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Free SAT offerings ensure seniors are given the opportunity to test during COVID-19

A copy of the official SAT study guide for 2020. Seniors in Montgomery County, Md. can take the test for free in November and December.
November 5, 2020

When the Scholastic Assessment Test was canceled in the spring and summer due to COVID-19, many high school seniors were left with few options. Some had not even taken the test, while others were looking...

Student volunteers gear up for 2020 presidential election

Junior Bridget Kelly (right) walks into the Potomac Community Center on Oct. 28 for her assignment as a poll worker. Kelly's shift runs from 6 am until 11 pm and consists of setting up the precinct, checking voters in and helping them vote.
November 1, 2020

As Nov. 3 gets closer, it's not a surprise that this year has provided more challenges than past presidential election years. Election workers, a key but often undervalued group on Election Day, has also...

Drop boxes provide safe alternative to in-person voting

An offical drop box from the state of Maryland for the 2020 election sits outside the main enterance at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. on Oct. 18.
November 1, 2020

When COVID-19 struck during an election year, the question raised was how would people vote safely. Drop boxes became the answer. These boxes have turned community centers and local high schools, including...

Virtual socials connect new and returning students during online school

The WCHS Ambassadors have been creating graphics to advertise their virtual socials. This particular graphic advertised for the Halloween themed social on October 14th, which involved a game of Mafia and Skribbl.io.
October 26, 2020

As the second month of school comes to a close, students are finally getting used to the virtual format, thanks in part to the hard work of the school administration. While the administration has done...

MAP testing provides important data that influences virtual learning

When students finished the MAP test, they received a screen that gave them their score. The page included their overall score, as well as the score and range students were in for specific sections.
October 16, 2020

As if sourdough bread making, virtual school, and masks weren’t already enough, COVID-19 has now also added MAP testing to WCHS students’ lives.  The ‘Measures of Academic Progress’ Growth...

Vandalism of the track rocks WCHS community

October 15, 2020

Multiple graffiti drawings on the WCHS track rocked the community when it was reported on Sept. 5, becoming the second incident at the track in only a few days. The graffiti included topics  referencing...

Official response to Black Lives Matter movement

Official response to Black Lives Matter movement
June 18, 2020

Dear Churchill community,  As your school newspaper, we have an obligation to take a stand on current issues. We want to make it explicitly clear that The Observer supports the Black Lives Matter movement.  While...

WCHS English teacher wins MCCPTA Teacher of the Year

WCHS 9th grade english teacher, Grant Goodman, was the first teacher to get the MCCPTA Teacher of the Year Award.
May 29, 2020

Need Grant Goodman in a nutshell? Read his last name: good man. WCHS’s very own Grant Goodman became the first teacher to get the Montgomery County Council Of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) Teacher...

Zoom meetings connect Principal Heckert and students

During the Tenth Grade Zoom on May 7, Principal Brandice Heckert explained the options for how MCPS would give students second semester grades. The zooms have been held with each grade level and allowed students and stafff to reconnect, and ask questions.
May 29, 2020

Three months ago, Zoom was a virtually unknown app. Now, it is being used to host events and meetings throughout the world. It has become so popular that Principal Brandice Heckert is using it to reconnect...

Covid Cadets volunteer to help those in need

RMHS sophomore Christina DeFiore (left) is joined by other RMHS students, helping the DMV community by volunteering with the Covid Cadets. The Covid Cadets collect donations from doorsteps and front porches, taking them to So What Else, an organization that donates toys, games, clothes and many more to low-income families in the area.
May 29, 2020

Everyone is asking about Covid-19. Where did it start? What can I do to stay safe? What will happen to my business and family? How can I help? There is an answer to the last question: students from around...

WCHS students help communties affected by pandemic

WCHS junior Cat Gilligan irons fabric that she will later sew to make face masks for those who need them during the pandemic. With the help of WCHS students and families, Gilligan has been able to craft and donate many masks to patients at local hospitals that are unable to get them on their own.
May 29, 2020

Since the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, WCHS communities have been instructed by Gov. Larry Hogan to stay home and self-quarantine as the virus continues to spread. While the quarantine has...

Colleges waive testing requirements for fall applicants

On April 10 2020, Tulane University in New Oreleans, Louisiana announced that they will officially be going test optional for the 2020-2021 admissions.
May 13, 2020

During this quarantine, students have had a lot of extra time on their hands. Most people are trying to continue with their normal routine as much as they can, while others are taking the time to catch...

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