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There were seven students in Carly Kehn’s advisory class on Monday, April 18, and that is more than usual. They were tasked with SEL-related arts and crafts. It came as no surprise to Kehn that they all just worked on their computers instead. Like many teachers, Kehn admits to skipping over slides that seem redundant. I don’t ignore the lessons, I just skip over parts,” she said. “I try to go through it so students get the idea but we don’t do every single slide. It’s also hard to ‘think, pair share’ when there are only five people.”
Revise advisory, extend lunch.
Madelynn Niles, co-editor in chief • May 17, 2022

Each A-day, I spend 23 minutes doing nothing. And unfortunately, this is required. McCallum’s addition of the Round Table advisory period to the 2021-2022 schedule has...

Before simply changing your profile picture to the Ukrainian flag ask yourself- why am I doing this?
6,042 miles.
May 4, 2022
Student portrays the disappointment that comes with being rejected. Graphic by Kai Kirkham Macias.
Accepting rejection
April 25, 2022
ABOVE: The Friesem brothers Theo (15), Kai (18) and Lyrr (15) pose after a morning Mac baseball practice. 
Photo by Grace Nugent.  BELOW: The Frisesem brothers Theo (age 9), Kai (age 11), and Lyrr (age 9) pose with the Sharon Region Juvenile division trophy after a summer baseball league game in Tel Aviv. Photo courtesy of Kai Friesem.
Fighting Fahrenheit in 512
Grace Nugent, co-editor-in-chief • May 12, 2022

Kai Friesem hates talking about the weather. And it’s not only because he firmly believes that Texas has environmental mood swings—a statement he stands by—but because...

Charlotte Stevens pole vaults at a meet on April 13. Photos courtesy of Stevens. Illustration by Lucy Marco.
Setting the bar high
April 30, 2022
The prequel to the hit series Jujutsu Kaisen, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, beautifully demonstrates how creative anime can be when handling grief.
For better or for curse
Eliza Jensen, staff reporter • May 20, 2022

Stories of grief and loss have always been present through many different genres and mediums. From films like the heart-wrenching Manchester by the Sea to Hereditary,...

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By returning to Austin Fire Department Station No. 2, Dasher gave the firefighters there a precious gift: living, breathing proof of the impact of their heroic work.
Fire Station No. 2 will always be with her
Lanie Sepehri, staff reporter • May 18, 2022

Lily Dashner’s first moments in the world were very nearly her last. “When I was born—this is gonna sound really graphic, but—I died,” Dashner said. “That’s...

Fashion designer Lili Reynolds also brings her creativity and fashion into designing their everyday outfits and makeup.
Lilli's got style
April 28, 2022
Around 11 p.m. at the train station in Przemsl, Poland, a crowd of refugees tries to figure out a place to stay for the night before their train the next morning. Much of the Konradis work was helping refugees with no other place to go. They helped refugees find tickets, apartments or whatever they needed. Sasha says her time in Poland has opened her eyes to the world of volunteering.
Between the borders
April 14, 2022
TWINNING (SORT OF):  Stella and Jack Pitts pose for a picture on the first day the mask mandate became optional. The twins chose to do different things that day just because of personal preference and comfort. “I knew he wasnt going to wear a mask and he knew I was. However, I think for the safety aspects of the masks we will cancel each other out because we live in the same house,” said Stella.
See you at home
April 10, 2022
Ramos served as the artistic director for Solace, the 2022 edition of the annual McCallum Youth Dance Company student-directed concert, and she performed this self-choreographed solo, Artisan, set to Laputa, by Hiatus Kaiyote. Anyone who say her performances on May 6-7 in the MAC would confirm that the dance was accurately titled.
For Leilah Ramos, dance is the past, present and future
Zahraa Alogaili, staff reporter • May 19, 2022

Beginning at a young age, Leilah Ramos has aspired to move through life by gliding, skipping, and dancing. Her high energy for life influenced her parents to enroll her in...

ONE LAST HURRAH: Members of the senior dance company hold hands at the end of their piece called Sound and Color, the closing dance of the student directed-dance show. “It’s a very sentimental moment because it’s like the end where we all are holding hands and were all connected,” senior dance company member Wynter Winston said. “The senior dance was wholesome and had us reflecting on all the times and memories we shared together as a senior company.” Caption by Grace Vitale. Photo by Meredith Grotevant.
Finding 'Solace' on the stage
Smith Bohls, Meredith Grotevant, Sophie Kessler, Chloe Lewcock, Thomas Melina Raab, Lydia Reedy, Alice Scott, Grace Vitale, Francie Wilhelm, Nate Williams, and Dave Winter May 14, 2022

The McCallum Youth Dance Company presented its annual student-directed concert in the McCallum Arts Center on May 6-7.  The show featured performances by each of the dance...

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The McCallum community has received word that AISD is expecting Ukrainian refugees to join the AISD community in the coming weeks. During first period on Wednesday, the McCallum Band wind ensemble played the Ukrainian national anthem to welcome the refugees to Austin. Band director Carol Nelson conducted the ensemble. She believes that the performance will help the refugees feel “confident and well-loved.” “We are world citizens, and I think we have an obligation to do what we can to make everyone feel part of our community,” Nelson said. The video of the ensemble’s performance was uploaded to the band’s new TikTok account (@mccallumband) where they have challenged other bands in AISD to record their performance of the Ukrainian anthem and upload it to TikTok to show their support with the hashtag #BandsTogetherForUkraine. Video by Morgan Eye.

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