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Journalism enrollment increases

Journalism enrollment increases

By Pablo Roa, Senior Writer May 21, 2015

After a year of relatively low enrollment in journalism classes at CHS, next year’s Journalism 1 class will be one of the largest classes the program has ever had. Last year’s Journalism 1 class...

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...

MCPS searches for new superintendent

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor March 23, 2015

Ever since Joshua Starr announced his resignation as MCPS superintendent Feb. 3, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) has been working hard to find his successor. Although Starr’s resignation...

School bell times pushed back for next school year

By Jasmine Baten and Pablo Roa February 24, 2015

After over two years of proposals, hearings, petitions and town hall meetings, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) has decided to push high school start times back by 20 minutes starting next...

Sex abuse cases raise questions about county policies

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor December 19, 2014

In light of recent incidents involving inappropriate behavior conducted by two MCPS staff members, some county officials are questioning whether principals are taking appropriate measures and doing enough...

Superintendent Joshua Starr requested an additional $220.8 million be added to the county’s school construction budget.

CIP amendments to help deal with growing student population

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor December 1, 2014

In an effort to address capacity issues caused by MCPS’s ever-growing student population, Superintendent Joshua Starr requested an additional $220.8 million be added to the county’s school construction...

Superintendent Joshua Starr requested an additional $220.8 million be added to the county’s school construction budget.

Starr looks to future as county continues to grow

By Pablo Roa and Gil Jacobson November 20, 2014

From an increased dependency on technology to a student population that is growing by thousands each year, in the three years since Joshua Starr became Superintendent of MCPS, he and the rest of MCPS leadership...

Maryland prepares for upcoming elections

Maryland prepares for upcoming elections

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor October 27, 2014

While most CHS students will be sleeping in on Nov. 4, Americans across the country will be heading to the polling booths to vote in this year’s midterm elections. Election Day not only gives students...

MoCo launches pedestrian safety campaign

MoCo launches pedestrian safety campaign

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor October 27, 2014

Teens ages 15-19 make up 51 percent of underage pedestrian fatalities. In Montgomery County, that age group also makes up the largest percentage of pedestrians who are at fault in collisions. With the...

Starr withdraws proposal to push back start times

Starr withdraws proposal to push back start times

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor September 24, 2014

Superintendent Joshua Starr recommended in October 2013 that MCPS push back high school start times, citing concerns over the lack of sleep teenagers are getting with the current bell schedule, later Starr...

Alum, U.S. Rep as graduation speakers

By Pablo Roa, Production Editor May 30, 2014

Congressman Chris Van Hollen and alumnus Ashwani Jain will speak at the Class of 2014's graduation ceremony at DAR Constitution Hall May 27. Van Hollen, Congressman for Maryland's eighth district, has...

Unranked status shocks community

Unranked status shocks community

By Pablo Roa, Emily Wang, and Fiona Asbury May 29, 2014

To the surprise and disappointment of many students and staff members, CHS was unranked in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of the best high schools in the state. For the past three...

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