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MCPS votes for new SMOB

MCPS votes for new SMOB

By Sophie Liss, Senior Writer

May 17, 2019

Junior Nate Tinbite of Kennedy High School was elected to be the 42nd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) April 24. The SMOB provides a connection between MCPS students and the Montgomery County Board of Education by representing students’ issues at board meetings. Sophomores and juniors are eligi...

WCHS Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Day

WCHS Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Day

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2019

Cancer affects many WCHS student in some way, whether they have a family member or friend with cancer, or they get involved with trying to prevent and spread awareness of cancer. It is important to start thinking about cancer prevention at a young age in order to be preventative and prepared to take on the man...

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019

If you are an MCPS student, the phrase “lockdown” likely generates memories of covering classroom windows, locking the door and sitting silently under desks during drills and emergencies. However, MCPS is now making changes to active assailant situation procedures coinciding with the “Maryland...

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2018

A proposal introduced in Aug. suggested that the National Park Service (NPS) should require protestors to reimburse the agency for the support and security it provides during demonstrations. In addition, other proposals would limit the amount of people that can protest and the areas they are allowed ...

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

By Jenna Greenzaid and Sophie Liss

November 19, 2018

After recent incidents at WCHS in which anti-semitic symbols were drawn on school property and a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, WCHS has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to introduce new forums where students can discuss their thoughts on hate within the MCPS community. Each...

Q&A with Principal Brandice Heckert

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2018

This year, Brandice Heckert has taken over as CHS principal and has already brought a multitude of new changes to the school, as well as an increase in school spirit. Heckert was the assistant principal at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School before being appointed principal of CHS. She was previously...

New principal arrives at CHS

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

June 8, 2018

The MCPS Board of Education appointed Ms. Brandice Heckert to be the new principal of CHS May 21. Heckert will replace principal Joan Benz July 1. Heckert was the assistant principal at Bethesda Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School before being appointed principal of CHS. She was also previously a math teach...

Girl Up clubs join forces and rise up

Girl Up clubs join forces and rise up

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

May 13, 2018

On Apr. 27, Girl Up clubs from CHS, Walt Whitman High School and Walter Johnson High School hosted an advocacy night to promote female empowerment and women’s rights. The event featured a showing of the movie “Hidden Figures” and a presentation by employment lawyer Rani Rolston about sexu...

SGA establishes Turkey Trot, Fall Festival event

By Sophie Liss, Sports Editor

November 21, 2017

CHS’ student government association (SGA) will host the first ever Turkey Trot walk and carnival Nov. 28 to promote school and community spirit.   The Turkey Trot event will consist of a five kilometer walk, followed by a carnival with games and other activities for CHS students and fam...

MCPS adopts new grade-viewing system

MCPS adopts new grade-viewing system

By Sophie Liss, Sports Editor

October 5, 2017

MCPS has created and implemented a new platform for reporting grades posting assignments:myMCPS Classroom. This will replace the use of Edline for the 2017-2018 school year. The new system is more cost effective than Edline was, allows teachers to annotate and write comments on documents as they gr...

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