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Make this goodbye count

Make this goodbye count

By Erica Spaeth, Senior Writer

May 15, 2014


Filed under Column, Opinions

As we get closer to graduation, we seniors have to think about how to spend our time. We have to say goodbye to most of our friends as we are all attending different colleges and leaving some friends at CHS. As important as it is to utilize these last few weeks with our friends, we also have some...

AP Exams are too expensive

AP Exams are too expensive

By Julia Reagan, Arts Editor

February 28, 2014


Filed under Column, Online Exclusives, Opinions

You are at home on a Friday night when your friend calls to see if you want to grab some dinner and see the new Zac Efron movie.  You look into your wallet in search of some cash and frown upon discovering that it is empty.  Where did all your money go?  Oh yes, you spent it last week when you signed...

Black History Month is divisive, not inclusive

Black History Month is divisive, not inclusive

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

February 27, 2014


Filed under Column, Opinions

It is 2014: nearly 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, 49 years since the passing of the Civil Rights act of 1965, and America’s sixth year with a Black president. Yet, despite all this progress, we still manage to perpetuate segregation through the yearly recognition of Black His...

Geography should be taught more in school

Geography should be taught more in school

By Elizabeth Campbell, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2014


Filed under Column, Opinions

I can recite the quadratic formula on command, I can plot a graph of tangent, but I can only fill in 27 states correctly on a blank map of the United States. I have had almost 12 years of an MCPS education, but I have never once had a unit of geography. I am not alone. In a survey of 30 CHS students,...

CHS community needs a coffee shop alternative

CHS community needs a coffee shop alternative

By Ilana Berger, Staff Writer

February 27, 2014


Filed under Column, Opinions

The CHS second semester senior is a fascinating specimen. Indigenous to Potomac, Maryland, the animal spends the majority of its day sleeping, and upon waking can most often be observed at the local watering hole: Starbucks. Here it can socialize and scavenge for coffee, a vital component of its die...

Safety campaign won’t cure traffic woes

Safety campaign won’t cure traffic woes

By Fiona Asbury, Advertising Manager

February 27, 2014


Filed under Column, Opinions

CHS has recently instituted stricter enforcement for the traffic rules and regulations around the school, including a new electronic sign outside the school aimed at improving the safety of students. According to Principal Joan Benz, what was once a school issue regarding unsafe behaviors around the...

MCPS makes a mistake sending students to school

MCPS makes a mistake sending students to school

By Yash Nigam, Production Editor

January 10, 2014


Filed under Column, Online Exclusives, Opinions

MCPS acted irresponsibly by deciding against a school delay Jan. 7, the coldest day of not only this year but also the past two decades. Its inaction and failure to realize that subzero temperatures can prove as harmful, if not more, than snow accumulation highlights the county’s ignorance. According...

CHS should add more Wellness Weekends

CHS should add more Wellness Weekends

By Dana Harris, Online Features Editor

January 10, 2014


Filed under Column, Online Exclusives, Opinions

Oh man another all-nighter. Three tests, one quiz and an essay all due tomorrow.  I can’t wait for a break this weekend.  Oh wait, it is not a wellness weekend. On special occasions such as Homecoming and Prom, CHS awards us with a wellness weekend.  This is essentially a homework free weekend,...

CHS should look into replacing textbooks with tablets

CHS should look into replacing textbooks with tablets

By Jonathan Greenzaid, Business Manager

January 10, 2014


Filed under Column, Online Exclusives, Opinions

Slugging textbooks to and from school can be a pain, both figuratively and literally, and in a new world immersed in technology, tablets should be allowed in classrooms in order to fit modern culture. Textbooks are becoming a thing of the past as schools start to incorporate more technology in the...

CHS should look into exam schedule

CHS should look into exam schedule

By Sam Lawrence, Fact Checker

January 9, 2014


Filed under Column, Online Exclusives, Opinions

Winter break comes once a year, a time when students can hang out with their friends, play video games, go on vacation, and most of all, relax from the excessive amount of schoolwork that they have. Unfortunately, school basically follows them into the break with haunting conditions. First semester...

Superintendent responds to cyberbullying

Superintendent responds to cyberbullying

By Sammi Silber, Observations Editor

January 8, 2014


Filed under Column, Online Exclusives, Opinions

MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr started a campaign against cyberbullying on Dec. 13, when he published an open letter to parents about cyberbullying titled “Cyber Civility.” However, Joshua Starr immaturely started a campaign primarily because he claimed was “cyberbullied.” After snow days...

Graffiti deserves greater respect as an art form

Graffiti deserves greater respect as an art form

By Jamie Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 7, 2014


Filed under Column, Opinions

Art students often take field trips to "traditional" art museums like the Smithsonian and are taught to appreciate the more classic forms of art. In this culture, one form of art is neglected: graffiti. Most students are never taught to appreciate the art form and have never heard of 5 Pointz. For the ...

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