The Observer

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...

Silver Diner lets schools ‘eat well, do well’

Silver Diner lets schools ‘eat well, do well’

By Danielle Kiefer, Features Editor

December 19, 2014

Milkshakes, burgers and fries are not the only thing you can get at the Silver Diner. With their “Eat Well, Do Well” program, every time you eat a Maryland, Virginia or New Jersey-based restaurant, a portion of the proceeds will go towards local schools. “Every time a guest swipes their card,...

Sex abuse cases raise questions about county policies

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor

December 19, 2014

In light of recent incidents involving inappropriate behavior conducted by two MCPS staff members, some county officials are questioning whether principals are taking appropriate measures and doing enough to communicate with parents on matters regarding staff behavior. According to a November 2014...

CHS literary magazine hosts winter concert fundraiser at Cabin John Park

CHS literary magazine hosts winter concert fundraiser at Cabin John Park

By Julia Heimlich, News Editor

December 11, 2014

Had you peeked into Cabin John Park during the early evening of Dec. 10, you would have found a bundled-up group of students laughing, listening to live acoustic and sipping hot cocoa. To raise money for the publication, CHS’s own literary magazine transformed the average “Cal Tor/Baskin Robbins...

Bathroom walls painted black

Bathroom walls painted black

By Fiona Asbury, Opinions Editor

December 11, 2014

On Nov. 20 the walls of the men’s and women’s bathrooms next to the second floor staff lounge were permanently painted black in an attempt to cover graffiti. According to building service manager Angel Delgado, it is still undecided whether or not all of the other bathrooms will follow suit, as b...

CIP amendments to help deal with growing student population

CIP amendments to help deal with growing student population

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor

December 1, 2014

In an effort to address capacity issues caused by MCPS’s ever-growing student population, Superintendent Joshua Starr requested an additional $220.8 million be added to the county’s school construction budget on October 28. Less than a month later, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) approved...

Scotland community recreation center reopens

Scotland community recreation center reopens

By Katie Gauch and Hannah Yasharoff

November 21, 2014

Three years void of a recreational area, the Scotland community will re-open its community center, now dedicated as the Bette Carol Thompson Neighborhood Recreation Center, to the public this month. "The first-class renovation project completed by our Department of General Services greatly improves...

School sidewalks will be priority in snow removal

School sidewalks will be priority in snow removal

By Thomas Atkinson, Public Relations Manager

November 21, 2014

Sophomore Jacob Friedman remembers having to walk to school on icy, uncleared sidewalks with start of winter just around the corner. “Many people didn’t shovel the sidewalks, including the school,” Freidman said. “All of the unshoveled snow on the sidewalks turned to ice the next day making...

MCPS to remove chemical additives from cafe food

MCPS to remove chemical additives from cafe food

By Eugenia Cardinale, Production Editor

November 21, 2014

MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is working to remove a number of dangerous chemical additives and food dyes from food served in cafeterias after receiving a petition this summer from Real Food for Kids Montgomery (RFKM). These additives and dyes include dyes Yellow 5 and 6, Tert-Butylhydroquione...

Maryland prepares for upcoming elections

Maryland prepares for upcoming elections

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor

October 27, 2014

While most CHS students will be sleeping in on Nov. 4, Americans across the country will be heading to the polling booths to vote in this year’s midterm elections. Election Day not only gives students a day off from school, but it also gives voters an opportunity to have their voices heard at the...

MoCo launches pedestrian safety campaign

MoCo launches pedestrian safety campaign

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor

October 27, 2014

Teens ages 15-19 make up 51 percent of underage pedestrian fatalities. In Montgomery County, that age group also makes up the largest percentage of pedestrians who are at fault in collisions. With the “YOLO” campaign, county officials are hoping to make those statistics a trend of the past. In...

MCPS disciplinary policy to decrease suspensions

By Eugenia Cardinale, Production Editor

October 24, 2014

When students misbehave, they are often removed from the classroom environment. New MCPS disciplinary policies, however, are looking to change that. The goal of these new policies, outlined in the 2014-2015 Code of Conduct, is to adequately punish students when necessary without removing them from...

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