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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 ...

MCPS Board members showcase plans to redistrict schools

MCPS Board members showcase plans to redistrict schools

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

December 27, 2019

On Weds. Dec. 4, MCPS hosted a meeting at Gaithersburg High School to discuss the topic of redistricting. This was the first of six meetings planned to keep families up to date on the topic of redistricting, and the meeting was focused on phase one of the process. In phase one, MCPS is focused on data an...

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...

Student protestors take on climate change

Student protestors take on climate change

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

October 19, 2019

The Global Youth Climate Strike inspired more than 4 million people worldwide to strike on Sept. 20 to advocate for stronger legislation and regulation.  Northwood High School junior Sophia Geiger is the lead organizer in the DC-area climate change strike. “I started being active very recen...

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...

MCPS votes for new SMOB

MCPS votes for new SMOB

By Sophie Liss, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019

Junior Nate Tinbite of Kennedy High School was elected to be the 42nd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) April 24. The SMOB provides a connection between MCPS students and the Montgomery County Board of Education by representing students’ issues at board meetings. Sophomores and juniors are eligi...

ASVAB test guides WCHS students towards their calling

ASVAB test guides WCHS students towards their calling

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 10, 2019

Many students immediately think of college as life after high school; however, what is often overlooked is the option of enrolling in the military. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test is a multiple choice placement test that helps prospective military recruits find what career...

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...

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