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New Board of Education member stands out with progressive policies

Lynne Harris poses for a picture. The board of education member ran a successful student-centered campaign.
January 4, 2021

This year's election brought major changes on the national and local level. Elected on Nov. 3, Lynne Harris is the newest elected member of the Board of Education. If all goes well, Harris’s policies...

American Sign Language Honor Society focuses on outreach and awareness

This is the ASL official logo. American Sign Language is a widely recognized sign language and many in the US are beginning to start learning it. WCHS' ASL Honor Society focuses on spreading awareness on the language.
December 23, 2020

One of the world’s most unique languages has amassed a large community within WCHS. The American Sign Language Honor Society has been a big part of the language department at WCHS since 2006, educating...

Culture of Respect Training provides necessary information on how to recognize bullying and harassment

The homepage of the Canvas page for the Culture of Respect training. Students can access this training, which can earn them two Student Service Learning hours, by using Canvas.
December 14, 2020

In 2018, high school athletes at Damascus High School in Damascus, Md. were hazed and sexually assaulted, emphasizing the need for change and promotion of respect. The conclusion of the investigation led...

The Restorative Justice and Student Coalition sparks important conversations during advisory

The three guidance questions that students discussed during the first day of the virtual study circle. The questions allowed students the opportunity to discuss current events, including COVID-19 and the protests about race in America.
November 30, 2020

Scheduled at the beginning of B-days for WCHS students, advisory periods have been filled with various lesson plans including note-taking, self-advocacy and mental health. However, none have encouraged...

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...

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