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Homecoming float building to undergo changes

Homecoming float building to undergo changes

By Arielle Gordon, Contest Manager

September 29, 2014

Gone are the days of staying for hours after school to work on homecoming floats. As of this year, all homecoming floats will be built off campus and only brought to school for the parade. “The rules were changed because of building capacity issues,” assistant principal John Taylor said. “With...

Number of unaccompanied minors increases

Number of unaccompanied minors increases

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

September 26, 2014

For centuries, people have sought better lives by immigrating to America, and it is no different for the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors newly enrolled in MCPS. According to Laura Newton, MCPS Director of the Division of School Counseling, Residency, and International Admissions (SCRIA),...

Starr withdraws proposal to push back start times

Starr withdraws proposal to push back start times

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor

September 24, 2014

Superintendent Joshua Starr recommended in October 2013 that MCPS push back high school start times, citing concerns over the lack of sleep teenagers are getting with the current bell schedule, later Starr encouraged MCPS to not move forward with his initial proposal. Starr originally proposed that...

Long-awaited Wi-Fi now available for public use

Long-awaited Wi-Fi now available for public use

By Arjun Swaminathan, Online Arts Editor

September 23, 2014

Before the installation of Wi-Fi at CHS, biology teacher Wendy Saoutis had to take her students to the computer lab whenever they needed to do research.  Now, Saoutis just has to tell her students to take out their cellphones. Students and faculty can now use the wireless internet connections MCPSstudent,...

Newsweek ranks CHS #24

Newsweek ranks CHS #24

By Ana Faguy, News Editor

September 23, 2014

Earlier this month Newsweek released its list of top 500 American high schools, with CHS taking the 24th spot. Poolsville, Wootton, Walter Johnson, Walt Whitman and Bethesda-Chevy Chase also made the list. Newsweek ranked the schools by which schools “do the best job of preparing students for coll...

Class of 2018 bonds during Freshman Picnic

Class of 2018 bonds during Freshman Picnic

By Gil Jacobson, News Editor

September 12, 2014

CHS freshmen gathered at Shepherd Stadium during lunch Thursday for the annual D.A.W.G.S. Freshman Picnic. According to event co-chair and CHS parent Natasha Greig, D.A.W.G.S. is an acronym for “Dances and Activities with Great Spirit.” “The purpose of this event is to have the kids who come...

Meet the candidates for District 16 delegate

Meet the candidates for District 16 delegate

By Emily Birnbaum and Sammi Silber

June 2, 2014

Candidates for District 16’s representative to the Maryland House of Delegates will square off in a primary election June 24. The winner will move on to the general election Nov. 4.  With the primary right around the corner, the Observer sat down with the two Democratic candidates.   Marc Korman ...

MCPS students march to close the achievement gap

MCPS students march to close the achievement gap

By Alissa Li, Observations Editor

June 2, 2014

A sea of black and purple t-shirts flooded the streets of Rockville April 27, each shirt branded with the words “United Are We.” Students marched through the streets, raising awareness of the achievement gap and a program to combat it. The Minority Scholars Program (MSP) organized this march to...

Teachers say goodbye to CHS after years of teaching

Teachers say goodbye to CHS after years of teaching

By Gil Jacobson, Ana Faguy, and Julia Heimlich

May 30, 2014

Gayle Jones After 35 years at CHS, spanish teacher Gayle Jones will retire at the end of June. CHS hired Jones for her first teaching job in February 1979 after another employee was transferred. “Spanish isn’t the only thing I’ve taught,” Jones said.  “I was a double major in college...

One year later, CHS still remembers

One year later, CHS still remembers

By Ana Faguy, News Editor

May 30, 2014

One year ago, then CHS sophomore Evan Rosenstock took his own life, leaving his family, friends and the community with broken hearts and unanswered questions. As the anniversary passes, the community remembers Evan for the happiness and joy he brought to all of us. As a member of the varsity basketball...

Nigerian kidnap sparks social media advocacy

Nigerian kidnap sparks social media advocacy

By Guransh Singh, Senior Writer

May 23, 2014

On April 14, around 300 girls were kidnapped from a local school in northeastern Nigeria. Armed militants rode in pickup trucks and rounded up before driving into the forest. Terrorist group Boko Haram then claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. This is not the first time Boko Haram has committed...

Meningitis outbreak plagues CHS community

Meningitis outbreak plagues CHS community

By Aileen Choi, Senior Writer

May 9, 2014

Numerous students all over the country have contracted the fatal disease of meningitis, including a student at CHS. Meningitis, or meningococcal disease, is a contagious infection of the brain and spinal cord that can ultimately lead to retardation or even death. As a result, in September 2014 MCPS...

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