The Observer

Behind Closed Doors: MCPS uses database to record and track inappropriate teacher behavior

By Ilana Berger, Senior Writer

April 28, 2014


Filed under Uncategorized

MCPS prides itself in having the brightest students and most capable staff in the country. CHS has been a National Blue Ribbon School for years. However, no amount of prestigious awards can cover a serious problem with which MCPS has struggled: incidents of inappropriate staff behavior towards students....

Airlines consider offering in-flight cell service

Airlines consider offering in-flight cell service

By Ilana Berger, Online News Editor

January 2, 2014


Filed under Features

Ain’t no river wider enough, ain’t no valley low enough to break the sacred bond between an individual and his or her cell phone. Leading in-flight wireless company GoGo, Inc. has launched a service called GoGo Text &Talk, which allows airplane passengers to send and receive text messages and pho...

Author gives talk at CHS

Author gives talk at CHS

By Ilana Berger, Online News Editor

December 3, 2013


Filed under Observations

Members of the CHS community listened as Potomac parent Vaddey Ratner discussed her best-selling novel, Under the Shade of the Banyan, on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.   The Winston Churchill High School Educational Foundation (WCHSEF) was responsible for organizing the event. The foundation is non-profit...

AP Lit teacher publishes first book of poetry

AP Lit teacher publishes first book of poetry

By Ilana Berger, Online News Editor

September 25, 2013


Filed under Arts, Books

Jeffrey Savett, AP Literature and  Composition teacher, published July 29 his first poetry chapbook, a short collection of poems that revolve around a common theme. Titled Preservation, and published by CoreyJF Publishing, the book contains poetry from throughout Savett’s career. Q: Many students...

Students should forget about tanning and go natural

By Jessica Gold, Staff Writer, Ilana Berger, Online News Editor

May 30, 2013


Filed under Column, Opinions

With school days dwindling down to single digits, it seems like almost every teenager is talking about heading to the beach to get a nice summer glow. However, for every way that tanning may seem to benefit an individual, there are a million ways that it could go horribly wrong. This obsession with be...

The Joy Formidable defies sophomore slump

The Joy Formidable defies sophomore slump

By Ilana Berger, Fact Checker

February 28, 2013


Filed under Arts, Music

 If Muse and Arcade Fire had a baby, it would be Welsh indie rock band: The Joy Formidable. The band released their second album, Wolf’s Law, Jan 21.  Singer and guitarist Bryan Ritzy, drummer Matt Thomas and bassist Rhydian Dafydd released their first album, The Big Roar, in 2011 and turned head...

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