The Observer

The show can’t go on without the CHS tech crew

The show can’t go on without the CHS tech crew

By Gil Jacobson, Senior Writer

April 29, 2015


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Every school year, CHS puts on multiple productions ranging from Churchill’s Got Talent to Blast.  In addition to the on-stage performers who spend hours after school rehearsing, each performance requires a significant amount of behind-the-scenes work in order to ensure that everything is ready for show...

CHS students react to upcoming presidential election

CHS students react to upcoming presidential election

By Ana Faguy and Gil Jacobson

March 24, 2015


Filed under Uncategorized

This past fall, voters headed to the polls to cast their ballot in the 2014 midterms, but as the doors closed on the election, another opens: the fast approaching 2016 presidential election. The political sphere has been buzzing with excitement since contenders started to make their names known as...

Athlete Commits: Bethany Dubick

Athlete Commits: Bethany Dubick

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

March 23, 2015


Filed under Sports

Congratulations to junior Bethany Dubick who recently committed to play lacrosse at Oberlin College beginning in the spring of 2017. Only having started lacrosse four years ago, Dubick has played varsity lacrosse for CHS since her freshman year. She chose Oberlin because of its great lacrosse and...

Hockey wins State Championship with record-breaking dominance

Hockey wins State Championship with record-breaking dominance

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

March 3, 2015


Filed under Sports

The CHS Varsity One hockey team defeated Marriotts Ridge 10-0 in the 2015 Maryland Student Hockey League (MSHL) 2A championship at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel Feb. 27. This is CHS’ second state championship victory in three years. “We had a great group this year,” head coach Ray McKenzie...

Math teacher wins ‘My Favorite Teacher’ award

Math teacher wins ‘My Favorite Teacher’ award

By Gil Jacobson and Sammi Silber

November 21, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

Geometry teacher Hsinyu Ho won The Gazette’s “My Favorite Teacher” contest for MCPS high school teachers after being nominated and named a finalist earlier this school year. This award is given to a teacher who students believe exemplifies the model teacher.  Interested students were allowed ...

Starr looks to future as county continues to grow

Starr looks to future as county continues to grow

By Pablo Roa and Gil Jacobson

November 20, 2014


Filed under Top Stories

From an increased dependency on technology to a student population that is growing by thousands each year, in the three years since Joshua Starr became Superintendent of MCPS, he and the rest of MCPS leadership have adapted quickly to the ever-evolving conditions of the largest school system in Maryland. One...

Midterm elections bring sweeping changes

Midterm elections bring sweeping changes

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

November 12, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

Sweeping changes are coming to Capitol Hill and several state houses next year. Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate last week, with a current net pickup of eight seats, and strengthened their control of the U.S. House of Representatives, picking up 10 seats. Additionally, they picked up...

BOE pays law firm $140k to advise them in misuse of funds

BOE pays law firm $140k to advise them in misuse of funds

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Top Stories

MCPS paid D.C. law firm Venable, LLP $140,000 between May and August of this year to advise and defend the Board of Education (BOE) in an incident of recent credit card misuse. According to a September WJLA.com article, an ABC7 Watchdog Investigation revealed Board members using taxpayer-funded credit...

Number of unaccompanied minors increases

Number of unaccompanied minors increases

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

September 26, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

For centuries, people have sought better lives by immigrating to America, and it is no different for the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors newly enrolled in MCPS. According to Laura Newton, MCPS Director of the Division of School Counseling, Residency, and International Admissions (SCRIA),...

Class of 2018 bonds during Freshman Picnic

Class of 2018 bonds during Freshman Picnic

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

September 12, 2014


Filed under News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

CHS freshmen gathered at Shepherd Stadium during lunch Thursday for the annual D.A.W.G.S. Freshman Picnic. According to event co-chair and CHS parent Natasha Greig, D.A.W.G.S. is an acronym for “Dances and Activities with Great Spirit.” “The purpose of this event is to have the kids who come...

Teachers say goodbye to CHS after years of teaching

Teachers say goodbye to CHS after years of teaching

By Gil Jacobson, Ana Faguy, and Julia Heimlich

May 30, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

Gayle Jones After 35 years at CHS, spanish teacher Gayle Jones will retire at the end of June. CHS hired Jones for her first teaching job in February 1979 after another employee was transferred. “Spanish isn’t the only thing I’ve taught,” Jones said.  “I was a double major in college...

Anti-Semitism apparent outside Potomac bubble

Anti-Semitism apparent outside Potomac bubble

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

March 21, 2014


Filed under Features

Two recent incidents of Jewish mistreatment, one in Auschwitz, Poland Jan. 31 and the other in Dallas Feb. 19, have caused several to wonder if anti-Semitism is still present in the world today. Although Potomac’s high Jewish population isolates many from real-world anti-Semitism, these recent events...

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