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MAP testing provides important data that influences virtual learning

When students finished the MAP test, they received a screen that gave them their score. The page included their overall score, as well as the score and range students were in for specific sections.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison

October 16, 2020

As if sourdough bread making, virtual school, and masks weren’t already enough, COVID-19 has now also added MAP testing to WCHS students’ lives.  The ‘Measures of Academic Progress’ Growth assessment was given to WCHS students in late September as a means to test their growth since schoo...

Vandalism of the track rocks WCHS community

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor and New Staff Liaison

October 15, 2020

Multiple graffiti drawings on the WCHS track rocked the community when it was reported on Sept. 5, becoming the second incident at the track in only a few days. The graffiti included topics  referencing the fall sports season being moved online and the drama going on between Jada Smith and her husb...

Zoom meetings connect Principal Heckert and students

During the Tenth Grade Zoom on May 7, Principal Brandice Heckert explained the options for how MCPS would give students second semester grades. The zooms have been held with each grade level and allowed students and stafff to reconnect, and ask questions.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor

May 29, 2020

Three months ago, Zoom was a virtually unknown app. Now, it is being used to host events and meetings throughout the world. It has become so popular that Principal Brandice Heckert is using it to reconnect with WCHS students and staff in grade-level meetings.  These half-hour sessions include Principal H...

Top 5 Books to Read During Coronavirus

The covers of each of the top 5 books to read during coronavirus stacked on top of each other. While none of them are about a pandemic, they all have topics that can relate to this time.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor

May 29, 2020

For those lucky enough to not have to fight the coronavirus on the front lines, there seems to be a lot more free time than usual. Watching TV, Facetiming, doing puzzles, and going on walks are starting to get old. Now is the perfect time to pick up a good book and pass the hours.  While these rec...

States shouldn’t reopen until they have a plan

 While Maryland is among the states that are still shut-down or have restrictions (gold on the map), other states like Georgia, Iowa and Montana have at least a partial reopening (dark green). Orders are lifting soon in Pennsylvania and North Carolina (pale green), even though no U. S. state has had their cases decrease for 14 days, something President Trump's plan recommended before Governors should reopen their states.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 11, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths per day starts to plateau and shrink across the country, there comes the question, “What’s next?” For millions of unemployed Americans, they hope to return to work; just like students and teachers returning to the classroom environment.  Governors now...

Politics have no place in popular sporting events

Politics have no place in popular sporting events

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

March 1, 2020

More than 102 million Americans watched Super Bowl LIV according to Adweek. This means nearly a third of the nation was watching the same channel. The game was filled with suspenseful moments, as the Kansas City Chiefs came back to defeat the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to the game, millions of Americ...

Early voter registration allows students to prepare for the future

Junior Liz Porter is registering to vote at WCHS during lunch. The Montgomery County Board of Elections registered students three days during lunch.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 26, 2020

For three days at lunch, the Montgomery County Board of Education had a table at WCHS to allow students over the age of 16 the opportunity to register to vote.   While you have to be 18 to vote, Maryland citizens can register when they turn 16. Maryland joined 11 other states, including Californ...

Ben Phillipe’s new book guides students through high school

With its powerful friendships, stories and characters,

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 25, 2020

If only there was a guide to high school. What to do. How to do it. What to say. Dating, crushes, jobs, friendships, schoolwork and fitting in would be among the topics covered.  While there is no such thing as a “guide to high school,” there is a book that could serve a similar purpose. New...

“How to Be Safe” explores gun violence in America

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

February 23, 2020

The world is not always a safe place. There are robberies, drugs, alcohol and shootings. It is hard to be safe all the time, and Tom McAllister’s “How to Be Safe” certainly shows what it is like in 2020. The book starts off with a school shooting, a horrible and senseless act devastates the sm...

Collecting phones during assessments will stop cheating

WCHS students constantly recieve answers for quizzes and tests on their phones.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 19, 2020

For high school students, nothing is more annoying than when other students get the answers for a test that you spent the whole night studying for. Cheating is clearly unfair but with modern technology, it is only becoming easier to get away with it and harder for school administrators to prevent.  ...

Wellness Fair encourages mental health awareness

Sophomores Arya Iyer (left) and Sonia Bhatia talking to a staff member from the Stone Branch School of Art. She helped them make buttons - the pair made narwhal buttons, that they colored in on a piece of paper, that was then pressed against the button.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 3, 2020

On Thurs., Nov. 21, the Thrive Club hosted the Wellness Fair. The fair provided students with the opportunity to meet mental health professionals and vendors. Many vendors that attended the event, including One Aum Yoga, Stone Branch School of Art and Every Mind. Thrive Club’s officers, including so...

Phones should be used for helping, not filming

 A view of Winston Churchill High School on a sunny afternoon. A student suffered a medical emergency on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and needed an ambulance, while students filmed it.

By Jeremy Fredricks, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 8, 2019

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, a WCHS student whose name has not been revealed by Principal Heckert suffered a “medical emergency.” Much remains unknown about what happened, but in her email to parents, Heckert said that an ambulance had come to treat the student. This email was sent out on Tuesday night. ...

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