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Chin Up, Churchill

Chin Up, Churchill

January 4, 2016


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Chin up, Churchill. Recently, there’s been a case of negativity going around, whether it be because of acts of violence or accumulation of academic stress. But even in the face of it, it’s important to stay positive, to find those cliched silver linings in storm clouds wherever we can. Ordinarily,...

CHS Rises UP as a Strong Community

CHS Rises UP as a Strong Community

December 22, 2015


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On Nov. 10, CHS stepped UP. The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) came to CHS Nov. 10 to protest the CHS Gay-Straight Alliance club and our general acceptance of diversity. Though the general feelings of disapproval towards the WBC are widespread, it was clear through the student-created Facebook group...

Wellness Weekends Not Done So Well

Wellness Weekends Not Done So Well

October 29, 2015


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Wellness Weekend at CHS doesn’t work so well. Every so often, CHS has a Wellness Weekend, where teachers are instructed not to assign homework on Friday to be done over the weekend and turned in on Monday. It’s supposed to allow students a little time to destress, focus on extracurriculars or...

Quarter Exams Only Add More Stress

Quarter Exams Only Add More Stress

September 29, 2015


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Those two weeks in January and June that you have reserved for stress, tears, and nights of poring over notes? Go ahead and schedule two more. Every nine weeks, to be exact. MCPS has decided to replace two-hour semester exams twice a year with 45-minute quarter exams four times a year, starting as...

New SMOB needs to make role relevant

New SMOB needs to make role relevant

April 29, 2015


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With the way SMOB works right now, we see the candidates everywhere we look in the month before the election. We watch the “Meet the Candidates” video in a darkened classroom and try to ignore the sleeping student next to us, then vote for the student we think wore the better outfit. And then we...

Shame on you, parents. Where’s the integrity?

Shame on you, parents. Where’s the integrity?

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

February 24, 2015


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Dear Dr. Benz, My child has been dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety brought about by this time of year. He has worked long and hard this past semester, copying his classmates’ homework, finding answers online, and begging his teachers for 10 percent grade bumps. Please consider this request...

Chromebooks cause more harm than good

By Fiona Ashury, Opinions Editor

December 23, 2014


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

The typical school day includes going to class, listening to lectures and taking notes. But what if that giant backpack full of papers and notes disappeared and was replaced with one computer? This is a reality, CHS, and it’s called a “Chromebook.” Chromebooks, Google drive accounts, and Google...

Clubs not always started for wrong reason

Clubs not always started for wrong reason

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

November 20, 2014


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Seventy-five SSL hours is a burdensome requirement for many MCPS students, but an easy enough feat to accomplish. Although nowhere in the graduation requirements does it call for a student to start his own club, volunteer regularly at a retirement home and protest for equal pay, more and more CHS students...

Social media new medium for censorship

Social media new medium for censorship

By Fiona Ashbury, Opinions Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Twitter. It’s a quick, easy way for news to spread and ideas to be shared. At the Observer we use our @CHS_Observer account as one more way to communicate with the CHS community in an informative and relatively light-hearted way. However, on Sept. 29, this social network became a way for our rights...

School rankings neglect true performance

School rankings neglect true performance

By Fiona Ashbury, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2014


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  According to the U.S. News Best High Schools list, 95 percent of CHS students scored at the proficient level in English, 97 percent of students scored proficient in Algebra and CHS received a score of 85.2 in college readiness. As for our overall ranking, zero. Unranked and unrecognized, CHS is...

College admissions shouldn’t favor race

College admissions shouldn’t favor race

By Katie Clem, Production Manager

June 3, 2014


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Fifty years ago on July 2, the iconic Civil Rights Act was passed. This act was the first and most well-known attempt at creating equality among people of different races. However, three years before that, the first mention of affirmative action was in John Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925. Affirmative...

Test change will not live up to expectations

Test change will not live up to expectations

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

April 21, 2014


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The HSA, the MSA, the SAT, the ACT and now the PARCC. The lives of students at CHS are cluttered with the acronyms of standardized testing. With the alphabet soup comes the inevitable doubt: How much is too much? Test after test, students’ patience is wearing thin. In a generation obsessed with gat...

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