The Observer

Students, staff give back during CHS’ Day of Service

Students, staff give back during CHS’ Day of Service

By Emilie Plesset, Online Editor-In-Chief

December 3, 2012

Students gathered in the cafeteria Nov. 16 to give back to the community on the CHS Day of Community Service. Students and faculty met after school to make sandwiches that were donated to Martha’s Table, a local non-profit organization that helps at-risk and less fortunate individuals and familie...

‘Chain of Life’ shows commitment to safe driving

‘Chain of Life’ shows commitment to safe driving

By Emma Crutchfield, Production Editor

November 7, 2012

Each one is unique, yet the same. They are all the same color, but each has a different name. Apart, they are one person. Together, they are a community. The Above the Influence club created a Red Ribbon Chain of Life during the month of October to help prevent distracted driving. Students had the ...

Voters to decide on four hot-button issues

Voters to decide on four hot-button issues

By Emilie Plesset, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2012

For the past several months, Maryland residents have been bombarded with fliers, radio announcements, and television commercials begging the public to vote in favor of or against four referendums that will be on the Maryland ballot for the Nov. 6 elections. Any referendums passed will go into effect Ja...

MCPS student town hall

By Manisha Singh, Online News Editor

October 14, 2012

Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr will hold his first Student Town Hall meeting at Northwest High School Oct. 15. There will be multiple events held at various schools throughout the county from October to April. Just as last year, Starr will answer questions from students in the studio audience...

Students participate in Every 15 Minutes program

Students participate in Every 15 Minutes program

By Julia Greenzaid, Online Breaking News Editor

October 4, 2012

Every 15 Minutes, someone in the U.S. is severely injured or killed in an alcoholic-related or distracted driving accident.   The nationwide campaign, “Every Fifteen Minutes,” targeted at making teens think twice about the deathly combination of distracted and/or drunk driving, hit CHS Oct. 4. A...

Crash course in local driving schools

By Elizabeth Campbell, Production Editor

October 2, 2012

Getting a license is an important milestone for teenagers, but before being handed that small plastic rectangle of freedom teens have to engage in a mandatory driver’s education course. Maryland law states that in order to obtain a driver’s license, applicants must take a Maryland state-approved...

Health-New Molecule Delivers Oxygen

Health-New Molecule Delivers Oxygen

By Spenser Easterbrook and Tyler Mead

October 2, 2012

John Khier, a pediatric critical care doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital, has recently developed a microparticle capable of oxygenating an organism’s blood for a short period of time. According to a June 28 Huffington Post article, Khier has been using rabbits to test the microparticle, which keep...

Bulldog’s AP scores highest in MCPS, nation

Bulldog’s AP scores highest in MCPS, nation

By Lara Fu and Manisha Singh

October 2, 2012

Of CHS’ 2011 graduates, 82.8 percent scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam, making CHS the school with the highest scores in MCPS and Maryland. MCPS high schools as a whole ranked first in Maryland and the entire nation in 2011 for AP examination participation and performance. According to a...

Student-run Daily Roast gets teachers going

Student-run Daily Roast gets teachers going

By Stacey Stein, Editor-in-Chief

October 2, 2012

The Daily Roast, a student-run shop, opened Sept. 4 to sell coffee to teachers and give students an opportunity to learn about business. Teacher Lynde Thai is helping the students start the shop. "CHS is a very academic school and offers a lot in college preparation and academics, but I saw a need...

New assessment schedule aims to reduce student stress

New assessment schedule aims to reduce student stress

By Julia Heimlich, Circulation Manager

October 2, 2012

The start of a new school year often brings the start of stress, pressure and anxiety. But this year’s new testing policy could potentially override some of these tense feelings. A new system was put into place this school year to try to regulate the number of tests given in a school day. Each depa...

Irrational dress code suppresses spectator spirit

By Spenser Easterbrook, Editor-in-Chief

September 25, 2012

In preparation for CHS’s first home football game of the year against Whitman, I painted myself royal blue and kelly green—our school’s colors. I arrived at the game amped, proudly showing off the big "C" on my chest. Within five minutes, however, I was told to put a shirt on because I was not...

Foundations of Technology classes take hands-on approach

Foundations of Technology classes take hands-on approach

By Julia Greenzaid, Online Breaking News Editor

September 24, 2012

Senior Leslie Blalock is the record holder at CHS for suspending 25 textbooks on a 4-inch-tall paper and tape structure. Last year, she would’ve been reading about suspension on the computer. Now, she is taking what she has learned and trying her luck at a school record. As of this school year,...

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