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Lydia Cocciolone and a few of her close friends wanted to do something spontaneous one night after the first big snow. The night began with some light sledding in Hunt Park, but they quickly wanted to do more. They decided to see what downtown Ann Arbor was like in the middle of winter.

“We decided it would be super fun to go downtown and roll around in the dirty city snow for some reason,” Cocciolone said.

Cocciolone didn’t expect her night to end up this way but was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining downtown Ann Arbor was at night. She also discovered the perfect photo opportunity.

“[The photo] reminds me of how much of a good time we were having,” Cocciolone said. “I’d never played on a dirty snowbank before and I would say that it’s an 8.5/10 experience.”

Cocciolone enjoys looking back on this photo because of how much joy it brings her to see herself and friends throwing snowballs and watching the cars roll by. The photo reminds her of the many reasons she enjoys winter.

Post by Ivy Prochaska
Photo courtesy of Lydia Cocciolone

Lydia Cocciolone and a few of her close friends wanted to do something spontaneous one night after the first big snow. The night began with some light sledding in Hunt Park, but they quickly wanted to do more. They decided to see what downtown Ann Arbor was like in the middle of winter.

“We decided it would be super fun to go downtown and roll around in the dirty city snow for some reason,” Cocciolone said.

Cocciolone didn’t expect her night to end up this way but was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining downtown Ann Arbor was at night. She also discovered the perfect photo opportunity.

“[The photo] reminds me of how much of a good time we were having,” Cocciolone said. “I’d never played on a dirty snowbank before and I would say that it’s an 8.5/10 experience.”

Cocciolone enjoys looking back on this photo because of how much joy it brings her to see herself and friends throwing snowballs and watching the cars roll by. The photo reminds her of the many reasons she enjoys winter.

Post by Ivy Prochaska
Photo courtesy of Lydia Cocciolone
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Mirabel Madrigal lives in a magical house, filled with magical people. Each member of her family has a unique gift, whether it’s the ability to talk to animals or super strength, given to them by the family miracle… that is, every member except Mirabel. Though she has no gift, when Mirabel finds a prophecy detailing the miracle’s grim fate, she vows to solve the mystery and save her family, powers or not.

In Disney’s newest movie, “Encanto”, Mirabel and her family populate a world of vibrant, intricate animation. Everything from Mirabel’s swirling embroidered skirt to the flowers that bloom at her sister Isabela’s will is rendered in captivating detail: the visuals of the film are nothing short of enrapturing, even without the plot layered on top.
 
The standout piece, though, is the film’s music. The movie’s soundtrack album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for good reason. The songs highlight the story’s Colombian setting, using rhythms from bachata and salsa, and are accompanied by beautifully detailed dance sequences: but more than that, they’re incredibly, unforgettably, catchy. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” where each of the Madrigals gossip in turn about an estranged (and, of course, plot-relevant!) uncle, shines in particular. The lyrics will never leave your head. 

“Encanto”, in the end, represents the very best of Disney’s art, music, and magic. If you’re looking for a movie to watch with family, or a movie to admire as a piece of art, or any movie at all, “Encanto” is one to keep in mind.

“Encanto” is now in theaters and available by subscription on Disney+. 

Post by Rita Ionides

Mirabel Madrigal lives in a magical house, filled with magical people. Each member of her family has a unique gift, whether it’s the ability to talk to animals or super strength, given to them by the family miracle… that is, every member except Mirabel. Though she has no gift, when Mirabel finds a prophecy detailing the miracle’s grim fate, she vows to solve the mystery and save her family, powers or not.

In Disney’s newest movie, “Encanto”, Mirabel and her family populate a world of vibrant, intricate animation. Everything from Mirabel’s swirling embroidered skirt to the flowers that bloom at her sister Isabela’s will is rendered in captivating detail: the visuals of the film are nothing short of enrapturing, even without the plot layered on top.

The standout piece, though, is the film’s music. The movie’s soundtrack album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for good reason. The songs highlight the story’s Colombian setting, using rhythms from bachata and salsa, and are accompanied by beautifully detailed dance sequences: but more than that, they’re incredibly, unforgettably, catchy. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” where each of the Madrigals gossip in turn about an estranged (and, of course, plot-relevant!) uncle, shines in particular. The lyrics will never leave your head.

“Encanto”, in the end, represents the very best of Disney’s art, music, and magic. If you’re looking for a movie to watch with family, or a movie to admire as a piece of art, or any movie at all, “Encanto” is one to keep in mind.

“Encanto” is now in theaters and available by subscription on Disney+.

Post by Rita Ionides
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This week's #CommunicatorEats features vegan chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies. These delicious cookies are crispy on the outside and fudgy in the middle, with the mint flavor adding to the chocolate and making them taste even better than their non-minty counterparts. This recipe from My Darling Vegan is the perfect dessert to end any meal!

Check the link in our bio for the recipe!

Post and photo by Laurel Peterson

This week's #CommunicatorEats features vegan chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies. These delicious cookies are crispy on the outside and fudgy in the middle, with the mint flavor adding to the chocolate and making them taste even better than their non-minty counterparts. This recipe from My Darling Vegan is the perfect dessert to end any meal!

Check the link in our bio for the recipe!

Post and photo by Laurel Peterson
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Today’s guess was English teacher Matt Johnson! Lately, Johnson has enjoyed experimenting with unique flavors of his own homemade ice cream.

“The most recent [flavors] were an eggnog ice cream, a strawberry jam ice cream, a chestnut ice cream and a sweet potato and roasted pecan ice cream,” Johnson said.

Johnson first took an interest in making unconventional ice cream when a cookbook came on the shelves from his and his wife’s favorite ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon. Johnson bought the book immediately, sparked by his lifelong love of creating food.

“Cooking is sort of meditative for me,” Johnson said. “I think the products of what I do with teaching or writing are more intangible. [With food], the product is right there, and you can eat it and share it.”

Post by Felicity Rosa-Davies
Photos courtesy of Matt Johnson

Today’s guess was English teacher Matt Johnson! Lately, Johnson has enjoyed experimenting with unique flavors of his own homemade ice cream.

“The most recent [flavors] were an eggnog ice cream, a strawberry jam ice cream, a chestnut ice cream and a sweet potato and roasted pecan ice cream,” Johnson said.

Johnson first took an interest in making unconventional ice cream when a cookbook came on the shelves from his and his wife’s favorite ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon. Johnson bought the book immediately, sparked by his lifelong love of creating food.

“Cooking is sort of meditative for me,” Johnson said. “I think the products of what I do with teaching or writing are more intangible. [With food], the product is right there, and you can eat it and share it.”

Post by Felicity Rosa-Davies
Photos courtesy of Matt Johnson
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This person is a CHS teacher. They lead a forum—guess who this is in the comments below!

Post by Felicity Rosa-Davies

This person is a CHS teacher. They lead a forum—guess who this is in the comments below!

Post by Felicity Rosa-Davies
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Monday, Jan. 10 will be a virtual day district-wide. Most AAPS schools will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 11. This decision was based off of the results for the 1,000 covid-19 tests administered to faculty and staff yesterday. 

Ann Arbor Open and Bach Elementary are the exceptions to an in-person return due to a high volume of staff covid cases. They will remain virtual until Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

“We are in a dramatically improved situation from a year ago, having implemented and refined many tools to reduce the risk of transmission, including high vaccination rates, universal masking, improved ventilation and implementation of our AAPS ‘Super Six’ school mitigation strategies,” Superintendent Jeanice Swift said in an email shared this evening. “Our AAPS school plan featuring many layers of protection against transmission of COVID is the best way to keep our students and staff learning together in school.”

Swift notes that there may be transportation routes that are suspended due to illness in all staff, and many operations to make this return could be modified or changed. 

Check your AAPS emails for more information.

Post by Sam Cao

Monday, Jan. 10 will be a virtual day district-wide. Most AAPS schools will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 11. This decision was based off of the results for the 1,000 covid-19 tests administered to faculty and staff yesterday.

Ann Arbor Open and Bach Elementary are the exceptions to an in-person return due to a high volume of staff covid cases. They will remain virtual until Tuesday, Jan. 18.

“We are in a dramatically improved situation from a year ago, having implemented and refined many tools to reduce the risk of transmission, including high vaccination rates, universal masking, improved ventilation and implementation of our AAPS ‘Super Six’ school mitigation strategies,” Superintendent Jeanice Swift said in an email shared this evening. “Our AAPS school plan featuring many layers of protection against transmission of COVID is the best way to keep our students and staff learning together in school.”

Swift notes that there may be transportation routes that are suspended due to illness in all staff, and many operations to make this return could be modified or changed.

Check your AAPS emails for more information.

Post by Sam Cao
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On Jan. 5, the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) held a “Community Information Session” and released updates regarding Covid-19’s impact on the school district.⠀
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Superintendent Jeanice Swift explained the cases among staff are increasing more than ever before. Nurses are working to confirm with each staff member the exact number of days of isolation required and determine their earliest returning dates. ⠀
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“We understand from our experience over this previous week, and from public health experts, that the significant uptick in the number of coven cases is represented in the surge we've seen these previous days,” Swift said. “This is unlike anything we've seen previously during the pandemic. We understand that this is likely to extend a few weeks through January.”⠀
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Although in-person learning is important for AAPS administrators, health and safety are the top priorities. In case of immediate in-person learning shutdowns, virtual learning is available for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. ⠀
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Community High School, Huron High School and Pioneer High School will soon be taking final exams; the AAPS staff is communicating with students about the expectations of completing the first semester and preparing them for the Jan. 18 exam week. Information will be announced if changes are necessary. ⠀
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The overall goal of the administration is to get the district fully in person; there are over 3,000 team members working to help successfully operate this school year. ⠀
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Click the link in our bio to read more.⠀
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Post by Reagan Masek

On Jan. 5, the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) held a “Community Information Session” and released updates regarding Covid-19’s impact on the school district.⠀

Superintendent Jeanice Swift explained the cases among staff are increasing more than ever before. Nurses are working to confirm with each staff member the exact number of days of isolation required and determine their earliest returning dates. ⠀

“We understand from our experience over this previous week, and from public health experts, that the significant uptick in the number of coven cases is represented in the surge we've seen these previous days,” Swift said. “This is unlike anything we've seen previously during the pandemic. We understand that this is likely to extend a few weeks through January.”⠀

Although in-person learning is important for AAPS administrators, health and safety are the top priorities. In case of immediate in-person learning shutdowns, virtual learning is available for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. ⠀

Community High School, Huron High School and Pioneer High School will soon be taking final exams; the AAPS staff is communicating with students about the expectations of completing the first semester and preparing them for the Jan. 18 exam week. Information will be announced if changes are necessary. ⠀

The overall goal of the administration is to get the district fully in person; there are over 3,000 team members working to help successfully operate this school year. ⠀

Click the link in our bio to read more.⠀

Post by Reagan Masek
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