The Communicator

Important Updates
  • January 27Winter Fashion Photoshoot at lunch
  • January 27Drop/Add deadline for classes
  • January 26AAPS announces another district-wide snow day — no school for students and staff
  • January 25District-wide snow day — no school for students and staff
  • January 23First Day of Semester 2!
  • January 20End of Semester 1 on Jan. 20

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Pioneers Raffi Avedissian wrestles an opponent from Saline during Pioneers senior night. Avedissian is back wrestling for the Pioneers for his senior season after wrestling on a joint Pioneer-Skyline team last year due to lack of coaching and participation.
“I feel like as a senior, it’s good to have [Pioneer Wrestling] back for my final year,” Avedissian said. “I also feel like there is a bit of a pressure to set a standard for our program. We only have four or five seniors [on the team] this year, most of the kids are underclassmen, but I think the future is looking bright for Pioneer wrestling.”
Ann Arbor High School Weekly Sports Update 1/16 - 1/21
Kurt Hausman 1 day ago

On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Ann Arbor Pioneer wrestling team hosted a dual meet featuring three of their SEC conference opponents: Pinckney, Chelsea and Saline. This was the fourth conference meet for the Pioneers this season, their first and only home match of the year. This is the Pioneer Wrestling team’s first year back from a one year hiatus, which...

First Snow Day of the Year for CHS
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At 8:32 pm on Jan. 24, AAPS Superintendent, Dr. Jeanice Swift, announced that Wednesday, Jan. 25 would be a district-wide snow day. "The closure decision is based on ensuring the safety of students...

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The Wonders Outside and Inside Room 318
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Two years ago as BigPlanet (Elias Kirsh) was entering CHS as a freshman and Gummy (Evan Ochoa) was going into his sophomore year at CHS, the stars aligned for the two ambitious artists to collaborate...

Lorin Cartwright poses with her softball team. Softball was one of the few sports offered to Cartwright while she was in high school and College. “In the 1960s, there were no girls sports in middle school and no girls sports in high school. Then when Title Nine passed, that’s when there was starting to be an array of sports being offered,”
Cartwright said.
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COMMUNICATOR ON INSTA
Today, Jan. 27, at lunch, CHS yearbook class is hosting a Winter Fashion Photoshoot on CHS’s front lawn to generate content for the publication. Anyone with a cold-weather outfit is invited to show it off. 

“In the fall we had a photoshoot with a bunch of fall fashion and we decided to do same thing in winter because things change a lot with the snow, people wear different and warmer clothes,” said Jonah Klein, a yearbook editor. “[Photoshoots are] also a really fun way for us to learn about photography and interviewing. We’re having a good time out here.”

Klein loves seeing incoming yearbook staff learn from their more experienced classmates during events like these.

Additionally, anyone who participates in the photoshoot will be rewarded for their efforts with coffee or hot chocolate.

Post by Lucia Page Sander
Video by Leila Durrie and Lucia Page Sander

Today, Jan. 27, at lunch, CHS yearbook class is hosting a Winter Fashion Photoshoot on CHS’s front lawn to generate content for the publication. Anyone with a cold-weather outfit is invited to show it off.

“In the fall we had a photoshoot with a bunch of fall fashion and we decided to do same thing in winter because things change a lot with the snow, people wear different and warmer clothes,” said Jonah Klein, a yearbook editor. “[Photoshoots are] also a really fun way for us to learn about photography and interviewing. We’re having a good time out here.”

Klein loves seeing incoming yearbook staff learn from their more experienced classmates during events like these.

Additionally, anyone who participates in the photoshoot will be rewarded for their efforts with coffee or hot chocolate.

Post by Lucia Page Sander
Video by Leila Durrie and Lucia Page Sander
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Due to severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 26 will be another district-wide snow day. AAPS Superintendent, Dr. Jeanice Swift, made the closure announcement at 5:32 am on Jan. 26. 

“The closure decision is based on ensuring the safety of our AAPS students and staff,” Swift said. “After driving the roads across the AAPS overnight to assess, icy and snowy conditions continue at this time on many neighborhood and secondary roads in the area following yesterday’s winter storm.”

All AAPS buildings will be closed, and all after-school activities are canceled. Nearby institutions including Washtenaw International High School, Saline Area Schools and Dexter Community Schools are also shut down for another day due to the unsafe weather conditions. 

For a full list of Michigan school closures, click the link in our bio.

Post by Arista Luong

Due to severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 26 will be another district-wide snow day. AAPS Superintendent, Dr. Jeanice Swift, made the closure announcement at 5:32 am on Jan. 26.

“The closure decision is based on ensuring the safety of our AAPS students and staff,” Swift said. “After driving the roads across the AAPS overnight to assess, icy and snowy conditions continue at this time on many neighborhood and secondary roads in the area following yesterday’s winter storm.”

All AAPS buildings will be closed, and all after-school activities are canceled. Nearby institutions including Washtenaw International High School, Saline Area Schools and Dexter Community Schools are also shut down for another day due to the unsafe weather conditions.

For a full list of Michigan school closures, click the link in our bio.

Post by Arista Luong
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At 8:32 pm on Jan. 24, AAPS Superintendent, Dr. Jeanice Swift, announced that Wednesday, Jan. 25 would be a district-wide snow day.

"The closure decision is based on ensuring the safety of students and staff," Swift said. "The National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory for tomorrow notes winter storm conditions expected with peaks of heaviest snowfall in the afternoon and deteriorating travel conditions during the critical afternoon commute."

Although all AAPS buildings will be closed, The University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College will remain open, so students taking CRs at either institution should plan to attend class. 

For more information, click the link in our bio.

Post by Arista Luong

At 8:32 pm on Jan. 24, AAPS Superintendent, Dr. Jeanice Swift, announced that Wednesday, Jan. 25 would be a district-wide snow day.

"The closure decision is based on ensuring the safety of students and staff," Swift said. "The National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory for tomorrow notes winter storm conditions expected with peaks of heaviest snowfall in the afternoon and deteriorating travel conditions during the critical afternoon commute."

Although all AAPS buildings will be closed, The University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College will remain open, so students taking CRs at either institution should plan to attend class.

For more information, click the link in our bio.

Post by Arista Luong
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Jill Boynton still remembers going up to block the shot and getting called for a foul. As she landed, her first thought was that the block was all ball. Her second was the excruciating pain in her left knee. She immediately knew it was bad. 

“I was banging the court so hard with my fist from the pain,” Boynton said. “It felt like my femur and shin bone were pushing against each other.”

That moment in her memory is clear. The rest is fragmented: the trip to urgent care with her parents, an MRI the next morning and the call that confirmed what she already knew.

“It was a really [awful] feeling because it just confirmed my belief that I tore my ACL,” Boynton said. “I hoped that it wasn't true, but I knew deep down that something really big did happen.”

Read the full article about Boynton’s journey back to the court for her senior season at the link in our bio or at https://buff.ly/38yxzUo.

Post by Anjali Kakarla
Photos courtesy of Jill Boynton

Jill Boynton still remembers going up to block the shot and getting called for a foul. As she landed, her first thought was that the block was all ball. Her second was the excruciating pain in her left knee. She immediately knew it was bad.

“I was banging the court so hard with my fist from the pain,” Boynton said. “It felt like my femur and shin bone were pushing against each other.”

That moment in her memory is clear. The rest is fragmented: the trip to urgent care with her parents, an MRI the next morning and the call that confirmed what she already knew.

“It was a really [awful] feeling because it just confirmed my belief that I tore my ACL,” Boynton said. “I hoped that it wasn't true, but I knew deep down that something really big did happen.”

Read the full article about Boynton’s journey back to the court for her senior season at the link in our bio or at https://buff.ly/38yxzUo.

Post by Anjali Kakarla
Photos courtesy of Jill Boynton
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