The Observer

New Ride On bus initiative to transport students for free

New Ride On bus initiative to transport students for free

By Max Kandel, News Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

As of now, the Montgomery County Council has a plan in place to expand the Kids Ride Free program. However, they must wait to see if Montgomery County allocated enough money to allow expansion. Currently, the Kids Ride Free program allows students 18 and under to ride the Ride On buses for free with...

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

MCPS student activists walk out for gun reform

By Riley Hurr, News Editor

April 1, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

Thousands of high schoolers walked out of their classrooms and onto Pennsylvania Avenue March 14 to protest gun violence. With posters reading “Enough is Enough” and “Policy and Change” which caught the eyes of many, students from all over Montgomery County and beyond exercised their First Amendment...

Think Big club hosts fourth annual TEDx event

Think Big club hosts fourth annual TEDx event

By Jackson Resnick, Features Editor

March 14, 2019


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Think Big Club hosted the fourth annual TEDxChurchillHighSchool event. The event was held in the auditorium and featured a few guest speakers, which included some of Potomac’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Lobbyist Abby Smith, entrepreneur Andy Richm...

New advisory period keeps students informed about issues

New advisory period keeps students informed about issues

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2019


Filed under News, School

WCHS is implementing a new monthly advisory period that started Feb. 14 for students to voice their thoughts and opinions and for teachers to share news with the student body. The idea came from Principal Brandice Heckert who is bringing the advisory period idea from the other MCPS schools she has worked...

Recent events incite action from administration

Recent events incite action from administration

By Bryan Fletcher and Fatima Yazdi

March 6, 2019


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

Following the recent events involving N-Word usage passes being handed out to students, principal Brandice Heckert and WCHS administration are taking new measures to fight against bigotry, racism and insensitivity at school. The incident, which has since reached national news headlines, has drawn...

Students teach the community about Sikhism

Students teach the community about Sikhism

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

An organization at WCHS is striving to educate the community on a religion known as Sikhism. Many Sikhs are often mistaken for other religious groups or mislabeled. Sikh Kid to Kid was created to help spread awareness on the Sikh religion throughout the MCPS community. Sikh Kid to Kid’s main goal is...

New boundary changes proposed for schools in district

New boundary changes proposed for schools in district

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

February 8, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Top Stories

The Montgomery County Board of Education held a hearing Jan. 7 to discuss potentially changing the boundaries for each of its 206 schools. The move was proposed as a solution to the disparity in socioeconomic status between various schools and clusters. However, some are worried that it will have several...

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019


Filed under News, School

If you are an MCPS student, the phrase “lockdown” likely generates memories of covering classroom windows, locking the door and sitting silently under desks during drills and emergencies. However, MCPS is now making changes to active assailant situation procedures coinciding with the “Maryland...

WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosts annual concert for good cause

WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosts annual concert for good cause

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising/Subscriptions Manager

January 8, 2019


Filed under Arts, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Friday Dec. 14, The WCHS Jazz Ensemble hosted their annual Jazz Coffeehouse in the band room. To accompany the music, they provided snacks and refreshments outside. The jazz performance was broken up into two sets, each consisting of four songs, with a brief intermission in between. Senior Tim Ducke...

Stage crew dedicates hard work to school productions

Stage crew dedicates hard work to school productions

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

December 21, 2018


Filed under Arts, News, School, Top Stories

School plays, they’re full of hard work, dedication, music and performances put on by students who have a passion for theatre. It requires countless hours of memorizing lines and practicing. But what do people say about the stage crew? Stage crew has to stay after school really late, to the point wh...

WCHS English Honors Society hosts book fair

WCHS English Honors Society hosts book fair

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

December 21, 2018


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

On Dec. 13, the WCHS English Honors Society (EHS) held its third annual charity book fair. The fair offered over 500 books, all of which cost less than $5. Preparations started at lunch the day before, where EHS volunteers spent the entire period arranging countless stacks of books on carts. ...

THRIVE club strives to improve CHS mental health

THRIVE club strives to improve CHS mental health

By Andrew Chan, Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under News, Observations, Online Exclusives, School

Recently, mental health has become a major issue in Montgomery County, especially among high schoolers. The WCHS Thrive Club has taken it upon itself to shed more light on mental health, taking steps to try and help alleviate students’ stress. “Thrive Club’s main goal has always been to raise awareness ...

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