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

With possible COVID surges after spring break, some families have begun stocking up on masks in preparation for a possible reinstated mandate.

WCHS takes steps to avoid post-break surge

By Austin Vinner, News Editor May 8, 2022

After the recent drop in COVID-19 cases and loosening of restrictions, including in-school mask mandates, it seems to many that the pandemic is finally coming to an end. Despite this, it is still early...

This rendering of the new Starbucks that will replace the attendance office features many WCHS ensignias to promote bulldog pride.

Plans for new attendance office brew at WCHS

By Austin Vinner, Laughs at own jokes April 4, 2022

Just a gentle reminder that late arrivals, notes for early dismissal passes and notes for past absences should go to the now open attendance office by the main entrance. Does this sound familiar? Maybe...

Squat racks (pictured left), free weights (pictured right) and treadmills (pictured above) are just a few of the many workout machines that are already available in the school weight room.

Weight room gets bench pressed up a notch

By Austin Vinner, News Editor March 13, 2022

It’s no secret that the 2021-2022 school year has been great for WCHS athletics. From the varsity football team making playoffs to the wrestling team qualifying for states, both student-athletes and...

Boxlight boards have been placed a large number of classrooms like this one. Here one is powering up as Mr. Hakopian begins class.

Boxlights ring in 2022 with unknown potential

By Austin Vinner, News Editor February 15, 2022

As students get back into the hustle and bustle of school after winter break and the multitude of snow days, there are more changes than meets the eye. Surrounded in controversy around in-person school,...

With the prospect of virtual school returning in some instances, many students and teachers worry both attendance and participation will fall due to the ability to turn off cameras during class.

A fun killer: virtual school on snow days

By Austin Vinner, News Editor February 15, 2022

Burnt out. That’s how many students at school this year are feeling. Transitioning back to in-person school has been challenging enough, and now that students have finally begun to feel normal again...

Maps like these are posted outside the auditorium each day, telling teacherless students where to sit.

Teachers deserve better compensation for subbing

By Austin Vinner, News Editor January 25, 2022

$15 an hour. This is the minimum wage in more than 20 states including parts of Maryland, like Montgomery County. Sadly, $15 is also the amount being offered to MCPS teachers who choose to give up free...

A classic christmas tree surrounded by presents brings joy and excitement to the whole family, even the cat!

Happy Holidays!

By Austin Vinner, News Editor January 10, 2022

Imagine a crackling fire, glowing bright warm light shining throughout the house. A family is gathered early in the morning around a lush green tree, enrobed in decorative ornaments and lights. The excitement...

Questions arise after attack on school property

Questions arise after attack on school property

By Austin Vinner and Jeremy Chung December 13, 2021

As students continue the transition back to school, the issue regarding school safety comes back into question. Recently this has become more prevalent at WCHS due to an incident that occurred on Oct....

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 Virtual Academy that was announced on the MCPS website includes an infographic explaining different aspects of the new schooling option. These include who is eligible, which teachers will teach virtually and how to enroll.

The “Virtual Academy” should be more accessible

By Austin Vinner , News Editor June 14, 2021

Over the past year, virtual school has become an important point of contention across the country. It is hated by some due to the learning difficulties it poses and revered by others as an easier way to...

This Ink drawing entitled All Together Alone was created by WCHS Junior Julian Silva. This work is desplayed on the front page of the County Wide Art Show website.

MCPS creates a website to display pieces of art for an online art show

By Austin Vinner, News Editor May 3, 2021

Over the past year, MCPS has done its best to provide as many normal experiences to students as possible. Many events have undergone changes to account for adequate social distancing and other precautions,...

Students eagerly get back on the field to play sports after over a year long break due to COVID restrictions in the county.

WCHS sports teams prepare for an in-person spring season

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor March 22, 2021

With the increased distribution of vaccines, a select amount of students are beginning to return to school. This not only provides improved learning for many students, but it also brings the excitement...

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