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Health class requirement is burden on students

By By Emily Plesset, Fact Checker

October 1, 2010

For a student to graduate in Maryland, he/she is required to complete one semester of a health-education course.  In MCPS, students are given the opportunity to take this course either in school, online during the summer or in summer school.   According to assistant principal Jan Fisher, there are...

Elimination of Kids Ride Free hurts teenagers

By By Zack Potter, Archives Manager

October 1, 2010

In response to the current economic recession and Montgomery County’s massive $1 billion budget gap for fiscal year 2010-2011, county executive Isiah Leggett has had to make millions of dollars in budget cuts.  However, he made the wrong decision this June when he decided to suspend the Kids Ride...

Hollander’s Hot Sauce

By By Ben Hollander, Columnist

September 30, 2010

Reflexes like a cat, stamina of a young bull and calves cut like diamonds—some have mentioned that I’m quite the athlete. It’s sincerely a shame that my affiliation with the Observer has prevented CHS from experiencing my athleticism in our “Athlete of the Month” section, so I’ve taken it...

Teen Talks does not amend past wrongs

September 30, 2010

The teenage years are all about learning. They’re a time to take risks, to make decisions, to explore identities and to make mistakes, all as part of a learning and growing experience. When a group of students from the current senior class were caught after hacking into the school’s computer system...

Green revolution must arrive at CHS

By By Sushen Thiyagarajan Online Breaking News Editor

September 3, 2010

Last year at CHS, I heard much debate about excess spending on electricity, yet after attempts to bring in more environmentally friendly lights, I witnessed even more controversy. Since CHS was ranked the high school that used the most electricity in Montgomery County this past year, many students...

Freshmen: fear not, spread your wings

By By Josh Samson Staff Writer

September 2, 2010

Fall 2010: these old hallways are once again occupied by thousands of students and staff members. Friends meet after months apart, some students try to get over the jet lag from their trips to tropical countries, and the flirting begins instantaneously. It’s easy to figure out who belongs to which...

A Letter to the Editors (June 2010)

June 2, 2010

Dear Editors, The April 30 article by Tony Raffa in the Observer reaffirmed my commitment to start a WCHS Crew team.  My interest in rowing was piqued after I attended the Navy Rowing Camp last summer.  I could not stop thinking about the open water and the blue sky, so I took up sculling in the summer...

Hollander’s Hot Sauce

By Ben Hollander,Staff Columnist

June 2, 2010

My fellow students, we are on the homestretch to summer. I can almost taste the post- noon breakfasts already. The approaching summer has filled these final few weeks with constant anticipation and planning for what is to be a great break. What makes summer so great? The lack of things to worry about. The...

Critics of violent movies should not enter the theatre

By Kyle Edwards, Opinions Production Editor and Spencer Ralph, Staff Writer

June 2, 2010

“We will be doing one thing and one thing only, killin’ Nazis,” said Lieutenant Aldo Rain from the hit summer blockbuster Inglourious Basterds, and nothing is more satisfying than hearing these words uttered. Even though “the bastards” were killing what most people would consider the worst...

Observer Opinion

May 28, 2010

A great deal of the college application process depends on the college rankings that are updated each year by U.S. World and News Report,which are read by alumni, trustees, administrators and applicants, and have come to serve as the go-to source for finding out which schools are the best in the country.  The...

Teacher favoritism harms class dynamic

Teacher favoritism harms class dynamic

By Alec Fanaroff, Online Opinions Editor

May 28, 2010

When I was in fifth grade, my math teacher would reward students who participated in class with a piece of candy for a correct answer.  Day after day, my little hand went up and I proudly announced the correct answer.  Day after day, I never got a piece of candy.  To the best of my memory, every student...

Retest policy leads to a lack of understanding

By Emilie Plesset, Fact Checker

May 28, 2010

Most classes require students to be assessed on learned material, especially by means of  summative tests, which are often given at the end of instructional units and account for a high percentage of the overall quarter grade.  However, this can be a problem when students find their grades falling...

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