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WCHS students wear masks and do their best to socially distance while transitioning between classes. Hallways are among the most dangerous times during the school day due to the large number of people in such a small space.

MCPS masks up to protect students from COVID-19

By Austin Vinner, News Editor October 26, 2021

With the 2021-2022 school year trekking on full steam ahead, let's recap what has probably been the most significant change in schools compared to previous years: masks. So how has the mask mandate been...

The COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site at Greenbelt Metro Station in Md. Since April 6, all students 16 and older have been eligible to receive the vaccine.

Can MCPS mandate students to have the COVID-19 vaccine?

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor May 3, 2021

It’s been a topic of intense debate for years. We’ve seen protests, debates and demonstrations, all trying to provide answers to the same question: can vaccines be mandatory? And if so, does this give...

MCPS associate superintendent Essie McGuire speaks at a board meeting on March 9th. Board members will meet on March 23rd to finalize the new schedule.

MCPS proposes alternative to 2021-2022 school calendar

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor March 16, 2021

Last year, The Observer wrote an article on the number of days of school for the upcoming year. In that article, it was noted that MCPS had significantly reduced the number of days off, while keeping start...

Due to virtual school, snow days may become obsolete- and thats a good thing.

Snow days are not logical during virtual learning

By Ela Jalil, News Editor January 27, 2021

Imagine a time where you don’t have to go to school past June 16. A time where Spring Break isn’t cut short to make up for the missed learning due to snow days. This is now the reality and it should...

A view of a building at Montgomery Colleges Rockville campus. Because of COVID-19, classes in the Early College Program are being held virtually, instead of on campus.

Early College Program offers a unique education experience

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor November 29, 2020

Like most American 16-year-olds, Ariadne Dimitoglou is doing her schooling from home. Unlike most of her classmates, who are learning material from their junior year of high school, she is learning at...

WCHS 9th grade english teacher, Grant Goodman, was the first teacher to get the MCCPTA Teacher of the Year Award.

WCHS English teacher wins MCCPTA Teacher of the Year

By Melissa Redlich, Sports Editor May 29, 2020

Need Grant Goodman in a nutshell? Read his last name: good man. WCHS’s very own Grant Goodman became the first teacher to get the Montgomery County Council Of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) Teacher...

Students from all around the county came together to attend the virtual town hall hosted by councilman Tom Hucker. The town hall featured many different student activist groups, smob candidates, and student journalists

MCPS student town hall meeting discusses school closures

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor May 13, 2020

On Weds. April 22, Councilmember Tom Hucker and Lynn Harris, hosted a virtual student town hall that allowed student activist groups to introduce their agenda and to answer questions that students had...

The student members of MoCo Pride pose for a group picture. They have been working hard all year to create the countrys first high school LGBTQ+ Studies curriculum.

New MCPS LGBTQ+ Studies course makes history

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager May 13, 2020

Over the past few years, MCPS has made efforts to diversify their curriculum. These changes include the introduction of books written by women and people in color into English curriculums, and the introduction...

All WCHS vending machines have been replaced over the last few months. Shown are two of the new kinds of vending machines that have been installed around the school.

New and improved vending machines make it to WCHS

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager March 9, 2020

Many WCHS students tend to satisfy their daily hunger with snacks from the vending machines spread throughout the school. With multiple machines and a variety of contents in each, it is hard to be unhappy...

WCHS students spend their extend vacation at the beach in late August. Under Gov. Larry Hogans ruling, all Maryland schools will start after Labor Day, giving students a longer summer break.

MCPS continues to fight to keep summer short and sweet

By Charley Hutton, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager March 3, 2020

In Aug. of 2016, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a mandate requiring school to start after Labor Day, denying the Montgomery County Board of Education the power to give each county the freedom to make their own...

January 8 2020, students throughout montgomery county were sent home from school halfway throughout the day due to potential snow. The next morning, students and faculty awoke to much worse conditions and a larger amount of snow that did not prevent them ffrom missing school, just getting a delay.

MCPS should plan for more snow days

By Ally Salzberg, Assistant Online Editor February 23, 2020

Whether it snows or not is completely out of our hands. As much as students may want it to work--flushing ice cubes down the toilet, sleeping with a spoon under pillows or wearing pajamas inside out--...

At the meeting, there were seven posters that explained different facts about MCPS districts and the timeline that was going to be followed. This poster explained the different phases as well as showed the other future meetings for audience members to see.

MCPS Board members showcase plans to redistrict schools

By Allison Jacobs, News Editor December 27, 2019

On Weds. Dec. 4, MCPS hosted a meeting at Gaithersburg High School to discuss the topic of redistricting. This was the first of six meetings planned to keep families up to date on the topic of redistricting,...

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