The Observer

Parent Observation Day must go out the door

The back corner of classrooms are usually this empty everyday, including parent observation day where the turnouts are low.

By Austin Vinner, Photo Editor

November 12, 2019

With the turnout at last month’s Parent Observation Day being low, the purpose of this event comes into question. On the outside, Parent Observation Day seems like a great idea that allows parents to have a larger role in their child's education, but it can also have some negative effects that migh...

New advisory period keeps students informed about issues

The current bell schedule would be greatly modified to include the new advisory period.

By Jenna Greenzaid, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2019

WCHS is implementing a new monthly advisory period that started Feb. 14 for students to voice their thoughts and opinions and for teachers to share news with the student body. The idea came from Principal Brandice Heckert who is bringing the advisory period idea from the other MCPS schools she has worked...

Students to be excused from school for protests

Large amounts of students line the streets in protest for gun control.

By Vicky Gunawan, Observations Editor

December 17, 2018

As of Dec. 5, MCPS is planning to pass a proposal which would allow students to skip classes to attend political protests. The MCPS Board of Education is expected to pass the proposal as early as Jan. If this proposal gets passed, MCPS will be one of very few school districts in the country that allows...

CHS Students Need to Put Selves First When it Comes to College

It is acceptable for high school students to put themselves before others.

By Jenna Greenzaid, Features Editor

September 29, 2017

College is a constant thought on CHS students’ minds, and it’s especially intense for juniors and seniors. Students focus so much on themselves and their future during their high school years that it is hard to put forth energy towards other happenings. Although it’s not a bad thing to put yourself...

CHS Mourns Loss of Sophomore Baumann

CHS Mourns Loss of Sophomore Baumann

By Fiona Asbury and Balbina Yang

March 22, 2016

Sophomore Alex Baumann passed away Feb. 25 at the age of 15. Baumann is survived by parents Lissa Cooper Baumann and David Baumann and extended family members. Baumann identified as non-binary, meaning they did not identify as exclusively masculine or feminine, and preferred the pronoun “they.”...

Bill Seeks to Increase Freedom of Speech

The New Voices Act  is intended to increase student journalists’ freedom of speech and was introduced to 20 states  last year. Many of these states, including Maryland, were inspired by North Dakota’s first passage of the act.

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Manager

February 29, 2016

The Supreme Court decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier in 1988 limited freedom of speech for high school journalism students by giving administrators the right to censor school publications. The guidelines were vague and therefore allowed the censorship of practically anything the administrators...

The SMOB candidates have been decided for the 2016 election

The two finalists for SMOB  were selected by the board at a recent convention.

By Nathan Deychman, Sports Editor

February 25, 2016

The final two candidates for the 2016 Student Member of the Board (SMOB) election were selected Feb. 22 at the annual Nomination Convention. The convention hosts student delegates from all middle and high schools in Montgomery County. The candidates give speeches and answer questions before the final...

Addictive Trivia Crack keeps students guessing

By Ana Faguy, News Editor

December 22, 2014

Candy Crush, Words with Friends, Angry Birds and Temple Run are just a few of the gaming apps that enthrall CHS students everyday in the halls, at lunch and even during class. These games have been pushed to the backseat ever since the new app Trivia Crack popped up on the gaming radar. Trivia Crack...

Students qualify for exam

By Sammi Silber, Observations Editor

November 26, 2013

Congratulations to the nine CHS students who qualified for the second part of the University of Maryland Math Competition Exam: Yousuf Khan Neil Luo Daniel Liu Drew Gerber Aditya Dash Emily Jin Marisa Lu Aidan Gage Edward Yao Nationwide, only 290 students qualified for part two of the exam.  There were 14...

Let’s Get Down to Business

By Julia Reagan, Arts Editor

October 1, 2013

The CHS student body is unstoppable.  From selling cookies to teaching Zumba classes, students know how to turn a simple idea into a moneymaking machine. Thanks to the rise of social media and the ease of promoting one’s talents through the Internet, many students have recently chosen to turn thei...

Volunteer guard keeps students safe

Volunteer guard keeps students safe

By Spenser Easterbrook, Editor-in-Chief

December 21, 2012

From 6:30 in the morning when the first high school buses arrive, to after 4 in the afternoon when the last activity buses have dropped off students, Jane Houston is busy keeping local kids safe. Houston, who moved to the area in 1972 and began working as a volunteer crossing guard more than 20 years...

Students, staff give back during CHS’ Day of Service

Students, staff give back during CHS' Day of Service

By Emilie Plesset, Online Editor-In-Chief

December 3, 2012

Students gathered in the cafeteria Nov. 16 to give back to the community on the CHS Day of Community Service. Students and faculty met after school to make sandwiches that were donated to Martha’s Table, a local non-profit organization that helps at-risk and less fortunate individuals and familie...

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