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

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.
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...

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

The joint statement released by the leaders of Montgomery County Public Schools and three unions on Sept. 25. The statement made clear that just because they are giving a 45-day warning, does not mean school will return in person in 45 days.
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...

Drop boxes provide safe alternative to in-person voting

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.
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...

MAP testing provides important data that influences virtual learning

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.
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...

Vandalism of the track rocks WCHS community

October 15, 2020

Multiple graffiti drawings on the WCHS track rocked the community when it was reported on Sept. 5, becoming the second incident at the track in only a few days. The graffiti included topics  referencing...

Zoom meetings connect Principal Heckert and students

During the Tenth Grade Zoom on May 7, Principal Brandice Heckert explained the options for how MCPS would give students second semester grades. The zooms have been held with each grade level and allowed students and stafff to reconnect, and ask questions.
May 29, 2020

Three months ago, Zoom was a virtually unknown app. Now, it is being used to host events and meetings throughout the world. It has become so popular that Principal Brandice Heckert is using it to reconnect...

Top 5 Books to Read During Coronavirus

The covers of each of the top 5 books to read during coronavirus stacked on top of each other. While none of them are about a pandemic, they all have topics that can relate to this time.
May 29, 2020

For those lucky enough to not have to fight the coronavirus on the front lines, there seems to be a lot more free time than usual. Watching TV, Facetiming, doing puzzles, and going on walks are starting...

States shouldn’t reopen until they have a plan

 While Maryland is among the states that are still shut-down or have restrictions (gold on the map), other states like Georgia, Iowa and Montana have at least a partial reopening (dark green). Orders are lifting soon in Pennsylvania and North Carolina (pale green), even though no U. S. state has had their cases decrease for 14 days, something President Trump's plan recommended before Governors should reopen their states.
May 11, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths per day starts to plateau and shrink across the country, there comes the question, “What’s next?” For millions of unemployed Americans, they hope to return...

Politics have no place in popular sporting events

Politics have no place in popular sporting events
March 1, 2020

More than 102 million Americans watched Super Bowl LIV according to Adweek. This means nearly a third of the nation was watching the same channel. The game was filled with suspenseful moments, as the Kansas...

Early voter registration allows students to prepare for the future

Junior Liz Porter is registering to vote at WCHS during lunch. The Montgomery County Board of Elections registered students three days during lunch.
February 26, 2020

For three days at lunch, the Montgomery County Board of Education had a table at WCHS to allow students over the age of 16 the opportunity to register to vote.   While you have to be 18 to vote, Maryland...

Ben Phillipe’s new book guides students through high school

With its powerful friendships, stories and characters,
February 25, 2020

If only there was a guide to high school. What to do. How to do it. What to say. Dating, crushes, jobs, friendships, schoolwork and fitting in would be among the topics covered.  While there is no such...

“How to Be Safe” explores gun violence in America

February 23, 2020

The world is not always a safe place. There are robberies, drugs, alcohol and shootings. It is hard to be safe all the time, and Tom McAllister’s “How to Be Safe” certainly shows what it is like...

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