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 The lunchroom at WCHS has desks spread out so students can practice social distancing. The lunchroom and Auxiliary Gym will be used for students eating lunch in Phase 1.2.

WCHS administration discuss school reopening plans

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

When the Montgomery County Board of Education confirmed that students would return to in-person school in March, there were a lot of questions- most notably, surrounding how schools would open safely....

The main enterance at Winston Churchill High School in October 2020. WCHS, like all Montgomery County Public Schools, has been closed since Mar. 13, 2020.

Montgomery County Board of Education votes to re-open schools in March

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor February 15, 2021

Lunches have been at home. Sports have been virtual. Classes have been taken over Zoom. It has been nearly one year since students in Montgomery County, Md. have been to school, due to COVID-19. Montgomery...

Snow piles up during a snow storm in Potomac, Md. during the winter of 2016.

Snow days are beneficial during virtual learning

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor January 27, 2021

Sleeping in late, staying in pajamas all day and drinking hot chocolate are synonymous with two things: snow days and the first semester, at a minimum, of the 2020-21 school year. The line has blurred...

The homepage of the Canvas page for the Culture of Respect training. Students can access this training, which can earn them two Student Service Learning hours, by using Canvas.

Culture of Respect Training provides necessary information on how to recognize bullying and harassment

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison December 14, 2020

In 2018, high school athletes at Damascus High School in Damascus, Md. were hazed and sexually assaulted, emphasizing the need for change and promotion of respect. The conclusion of the investigation led...

During the 11th grade class meeting, students and staff played

Virtual grade-level meetings connect students before Thanksgiving break

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison December 14, 2020

While students looked forward to Thanksgiving, they first had to get through Monday and Tuesday, which included club and grade-level meetings, teacher check-ins and a variety of other activities meant...

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

WCHS students experience changes in sleep during COVID-19

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor 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....

The three guidance questions that students discussed during the first day of the virtual study circle. The questions allowed students the opportunity to discuss current events, including COVID-19 and the protests about race in America.

The Restorative Justice and Student Coalition sparks important conversations during advisory

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison November 30, 2020

Scheduled at the beginning of B-days for WCHS students, advisory periods have been filled with various lesson plans including note-taking, self-advocacy and mental health. However, none have encouraged...

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.

Early College Program offers a unique education experience

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor 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...

A copy of the official SAT study guide for 2020. Seniors in Montgomery County, Md. can take the test for free in November and December.

Free SAT offerings ensure seniors are given the opportunity to test during COVID-19

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison November 5, 2020

When the Scholastic Assessment Test was canceled in the spring and summer due to COVID-19, many high school seniors were left with few options. Some had not even taken the test, while others were looking...

Many teachers are stressed about the possibility of returning to in-person learning. MCPS stated the new 45-day warning does not mean school will return in person in 45 days.

45-day notice requirement eases the teachers unions fear of returning back to school

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison November 5, 2020

Bedrooms became classrooms when COVID-19 forced schools to close last spring. Now, more than six months into virtual-learning, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Returning to in-person school...

An offical drop box from the state of Maryland for the 2020 election sits outside the main enterance at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. on Oct. 18.

Drop boxes provide safe alternative to in-person voting

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor November 1, 2020

When COVID-19 struck during an election year, the question raised was how would people vote safely. Drop boxes became the answer. These boxes have turned community centers and local high schools, including...

When students finished the MAP test, they received a screen that gave them their score. The page included their overall score, as well as the score and range students were in for specific sections.

MAP testing provides important data that influences virtual learning

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison October 16, 2020

As if sourdough bread making, virtual school, and masks weren’t already enough, COVID-19 has now also added MAP testing to WCHS students’ lives.  The ‘Measures of Academic Progress’ Growth...

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