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Local chef leads Puerto Rico recovery efforts

D.C. chef Jose Andres mixed cooking with philanthropy, as he helped prepare over 2.3 million meals for Puerto Rican hurrican victims.

By Anna Baranko, Online Features Editor

November 21, 2017

Most people know José Andrés for his popular D.C. restaurants, but lately he’s feeding a lot more than just DMV foodies. Now, he’s channeling his efforts towards the recent hurricane devastation.   Hurricane Maria, a category four hurricane, made landfall in Puerto Rico Sept. 20. The ...

Minority Scholars Program aims to close the achievement gap

The Minority Scholars Program, MSP for short, is new to CHS. It plans to close the achievement gap by implementing new activities.

By Drew Ingall, Arts Editor

November 1, 2017

The Minority Scholars Program (MSP) is in its first full year of implementation at CHS.   They plan to implement new activities aimed at closing the achievement gap at CHS and having a diverse group of people to interact with one another.   “We have a lot of students that come...

Residents protest plans for disabled housing

Above is the projected model for Main Street's apartment complex, which is set to open in 2020. It is supposed to provide housing to disabled adults in the Rockville community.

By Rebecca Jackson, News Editor

November 1, 2017

Main Street, a new non-profit organization is currently constructing a new building in Rockville to serve a center of living for adults with disabilities. Projected to open in 2020, the apartment complex is now being contested by members of the public.   Although extremely beneficial for special ne...

Virtual college tours allow students to visit from home

Virtual tours give students the opportunity to experience a college first-hand, all from their bedroom.

By Rebecca Jackson, News Editor

November 1, 2017

When our parents were teenagers, if they could not take off work, or could not afford it, they would not be able to visit a college where they planned to apply. But in our technological age, it is now possible to visit a college without even leaving your bedroom.   CampusTours.com celebrated twenty years of p...

New Chromebook program allows teachers to monitor student computer activities

New Chromebook program allows teachers to monitor student computer activities

By Ben Dross and Jenna Greenzaid

November 1, 2017

This year, many CHS Chromebooks are operating with a software known as GoGuardian.   GoGuardian is a new computer software that is being rolled out school-wide, giving teachers enhanced abilities to monitor students.   The new computer software allows teachers to gain increased control over how studen...

Principals travel overseas for High School in Israel experience

Principal Joan Benz and assistant principal Doreen Brandes paired up with educators from all over the nation in an enriching experience to learn about High School in Israel opportunities.

By Jake Herman and Max Kandel

November 1, 2017

This summer, Principal Joan Benz and Assistant Principal Doreen Brandes traveled to Israel with a group of educators from across the country, where they learned about Alexander Muss High School in Israel (HSI) and experienced some major cities and landmarks of the country.   HSI is a high school program that allows jew...

Powderpuff, floats combine, brings crowd with it

Powderpuff, floats combine, brings crowd with it

By Anna Baranko, Online Features Editor

November 1, 2017

The typical scene of powderpuff is empty stands, but this year it was different.   This year, in hopes of increasing attendance, powderpuff was held Oct.12 after the presentation of the homecoming floats. In previous years, the homecoming floats were shown before the homecoming football game, ...

Potomac Day delivers yet again

Policemen on horses lead the Parade, holding the colors of Maryland and the U.S.

By Riley Hurr, Circulation Manager

October 30, 2017

There’s one day out out of the entire year where the streets of Potomac are closed off and the whole community comes together to celebrate: Potomac Day.   The 35th annual Potomac Day was Oct. 21. Located around the Potomac Village, a huge parade, incorporating the entire community, kicks off ...

MCPS adopts new grade-viewing system

After using Edline for years, MCPS recently switched to MyMCPS to electronically informed students and parents of their grades.

By Sophie Liss, Sports Editor

October 5, 2017

MCPS has created and implemented a new platform for reporting grades posting assignments:myMCPS Classroom. This will replace the use of Edline for the 2017-2018 school year. The new system is more cost effective than Edline was, allows teachers to annotate and write comments on documents as they gr...

Programming Classroom Changes Locations

Photo courtesy of Becky Wolfson.

By Becky Wolfson, Online Arts Editor

September 29, 2017

This year, CHS’s computer science department is is seeing lots of change, specifically the relocation of all three of their classrooms within the school. Classes were previously held in rooms 248, 246 and 253, a layout that has stayed constant since CHS’s renovation in the early 2000s. This ...

MCPS Proposes Elimination of Athletic Fees

Photo courtesy of Megan Park

By Vicky Gunawan, Photo Editor

June 6, 2017

On Feb. 15 superintendent Jack Smith advised that students should not be charged for athletic fees. The Montgomery County Board of Education requires middle or high school students to pay an Extracurricular Activity (ECA) fee in order to participate in extracurricular activities. This includes spor...

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