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Chanel Miller speaks out

Miller wrote a memoir

By Sapna David, Features Editor

October 23, 2019

Many people have heard of the Brock Turner case, the Stanford swimmer accused of assault with intent to rape an unconscious girl after a frat party, but for years she was known as “Emily Doe.” Four years later, she shares her story, as Chanel Miller on Sept. 22 on CBS “60 Minutes.” The in...

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...

CHS hosts MCR to vote for 2018-2019 officers

Newly elected officers Nate Tinbite, Safwan Masood, Pranav Tadikonda and SMOB elect Ananya Tadikonda  pose with past officers Michael Yin and former SMOB Matt Post.

By Dani Miller, News Editor

May 9, 2018

Montgomery County Regional (MCR) SGA held a county-wide meeting April 18 in the CHS auditorium. Over 200 students attended the meeting from schools all over MCPS to vote for next year’s MCR officers. According to the MCR SGA website, MCR is a county-wide student government association that represents...

MCPS Extends School Year by One Day Due to Snow

Sophomore Nina Aksentijevich enjoys the snow during January’s blizzard.

By Sofia Williamson, Online Opinions Editor

May 3, 2016

MCPS extended the 2015-2016 school year by one day, making the last day of the school year June 20. The request for the one-day waiver was approved by the Maryland State Department of Education April 19. State officials originally rejected an MCPS-requested waiver March 30 to disregard the two days l...

Students Respond to Lack of Transgender Policy

MCPS does not have a specified bathroom policy for transgender students.

By Tatiana Hewitt, Senior Writer

May 3, 2016

Though the state of Maryland has had a law in place since 2014 that protects the rights of transgender individuals, MCPS has yet to implement any specific policies regarding transgender students. At CHS, there is a community of transgender students who have legally changed their name and gender, but ...

CHS Community Mourns Loss of Junior

Photo Courtesy of Finest Hours

By Thomas Atkinson, News Editor

May 2, 2016

Junior Anna Castillo (Maya Castle) passed away April 16 at the age of 16. She is survived by parents Daniela and Victor Castillo and extended family members. Maya’s legal name was Anna Castillo, but she preferred to be called Maya Castle. She was especially active in the CHS Art Departmen...

Prospective bill to increase county construction funding

Bells Mill ES is one of several schools the county has renovated in the last 10 years, but many more have to wait until there is enough funding to be renovated.

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor

March 25, 2015

In an effort to satisfy the county’s growing school construction needs, MCPS officials and Maryland state legislators are pursuing legislation that would increase the amount of funding the county gets each year for new school construction and modernization projects. The bill, which is currently...

CHS students react to upcoming presidential election

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Scott Walker and Elizabeth Warren.

By Ana Faguy and Gil Jacobson

March 24, 2015

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...

MCPS’ seven snow days plow plans, schedules

Snow days ate up time and caused cancellations of traditional school events.

By Jordan Janis, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2015

A staggering seven snow days this winter have affected CHS students both inside and outside of the classroom, from standardized test preparation to extracurricular activities being cancelled. With the state requirement of 180 school days per year, the county has decided as of March 20 to stick with...

Mandatory PARCC affects scheduling, class time

Information Technology specialist Robert Jones and assistant principal Joshua Neuman-Sunshine have overseen PARCC implementation this year.

By Emily Wang and Balbina Yang

March 23, 2015

More than 500 CHS students participated in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests this month. According to a February 2015 MCPS letter, PARCC provides a better measurement of whether students are prepared for college once they graduate from high school. “The...

Peers sources of strength in mental health program

The National Honor Society is bringing a new organization, Sources of Strength, to CHS to help those struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts.

By Lauren Roseman, Staff Writer

March 23, 2015

This year, the National Honor Society (NHS) is bringing the suicide prevention program “Sources of Strength” to CHS in order to bring awareness to recognizing suicidal signs in students. Every year, the NHS selects a topic to advocate for, and this year the students chose to focus on suicide prevention. According...

Staff get access cards

Staff get access cards

By Isabel Dibble, Online Observations Editor

March 23, 2015

CHS staff received access cards that will allow them to use card scanners outside the school to enter the building during certain hours. CHS will now be locking doors during the school day, with the exception of 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. when students arrive. “The most important effect of the cards is...

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