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MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 21, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion

The Oct. 8 limo crash in New York is considered to be the deadliest U.S. car accident in nine years according to the New York Times. After killing 20 people, including the driver of the vehicle and two pedestrians, the horrifying incident directed much needed attention on transportation safety.   ...

Moments of silence allow communities to heal

Moments of silence allow communities to heal

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising & Subscriptions Manager

December 21, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion

Around the world, the moment of silence is practiced when a tragic event occurs as a way for communities to come together, mourn the loss of loved ones and provide support to all who were impacted by the tragedy. The shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Fla., the Capital Gazette i...

Teachers deserve to feel safe at their own place of work

By Caitlyn Jennings, Assistant Observations Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion

From an outsider's perspective, teaching is an incredibly difficult career to love. On top of dealing with troublesome students, demanding curriculums and helicopter parents, teachers have to worry about their own safety at school. No teacher should feel unsafe at their place of work, but recent local...

College acceptance videos create stress

College acceptance videos create stress

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion

As the student opens his application portal and types in his password, a swarm of his friends watch intently with looks of worry written all over their faces. After a seemingly infinite stretch of silence, screams erupt from everyone as the room turns into a mosh pit. He got in. This is a description...

CHS, reevaluate make-up work policy

CHS, reevaluate make-up work policy

May 9, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Have you ever missed one day of school and felt like you have to spend the next week making up all the quizzes, tests and worksheets you missed? The CHS makeup policy is supposed to help students handle this extra work, while still balancing their current school work. The current policy is that a...

Parkland brings out Gen Z’s activism

Parkland brings out Gen Z’s activism

March 7, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

We’ve heard it all before. Regardless of the era, the youth generation always ends up garnering the same stereotypes -- lazy, ignorant and apathetic. Back in the 60’s, the hippies were regarded as jobless and out of touch with reality. Since then, there has been Generation X, angsty 90’s teens,...

MCPS must mend mental health

MCPS must mend mental health

January 10, 2018


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

“I don't wanna be alive, I don't wanna be alive, I just wanna die today, I just wanna die.” These words, written by Grammy-nominated rapper and MCPS native Logic, have tragically proven to ring true for many MCPS students. In light of the tragic suicides at Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman High...

MCPS, give students, staff a break

MCPS, give students, staff a break

November 21, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

Once again, the MCPS school board is altering the school year schedule. For the 2018-19 year, election day and Jewish holidays cut into the schedule. In response, there were five schedule proposals created. The chosen model only has two professional days and shortens spring break to a mere four days...

CHS, stop undermining mental illness

October 24, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Mental illnesses: serious, yet stigmatized conditions that impact countless members of the CHS community. But when those conditions are stereotyped or referenced in casual context, it completely undermines the severity of mental health disorders. Despite the rise of mental health issues in America,...

MCPS grading changes prove overwhelming and confusing for students and parents

MCPS grading changes prove overwhelming and confusing for students and parents

By Observer Opinion

October 4, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

The idea that change is a good thing is a well known concept, however MCPS really took that saying to heart. Ending the use of Edline as a way for students to check grades is only the most recent of many changes that MCPS has sprung on the students and staff, leaving us bewildered and overwhelmed. The...

Activities: Quality Over Quantity

Activities: Quality Over Quantity

By Observer Opinion

June 13, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

Captain of a varsity sports team, a position on the student government, president of several clubs, skilled artist, member of numerous honor societies, over 200 hours of volunteer work, a multi-AP class course load and straight A’s. It seems impossible, but this is the goal of many CHS students who...

Say Yes: Teach Affirmative Consent

May 26, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Recently, Montgomery County made headlines for a rape that occurred at Rockville High School. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one out of every five American women have been victims of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Furthermore, on college campuses, one...

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