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The ‘Observer’ uncovers the origins of school names

By Matt Cole Staff Writer

October 29, 2009

Montgomery County schools all took different routes in selecting their names. Some, like Damascus High School, are simply named after the town they are located in, while others are named after someone in history. CHS is named for Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, a well-known British politician,...

How old is too old to go out on Halloween?

By Carly Rotter Claudia Shannon Staff Writers

October 29, 2009

To trick-or-treat or not to trick-or-treat, that is the question. As students get older, the traditional way of celebrating Halloween seems to be getting old as well. Each year, fewer students go out, dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat with their friends. While their reasons for abandoning these...

Neighborhoods vie for top trick-or-treat spot

By Joel Denicoff Ian Plotnick Staff Writers

October 29, 2009

It is 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 and you have your fresh costume ready to go. You are about to leave your house, pillowcase in hand, when you realize that you do not know to trick-or-treat. The neighborhoods students think are the best include Avenel, Clagett Farms and Potomac Regency. These locations are...

Lunch spots-awkward encounters?

By Paige Gross

October 5, 2009

The bell rings after fourth period and two students run down the stairs to the parking lot and head to Fallsgrove Village Center for lunch. Upon arrival they notice that they are receiving strange looks from everyone there, and that’s when they realize they are surrounded by Wootton students. A...

Some local MVA locations do not pass the test

By Camille Bachrach

September 30, 2009

You parallel park perfectly, you back up in a perfectly straight line, and your three-point turn is so well executed your driving teacher is speechless. You’re driving back to park the car, but you jump the curb, forget to look both ways when you cross the street and fail to put the parking break on. Suddenly...

New laws force teens to wait longer for licenses

By Hannah Phillips

September 30, 2009

A driver’s license is more than a rectangular piece of plastic with your picture on it, it is a symbol. It represents adulthood, independence and maturity. The second many young people are of age, they jump at the opportunity to take their driver’s test in hopes of obtaining this wallet-sized piece...

Parent-teachers bring family time to school

By Becky Price Monica Saks

September 29, 2009

Senior Nick Sines eagerly examines his new schedule, scanning the names of teachers he will have this year. His eye lands on Monica Malanoski, his AP Economics teacher, who also happens to be his mom. The notion of your mom or dad seeing you socialize or flirt may be enough to make most students apprehensive,...

Students find ways to juggle jobs and schoolwork

By Sophia Herbst

September 29, 2009

Extracurricular activities, AP classes and school sports take up a lot of time in a high school student’s life, but when you add a job into the mix, how can anyone get it all done? A great number of students take summer jobs to earn money for college or for personal use, but not all of them remain...

Visits enable students to get better feel for colleges

By Kelsey O'Donnell

September 29, 2009

Four years, thousands of dollars and a diploma. College is a huge turning point in a teenager’s life and when it comes to choosing the right one, very few people do so without visiting the campus first. All the brochures and catalogs students receive in the mail show only so much of a school. There...

Social Slander

By Eshe Hill Amanda Vinner Features Editors

June 8, 2009

It’s 8 p.m. on Monday night and Gossip Girl is about to start. You turn on the TV and, for the next hour, are ready to get lost in the scandalous lives of your favorite Upper East Siders. This over-the-top show is centered around something that has become as much a part of high school as math class:...

The ‘Observer’ offers tips for a stylish summer

By Jenna Cantor-Public Relations

June 8, 2009

Summer 2009 is fast approaching, so it’s time to clean out your closets, get rid of your sweaters and pants and replace them with the hottest spring and summer fashion trends. Girls, stock up on your bright colors and peace signs this year and guys, make sure you own a pair of dunks and a r...

Yoga gives teachers relaxing way to end the school day

By Yasmin Akbari-Fact Checker

June 8, 2009

Believe it or not, teachers have lives outside of school. They do not live in their classrooms or in a cave writing lesson plans; they actually do things in their spare time and after school like everyone else. Recently, a group of teachers have spent their time participating in a yoga class. NSL tea...

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