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At WCHS, sophomore Sydney Willich walks to her class in Portable 3. Portables are a new addition to WCHS this year to accommodate all students.

Portables create a unique learning experience at WCHS

By Kaylen Chang, Assistant Social Media Manager April 30, 2021

Next to the WCHS carpool loop, wooden ramps lead students to an odd learning environment: trailers crammed together like puzzle pieces, better known as portables. These portables are detached from the...

Shown is what a typical Zoom class may look like during the 2020-2021 school year, in which there are almost no cameras on entirely.

Virtual classes give students a new perspective on the most beneficial way to learn

By Justin Greenzaid, Assistant Sports Editor April 21, 2021

The blaring radar of the default iPhone alarm is a common sound for many WCHS students in the morning (unless they have changed their alarm sound due to the trauma it may cause). But, looking back at a...

WCHS classrooms have been arranged to accommodate the CDC guidelines with desks 6 feet apart. With 12-15 desks per classroom, students who go back to school can feel safe.

WCHS families express mixed feelings over school reopening

By Caroline Harless, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

Virtual school is not something anyone could have expected. Joining classes everyday through Zoom, doing school at home and not being able to see friends and teachers would have sounded bizarre a year...

Many teachers have expressed frustration with the vaccination process. Appointments have been very hard to book and teachers often have to rely on friends, family, and colleagues for information on registration.

Teachers share concerns about COVID-19 vaccine distribution

By Allison Fan, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

When it comes to priority in getting vaccinated, teachers are relatively high on the list. According to Montgomery County’s COVID-19 information website, teachers in Montgomery County are priority group...

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 SGA created the Beyond the Bulldog Instagram account. This account celebrates seniors who have committed to colleges.

Beyond the Bulldog showcases seniors’ college decisions

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager March 14, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been harder than ever for WCHS students to communicate with their peers. While this is a challenge for all students, it hits hardest for seniors, especially those committing...

 The lunchroom at WCHS has desks spread out so students can practice social distancing. The lunchroom and Auxiliary Gym will be used for students eating lunch in Phase 1.2.

WCHS administrators discuss school reopening plans

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor March 3, 2021

When the Montgomery County Board of Education confirmed that students would return to in-person school in March, there were a lot of questions- most notably, surrounding how schools would open safely....

AP exams are usually taken in a large test booklet that students write in, but with virtual AP exams, its harder to do some types of questions, especially ones that require students to show work.

AP exams will be offered in virtual and in-person settings

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor March 1, 2021

With the recent MCPS decision to return to in-person school, students and teachers alike are now having to adjust to the reality of changing plans and finishing school in-person. Early in the year many...

One of the reasons that it may be dificult for the county to reopen schools is because of the low supply of COVID vaccines around the country.

Is going back to school worth it?

By Elijah Savett, Sports Editor March 1, 2021

As the deadline for a decision to reopen schools in Montgomery County nears, questions have risen throughout the community. Students, parents and teachers are questioning the safety of going back to school...

An empty classroom at WCHS is prepped for students to return. WCHS, like all Montgomery County Public Schools, has been closed since Mar. 13, 2020, but plans to start returning students in phases.

Montgomery County Board of Education votes to re-open schools in March

By Jeremy Fredricks, Copy Editor February 15, 2021

Lunches have been at home. Sports have been virtual. Classes have been taken over Zoom. It has been nearly one year since students in Montgomery County, Md. have been to school, due to COVID-19. Montgomery...

WCHS spend each week on Zoom classes to be given more online homework to do. Being on a computer for this long is very stressful and exhausting for students and makes it harder for students to really absorb the information from homework assignments.

Virtual learning homework is ineffective and stressful

By Jordan Pashkoff, Assistant Online Editor December 23, 2020

Ever since the pandemic hit and schools went fully virtual in March 2020, schools have had to adapt their curriculums and change the way they teach to fit being on Zoom. Teachers are trying to incorporate...

As online school becomes the new normal, students are learning to reap the benefits of virtual learning. Many students join school from the comfort of their beds, a definite improvement from previously having to wake up in the early morning to get to school.

MCPS should not return to in person learning

By Austin Vinner, Observations Editor December 10, 2020

After over eight months of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it finally seems like a vaccine for this deadly illness is almost ready for public consumption. With the prospect of things returning...

It is hard for the different freshmen to connect and form bonds while school is in a virtual environment and they only get interaction over zoom.

Freshmen students struggle with connections during virtual learning

By Rachel Mattison, Assistant Advertisement and Subscription Manager December 10, 2020

Virtual school has caused everyone to be separated from their school friends, activities and communities. Freshmen are now over a quarter into their first year at WCHS and many are still struggling to...

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