The A-Blast

Meet new English and history teacher Constance McNair

Khadija Ahmed, Academics Editor

September 6, 2018

McNair participated in extended school year this summer, which is summer school for younger kids. She worked with first and second graders at Laurel Ridge Elementary School and said that the program was a lot of fun but a l...

IB Spotlight: Tiya Ayele

Khadija Ahmed, Academics Editor

September 4, 2018

Q: What did you do this summer? A: I spent time with my brother at Virginia Tech.   Q: What clubs are you in? A: I’m in four honor societies (Science, Social Studies, English and Spanish), Black Cultural Awar...

Scantrons out, projects in

Khadija Ahmed, Staff Writer

May 23, 2018

“Kanye West is right. Donald Trump has dragon energy,” or, “The Canadian tuxedo is the only tuxedo worth wearing.” McClain Herman’s IB Lit II students will be writing and delivering speeches on absurd topics such as...

It’s crunch time for students

Jessica Salisbury, Academics Editor

April 18, 2018

With three days left in the quarter, students begin to scramble and check SIS nonstop as they try to bring their currents grades up last minute. The end of the quarter can be a very difficult period for students, especially those...

Why teach?

Jessica Salisbury, Academics Editor

March 13, 2018

Teachers don’t get a very high paying salary, are often seen working past the clock, and many times have to bring school home with them in order to grade papers or plan class activities for the next day. This causes many peop...

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