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 The US Capitol Building which houses congress looms over DC just miles from WCHS in Potomac, MD. Despite this proximity, and notable other governmental influences like MCPS’s Board or Montgomery County’s government buildings, The Observer for the most part avoids publishing anything political.

Why high school publications shouldn’t censor politics

By Quinn Cook, News Editor April 22, 2021

Across almost all parts of my life spans politics, government and policy; I follow stories, develop opinions and hold unending and pervasive discourse about all matters scaling neighborhood to national....

Miller wrote a memoir Know My Name that speaks about her assault and the court case that resulted afterward.

Chanel Miller speaks out

By Sapna David, Features Editor October 23, 2019

Many people have heard of the Brock Turner case, the Stanford swimmer accused of assault with intent to rape an unconscious girl after a frat party, but for years she was known as “Emily Doe.” Four...

MCPS developed schoolwide training based on the nationally recognized Avoid, Deny, Defend model.

MCPS modifies assailant situation procedures

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief February 8, 2019

If you are an MCPS student, the phrase “lockdown” likely generates memories of covering classroom windows, locking the door and sitting silently under desks during drills and emergencies. However,...

Newly elected officers Nate Tinbite, Safwan Masood, Pranav Tadikonda and SMOB elect Ananya Tadikonda  pose with past officers Michael Yin and former SMOB Matt Post.

CHS hosts MCR to vote for 2018-2019 officers

By Dani Miller, News Editor May 9, 2018

Montgomery County Regional (MCR) SGA held a county-wide meeting April 18 in the CHS auditorium. Over 200 students attended the meeting from schools all over MCPS to vote for next year’s MCR officers. According...

Sophomore Nina Aksentijevich enjoys the snow during January’s blizzard.

MCPS Extends School Year by One Day Due to Snow

By Sofia Williamson, Online Opinions Editor May 3, 2016

MCPS extended the 2015-2016 school year by one day, making the last day of the school year June 20. The request for the one-day waiver was approved by the Maryland State Department of Education April 19. State...

MCPS does not have a specified bathroom policy for transgender students.

Students Respond to Lack of Transgender Policy

By Tatiana Hewitt , Senior Writer May 3, 2016

Though the state of Maryland has had a law in place since 2014 that protects the rights of transgender individuals, MCPS has yet to implement any specific policies regarding transgender students. At CHS,...

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CHS Community Mourns Loss of Junior

By Thomas Atkinson, News Editor May 2, 2016

Junior Anna Castillo (Maya Castle) passed away April 16 at the age of 16. She is survived by parents Daniela and Victor Castillo and extended family members. Maya’s legal name was Anna Castillo,...

Bells Mill ES is one of several schools the county has renovated in the last 10 years, but many more have to wait until there is enough funding to be renovated.

Prospective bill to increase county construction funding

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor March 25, 2015

In an effort to satisfy the county’s growing school construction needs, MCPS officials and Maryland state legislators are pursuing legislation that would increase the amount of funding the county gets...

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Scott Walker and Elizabeth Warren.

CHS students react to upcoming presidential election

By Ana Faguy and Gil Jacobson March 24, 2015

This past fall, voters headed to the polls to cast their ballot in the 2014 midterms, but as the doors closed on the election, another opens: the fast approaching 2016 presidential election. The political...

Snow days ate up time and caused cancellations of traditional school events.

MCPS’ seven snow days plow plans, schedules

By Jordan Janis, Online Editor-in-Chief March 24, 2015

A staggering seven snow days this winter have affected CHS students both inside and outside of the classroom, from standardized test preparation to extracurricular activities being cancelled. With the...

Information Technology specialist Robert Jones and assistant principal Joshua Neuman-Sunshine have overseen PARCC implementation this year.

Mandatory PARCC affects scheduling, class time

By Emily Wang and Balbina Yang March 23, 2015

More than 500 CHS students participated in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests this month. According to a February 2015 MCPS letter, PARCC provides a better...

The National Honor Society is bringing a new organization, Sources of Strength, to CHS to help those struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts.

Peers sources of strength in mental health program

By Lauren Roseman, Staff Writer March 23, 2015

This year, the National Honor Society (NHS) is bringing the suicide prevention program “Sources of Strength” to CHS in order to bring awareness to recognizing suicidal signs in students. Every year,...

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