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WCHS English teacher wins MCCPTA Teacher of the Year

WCHS 9th grade english teacher, Grant Goodman, was the first teacher to get the MCCPTA Teacher of the Year Award.

By Melissa Redlich, Sports Editor

May 29, 2020

Need Grant Goodman in a nutshell? Read his last name: good man. WCHS’s very own Grant Goodman became the first teacher to get the Montgomery County Council Of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) Teacher of the Year Award.  According to Daria Daniel, the MCCPTA Awards Committee Chair, MCPS teachers and ...

WCHS students help communties affected by pandemic

WCHS junior Cat Gilligan irons fabric that she will later sew to make face masks for those who need them during the pandemic. With the help of WCHS students and families, Gilligan has been able to craft and donate many masks to patients at local hospitals that are unable to get them on their own.

By Ari Dimitoglou, Photo Manager

May 29, 2020

Since the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, WCHS communities have been instructed by Gov. Larry Hogan to stay home and self-quarantine as the virus continues to spread. While the quarantine has kept people separated, it has also brought them together in many new ways.  As a way to help oth...

MCPS student town hall meeting discusses school closures

Students from all around the county came together to attend the virtual town hall hosted by councilman Tom Hucker. The town hall featured many different student activist groups, smob candidates, and student journalists

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor

May 13, 2020

On Weds. April 22, Councilmember Tom Hucker and Lynn Harris, hosted a virtual student town hall that allowed student activist groups to introduce their agenda and to answer questions that students had about how Montgomery County is handling the school closures. Councilman Hucker has held a couple of town ...

SMOB nominating convention: the final two

The final two candidates Vicky Kidder (left) and Nick Asante (right) pose after hearing their nomination for the SMOB general election. The pair are the final two who students will vote on for the position.

By Quinn Cook, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

On Feb. 12, delegates from schools around the county went to the annual nominating convention for the 43rd Student Member of the Board (SMOB) position. Held at Watkins Mill Elementary School, the convention decided the final two candidates in the SMOB race. The SMOB position allows a Montgomery County stud...

Churchill for Climate raises awareness for a hot issue

Churchill for Climate members smile with representative Jamie Raskin, as they hold posters with reasons as to why they participated in the polar plunge

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

March 4, 2020

Recently, climate change and environmental issues have caused a sense of panic. From threats of the world ending in 50 years to never-ending forest fires, climate change and environmental issues are a constant topic of discussion. Many are always asking what they can do to stop climate change or help ...

MCPS continues to fight to keep summer short and sweet

WCHS students spend their extend vacation at the beach in late August. Under Gov. Larry Hogan's ruling, all Maryland schools will start after Labor Day, giving students a longer summer break.

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

March 3, 2020

In Aug. of 2016, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a mandate requiring school to start after Labor Day, denying the Montgomery County Board of Education the power to give each county the freedom to make their own decision in regards to school start dates.  In early 2019, the Maryland State Senate Committee voted on a bi...

Plunge into the campaign for two ply toilet paper

Cabin John Middle School President, Sekayi Fraser, poses with the Montgomery County Board President when he testified for the use of 2 ply toilet paper to the Board of Education.

By Ava Freeman, Features Editor

March 3, 2020

With the MCPS operating budget being $2.8 billion, many would think that replacing the current one ply toilet paper in schools with two ply would not affect the county’s finances. However, this has proven to be a difficult task, as the transition to two ply would cost the county an additional $31,15...

Serious driving accidents demand action

On Jan. 13, 2020, an MCPS school bus drives students home.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

February 3, 2020

Last month, two MCPS students were harmed in vehicle collisions near school bus areas. Both of these incidents have led members of the MCPS community to wonder what safety regulations are needed to ensure that students will be safe on their way to school. On Dec. 12, Sophia Chen, a 9-year-old from B...

Substance abuse sparks action within WCHS community

French students were assigned a project to demonstrate the dangers of vaping and to bring attention to the addictive tendencies it can cause.

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

January 3, 2020

The Substance Use Committee at WCHS is comprised of parents and students worried about the dangers of vaping, and hoping to make some changes around the school. They have hosted two forums, one in Nov. and one in Dec., that showcased important data and touching stories. “The forum was powerful, gut wrenching, an...

MCPS debates divisive redistricting policies

At the Nov. 18 public hearing at Calver Educational Services Center, the Board of Education gave a short presentation. This included a reminder of future regional community meetings that anyone is allowed to attend.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

January 2, 2020

Members of Montgomery County are divided on the concept of redistricting, as the Board of Education pursues a comprehensive assessment of the county’s boundaries. The Board has been hosting Districtwide Boundary Analysis Public Meetings in Montgomery County, including a recent public hearing at the ...

MCPS Board members showcase plans to redistrict schools

At the meeting, there were seven posters that explained different facts about MCPS districts and the timeline that was going to be followed. This poster explained the different phases as well as showed the other future meetings for audience members to see.

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor

December 27, 2019

On Weds. Dec. 4, MCPS hosted a meeting at Gaithersburg High School to discuss the topic of redistricting. This was the first of six meetings planned to keep families up to date on the topic of redistricting, and the meeting was focused on phase one of the process. In phase one, MCPS is focused on data an...

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.

By Jeremy Fredricks and Ari Dimitoglou

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 first state to legislative start times for public schools with high schools starting at 8:30 AM. ...

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