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Mol Gen Delivers Real World Science

Eugenia Cardinale, Editor-in-Chief
February 28
Filed under Opinions

In December, The Observer published an article about how MCPS was considering a change in the science curriculum that would possibly cause cancellations of certain classes, including Molecular Genetics. However, despite confusion, the class will be available for the 2017-2018 school year. Molecular...

Random Acts of Kindness Day Deserves More Attention

Random Acts of Kindness Day Deserves More Attention

Drew Ingall, Social Media Editor
February 22
Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

On Feb. 17, the world celebrated random acts of kindness with a day set to bring awareness to the importance of doing kind things for others. Created 22 years ago in Colorado, this holiday is unknown to many. This needs to change. There’s no true definition of what a random act of kindness is....

Responsibility to Report All News

Responsibility to Report All News

February 21
Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

As staff members of a hyperlocal student publication, some may wonder if we are sticking our heads where they don’t belong when we tackle national and political issues. There is not a clear consensus about whether the purpose of a school newspaper is to simply cover what’s happening inside the hallways,...

Standardized Testing: It’s Just Material

Standardized Testing: It’s Just Material

Sai Sreenivasan, Observations Editor
January 25
Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Standardized testing. It’s a topic that has been discussed time and time again. However, most of the discussion has been on the impacts of the test and not the material itself. According to a recent Washington Post article, poet Sara Holbrook is questioning the material and questions placed in s...

Students Should Take Foreign Language All Four Years

Students Should Take Foreign Language All Four Years

Bryan Fletcher, Production Editor
January 23
Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Every CHS student goes through at least a year of foreign language classes, whether it be Spanish, French, American Sign Language (ASL), or something else, with some even continuing with these courses throughout their entire high school career. Unfortunately, many teenagers, CHS students or otherwise, dr...

Potential Appointee Poses Threat to Public School System

Potential Appointee Poses Threat to Public School System

Sofia Williamson, Opinions Editor
January 12
Filed under Opinions

The public school system has guaranteed educational opportunities to students since the mid 19th century. It has made equality of opportunity a strong possibility for all Americans. President-elect Donald Trump’s unconfirmed nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, however, is suggesting...

Time for Superintendent to go Back to School

Maya Rosenberg and Rebecca Jackson
January 12
Filed under Opinions

Jack Smith: your average American name, or MCPS Superintendent? According to a poll of 29 CHS students, 100 percent wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference. Smith, who was appointed as interim superintendent in Sept. 2015, after former superintendent Joshua Starr’s resignation, and was given...

Walkouts are Ineffective

Walkouts are Ineffective

Nathan Deychman, Online Editor-in-Chief
January 12
Filed under Opinions

Students from high schools across MCPS have been taking to the streets since Election Day in protest of its results and the current state of our nation’s ideals. According to the MCPS Regulation Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, students have a right to assemble for discussions of issues...

Walkouts are Effective

Walkouts are Effective

Dani Miller, Production Editor
January 11
Filed under Opinions

When election day rolls around every four years, high school students are put in a tragically unique situation. We are old enough to be directly affected by politics, yet we are too young to vote. While our voices may not be heard in the voting booth, it is more important than ever that we make sure...

Meditation Mediates School Misbehavior

Sai Sreenivasan, Observations Editor
January 11
Filed under Opinions

To the general public, mediation is sometimes considered an odd practice of introspection. There are misconceptions of meditation as a practice wherein one sits cross-legged repeating “ommm” in order to clear the mind. However, with some elementary schoolers, meditation has become an effective...

Good Communication is Necessary

Good Communication is Necessary

January 11
Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

We think of CHS as place where all are welcome and as a place where students have the support they need. But time and time again, this ideal has unfortunately been proven incorrect. Over the past year, CHS has been through an extraordinary number of emotional stressors. As a community, we look towards...

Abortion Education Should be Integrated Into MCPS Health Curriculums

Abortion Education Should be Integrated Into MCPS Health Curriculums

Sofia Williamson, Opinions Editor
January 4
Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

In world history classes, students are taught a wide span of religion views without bias. For instance, In 1962,  the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools. This case, among others,...