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

WCHS strives to include all of its diverse student body and faculty. The culture and equity forums are an important step towards this goal.

WCHS places an emphasis on culture and equity

By Leah Kreisler, Online Photo Manager January 31, 2023

In a school as multicultural as WCHS, the administration strives to bring together and hear the varied voices of students and staff in order to create a more inclusive environment. On Jan. 18, students...

In response to the withholding of National Merit information, Fairfax County parents staged a protest. Parents are seeking accountability for the actions of Jefferson and other high schools across the county.

Thomas Jefferson High School scandal brings up concerns for WCHS students

By Caroline Harless, Observations Editor January 31, 2023

The National Merit Scholarship is an achievement many top-performing students strive for while taking the PSAT. Providing financial aid to attend college, National Merit can benefit students who may need...

Antisemitic remarks can be seen graffitied on a wall near the Bethesda trail. This attack, as well as others, has prompted people to take action in order to prevent it in the future.

Recent antisemitic incidents hit close to home

By Michael Demske, Sports Editor January 20, 2023

Antisemitism in our nation is not a new development, yet it somehow shocks everyone when it materializes in their communities. The messages represented by swastikas on graves and white, cone-shaped hat-donning...

Fires spread quickly, especially in apartments where dozens of people live. The fire took hours to be put out due to the gas explosion in the Potomac Oaks Condominium and the fire spread fast and injured over 12 people and killed one person.

Recent home explosions cause homeless victims and scared citizens

By Cecilia Bernstein, Photo Manager December 17, 2022

Maryland has had a pattern of explosions happening in the past few years, and the pattern has continued with another recent explosion which caused a deadly fire in Montgomery County. On Nov. 16, the residents...

The aftermath of the small plane that crashed into power lines on Nov. 27 in Montgomery Village.

Plane crash causes power outages and a day off of school

By Vaughn Malamut, Online Editor December 9, 2022

On the last day of Thanksgiving break, MCPS students were physically and mentally preparing to return to school until it was unexpectedly closed on Nov. 28. Nobody would have ever guessed that a plane...

The new MCPS public engagement policy emphasizes the importance of culturally responsive and anti racist engagement. In addition to the policy, the BOE has released tools to ensure communication is effective for a diverse parent community.

WCHS community strives to reach more public engagement

By Leah Kreisler, Online Photo Manager December 2, 2022

On Oct.19, WCHS students were asked to complete a wellness survey during Pride. The survey asked for suggestions and feedback regarding the wellness time provided after second period every day. Despite...

Julie Yang, the new member of the Board of Education for District 3, won with 67 percent of the vote against her opponent Scott Joftus. Yang hopes to bring a new perspective to the Board.

Mom of WCHS graduate Julie Yang secures BOE seat

By Caroline Harless, Observations Editor December 2, 2022

After all the votes were counted, Julie Yang will be the newly elected Board of Education (BOE) member for District Three, winning in a landslide victory with 67 percent of the vote against her opponent,...

On October 10, 2022, the BOE met to announce the results of the System Wide Anti-Racist Audit.

MCPS releases audit, highlights county issues

By Jeremy Chung and Clara Young December 2, 2022

Questions regarding whether racism is frequent across MCPS schools and plays a factor in students’ learning have recently been a prevalent topic inside the community. Finally, after examining countless...

As a part of Mental Health Awareness Week, students drew positie messages in the bus loop on Oct. 11 during lunch. These activities are another one of WCHSs efforts to push for better student wellness.

MCPS strives to bridge mental health resources with students

By Caroline Harless, Observations Editor October 20, 2022

For most students, high school leads to a lot of stress. Between class assignments, homework, extracurricular activities and more, it can be difficult for students to stay afloat. This added stress worsens...

WCHS students are seen sitting on their phones in class during free time. Under the new PMD policy, students are not permitted to use their phones during class time at all.

New PMD policy sends mixed waves throughout WCHS

By Michael Demske, Sports Editor October 20, 2022

As the 2022-23 school year kicked off, students quickly pointed out the new policies implemented by MCPS to address and solve past issues regarding the usage of phones or other personal electronic devices....

The WCHS GSAs club meetings are meant to provide a safe space for all students to be themselves. Meetings include making GSA posters, playing board games, and making new friends.

Gender identity sets its presence in classrooms

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor October 20, 2022

When Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill was announced, students thought it was the peak of anti-LGBTQ+ hate in schools. Since then, however, the number of states that ban transgender students from...

MCPS suspended football operations temporarily at Northwest and Gaithersburg high schools after a fight broke out on the field between players and coaches.

New guidelines for athletic events affect all schools following fight

By Collin Chen, Online Editor October 10, 2022

On Wednesday, September 21st, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) announced new safety guidelines for athletic events following a brawl during a football game between Northwest and Gaithersburg high...

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