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

In a blend of in-person school learning and virtual learning, MCPS students will be given more course options in 2022-2023 school year to combat the countywide education gap.

MCPS expands virtual classes for upcoming year

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor May 8, 2022

Robotics. Animation. Biotech. German. Italian. Although these five courses are not available at WCHS, WCHS students will still be able to take them in the 2022-2023 school year. How? Through one of MCPS’...

On Wed., March 16, during advisory, students participated in MCPS Antiracist System Audit. Students are taking the audit to help the school system limit bias, discrimination and racism.

MCPS conducts audit to examine role of racism in policies

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief May 8, 2022

“Race and racism were built into our system from the very beginning,” John Landesman, the Executive Director of MCPS’ Office of Strategic Initiatives, said.  MCPS was founded in 1860 for white...

Terry Bell, WCHS security team leader, stands in front of the Bulldog lobby on February 10, 2022, as he watches over movement in the hallway. Security is extremely important, especially after everything that has happened recently.

Tragic events within school district rock community

By Clara Young, Staff Writer March 17, 2022

 Fear is an unavoidable emotion that overcomes many at some point in their lives. Fear made its way through Col. Zadok Magruder High School on Jan. 24 at 12:50 p.m., as the sound of a gunshot rang through...

Clinical vaccine trials for children took place back in fall of 2021. After the FDAs approval of child vaccinations, children in the 5-11 year old age group have been getting vaccinated.

All students in MCPS should have access to the vaccine

By Amir-Abbas Yazdi, Assistant Online Editor March 17, 2022

Should children get the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it safe? Are they too young to get vaccinated? These are all questions that doctors, parents and children themselves have raised across the country. But the...

A restorative justice circle from Dec. 4 at Neelsville Middle School. Students across the county participate in restorative justice workshops to correct their behavior and learn how to better the community.

Restorative justice is the future of conflict resolution

By Caroline Harless, Photo Manager March 17, 2022

Imagine a student who has gotten into a physical altercation on school grounds. As the student is hauled off to the principal’s office, what is the first punishment that comes to mind? Most would say...

The notice that lets MCPS students know that after 33 years, the Homework Hotline would be shut down but there would be other places they could get homework help.

Remembering the hotline that helped generations

By Cecilia Bernstein, Staff Writer March 17, 2022

This program had been with MCPS for the last 30 years, yet it was not utilized to its fullest. Homework Hotline Live (HHL) was an online service and call-in show which ran for 33 years. Students were able...

WCHS and Blake High School personnel break up the fight that involved both players and spectators. The incident has led to reexaminations of security presence at sports events.

Foul on the court! Fight breaks out at WCHS

By Jeremy Chung, Assistant News Editor March 9, 2022

Fights happen at WCHS, but to what extent does it reach a point of concern? Many asked this question after a fight during the WCHS versus Blake High School boys varsity basketball home game on Jan. 31.  After...

WCHS teacher Erin Brown passes out the biweekly MCPS-issued KN-95 masks to her students.

Trial and error: MCPS’ COVID-19 protocols fluctuate

By Jordan Pashkoff, Arts Editor February 25, 2022

Going back to in-person school has presented a new set of challenges for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants while trying to keep students safe...

With the use of Zoom, MCPS teachers were able to host daily classes virtually. This helped protect the safety of staff and students while still engaging in learning.

MCPS must shift to virtual learning

By Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Online Editor February 25, 2022

Flashback to March 2020. As the severity of COVID-19 set in, the entire world was in a panic, and no one, especially the school systems, knew what to do. However, with the start of the 2020 school year...

Students are able to ask questions without fear of being uncomfortable and work with other students in in-person school.

In-person classes are better for students

By Melissa Redlich, Features Editor February 25, 2022

A year without real human connection. A year without “normal” classes. A year without football games and school sports. A year everyone wants to put behind them.  Students already missed a year...

As a voting member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, the SMOB has the ability to push for the changes backed by students. The issues highlighted in their campaign are often the focus of their advocacy.

As SMOB election season unfolds, new ideas arise

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor February 15, 2022

Give me an S! Give me an M! Give me an O! Give me a B! What does that spell? SMOB! As the SMOB Nominating Convention on Feb. 16 quickly approaches, student campaigns are beginning to pick up steam to see...

During sixth period on Jan. 21, students walk out in the bus loop of WCHS, to call for more transparency from MCPS on COVID-19. This was part of a countywide initative.

Students elect to stay “in” during meaningful walk out

By Jeremy Fredricks, Editor-in-Chief February 15, 2022

In hundreds of schools across the U.S., students walked out to call for more actions regarding the spike in COVID-19 cases. Among those schools were WCHS and other MCPS schools, where students walked out...

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