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WCHS English teacher wins MCCPTA Teacher of the Year

WCHS 9th grade english teacher, Grant Goodman, was the first teacher to get the MCCPTA Teacher of the Year Award.

By Melissa Redlich, Sports Editor

May 29, 2020

Need Grant Goodman in a nutshell? Read his last name: good man. WCHS’s very own Grant Goodman became the first teacher to get the Montgomery County Council Of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) Teacher of the Year Award.  According to Daria Daniel, the MCCPTA Awards Committee Chair, MCPS teachers and ...

MCPS student town hall meeting discusses school closures

Students from all around the county came together to attend the virtual town hall hosted by councilman Tom Hucker. The town hall featured many different student activist groups, smob candidates, and student journalists

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

May 13, 2020

On Weds. April 22, Councilmember Tom Hucker and Lynn Harris, hosted a virtual student town hall that allowed student activist groups to introduce their agenda and to answer questions that students had about how Montgomery County is handling the school closures. Councilman Hucker has held a couple of town ...

New MCPS LGBTQ+ Studies course makes history

The student members of MoCo Pride pose for a group picture. They have been working hard all year to create the country's first high school LGBTQ+ Studies curriculum.

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager

May 13, 2020

Over the past few years, MCPS has made efforts to diversify their curriculum. These changes include the introduction of books written by women and people in color into English curriculums, and the introduction of history courses beyond what is normally taught. In 2021, MCPS will extend this to member...

New and improved vending machines make it to WCHS

All WCHS vending machines have been replaced over the last few months. Shown are two of the new kinds of vending machines that have been installed around the school.

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager

March 9, 2020

Many WCHS students tend to satisfy their daily hunger with snacks from the vending machines spread throughout the school. With multiple machines and a variety of contents in each, it is hard to be unhappy with the selection.  However, after recent replacements of the vending machines, students have start...

MCPS continues to fight to keep summer short and sweet

WCHS students spend their extend vacation at the beach in late August. Under Gov. Larry Hogan's ruling, all Maryland schools will start after Labor Day, giving students a longer summer break.

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

March 3, 2020

In Aug. of 2016, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a mandate requiring school to start after Labor Day, denying the Montgomery County Board of Education the power to give each county the freedom to make their own decision in regards to school start dates.  In early 2019, the Maryland State Senate Committee voted on a bi...

MCPS should plan for more snow days

January 8 2020, students throughout montgomery county were sent home from school halfway throughout the day due to potential snow. The next morning, students and faculty awoke to much worse conditions and a larger amount of snow that did not prevent them ffrom missing school, just getting a delay.

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor

February 23, 2020

Whether it snows or not is completely out of our hands. As much as students may want it to work--flushing ice cubes down the toilet, sleeping with a spoon under pillows or wearing pajamas inside out-- it still might not snow.  In Montgomery County, students and teachers are designated a mere two day...

MCPS Board members showcase plans to redistrict schools

At the meeting, there were seven posters that explained different facts about MCPS districts and the timeline that was going to be followed. This poster explained the different phases as well as showed the other future meetings for audience members to see.

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

December 27, 2019

On Weds. Dec. 4, MCPS hosted a meeting at Gaithersburg High School to discuss the topic of redistricting. This was the first of six meetings planned to keep families up to date on the topic of redistricting, and the meeting was focused on phase one of the process. In phase one, MCPS is focused on data an...

MCPS students to vote on next year’s calendar

Junior Katherine Yi enjoys her winter break in Ontario, Canada. The new schedule changes allow for longer break times compared to previous years.

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor

November 13, 2019

MCPS has given students a choice of the next school calendar after the change in Maryland policy. To effectively compare schedules across different years, The Observer has added up the amount of days off for each MCPS school year since 2013. Each day off counts as one point, and each half day counts as a half point...

Tech updates needed within this technological age

Projectors that were used many years ago serve no purpose in this day and age as all they do is sit and collect dust.

By Ohio Meshanko, Promotions Manager

November 6, 2019

In recent years, many MCPS classrooms have been completely overhauled to accommodate a modern learning and teaching experience. The widespread adoption of Promethean boards and chromebooks, specifically, have allowed for lessons to be planned and organized faster and  cleaner than with markers or ch...

MCPS redistricting considered to quell inequity issues

MCPS total enrollment is predicted to rise to 168,480 students by 2022. Redistricting will resolve this issue.

By Fatima Yazdi, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2019

Montgomery County Public Schools such as WCHS have consistently ranked among the best in the country and are growing at high speeds, though a great divide exists between schools in wealthy areas and schools in less wealthy ones. Recently, this divide has sparked debate over whether or not Montgomery...

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

MCPS developed schoolwide training based on the nationally recognized

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...

MCPS school buses need to install seat belts

A MCPS school bus, used to drive elementary, middle and high school students, does not include seat belts, which is a possible safety hazard.

By Miranda Chung, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 21, 2018

The Oct. 8 limo crash in New York is considered to be the deadliest U.S. car accident in nine years according to the New York Times. After killing 20 people, including the driver of the vehicle and two pedestrians, the horrifying incident directed much needed attention on transportation safety.   ...

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