The Observer

Budget cuts will affect jobs, class size

By Eugenia Cardinale and Isabel Dibble

March 23, 2015

Due to budget cuts, MCPS schools will face staff reductions and class size increases next school year. The Montgomery County Board of Education, employee associations, the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) and interim Superintendent Larry Bowers are working with elected...

CHS students attend national campaign on mental health

CHS students attend national campaign on mental health

By Danielle Kiefer and Hannah Yasharoff

March 11, 2015

Give an Hour, a nonprofit organization that helps provide veterans and their families with volunteer mental health professionals, launched their Campaign to Change Direction at the Newseum March 5 to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Several CHS students attended the event through UMTTR,...

CHS begins intramural roller skating program

CHS begins intramural roller skating program

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

February 25, 2015

As evidenced by the various posters hanging around the school, on Feb. 23 CHS began offering indoor roller skating for students during lunch in the back gym, complete with provided skates. “This is the first time for Churchill and the first time for any other high school in Montgomery County,”...

MoCo, Governor work to stop epidemic of heroin use

MoCo, Governor work to stop epidemic of heroin use

By Katie Gauch and Sammi Silber

February 24, 2015

Marijuana, cocaine and Adderall. While these are some of the most prevalent drugs in the area today, one tends to go unnoticed: heroin. In the past years, use of this narcotic has dramatically increased throughout Montgomery County, leading to a rise in heroin-related deaths throughout the state. According...

New and improved Google Classroom replaces Edline

New and improved Google Classroom replaces Edline

By Arjun Swaminathan, Online Arts Editor

February 24, 2015

The first step towards replacing Edline in MCPS has begun with the implementation of Google Classroom, a brand new interface that is already taking root in CHS classrooms. The idea to include Google Classroom in the curriculum originated at the level of the MCPS superintendent.  As an educational...

Excuses, excuses: exam exemptions

By Ana Faguy and Isabel Dibble

February 24, 2015

Story updated February 27, 2015 After months of class discussions, homework, quizzes and tests, CHS students spent the beginning of the new year studying and preparing for first semester exams. Not all students, however, ended up taking exams due to exemptions. Exam exemptions allow students who have...

Registration moves from pen and paper to online

Registration moves from pen and paper to online

By Lauren Roseman, Staff Writer

February 23, 2015

Forget about that long and tedious process of registering for classes, where students have to search the course bulletin to find a four-numbered code for each class, write it on the registration card and bring the card to school the next day counselors can add them to the database. This year, in order...

Superintendent Starr steps down after four years

Superintendent Starr steps down after four years

By Jasmine Baten, Photo Editor

February 23, 2015

After weeks of speculation following Starr’s possible contract renewal as superintendent for the next four years, he announced his resignation Feb. 3. “It has been an honor to serve as the superintendent of MCPS,” Starr said. “I thank the Board of Education for the opportunity to lead one...

County changes school start times with input from community rally

County changes school start times with input from community rally

By Hannah Yasharoff, Public Relations and Social Media Editor

February 10, 2015

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted Feb. 10 to push back MCPS starting times, effective next school year. High school and middle schools will begin 20 minutes later and elementary schools will begin 10 minutes later. According to a press release from Board President Patricia O’Neill,...

Park brings Potomac watershed from surf to turf

Park brings Potomac watershed from surf to turf

By Eugenia Cardinale, Production Editor

December 22, 2014

Children in the Potomac area will soon have a place where they can learn about their local environment in an interesting and interactive way with the opening of the area’s first interpretive playground. An interpretative playground is one designed around a specific theme. The theme of this playground...

Broken heating system makes weather inside frightful

Broken heating system makes weather inside frightful

By Isabel Dibble, Online Observations Editor

December 22, 2014

CHS continues to experience maintenance problems with the heat and air condition systems, leading to faculty and students sweltering in classrooms. Hot conditions in the classrooms began Nov. 17 and lasted until Nov. 21 when Principal Joan Benz announced that maintenance fixed the heating and air condition...

New school opens in ’17

New school opens in ’17

By Katie Gauch, Editor-in-Chief

December 22, 2014

Though plans for a new elementary school in Rockville are starting to emerge, the new school isn’t expected to open until the 2017 school year. The elementary school will be located at the Montgomery Country Children’s Resource Center at 332 W. Edmonston Drive. “The school is being built...

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