The Observer

Substance abuse sparks action within WCHS community

Substance abuse sparks action within WCHS community

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

January 3, 2020

The Substance Use Committee at WCHS is comprised of parents and students worried about the dangers of vaping, and hoping to make some changes around the school. They have hosted two forums, one in Nov. and one in Dec., that showcased important data and touching stories. “The forum was powerful, gut wrenching, an...

MCPS debates divisive redistricting policies

MCPS debates divisive redistricting policies

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

January 2, 2020

Members of Montgomery County are divided on the concept of redistricting, as the Board of Education pursues a comprehensive assessment of the county’s boundaries. The Board has been hosting Districtwide Boundary Analysis Public Meetings in Montgomery County, including a recent public hearing at the ...

Students, teachers take side on later school start time debate

Students, teachers take side on later school start time debate

By Jeremy Fredricks and Ari Dimitoglou

November 15, 2019

For students in California public high schools, start time will be later beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. After Governor Gavin Newson signed a law for later start times, California will become the first state to legislative start times for public schools with high schools starting at 8:30 AM. ...

Administration & MCPS don’t see eye to eye on no zero policy

Administration & MCPS don’t see eye to eye on no zero policy

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 21, 2019

For a brief period in the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, WCHS had a policy where students could earn a minimum grade of 50%, not 0%. The policy would have applied to students who submitted nothing, had cheated or committed plagiarism (and still receive half credit).  Aside from its intentions, it contradicted M...

WCHS drivers stressed by parking dilemma

WCHS drivers stressed by parking dilemma

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

October 17, 2019

With hundreds of cars, many of which being driven by inexperienced student drivers, the WCHS parking lot can be a dangerous place. The fewer car accidents are thanks to the security and police officers that help with the school’s pickup and drop off procedures, as well as overall parking procedures. ...

WCHS graduation festivities begin for the Class of 2019

WCHS graduation festivities begin for the Class of 2019

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor

June 4, 2019

It’s the time of year. seniors are finally ready to graduate and head into summer before embarking on their next chapter. But before they go, WCHS had planned many events for the seniors such as the senior banquet, senior breakfast and so much more. “Looking back though, WCHS provided as much...

High school graduation rates decline rapidly

High school graduation rates decline rapidly

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

June 4, 2019

For the past 3 years, graduation rates among Montgomery County Public Schools have experienced a gradual decline. The statistics in the 2017-2018 school year have decreased to 88.4%, the lowest in graduation rates since the class of 2013. The public education throughout Montgomery County high schools...

Elections offer new opportunities for WCHS students

Elections offer new opportunities for WCHS students

By Charley Hutton, Advertising & Subscription Manager

June 4, 2019

“Do More Than Vote”, and get paid while doing it. Teens are constantly being urged to get involved in the community, and becoming an Election Worker is a great way to do so. With the close proximity to D.C, WCHS students are right near the heart of politics. What students may not know is that...

Speak Up inspires WCHS to stand up to bullies

Speak Up inspires WCHS to stand up to bullies

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

May 10, 2019

Teasing is an inevitable part of growing up: almost everyone goes through it. However, when this teasing becomes repetitive with the intent to hurt someone, it becomes a more serious issue. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, over one in five children and teenagers report to have...

Md. Minimum wage increases beginning 2020

Md. Minimum wage increases beginning 2020

By Brandon Li, Senior Writer

May 9, 2019

When looking for a part time job, most will value salary over enjoyment and experience. However, with the new increase in minimum wage, that tradeoff may not exist anymore. The Maryland General Assembly (MGA) approved a bill March 20 that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over...

Scholars go for gold in Russian Olympiada in Baltimore

Scholars go for gold in Russian Olympiada in Baltimore

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

May 9, 2019

Zdrastvuyte! That is Russian for “hello,” and if you think that is difficult to pronounce, just ask one of the many WCHS students taking Russian to help you. Their skills were recently tested on Apr. 2, when 11 students participated in the Olympiada of Spoken Russian at the Friends School of Baltimore. The...

MCPS redistricting considered to quell inequity issues

MCPS redistricting considered to quell inequity issues

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2019

Montgomery County Public Schools such as WCHS have consistently ranked among the best in the country and are growing at high speeds, though a great divide exists between schools in wealthy areas and schools in less wealthy ones. Recently, this divide has sparked debate over whether or not Montgomery...

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