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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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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,... Read more »

Standing Rock Shows We Need to Protect Our Right to Protest

Standing Rock Shows We Need to Protect Our Right to Protest

Laura Sneller, Social Media Editor/Video Team
December 23
Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

In Spring 2016, the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline was approved. This is a $3.7 billion investment to transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day through four states. The Native American people of Standing Rock, North Dakota are protesting under the pretenses of it destroying the... Read more »

In Reducing Anxiety, RQAs Pass the Test

In Reducing Anxiety, RQAs Pass the Test

Joe Raab, Social Media Editor
December 20
Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Starting this year, Montgomery County Public Schools officially got rid of Semester exams and replaced them with Required Quarterly Assessments known as RQAs. By replacing the exams, the county has gotten rid of the stress of exams and created much better system than the one previously installed. A... Read more »

Observer’s Tips for your Secret Santa

Observer’s Tips for your Secret Santa

Julia Lescht, Public Relations/Video Editor
December 8
Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

Regardless of what one celebrates, this time of year is the beloved season of gift giving. Whether participating in a group giving-circle called “Secret Santa”, or simply giving gifts to one’s family or inner-circle, gift giving is just one fun part of the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ ... Read more »