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MCPS considers extending spring break

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Following student and staff input in relation to which holidays the most students are absent, MCPS is considering two proposals for the 2019-2020 calendar. Both have 182 days of instruction, which is two days over the 180 state-mandated number of school days, start on Sep. 3, 2019 and end on June 15, 2020....

Kavanaugh trial has lasting implications on teens

Kavanaugh trial has lasting implications on teens

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under National, News, Top Stories

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s place as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court July 9. Soon after, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote Senator Dianne Feinstein a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her. These two events led to an dramatic pair of testimonies...

New bill lowers college cost

New bill lowers college cost

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently signed into law a bill which makes community colleges in the state of Maryland tuition-free for qualifying residents. The legislation will create a $15 million program to provide scholarships for up to 5,000 students from families that earn less than $125,000 a...

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

A proposal introduced in Aug. suggested that the National Park Service (NPS) should require protestors to reimburse the agency for the support and security it provides during demonstrations. In addition, other proposals would limit the amount of people that can protest and the areas they are allowed ...

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

By Jenna Greenzaid and Sophie Liss

November 19, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

After recent incidents at WCHS in which anti-semitic symbols were drawn on school property and a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, WCHS has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to introduce new forums where students can discuss their thoughts on hate within the MCPS community. Each...

Pipe burst floods CHS with problems

Pipe burst floods CHS with problems

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observations Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Monday, Oct. 22, Michel Baker, a computer science teacher at WCHS, walked into his classroom only to discover the entire room flooded. This is the result of a pipe burst in the computer science hallway. All of the classrooms were affected by the water. “The room had a lot of water on the f...

CHS students rally to create breast cancer walk

CHS students rally to create breast cancer walk

By Sapna David, Assistant Arts Editor

November 13, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

Seniors Jenny Dalrymple and Karly Emery organized a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Oct. 17, during second period to campaign for breast cancer.In accordance to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students and staff were encouraged to dress in pink and hold up posters during the walk. “I thought the w...

MCPS Mental Health Fair educates students

MCPS Mental Health Fair educates students

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Julius West Middle School, the Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement held the MCPS Mental Health Fair in accordance with Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Month. This fair provided resources and outreach to those suffering from mental i...

CHS implements new carpool line procedures

CHS implements new carpool line procedures

By Allison Jacobs, Assistant News Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, CHS administrators changed the morning drop off and afternoon pick up rules for students and parents in hopes of lightening the heavy traffic. Last year, major issues included parents dropping students off on the side of Gainsborough Road or going into s...

Increase of selling of school shirts leads to increase in school spirit

Increase of selling of school shirts leads to increase in school spirit

By Jordyn Green, Assistant Online Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, CHS SGA has sold four different tee shirts: the Blackout shirt, the annual Dawg Pound shirt, Powderpuff shirts and most recently, the Blue-out shirt. “The main reason [SGA is selling more shirts] is to unify Churchill as a community,” junior a...

NHS inducts new class of bright members

NHS inducts new class of bright members

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories, Uncategorized

CHS National Honor Society (NHS) inducted the rest of its members for the 2018-2019 school year Thursday, Oct. 4. The ceremony took place in the CHS auditorium and was led by NHS sponsor and social studies teacher Jamie Frank and the NHS officers. While half the society was inducted last May, a new ...

New infrastructure changes paint the hallways of WCHS

New infrastructure changes paint the hallways of WCHS

By Max Kandel, News Editor

October 22, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

With the arrival of the 2018-2019 school year and a new principal, CHS has decided to make some new updates to its building and facilities. These changes include painted hallways, a new median to direct traffic for carpool lanes, urinal dividers in the boys’ bathrooms and a new walkway tunnel entrance...

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