was a success. Begin said, “I also love the event because the sense of community is inspiring. With just about 65 clubs there really is a place for everyone!” Sophomore Emma Young, a representative from AHS A Capella, said, “Many more people were signing up than last year! Many students were happy to sign up for a lot of clubs. Some even said they signed up for too many.”

Freshman Lauren Murphy remembers coming to AHS as an eighth grades. When they visited, some clubs had posters in Old Hall for eighth grades to sign up. Murphy said she really liked what the school did this year because the clubs were required to be represented. She liked being able to see all of the clubs, not just a small group of clubs.

Students with feedback for next year can contact Ms. Begin.

Students Rally For School Spirit

AHS teachers take on an obstacle course dressed as sumo wresters (top left). Cheerleaders perform stunts (top right). Students compete in a game of tug-of-war (bottom right). The AHS hip-hop dance club performs (bottom). Photographer: Maya Pockrose

By: Maya Pockrose

On the last day of spirit week, between F and G blocks on Friday, September 30th, the AHS pep rally took place.

The AHS Pep Band played as students filed into the Red Gym and sat in their respective grade’s seating area. First on the agenda was determining which grade was loudest. It was, of course, the seniors.

Next, the AHS cheerleaders performed, per pep rally tradition. Following them, a newer installment, the AHS hip hop dancers, did a few numbers. Both groups did well and seemed to have practiced a good deal in preparation. One student said, “I liked seeing the hip hop dancers because that was different from last year.” Another “liked seeing some students’ hidden talents.”

During the rally, a school-wide wave went around the gym a few times. Then,the students competed in a relay race. During all the the events, the pep band played energetic tunes.

The t-shirt cannon was brought out as well, and just a few students from each grade were lucky enough to catch them as they soared into the bleachers.

Tug-of-war, a favorite event, followed. First, the teams from the four grades faced off in pairs, and then the winning team, the Juniors, went up against some tough competition: the teachers. It was a close match, but ultimately, the Juniors took home the win.

Then another crowd favorite took place. Paul McKnight, Justin Bourassa, and Graham Dimmock faced off in a fairly simple obstacle course, with one twist. They had to complete the course while wearing inflatable sumo wrestler suits, making for quite the spectacle. A student said that “seeing my teachers in fat suits was… odd,” while another found the event “funny and entertaining.” Ultimately, Mr. McKnight took the win, to the resounding approval of the audience.

As the rally came to a close, the announcements of the day’s upcoming athletic events were made, and finished with a pep-inducing round of “Let’s get fired up!”, each grade taking a word of the phrase.

As students poured out of the Red Gym at all exits and headed for their last class of the day, the pep band played. The pep rally seemed successful, and was considered a fun ending to Spirit Week. One student thought the “activities were cool in a way that got everyone working together,” and the rally “showed a lot of school spirit.” Mission accomplished.