The Observer

Is Cheerleading a sport? One reporter’s quest to find out

By By Charles Cook, Staff Writer

November 30, 2010

Just to clarify readers, no I am not the “official” Observer columnist, though many characterize me with traits pertaining to those of a young Ben Gloger. Well this month, my “informal” column addresses an issue that has just come to my attention: according to a legal judge ruling in a court ...

College Essays: 500 Words Doesn’t Make The Cut

By By Maddy Jacobs, Online Features Editor

November 29, 2010

This opinion article will be approximately 550 words, give or take a few. How much will you learn about me or my topic in that span? Enough to offer me residency or perhaps some money? Not even close. This is what colleges expect; they want their applicants to reveal themselves and their entire p...

Edline Eliminates Need For Interim Reports

By By Emily Plesset, Fact Checker

November 24, 2010

Though students’ grades are already available online, it is customary for MCPS students to have a half -day of school halfway through the marking period while teachers work on completing student interims to be subsequently mailed out to parents.  Because Edline already provides parents and students...

School Must Work To Help Alleviate Seniors’ Workload

By By Monika Saks, Features Production Editor

November 23, 2010

  There are simply not enough hours in the day to be a first semester senior. As if trying to plan the next four years of life isn’t stressful enough, mix in picking the right colleges to apply to, finding teachers to write recommendations, addressing numerous envelopes, and writing countless ...

Twitter Takes Social Networking to New Level

By By Kyle Edwards, Observations Production Editor

November 23, 2010

When I first got my Twitter page, many questioned, "Why would anybody use Twitter?" This upset me: though its reputation claims that all it does is post statuses and stalk celebs, there is more to it than meets the eye. Twitter not only proves to be more efficient, but also less time consuming than F...

Texas BOE’s New Textbooks Harm Nation

November 23, 2010

Before most research projects and assignments, teachers often give students meaningful advice about which sources to depend on—Wikipedia: often inaccurate; news articles: watch out for bias; sites found through Google: take extra precaution; textbooks: safe source. The only thing we trust more tha...

Hollander’s Hot Sauce

By By Ben Hollander, Staff Columnist

October 29, 2010

Whether it was the feeling of slipping on my new red Power Ranger costume, picking out my favorite pumpkin or begging strangers for chocolatey treats, everything about Halloween made it the best holiday as a child. No holiday, even the great harvest of Sukkot, could even measure up to the exhilarating...

Some parental punishment harms academic achievment

By By Emily Plesset, Fact Checker

October 29, 2010

According to a Sept. 6 Washington Post article, parents have updated their punishments to better fit technological times.  No longer are parents solely grounding their kids or keeping them home on lockdown— the so-called new and improved method of punishing involves confiscating cell phones, shutting...

Résumé padding raises competition to a new level

By By Sarah Reitzes, Fact Checker

October 29, 2010

On a Thursday evening last month, the CHS cafeteria was abuzz with students eagerly discussing and signing up for various extracurricular clubs at Club Night. However, a second glance at this seemingly innocent school function revealed that many of these students, particularly the college-obsessed juniors...

A Letter to the Editor

October 29, 2010

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the opinion article about the response to the new Churchill club Teen Talks and its founders.  I distinctly remember an assembly freshman year presented by a young man who had killed another person in a drunk driving accident.  He spoke to us about everything...

College Board has monopoly on education

October 29, 2010

The college admissions process is like one huge whirlwind—everything occurs very quickly and there is not much time to argue or think things through. Most students are advised by their parents, teachers and counselors about what classes to take, what standardized tests to focus on, and what Advanced...

Google empire takes invasion of privacy too far

By By Spenser Easterbrook, Advertising Manager

October 1, 2010

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt said after being questioned on the growing speculation surrounding Google’s privacy policy. The privacy of one’s Internet activity probably doesn’t go...

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