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Make this goodbye count

Make this goodbye count
May 15, 2014

As we get closer to graduation, we seniors have to think about how to spend our time. We have to say goodbye to most of our friends as we are all attending different colleges and leaving some friends at...

AP Exams are too expensive

Most students buy AP review books, adding to the total amount they pay for AP classes.
February 28, 2014

You are at home on a Friday night when your friend calls to see if you want to grab some dinner and see the new Zac Efron movie.  You look into your wallet in search of some cash and frown upon discovering...

Black History Month is divisive, not inclusive

The contributions of successful Black individuals should not be considered separately from those of other famous Americans.
February 27, 2014

It is 2014: nearly 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, 49 years since the passing of the Civil Rights act of 1965, and America’s sixth year with a Black president. Yet, despite all...

Geography should be taught more in school

Geography should be taught more in school
February 27, 2014

I can recite the quadratic formula on command, I can plot a graph of tangent, but I can only fill in 27 states correctly on a blank map of the United States. I have had almost 12 years of an MCPS education,...

CHS community needs a coffee shop alternative

Starbucks is often crowded, creating a stressful environment.
February 27, 2014

The CHS second semester senior is a fascinating specimen. Indigenous to Potomac, Maryland, the animal spends the majority of its day sleeping, and upon waking can most often be observed at the local watering...

Safety campaign won’t cure traffic woes

Snow days caused a delay in the promise of increased police presence to enforce traffic laws.
February 27, 2014

CHS has recently instituted stricter enforcement for the traffic rules and regulations around the school, including a new electronic sign outside the school aimed at improving the safety of students. According...

MCPS makes a mistake sending students to school

MCPS makes a mistake sending students to school
January 10, 2014

MCPS acted irresponsibly by deciding against a school delay Jan. 7, the coldest day of not only this year but also the past two decades. Its inaction and failure to realize that subzero temperatures can...

CHS should add more Wellness Weekends

CHS should add more Wellness Weekends
January 10, 2014

Oh man another all-nighter. Three tests, one quiz and an essay all due tomorrow.  I can’t wait for a break this weekend.  Oh wait, it is not a wellness weekend. On special occasions such as Homecoming...

CHS should look into replacing textbooks with tablets

CHS should look into replacing textbooks with tablets
January 10, 2014

Slugging textbooks to and from school can be a pain, both figuratively and literally, and in a new world immersed in technology, tablets should be allowed in classrooms in order to fit modern culture. Textbooks...

CHS should look into exam schedule

CHS should look into exam schedule
January 9, 2014

Winter break comes once a year, a time when students can hang out with their friends, play video games, go on vacation, and most of all, relax from the excessive amount of schoolwork that they have. Unfortunately,...

Superintendent responds to cyberbullying

Superintendent responds to cyberbullying
January 8, 2014

MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr started a campaign against cyberbullying on Dec. 13, when he published an open letter to parents about cyberbullying titled “Cyber Civility.” However, Joshua Starr...

Graffiti deserves greater respect as an art form

5 Pointz, a destination and
January 7, 2014

Art students often take field trips to "traditional" art museums like the Smithsonian and are taught to appreciate the more classic forms of art. In this culture, one form of art is neglected: graffiti....

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