The Observer

WCHS clubs adapt to virtual meetings

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

WCHS students have different opinions on virtual learning

Josh Heimlich sits at his workspace in his house after a day of online school and works on his new assignments.  “I enjoy having the freedom to choose where I want to work based on how productive I will be,” said Josh.  Josh has been working in this office for the past few months because he has been productive here.
October 28, 2020

A deadly virus has hit the world, putting countries into lockdown. Schools have been shut down and learning has changed, which has brought up the controversy of which learning method students thrive with...

Column: looking through the eyes of high school students around the world

Lots of schools across the globe, including WCHS, have decided to make school virtual, in order to protect the students and educators.
October 21, 2020

When I started out with the idea to talk to students around the world, in public and private schools, about their experiences as students during COVID-19, I am not sure what I expected. I guess I thought...

Honors societies change for the better

Senior Mary Hinton (left) and Junior Trevor Gardemal (right) join EHS student board member Jonathan Silverman (middle) to discuss Ray Bradbury’s short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” on Nov. 21st. These book club meetings occur around once a month and members can request which books to read and discuss.
December 19, 2019

Honor societies are vital to high schools for the standard of excellence they bring to various subjects, including math, spanish and art. One of WCHS’ longest existing honor societies is the English...

Students, teachers take side on later school start time debate

On any given morning, WCHS students come to school on buses. Buses would come later, if school start times are pushed back.
November 15, 2019

For students in California public high schools, start time will be later beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. After Governor Gavin Newson signed a law for later start times, California will become the...

Wellness Wednesday sparks debate

Wellness Wednesday sparks debate
October 1, 2019

Sources of Strength (SOS) days have been replaced by once a week, 20 minute periods of wellness. Both were an attempt at fixing the incredible mental health crisis now plaguing students, but neither have...

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

Many students use VPN apps during school so they can access social media and other sites that are blocked during school hours.
May 10, 2019

Everyone knows that the type of spies that are in movies are not likely to exist to the same degree that they do in the cinema, but other types of spying do exist and one of them is right under your nose....

CHS Top Engineer School

CHS offers many classes, including  AP Physics Mechanics and AP Physics Electricity and Magnetism, which prepare students for the rigor of pursuing an engineering major once they are in college.
March 22, 2016

It’s no secret that CHS offers top-of-the-line academics. Over the years, CHS has received numerous awards and accolades for its excellent performance across the board. Recently, the University of Maryland...

CHS Cuts Elective Courses

The fate of Erewhon, the literary magazine, is unknown after the class was cut for next school year.
March 22, 2016

Each school year both the county’s and each individual high school’s curriculum will change as a result of fluctuations in registration for certain courses. This year, specifically at CHS, several...

Radon Levels Exceed Limits in 28 MCPS Schools

MCPS has recorded higher amounts of radon in some schools than recommended by the EPA. Radon, an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas, can seep into schools and potentially cause lung cancer.
January 5, 2016

Dangerous levels of radon have been discovered in 28 MCPS schools. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that can cause lung cancer. It often seeps into buildings through cracks in the foundation. According...

School spirit on the rise at CHS sporting events

School spirit on the rise at CHS sporting events
October 24, 2014

“We’ve got spirit, yes we do; we’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you?” Since we were sophomores, the CHS student section—also known as the “Dawg Pound”—has not been able to truthfully call...

The Churchill Observer’s guide to homecoming week

The Churchill Observer's guide to homecoming week
October 24, 2014

As homecoming week quickly approaches, the Observer presents all you need to know about homecoming week. Week of Oct. 20: Money Wars Previously called coin wars, this year class officers will be...

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