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School rankings neglect true performance

School rankings neglect true performance

By Fiona Ashbury, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2014

  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

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

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...

Creativity is key to thriving on social media

Creativity is key to thriving on social media

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

February 27, 2014

Social Media sites seem to be endless these days: Twitter, Vine, Tumblr, Instagram, and the most ubiquitous, Facebook. According to a February 2014 ABC.com article, Facebook has 1.23 billion users and 46.6 percent of North America uses it. Surprisingly enough, even with these staggering statistics...

Handing up campaign has its pros and cons

Handing up campaign has its pros and cons

January 7, 2014

Living outside of DC in a highly-populated area, we have all had some sort of exposure to people who are homeless. Often, one feels compelled to put some money in an outstretched cup or extended hand for a fellow human down on his or her luck. Apparently, that is not the way to go. Sadly, there are...

CHS should mourn national tragedies

CHS should mourn national tragedies

By Gil Jacobson, Production Editor

December 20, 2013

Any ordinary Friday morning would involve classes starting smoothly at 7:25 and the Daily Dose airing for the last five minutes of fourth period.  However, this was no ordinary Friday morning.  Or at least it should not have been. CHS did nothing to even recognize Nelson Mandela’s recent death,...

Cell phone policy is great in moderation

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

November 26, 2013

It is a glorious time to be a student at CHS. The constricting bonds regarding electronic use during school hours have been loosened. According to the CHS website, a new policy allows students to use electronic devices between class periods and during class with teacher permission. Thanks to this new...

CHS, it’s time to show your spirit

CHS, it’s time to show your spirit

October 30, 2013

CHS was yet again ranked the number one high school in Maryland based off reading and math scores, college readiness, and student-to-teacher ratio. Yet, despite our high standings, we rank low when it comes to widespread school spirit. If someone were to walk into a CHS classroom and ask for a show ...

Sitting or Standing, students deserve respect

Sitting or Standing, students deserve respect

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

September 24, 2013

The Pledge of Allegiance was originally written Sept. 8, 1892 with several additions made over the years. The version used today, with the words "under God" and the act of standing in salute to the flag on the wall was proposed and finally settled on in 1954. For some people, the Pledge is a way for them...

Students should pay attention to the arts

Students should pay attention to the arts

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

May 30, 2013

Because of the departure of notable teachers in the arts department, rumors are swirling about the future of CHS performing arts. Students are worried that the programs may change for the worse, but instead of panicking, students should focus on using their own talents to keep the arts going strong. ...

Reaction to cheating only rewards dishonesty

Reaction to cheating only rewards dishonesty

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

April 30, 2013

During the 2013 AP Language semester exam, numerous students found a copy of the exam online prior to taking it and, upon discovering it was the exact exam they would be taking, they distributed and used this exam to study, which, of course, is cheating. Originally, these students were to get zeros for...

Brickyard shows worst of political system

April 5, 2013

After nearly two years of legal battles, sloganeering and dramatization, county officials have scrapped plans to convert Nick Maravell’s beloved farm off Brickyard Road in Potomac into a kids’ soccer complex. At what cost? Between the picket signs and the accusing videos, the lawsuits and the re...

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