The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

With the use of Zoom, MCPS teachers were able to host daily classes virtually. This helped protect the safety of staff and students while still engaging in learning.

MCPS must shift to virtual learning

By Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Online Editor February 25, 2022

Flashback to March 2020. As the severity of COVID-19 set in, the entire world was in a panic, and no one, especially the school systems, knew what to do. However, with the start of the 2020 school year...

Students are able to ask questions without fear of being uncomfortable and work with other students in in-person school.

In-person classes are better for students

By Melissa Redlich, Features Editor February 25, 2022

A year without real human connection. A year without “normal” classes. A year without football games and school sports. A year everyone wants to put behind them.  Students already missed a year...

During sixth period on Jan. 21, students walk out in the bus loop of WCHS, to call for more transparency from MCPS on COVID-19. This was part of a countywide initative.

Students elect to stay “in” during meaningful walk out

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief February 15, 2022

In hundreds of schools across the U.S., students walked out to call for more actions regarding the spike in COVID-19 cases. Among those schools were WCHS and other MCPS schools, where students walked out...

Staying on top of assignments can be difficult especially with a heavy workload and tons of coursework. One way to ease the stress of time management is using organizational apps meant to create good study habits and stay focused during work.

Want the ‘Notion’ to be organized? Check out these apps

By Nur Yavuz, Social Media Manager February 13, 2022

As technology advances along with the new generation of students, organizational apps for students are on the incline. Just like how many job and college applications have mass transferred from paper to...

While it may look empty during classtime, the group of vending machines near the cafeteria are surrounded with students during lunch and after school, making it one of the most popular places students go to.

All vending machines should remain open during school

By Jeremy Chung, Assistant News Editor January 2, 2022

The clinking and rustling of coins and dollar bills perfectly complemented the overlapping chatter of students idly discussing their day or what to get. That is a perfect way to describe the environment...

Online schooling was not perfect and had its shortcomings, however it proved to be a viable option.

Three different school formats all have their pros and cons

By Liam Klein, Opinions Editor June 3, 2021

The past year and a half has been extremely turbulent, filled with uncertainty in all walks of life, especially in schooling due to COVID-19. Students have gone through three or four different versions...

At WCHS, sophomore Sydney Willich walks to her class in Portable 3. Portables are a new addition to WCHS this year to accommodate all students.

Portables create a unique learning experience at WCHS

By Kaylen Chang, Assistant Social Media Manager April 30, 2021

Next to the WCHS carpool loop, wooden ramps lead students to an odd learning environment: trailers crammed together like puzzle pieces, better known as portables. These portables are detached from the...

Shown is what a typical Zoom class may look like during the 2020-2021 school year, in which there are almost no cameras on entirely.

Virtual classes give students a new perspective on the most beneficial way to learn

By Justin Greenzaid, Assistant Sports Editor April 21, 2021

The blaring radar of the default iPhone alarm is a common sound for many WCHS students in the morning (unless they have changed their alarm sound due to the trauma it may cause). But, looking back at a...

 The lunchroom at WCHS has desks spread out so students can practice social distancing. The lunchroom and Auxiliary Gym will be used for students eating lunch in Phase 1.2.

WCHS administrators discuss school reopening plans

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

When the Montgomery County Board of Education confirmed that students would return to in-person school in March, there were a lot of questions- most notably, surrounding how schools would open safely....

An empty classroom at WCHS is prepped for students to return. WCHS, like all Montgomery County Public Schools, has been closed since Mar. 13, 2020, but plans to start returning students in phases.

Montgomery County Board of Education votes to re-open schools in March

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor February 15, 2021

Lunches have been at home. Sports have been virtual. Classes have been taken over Zoom. It has been nearly one year since students in Montgomery County, Md. have been to school, due to COVID-19. Montgomery...

MCPSs new health metric matrix helps sent baselines for the possibility of the return to in-person learning

MCPS teachers torn on returning to in person learning

By Liam Klein, Assistant Online Editor December 10, 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools recently released the list of requirements that must be met before in-person learning can resume. All of this comes as we slowly inch closer to the date of February 1st...

Elyssa Shenker holds a digital meeting of her club, Purposefully Repurposed. Shenker has been forced to adapt to the challenges of virtual school.

WCHS clubs adapt to virtual meetings

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager November 11, 2020

As of the 2020-2021 school year, there are 157 active clubs at WCHS. Ranging from Kpop Dance Club to Women in Politics, there is truly a fit for every student. In a normal, in-person school year, it is...

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