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Honors societies change for the better

Senior Mary Hinton (left) and Junior Trevor Gardemal (right) join EHS student board member Jonathan Silverman (middle) to discuss Ray Bradbury’s short story “There Will Come Soft Rains” on Nov. 21st. These book club meetings occur around once a month and members can request which books to read and discuss.

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

December 19, 2019

Honor societies are vital to high schools for the standard of excellence they bring to various subjects, including math, spanish and art. One of WCHS’ longest existing honor societies is the English Honor Society (EHS), currently run by english teacher Mary Dempsey and senior officers Clare Tobin, Ma...

Students, teachers take side on later school start time debate

On any given morning, WCHS students come to school on buses. Buses would come later, if school start times are pushed back.

By Jeremy Fredricks and Ari Dimitoglou

November 15, 2019

For students in California public high schools, start time will be later beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. After Governor Gavin Newson signed a law for later start times, California will become the first state to legislative start times for public schools with high schools starting at 8:30 AM. ...

Wellness Wednesday sparks debate

Wellness Wednesday sparks debate

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor

October 1, 2019

Sources of Strength (SOS) days have been replaced by once a week, 20 minute periods of wellness. Both were an attempt at fixing the incredible mental health crisis now plaguing students, but neither have helped or will help ease any anxiety in teens as a result of schoolwork stress -- in fact, they will do...

MCPS monitors students’ wifi usage to help maintain safety

Many students use VPN apps during school so they can access social media and other sites that are blocked during school hours.

By Austin Vinner, Photo Manager

May 10, 2019

Everyone knows that the type of spies that are in movies are not likely to exist to the same degree that they do in the cinema, but other types of spying do exist and one of them is right under your nose. Your internet usage is being monitored, specifically, when you’re are at school. Students in our ...

CHS Top Engineer School

CHS offers many classes, including  AP Physics Mechanics and AP Physics Electricity and Magnetism, which prepare students for the rigor of pursuing an engineering major once they are in college.

By Brooke Weiner, Advertising Manager

March 22, 2016

It’s no secret that CHS offers top-of-the-line academics. Over the years, CHS has received numerous awards and accolades for its excellent performance across the board. Recently, the University of Maryland named CHS the eighth-largest source of students for its Clark School for Engineering. The...

CHS Cuts Elective Courses

The fate of Erewhon, the literary magazine, is unknown after the class was cut for next school year.

By Michael Fox and Jonathan Greenzaid

March 22, 2016

Each school year both the county’s and each individual high school’s curriculum will change as a result of fluctuations in registration for certain courses. This year, specifically at CHS, several courses will be cut for the 2016-17 school year. Courses to be cut next year include African American...

Radon Levels Exceed Limits in 28 MCPS Schools

MCPS has recorded higher amounts of radon in some schools than recommended by the EPA. Radon, an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas, can seep into schools and potentially cause lung cancer.

By Nathan Deychman, Sports Editor

January 5, 2016

Dangerous levels of radon have been discovered in 28 MCPS schools. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that can cause lung cancer. It often seeps into buildings through cracks in the foundation. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon levels should not exceed...

School spirit on the rise at CHS sporting events

School spirit on the rise at CHS sporting events

By Jordan Janis and Katherine Michael, Online EIC and staff writer

October 24, 2014

“We’ve got spirit, yes we do; we’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you?” Since we were sophomores, the CHS student section—also known as the “Dawg Pound”—has not been able to truthfully call this classic spirit chant.  However, this year, that has changed; attendance to sporting events has...

The Churchill Observer’s guide to homecoming week

The Churchill Observer's guide to homecoming week

By Thomas Atkinson and Madison Hurr, Public Relations/Social Media Manager and Arts Editor

October 24, 2014

As homecoming week quickly approaches, the Observer presents all you need to know about homecoming week. Week of Oct. 20: Money Wars Previously called coin wars, this year class officers will be accepting coins as well as bills as large as $20 in the competition to raise the most amount of money...

Metal detectors necessary for school safety

MCPS has initiated $9 million security system upgrade.

By Julia Reagan, Public Relations and Social Media Manager

September 25, 2012

How many students at CHS would expect to hear a gunshot in the cafeteria?  How many would expect a violent and potentially fatal event to happen on their first day of school? The students at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County certainly were not expecting it, and CHS students would not either.  B...

Different teachers + same class = unfair advantage

By By Stacey Stein, Online Breaking News

December 20, 2011

 Every year when students receive their schedule cards, the first thing they do is eagerly scan the teachers they received. News of the "easy" teachers is greeted with shrieks of delight, while others groan at the disappointment of a "hard" teacher.  Unfortunately, as unfair as it may be, teachers...

CHS needs to slow down morning routine

CHS needs to slow down morning routine

November 21, 2011

 Between 7 and 7:25 a.m., something strange happens to this normally well-behaved CHS community. A significant portion of CHS parents and students seem to lose all common sense and respect for the law when it comes time to get out of the car and walk into the school building. Parents drop off illegally...

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