The Observer

Virtual learning homework is ineffective and stressful

WCHS spend each week on Zoom classes to be given more online homework to do. Being on a computer for this long is very stressful and exhausting for students and makes it harder for students to really absorb the information from homework assignments.
December 23, 2020

Ever since the pandemic hit and schools went fully virtual in March 2020, schools have had to adapt their curriculums and change the way they teach to fit being on Zoom. Teachers are trying to incorporate...

Presidential inauguration must be safe and unifying

Joe Biden gets inaugurated in 2008. This is the second time that Joe Biden will be sworn into power.
December 14, 2020

In a world with a raging pandemic, the task of designing an inauguration becomes much greater. How should the Biden team handle this task and should Churchill students start booking their tickets? To...

WCHS students experience changes in sleep during COVID-19

The results of The Churchill Observer's Instagram poll on how COVID-19 has effected students' sleep. A majority (58 percent) say they have gotten more sleep.
December 11, 2020

In a year of loss, from businesses to people and in-person education, sleep can be added to the list. Data shows sleeping habits are changing since COVID-19, impacted nearly every facet of daily life....

MCPS should not return to in person learning

As online school becomes the new normal, students are learning to reap the benefits of virtual learning. Many students join school from the comfort of their beds, a definite improvement from previously having to wake up in the early morning to get to school.
December 10, 2020

After over eight months of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it finally seems like a vaccine for this deadly illness is almost ready for public consumption. With the prospect of things returning...

Self care in the time of COVID-19: how to combat pandemic fatigue

Being pent up at home, socially isolated from others, can lead to detrimental consequences to one's mental health. Taking the time for self care is important during these hard times.
December 10, 2020

As cases continue to surge across the U.S., citizens are tired of the bottled up feelings of social isolation. While it is important to follow new, stricter public health guidelines to limit the spread,...

Safe activities for teens during COVID-19

Catherine Kutson attended Artechouse in early November. The Crystalline exhibit features many different blue themed rooms that all include interactive pieces of artwork as well as many different photo opportunities.
December 10, 2020

Although it is in our best interest to stay home as much as possible, it can be very detrimental for people’s mental health. This elongated period of social isolation can result in depression, anti-socialness...

Freshmen students struggle with connections during virtual learning

It is hard for the different freshmen to connect and form bonds while school is in a virtual environment and they only get interaction over zoom.
December 10, 2020

Virtual school has caused everyone to be separated from their school friends, activities and communities. Freshmen are now over a quarter into their first year at WCHS and many are still struggling to...

MCPS teachers torn on returning to in person learning

MCPS's new health metric matrix helps sent baselines for the possibility of the return to in-person learning
December 10, 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools recently released the list of requirements that must be met before in-person learning can resume. All of this comes as we slowly inch closer to the date of February 1st...

Yearbook team faces challenges with COVID-19 safety concerns

This page of the WCHS yearbook from last school year displays the
November 29, 2020

In 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his constituents to keep pushing forward, so that one day they would be praised for their courage.  “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties,...

COVID-19 takes a toll on student mental health

Dillian George's mental health has gone down the drain because she misses school sports and doesn't have motivation to do her school work.  She procrastinates in school and wants to have that social interaction that she had on school and the relationships with her teachers.
November 29, 2020

Since the start of the school year, students around the country have been participating in online school which has affected their mental health in many ways for the better or worse. In some cases, the...

Early College Program offers a unique education experience

A view of a building at Montgomery College's Rockville campus. Because of COVID-19, classes in the Early College Program are being held virtually, instead of on campus.
November 29, 2020

Like most American 16-year-olds, Ariadne Dimitoglou is doing her schooling from home. Unlike most of her classmates, who are learning material from their junior year of high school, she is learning at...

Boys basketball team prepares for season

The 2020 WCHS Boys Varsity basketball team is shown in the picture with two of their coaches. The photo was taken at the beginning of the basketball season. The text next to the image shows how dominant the team was, starting their season off with a 7-1 record.
November 22, 2020

After winning the 2020 Regional Championship for 4A West Region 1, the WCHS varsity boys basketball team looks to defend their title this coming winter. With a delayed season scheduled to start on Feb....

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