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New hall pass policy restricts students

New hall pass policy restricts students

By Brett Sachs and Jane Zankman, Chief Production Manager and Production Editor

November 7, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

"Who are you? Where are you coming from? Do you have permission to be here?" These questions might sound like they were taken straight out of a CIA interrogation room, but CHS students experience such questioning daily when they walk through the hallways. The unnecessarily strict enforcement of hall ...

Scoreboard funds better spent elsewhere

By Brittany Goodman, Features Editor

September 25, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

How likely is it that a CHS student-athlete will go pro? Let’s just say most students should not depend on it as a career choice.  Professional sports today are so competitive that it is extremely unlikely for even one of CHS star players to get signed on a professional level. Because of this, CHS...

Flipped classes would increase achievement

Flipped classes would increase achievement

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

May 25, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

At the height of the Information Age, we have at our fingertips what is perhaps humanity’s greatest invention: the Internet. This technology reduces all kinds of human feats, from the rapid spread of ideas to chatting with a friend across the world, to the simplicity of a few keystrokes. It is trul...

‘Hunger Games’ not unlike college process

‘Hunger Games’ not unlike college process

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

May 2, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

  As parents and teachers sat down at movie theaters to see what all the fuss was about, they were nothing short of appalled at the scenes forced into their heads by the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, The Hunger Games. They were revolted by the glorification of teenagers slaughtering each...

Student glorify school violence online

Student glorify school violence online

March 26, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

 Last month, a fight broke out at CHS. While fights are not that rare in high schools, one troubling aspect of this fight was that many CHS students were involved, not just the ones who threw a punch.  In this case, the bystanders were part of the problem, not the solution. At least one student’s fir...

Eliminating on-level history adds pressure

Eliminating on-level history adds pressure

February 21, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

The CHS administration and social studies department are considering eliminating on-level U.S. History for the 2012-2013 school year. This pending decision is largely justified as a method of accomplishing goals established by the School Improvement Plan (SIP), a yearly report developed by administrators...

Old school toys not in the story for youth

Old school toys not in the story for youth

December 20, 2011


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 High school students are a bit young for nostalgia, but as we approach the holiday season and see how toys are evolving for a new generation of young children, it may be time to take a moment to reminisce about the good old days when toys were just toys, plain and simple. A generation from now, our...

CHS needs to slow down morning routine

CHS needs to slow down morning routine

November 21, 2011


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

 Between 7 and 7:25 a.m., something strange happens to this normally well-behaved CHS community. A significant portion of CHS parents and students seem to lose all common sense and respect for the law when it comes time to get out of the car and walk into the school building. Parents drop off illegally...

An MCPS Halloween: all tricks, no treats

October 26, 2011


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

 Halloween has, and always will be, one of the greatest holidays. Children enjoy picking out costumes, teens enjoy socializing with their friends, and adults get to act like kids. But this year, instead of a late night crammed with great partying or trick-or-treating, MCPS students from kindergarten...

Study challenges criticisms of social media

September 27, 2011


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

It seems that no matter what CHS students have going on—APs, projects, sports, applications, clubs, extracurriculars or jobs—there is always time for Facebook. As technology becomes increasingly convenient, teens are seemingly spending more time chatting on Facebook than interacting in person. Ma...

CHS school spirit reaches all-time low

May 13, 2011


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Every year, CHS students are required to go to the fall pep rally. And every year, numerous students seem to be “missing “  from the event, and many of those who actually attend seem eager to leave early. Being in charge of school spirit can be quite a burden at CHS. At the end of this year, social...

Nuclear energy effects dramatized by media

April 11, 2011


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

In the wake of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, less than half of the American public is in favor of nuclear energy. According to a March 22 CBS News poll, only 43 percent of Americans approve of building new nuclear power facilities, a 14 percent decrease from 2008. While the situation in Japan is...

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