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MCPS adopts new grade-viewing system

MCPS adopts new grade-viewing system

By Sophie Liss, Sports Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

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

Programming Classroom Changes Locations

By Becky Wolfson, Online Arts Editor

September 29, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, School, Top Stories

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

MCPS Proposes Elimination of Athletic Fees

By Vicky Gunawan, Photo Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories, Uncategorized

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...

Credit for AP Classes Could be Lessened

Credit for AP Classes Could be Lessened

By Megan Park, Photo Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Recently, colleges such as the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University have been starting to reconsider how much credit should be given for AP exams taken in high school.   AP tests often allow students to skip introductory college courses and obtain college credit based on the sc...

New Law Aims to Redefine Consent

New Law Aims to Redefine Consent

By Jake Herman, News Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

A new bill mandating that MCPS schools teach affirmative consent as a part of family life units in health classes was introduced in the Maryland state legislature Jan. 25.   The bill, known tentatively as HB 365, defines affirmative consent as “clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed, and v...

CHS Faces Increased Instances of Anti-Semitism

CHS Faces Increased Instances of Anti-Semitism

By Rebecca Jackson, News Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Principal Joan Benz announced to the school  March 9 that a student wrote the “n-word” and “Heil Hitler” on a classroom desk, resulting in student outrage and disappointment. As has been the case with the country at large, incidents of Anti-Semitism have increased dramatically over the last coup...

Rape Incident at Rockville Spurs Controversy

Rape Incident at Rockville Spurs Controversy

By Sara Heimlich and Rebecca Jackson

June 6, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Two male illegal immigrant students, one 17 years old and one 18 years old, were accused of raping a 14-year-old student on Mar. 16 in a Rockville High School bathroom, prompting parental outrage and questions over Rockville’s unofficial status as a sanctuary city.   A sanctuary city is a city that permits the ...

Student Panels Improve Tolerance and Communication

Student Panels Improve Tolerance and Communication

By Eliza Asbury, Features Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under News, Observations, Top Stories

A student panel was created at CHS April 3 in order to gain student input on topics such as  inclusiveness and bias.   The goal of the student panel is to bridge the gap between students, teachers and administration. CHS is currently taking steps to creating a more welcoming and cohesive le...

Senior Class Fundraises for Annual Events

Senior Class Fundraises for Annual Events

By Emi Cardinale and Rebekah sklute

June 6, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Fundraising has been an important activity for the senior class of 2017. They had multiple fundraisers this year and throughout their four years at CHS in order to fund senior events like prom and the senior banquet.   According to senior class sponsor Kevin Doherty, fundraisers this school year in...

Mr. Churchill Under Review for Cancellation

Mr. Churchill Under Review for Cancellation

By Max Kandel, Observations Editor

May 26, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Due to concerns over inappropriate comments that were made at this year’s ‘Mr. Churchill’ competition that took place March 9, the future of this longtime CHS tradition is under administrative review.   While no formal decision has been made, Mr. Churchill could possibly be canceled next ...

Vending Machines Now Held to Different Standards

Vending Machines Now Held to Different Standards

By Gaurav Gandhi, Staff Writer

May 26, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

The Montgomery County Council recently approved legislation which requires healthier food items in vending machines around the county. The measure, lead by council member George L. Leventhal, mandates that at least 50 percent of items sold in the machines must meet American Heart Association nutrition sta...

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