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Observer Opinion: Is a block schedule better?

Observer Opinion: Is a block schedule better?

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Editor-in-Chief June 8, 2023

More of these: well-paced classes, time to ask questions and in-class learning. Less of these: homework, wasted time and excessively required self-studying. Currently, the daily WCHS schedule suffers from...

A gender-neutral bathroom sign is posted in order to allow people who dont identify specifically as male or female.

LGBTQ+ students deserve more at WCHS

By Kendyl Groisser, Online Managing Editor June 6, 2023

In today's world, creating an inclusive and accepting environment is crucial. Students of all backgrounds, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, deserve a safe and supportive space to learn and grow....

Due to the addition of six LGBTQ+ inclusive books such as Born Ready to the elementary school curriculum and lack of warning to parents when reading these texts, a group of parents is suing MCPS.

Schools should choose students’ books, not parents

By Leah Kreisler, Sports Editor June 2, 2023

Lawsuits regarding curriculum and books aren't typical in Montgomery County, Maryland given its liberal leaning population. And yet in late May of 2023, a group of parents filed a federal lawsuit against...

Seen above is the symbol of the Montgomery County Council of Maryland. The MOCO Council continues to debate over County Executive Marc Elrichs proposed budget, allocating $239.9 million for the new fiscal year.

Schools squeezed: budget cuts threaten education’s vital foundation

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Opinions Editor May 31, 2023

Schools are more than mere buildings; they serve as the bedrock of the community, shaping future leaders and innovators. So why has the Montgomery County Council approved a plan for over $25 million in...

WCHS students diligently work during their classes. Although time consuming, this work does not benefit them the way it should as MCPS’ rules and standards do not truly prepare students for college.

How well does MCPS actually prepare their high schoolers for college?

By Clara Young, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Over the course of 12 years, students are consistently being molded into preparation for their next level of education. Expectations become higher over time in order for students to understand what will...

With this year’s AP Exam season, students were left to study for exams, while also managing an arduous workload from classes.

WCHS can help reduce stress during AP season

By Jeremy Chung, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2023

It is no secret that WCHS has one of the most rigorous academics in the county. With 32 AP courses offered, most WCHS students will take at least one AP course and exam in their four years of high school....

All Boys Arent Blue by George M. Johnson was the second most banned book of the 2021-2022 school year with 29 bans. Luckily, WCHS students have access to it at the media center.

Book banning: a slippery slope straight to censorship

By Sabrina Chou, Staff Writer May 20, 2023

From coming-of-age comics to biographies on the civil rights movement, the WCHS media center has it all. It’s so simple: go to the library, scan the shelves, and check out a book that piques your interest....

Observer Opinion: start school earlier, end earlier

Observer Opinion: start school earlier, end earlier

By Paige Tasin, Social Media Manager May 20, 2023

Most students spend more time wandering the halls during the last few weeks of school than sitting in their classrooms. With content dwindling during the last few weeks, it is very common for a school...

In 2021, about 75% of adolescent overdose deaths were attributed to fentanyl. The opioid has become more common in schools recently, leading to more risk, and in many cases, preventable deaths.

Decisive action needed to eradicate substance use

By Maximus Wang, Staff Writer May 20, 2023

The heartbreaking stories are numerous and overwhelming- a bright young student losing their life to a substance they, whether intentionally or not, consumed. This killer always seems so far away, until...

Racing towards the finish line at the WCHS track, Arnav Juneja practices for the next upcoming track meet. The junior prepares for the 200 meter and 400 meter races as a mid-distance sprinter.

AP overload: two tests in one day is unrealistic

By Ryan Weiner, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2023

Pens scribbling on test booklets, timers ticking down on boards, and students inevitably stressing at each turn of a page. When AP season kicks off across the nation on May 1, these are things one can...

Freshman Cailey Harrington works on an assignment for her English class to make sure she gets it in before the next deadline.

New deadlines are increasing productivity in students

By Lily Chadwick, Staff Writer May 4, 2023

“One week till the end of the quarter!” That line is enough to send many WCHS students into a frenzy. It is easy for assignments to pile up between all seven classes, especially for students who are...

WCHS sophomore Blythe Cook attempts to use ChatGPT to reply to an email sent by her teacher.

AI isn’t for the future: the downsides of AI

By Isabella Ngwana, Internal Communications Manager May 3, 2023

From the first iPad in 2010 with a built-in assistant Siri, to Amazon Alexa in 2014, artificial intelligence has shown that it’s here to stay. WCHS students can now go onto the internet and search for...

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