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New countywide initiative encourages safe sex

New countywide initiative encourages safe sex

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

As of Oct. 1, all MCPS high schools will begin a free condom distribution program in light of a rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) amongst teens in Md. Though the pilot program has already begun this year at Wheaton, Northwood, Gaithersburg and...

Q&A with Principal Brandice Heckert

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2018


Filed under News, School

This year, Brandice Heckert has taken over as CHS principal and has already brought a multitude of new changes to the school, as well as an increase in school spirit. Heckert was the assistant principal at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School before being appointed principal of CHS. She was previously...

NYU covers full medical school tuition cost for students

NYU covers full medical school tuition cost for students

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under National, News, Top Stories

The New York University (NYU) School of Medicine announced Aug. 16 that it will cover the full tuition, roughly $55,018, of all current and future students regardless of financial need or merit. The goal is to help encourage all students to pursue their dreams without student debt getting in the way. In...

MCPS distributes free summer meals

MCPS distributes free summer meals

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

October 18, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Observations, Online Exclusives

Starting Jun. 18, 2019 free meals will be distributed during the summer at approximately 120 sites throughout Montgomery County. The county will provide meals to  students attending summer school or recreation programs as part of a new program called the Montgomery County Summer Food Program. This...

CHS Poms serve coffee to spirited teachers

CHS Poms serve coffee to spirited teachers

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

October 18, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Friday Sept. 28, the CHS Poms team served free coffee to any teacher who showed their school spirit in the second floor teacher’s lounge. The coffee was available to any faculty member wearing blue, green, white or a CHS shirt. The coffee was from Dunkin’ Donuts, and the money to sponsor t...

New MD law helps to protect service vehicles

New MD law helps to protect service vehicles

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor

October 11, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Starting Oct. 1, Maryland drivers will have to yield to transportation, service and utility vehicles that are parked along the side of the road. Maryland’s Move Over law, which details the proper driving principles when encountering work vehicles, is now expanding to require drivers to switch lanes whe...

CHS hosts 15th annual Maryland College Night

CHS hosts 15th annual Maryland College Night

By Ben Pham, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

October 5, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

CHS hosted the 15th annual Maryland College Night on Tues., Sept. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium and several classrooms, in which 21 admissions officers from colleges across Md. met with students and parents. CHS ambassadors arrived early to decorate the halls with college flags and assist pare...

CHS movie night draws big crowds

CHS movie night draws big crowds

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

October 5, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Sept. 27, the class of 2020 hosted a Movie Night to provide a fun opportunity to raise funds. An important component of movie watching is the accompanying snack, and CHS Movie Night served up a surprisingly warm and comfortable setting, unusual for  the CHS cafeteria: Potomac Pizza boxes were pil...

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

June 13, 2018


Filed under Local, News

MCPS has a $2.519 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 to fund operations for the 204 schools included in the county. While MCPS may be adequately funded, there are still alarming disparities within the county concerning planned distribution of resources to schools and funding for such reso...

New principal arrives at CHS

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

June 8, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

The MCPS Board of Education appointed Ms. Brandice Heckert to be the new principal of CHS May 21. Heckert will replace principal Joan Benz July 1. Heckert was the assistant principal at Bethesda Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School before being appointed principal of CHS. She was also previously a math teach...

Democratic candidate provides volunteer opportunities for teens

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Opportunities like volunteering for a political campaign are rarely available for high school students, but candidate Jordan Cooper provides the chance of experiencing a political environment through his campaign. Jordan Cooper is currently a Democratic candidate running for delegate in District 1...

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

Md. education resource disparity causes teachers to strike

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor In Chief

May 9, 2018


Filed under News

MCPS has a $2.519 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 to fund operations for the 204 schools included in the county. While MCPS may be adequately funded, there are still alarming disparities within the county concerning planned distribution of resources to schools and funding for such resources. “My...

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