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

Racing towards the finish line at the WCHS track, Arnav Juneja practices for the next upcoming track meet. The junior prepares for the 200 meter and 400 meter races as a mid-distance sprinter.

AP overload: two tests in one day is unrealistic

By Ryan Weiner, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2023

Pens scribbling on test booklets, timers ticking down on boards, and students inevitably stressing at each turn of a page. When AP season kicks off across the nation on May 1, these are things one can...

This past February, the Educational Policy Department of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association (MCR-SGA) held a community forum to discuss mental health resources in MCPS. Many students brought up the gaps that they saw and why they thought improvements were necessary.

MCPS’ wellness resources: a good effort but ineffective

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Features Editor March 2, 2023

A, B, C: Advisory classes, Be Well 365 and counselor lessons on restorative justice, mindfulness and more. MCPS boasts a plethora of programs for its K-12 students that aim to address the gaps in social...

Many students have been studying and preparing for their AP exams. Along the way, these students have gained valuable skills that will help them academically in the future.

Are AP exams worth it?

By Isaac Horn, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

With AP tests fast approaching, many students have been hit by a wave of stress that is overwhelming their already-hectic high school lives. This wave of stress has left these students with a collective...

Students oftentimes find themselves cramming for the multiple tests they will have to take the next morning the night before, meaning that many of them are unable to truly reap the potential benefits of testing.

Test overlap overwhelms students’ schedules

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor January 2, 2022

A messy scribble-scrabble of different pen colors, notes scribbled in the margins and overlapping due dates highlighted and marked with rows of exclamation points. What is this? A student’s planner....

Caitlyn Jennings, Maya Simon, and Kiley Greiner (the officers of the new THRIVE club) after the clubs first meditation, held by sponsor Makeyda Soriano.

THRIVE Club brings peace to CHS

By Jordyn Green, Assistant Online Editor-in-Chief May 13, 2018

CHS can be one of the most stressful places there is, so it’s often hard to find a place to relax. The THRIVE club, whose main goal is to make CHS a more positive environment, decided to hold a lunchtime...

Freshman Emma Gray relaxes with an adult coloring book.

Adult Coloring Books Gain Popularity as a Method of Stress Relief

By Laura Sneller, Public Relations Editor April 29, 2016

After a stressful week of tests and homework, students typically unwind by napping or watching Netflix. Now, there is a new relaxation method that increases artistic ability while relieving stress—all...

Chin Up, Churchill

Chin Up, Churchill

January 4, 2016

Chin up, Churchill. Recently, there’s been a case of negativity going around, whether it be because of acts of violence or accumulation of academic stress. But even in the face of it, it’s important...

Standardized Tests Are Getting a Failing Grade

By Ariel Levchenko, Online Opinions Editor December 23, 2015

CHS students will have taken an average of 113 tests throughout their education. There are tests in every class, the PARCC, quarter exams, semester exams, final exams and AP exams. Wait, don’t forget...

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

By Rebekah Sklute, Circulation Manager October 29, 2015

If a student skips class, he or she is more likely to get into the college of his or her choice. Given the choice between attending University of Michigan’s college presentation or an AP class, a...

CHS Brings Back Assessment Schedule after Experimental Year Off

By Maya Rosenberg, Social Media Editor September 29, 2015

The workload for students at CHS is never supposed to be easy. But last year, during my first year of high school, I was swamped by the workload. I would have days with three or four summative tests in...

Facing stress, students smoke to blow off steam

Facing stress, students smoke to blow off steam

By Ben Fox, Sports Photo Editor March 1, 2013

You can smell it on their breath. It lingers in their cars. It sticks to their clothes and cannot be washed out. The smell of cigarettes follows smokers everywhere, even through the Bulldog Lobby and into...

New assessment schedule aims to reduce student stress

New assessment schedule aims to reduce student stress

By Julia Heimlich, Circulation Manager October 2, 2012

The start of a new school year often brings the start of stress, pressure and anxiety. But this year’s new testing policy could potentially override some of these tense feelings. A new system was put...

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