Michael Mazzarella resigns, accepts job at FCPS central office

A-Blast 2 weeks 6 days ago
Teaching math at Annandale High School was Michael Mazarella’s first job out of college. He remembers being interviewed during a tornado warning. “AHS was the first job offer that I received, and since the economy was less than ideal at that time, I took it and I’m glad I did!” Mazzarella said. Nine years later,...
Khadija Ahmed, Managing Editor

Erik Healey to be new Director of Student Services

A-Blast 3 weeks 5 days ago
The school will be welcoming Erik Healey as the new Director of Student Services, effective July 1, 2020. Previously, Healey was the Assistant Principal and the Director of Counseling at Arlington Career Center. Healey has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at Colorado State University as well as a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision...
Jamileh Hamadeh, Health Editor

Virginia begins lifting restrictions

A-Blast 4 weeks 1 day ago
Covid-19 has been wreaking havoc in the United States for over five months. Unemployment was on the rise as businesses had to shut down to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Luckily, the economy is starting to open up. In Virginia, the governor has been cautiously allowing businesses and social organizations to carefully restart activity. However,...
Adam Shawish, Editorials Editor

SAT predicament frustrates students

A-Blast 1 month 1 week ago
On May 28, priority registration opened online for the August, September and October SAT dates for Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 students who haven’t taken the SAT yet, as well as people who were registered for the canceled June SAT. However, this did not go as smoothly as planned. A massive influx of...
Khadija Ahmed, Managing Editor

Laptop collection scheduled for June 1

A-Blast 1 month 1 week ago
Due to Covid-19 abruptly ending the school year, students were not able to turn in AHS property like laptops and textbooks. While a date is still being decided on students returning textbooks, the laptop collection day will be on June 1. The laptop collection will only be for seniors unless a student is leaving FCPS....
Adam Shawish, Editorials Editor

What it’s like to celebrate Eid while social distancing

A-Blast 1 month 1 week ago
Every Eid al-Fitr, my house becomes packed to the gills with guests. I can hear my mom moving around in the kitchen, preparing heaps upon heaps of food, over the loud chatter of my cousins around me. This Eid is different, though. My house is silent. My mom is still cooking, but this has become...
Khadija Ahmed, Managing Editor

FCPS reopens tracks and tennis courts for public use

A-Blast 1 month 2 weeks ago
To prevent the spread of Covid-19, all Fairfax County Public School tracks, fields, and tennis courts were closed in order to maintain safety guidelines. But, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Fairfax County Public Schools will be reopening tracks and tennis courts for public use. Park authorities have begun re-opening and removing barricades at...
Jamileh Hamadeh, Health Editor

Five tips to stay focused while working from home

A-Blast 1 month 2 weeks ago
In the midst of distance learning, it is hard to stay focused on schoolwork while at home. There are many distractions that can pull students away from their assignments like phones and games. It can be tough to channel the same amount of focus as one would in a school environment. Here are some tips...
Adam Shawish, Editorials Editor

Senior fees due today

A-Blast 1 month 2 weeks ago
Due to VA Governor Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order, which extends to June 10, graduation ceremonies for seniors were cancelled. Earlier this week, FCPS Superintendent Scott Braband announced that the School Board decided to reschedule the ceremonies to a date in the fall, as health officials say it would be unsafe to have one in the...
Suad Mohamed, Co-Editor in Chief

Free COVID-19 testing available this weekend

A-Blast 1 month 2 weeks ago
On Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Virginia Department of Health and Fairfax County Health Department will be providing free drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 testing. In addition, Bailey’s Elementary School will be providing testing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. These community clinics are aiming to reduce...
Khadija Ahmed, Managing Editor

Students mourn canceled summer plans

A-Blast 1 month 3 weeks ago
Like many of us, junior Sarah Gonzalez was looking forward to her summer, free from schoolwork and full of sunlight. Now, due to the coronavirus running rampant, her plans have been put on hold. This summer, Gonzalez and her family had planned a trip to Colombia. Her family is disappointed that those plans have been...
Jamileh Hamadeh, Health Editor

FCPS considers plans for reopening in the fall

A-Blast 1 month 3 weeks ago
As Covid-19 continues to spread across the world, FCPS officials are considering ways to reopen schools in the 2020-21 school year. The health and safety of students and staff is the deciding factor in the school board’s decision. Currently, there are three options for how to reopen school in August. The first option would be...
Adam Shawish, Editorials Editor

FCPS introduces new graduation plans

A-Blast 1 month 3 weeks ago
Recently, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced his plan celebrating the Class of 2020 which he will present to the School Board. Since Fairfax is still experiencing increasing infection rates of coronavirus, a summer in-person graduation was out of the question. Instead, seniors will have individual graduate photo opportunities where they will be...
Khadija Ahmed, Managing Editor

Trump fails in response to coronavirus

A-Blast 2 months ago
President Trump announced that funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) will be suspended while it is under review. Trump claims the organization severely mismanaged and covered up the Covid-19 pandemic. Trump is trying to take attention away from how he reacted to the pandemic in the United States. Even if the WHO did mismanage...
Adam Shawish, Editorials Editor

Football players stay in shape in spite of canceled practices

A-Blast 2 months ago
It’s been more than a month since all school sports and practices have been cancelled. This leaves fall athletes uncertain of how much time they’ll have to get ready for the season ahead of them. Juniors in football, such as Andrew Pang, Danny Salisbury, Robert Lattour, Idrissa Kargbo, have been trying their best to keep...
Jamileh Hamadeh, Health Editor

Students and staff take joy in cooking

A-Blast 2 months ago
One of the many things students and staff have been exploring during this uncertain time has been cooking. It is a fun and easy way to take away from the stress that a lot of people are feeling in these tense times. Gourmet teacher Michele Anwyll has been keeping busy by cooking a variety of...
Jamileh Hamadeh, Health Editor

Athletes stay fit during quarantine

A-Blast 2 months ago
Staying home for as long we most people have been has its effects. Students are not able to go to school, leaving their learning to be hindered with a subpar substitute in distance learning, seniors miss out on important events in their last year of high school, and athletes’ seasons get cut short. For any...
Eyob Dagnachew, Sports X-tra Editor

Students keep in touch with these three apps

A-Blast 2 months ago
As you are confined to your home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll spend a lot of time thinking up ways to keep busy and pass the day. Many students are stuck at home bored out of their minds and sulking over the fact that they are not able to see friends. Thankfully, there are several...
Thonny Anwar, Lifestyles Editor

A fall with no fans?

A-Blast 2 months ago
As we know, the coronavirus has spread worldwide, school is canceled, and it seems everything else has been canceled. There is a lot of uncertainty in the sports world when everything will resume. The MLB, NBA, XFL, and NHL have all postponed/canceled their seasons. It’s still a mystery if the College Football and NFL seasons...
Tyler Plank, Sports Editor
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