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

In a blend of in-person school learning and virtual learning, MCPS students will be given more course options in 2022-2023 school year to combat the countywide education gap.

MCPS expands virtual classes for upcoming year

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor May 8, 2022

Robotics. Animation. Biotech. German. Italian. Although these five courses are not available at WCHS, WCHS students will still be able to take them in the 2022-2023 school year. How? Through one of MCPS’...

Students in room 274 during third period on March 9, the first day students in MCPS had the option to go maskless. It was a mixed bag, with some students choosing to go maskless, while others kept them on.

Changing guidance leads to a repealed mask mandate

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief March 20, 2022

On March 8, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously voted to remove the mask mandate in MCPS schools and on the school system’s buses and other transportation services, beginning immediately....

WCHS and Blake High School personnel break up the fight that involved both players and spectators. The incident has led to reexaminations of security presence at sports events.

Foul on the court! Fight breaks out at WCHS

By Jeremy Chung, Assistant News Editor March 9, 2022

Fights happen at WCHS, but to what extent does it reach a point of concern? Many asked this question after a fight during the WCHS versus Blake High School boys varsity basketball home game on Jan. 31.  After...

WCHS teacher Erin Brown passes out the biweekly MCPS-issued KN-95 masks to her students.

Trial and error: MCPS’ COVID-19 protocols fluctuate

By Jordan Pashkoff, Arts Editor February 25, 2022

Going back to in-person school has presented a new set of challenges for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants while trying to keep students safe...

Students fill the auditorium as teachers struggled to find substitute teachers to cover their classes during the rise in Omicron cases.

Omicron sets the stage for new class environment

By Michael Demske, Assistant News Editor February 25, 2022

Having classes anywhere besides the classroom was once considered an absurdity. However, due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and shortages of staff in early January, classes in the auditorium were now commonplace....

This student made poster promotes the new APIDA Studies course being implemented in MCPS next year. Seven pilot schools including WCHS will offer this class.

New course highlights Asian-American diversity

By Ela Jalil, Online Editor-in-Chief February 25, 2022

With the recent success of the LGBTQ+ Studies course pilot program this year, MCPS takes another step in diversifying its course offerings with the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Studies...

As a voting member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, the SMOB has the ability to push for the changes backed by students. The issues highlighted in their campaign are often the focus of their advocacy.

As SMOB election season unfolds, new ideas arise

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor February 15, 2022

Give me an S! Give me an M! Give me an O! Give me a B! What does that spell? SMOB! As the SMOB Nominating Convention on Feb. 16 quickly approaches, student campaigns are beginning to pick up steam to see...

Questions arise after attack on school property

Questions arise after attack on school property

By Austin Vinner and Jeremy Chung December 13, 2021

As students continue the transition back to school, the issue regarding school safety comes back into question. Recently this has become more prevalent at WCHS due to an incident that occurred on Oct....

MCPS teachers join a Red of Ed protest during the MCPS Board of Education meeting on Oct. 26. Many issues including wages and working conditions are at the center of attention.

Teachers call out Board of Ed. for school system changes

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor December 1, 2021

The wind roared, making the sub-50 degree weather feel like a blizzard. Although the conditions were unbearable, the teachers persevered. For hours on end, tens of teachers stood outside the MCPS Board...

Despite only six MCPS high schools offering it, the need for financial literacy courses increases. With the resolution on track to be officially finalized in January 2022, this goal could soon come   true

Board of Edu. passes financial literacy graduation requisite

By Jeremy Chung, Assistant News Editor November 23, 2021

On Nov. 9, the Board of Education (BOE), in a unanimous vote, passed a resolution to include financial literacy as one of the required courses to graduate. However, this resolution does not mean it is...

Due to the new variations of the AP exams, there are a few recomendations that the College Board advises students to do before exam day, like testing out the app, and getting to the app 30 minutes early.

Students adjust to the new AP exam schedule and format

By Elijah Savett, Observations Editor May 29, 2021

It is the busiest time of year. Juniors are trying to prepare for the SATs, seniors are preparing for graduation and sophomores and freshmen are flooded with schoolwork. But recently, the biggest task...

Graduation 2021 will look different than prior years. Instead of being at Constitional Hall in Washington, D.C. -- like in 2019 -- it will be held at WCHS stadium.

Principal Heckert reflects on unique year and looks forward

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief May 21, 2021

As the end of a school year, mostly defined by changes in how -- and where -- students learn comes closer to fruition, there are a lot of reflections going on. Everything from virtual learning to social...

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