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WCHS' 2020-21 schedule equipped with some common student commentary.

Online school had positive aspects

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief June 12, 2021

A glass half-full person can find good in any situation. As this crazy school year comes to a close, there’s been a lot of positives, even though it has been easy to find the negatives: a deadly pandemic,...

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...

During the study circle, stereotypes of anti-Asian-American were dicussed. The RJSC led the study circle over two days -- May 4 and May 5.

The Restorative Justice and Student Coalition addresses anti Asian hate with student circles

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

Following recent acts of violence against Asian-Americans, the Restorative Justice Student Coalition (RJSC) knew they had to act. They decided to hold a study circle, their second this year in advisory,...

A map of where the Follows traveled during their documentary ,

James and Deborah Follows explore small towns across America in “Our Towns”

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief May 3, 2021

In Americana, a small town is the ideal place -- full of nights spent at the ballpark, outdoor plays reflecting the small town’s heritage and a sense of community. Yet, many don’t get to see this part...

On senior Nathan Varner's interactive map of WCHS, students can check out different locations -- including classrooms, the gym, the auditorium and hand sanitizing stations.

WCHS senior Nathan Varner creates an interactive map of school to help students

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor April 25, 2021

As students return to the building for the first time in over a year, and for some, the first time ever, it is not a stretch to say some people have forgotten where they are going. While the lifeblood...

A teacher and her students adjust to outdoor learning environment. WCHS plans to implement the same idea to improve academic performance.

WCHS outdoor learning initiative replaces traditional classrooms *(April Fools)

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor April 9, 2021

WCHS has been around since 1964. For nearly 60 years, the building has stood as a center of education, learning and growth. Now, it won’t. The building will be closed as WCHS transitions to an all-outdoor...

 The lunchroom at WCHS has desks spread out so students can practice social distancing. The lunchroom and Auxiliary Gym will be used for students eating lunch in Phase 1.2.

WCHS administrators discuss school reopening plans

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

When the Montgomery County Board of Education confirmed that students would return to in-person school in March, there were a lot of questions- most notably, surrounding how schools would open safely....

An empty classroom at WCHS is prepped for students to return. WCHS, like all Montgomery County Public Schools, has been closed since Mar. 13, 2020, but plans to start returning students in phases.

Montgomery County Board of Education votes to re-open schools in March

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor February 15, 2021

Lunches have been at home. Sports have been virtual. Classes have been taken over Zoom. It has been nearly one year since students in Montgomery County, Md. have been to school, due to COVID-19. Montgomery...

Snow piles up during a snow storm in Potomac, Md. during the winter of 2016.

Snow days provide normality during COVID-19

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor January 27, 2021

Sleeping in late, staying in pajamas all day and drinking hot chocolate are synonymous with two things: snow days and the first semester, at a minimum, of the 2020-21 school year. The line has blurred...

The homepage of the Canvas page for the Culture of Respect training. Students can access this training, which can earn them two Student Service Learning hours, by using Canvas.

Culture of Respect Training provides necessary information on how to recognize bullying and harassment

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison December 14, 2020

In 2018, high school athletes at Damascus High School in Damascus, Md. were hazed and sexually assaulted, emphasizing the need for change and promotion of respect. The conclusion of the investigation led...

During the 11th grade class meeting, students and staff played

Virtual grade-level meetings connect students before Thanksgiving break

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison December 14, 2020

While students looked forward to Thanksgiving, they first had to get through Monday and Tuesday, which included club and grade-level meetings, teacher check-ins and a variety of other activities meant...

The results of The Churchill Observer's Instagram poll on how COVID-19 has affected students' sleep. A majority (58 percent) say they have gotten more sleep.

WCHS students experience changes in sleep during COVID-19

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor December 11, 2020

In a year of loss, from businesses to people and in-person education, sleep can be added to the list. Data shows sleeping habits are changing since COVID-19, impacted nearly every facet of daily life....

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