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

A WCHS English TA grades AP Lang assignments. The schools English department has introduced picker wheels in an attempt to lower class averages, with the eventual goal of failing students.

AP Lang grades with picker wheels to combat grade inflation

By Isar Uslu, AP Lang's #1 Fan April 4, 2024

For many students at WCHS, grading policies can be incredibly frustrating. From deadlines to 50% rules, it can be difficult to grasp how the process works. More frustratingly, after all the work students...

The grade inflation at WCHS may present more threats than students realize.

Grade inflation doesn’t get the A

By Tafa Nukator, Assistant Opinions Editor October 17, 2023

As college application season comes into full swing, WCHS seniors are more concerned with their GPAs than ever. Many of them are thankful for grade-boosting policies that both the school and the county...

WCHS senior Brendan Carnathan turns in his third grade math homework to his elementary school teacher and receives full credit for it after the new MCPS policy.

Improve your old grades

By Justin Greenzaid, Sports Editor June 2, 2023

Following the grueling pandemic, MCPS school work has only become harder and stricter. With tight deadlines, huge workloads and no retakes or curves, many students have found themselves struggling. At...

WCHS students diligently work during their classes. Although time consuming, this work does not benefit them the way it should as MCPS’ rules and standards do not truly prepare students for college.

How well does MCPS actually prepare their high schoolers for college?

By Clara Young, Copy Editor May 30, 2023

Over the course of 12 years, students are consistently being molded into preparation for their next level of education. Expectations become higher over time in order for students to understand what will...

The following message is now displayed when users open the GradeView mobile app. This message was prompted starting in the beginning of 2023 and access to GradeView is no longer available.

GradeView gets shot down, suspect unknown

By Justin Greenzaid, Sports Editor March 21, 2023

Stressful. When students are asked to describe school in one word, “stressful” comes up frequently. This stress which is often experienced by students of all grade levels is oftentimes built up by...

The MCPS board of education will be holding a meeting May 12 to decide on the marking period 2 grading system.

Should MCPS implement the “pass/fail” grading system for semester 2?

By Ella Kaminsky, Features Editor May 11, 2020

Eight weeks ago, life for everyone in the United States took a turn for the absolute worst. As the Coronavirus continues to sweep the globe, not only is it severely affecting many people’s health, but...

MCPS students have enjoyed the luxury of not having final exams, but that may actually be hurting them in the long run.

MCPS students harmed by lack of final exams

By Jasper Bernstein, Assistant Observations Editor May 8, 2019

Although a lack of final exams may make WCHS students happy in the short-term, exams are a very important part of college. Without exams, students are not being prepared for the intensive rigors of college....

Asterixs are used for clarification and will not be seen by colleges.

New Grade Report Asterix

By Jenna Greenzaid, Circulation Manager January 23, 2017

As per the new grade system, students who receive an A first quarter and a B second quarter will receive an A on their transcript for the semester. Previously, the final exam grade students received determined...

Weighted grades do more harm than good

By Arielle Gordon, Contest Manager October 27, 2014

"I HAVE to do well on this next math test! It is 70 percent of my grade!" This is not an uncommon statement to hear in CHS hallways. Weighted grades are beginning to take over the CHS gradebooks, with...

Middle school grades should not make transcript

By Online Opinions Editor, Emilie Plesset October 26, 2011

 When in middle school, students are strongly encouraged to take certain classes, like world languages, that appear on a high school transcript. Some middle school students, however, have yet to recognize...

Putting on the pressure, ‘Tiger moms’ are on the prowl

By By Zoe Forster Staff Writer March 1, 2011

Many students may wonder why their Asian American classmates continuously excel in school, score the highest test grades and attend prestigious universities. According to Amy Chua, a professor at Yale...

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