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  • The Shakespeare Club's performance of "Julius Caesar" will be on April 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the WAUD. Admission is $5.

  • Festival of the Arts is April 26 and 27 from 6-9 p.m.

  • Come to A234 on April 26 during lunch for a presentation on immigration and refugee settlement. Pizza will be served.

  • The media center will be closed before and during school April 26 for SMOB voting.

  • See Ms. Safran in B311 if you're interested in becoming Whitman's liaison to the Montgomery County Regional SGA.

  • Whitman Idol is April 25 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $5.

  • Anyone interested in auditioning as a speaker at graduation should come to A212 on April 27 after school.

  • Tickets for prom are being sold starting April 24 at $45 per person.

  • The Science Club will be hosting interactive discussions and presentations on April 25. Come to Room C326 after school.

  • Dogs will be visiting Whitman on April 21. Stop by the small gym during both lunch periods.

BOE approves calendar revisions, reducing instructional and professional days

BOE approves calendar revisions, reducing instructional and professional days

By Camille Caldera
March 3, 2017
Filed under Local, News, School

The Board of Education (BOE) revised the 2017-2018 school year calendar Feb. 27 to shorten the professional days after first and third quarter from full days off to half days and reduce the total number of instructional days from 184 to 182.

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Mental Health Awareness week recap

Mental Health Awareness week recap

By Carmen Molina
February 28, 2017
Filed under News, School

While February at Whitman used to signify a whirlwind of SGA activities and fundraisers to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, last week welcomed the first of four Charity Weeks replacing LLS month: Mental Health Awareness week.

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BOE approves $64 million addition to budget

BOE approves $64 million addition to budget

By Tiger Bjornlund
February 27, 2017
Filed under Local, News, School

The BOE voted unanimously (8-0) Feb. 14 to approve the $2.52 billion operating budget proposed by Superintendent Jack Smith, according to an MCPS press release. The allocation marks an increase of $64.24 million from last year’s budget.

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Weekly news round-up: Feb. 26

Weekly news round-up: Feb. 26

By Matthew Farr
February 26, 2017
Filed under National, News

This week was a draining one for news in the U.S. and around the world. Here are some of the top stories:

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Whitman alumna nominated for Academy Award

Whitman alumna nominated for Academy Award

By Andie Silverman
February 26, 2017
Filed under News, School

Two strangers meet. One an immigrant, the other a refugee. A violin brought them together but their friendship revealed how one small act can change two people’s lives forever. This true story is captured in the documentary “Joe’s Violin,” by director Kahane Cooperman (‘80).

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Common Application adds two new prompts, alters three old ones

Common Application adds two new prompts, alters three old ones

By Lily Friedman
February 24, 2017
Filed under News

Each year, seniors partake in Whitman traditions like car decorating, the Philly cheesesteak challenge and guy poms. Among these beloved practices is another less popular one: filling out the Common Application, an online universal college application platform.

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Senior David Rekhtman 1 of 40 finalists in national science competition

Senior David Rekhtman 1 of 40 finalists in national science competition

By Allie Lerner
February 23, 2017
Filed under National, News, School

While it’s common for students to have internships, most students only get to shadow doctors or scientists. But, during his two-year internship in the National Cancer Institute at NIH, senior David Rekhtman completed a 16-page report on two ways to induce an immune response toward cancer cells.

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New supreme court nominee generates varying student responses

New supreme court nominee generates varying student responses

By Lily Jacobson
February 22, 2017
Filed under Local, National, News

Students had a wide range of reactions to President Trump’s recent nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Jan. 31. His nomination marks the second straight Supreme Court nominee with significant connections to Montgomery County after President Obama’s nominee, Bethesda resident Merrick Garland.

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MCPS warns of virtual extortion

MCPS warns of virtual extortion

By Emma Sorkin
February 22, 2017
Filed under Local, News

Multiple MCPS families recently became targets of what the FBI has deemed a virtual kidnapping scam. Community members received calls from unfamiliar, often international, numbers with screaming in the background and a claim from the caller that he or she is in possession of the person’s child, and intends to do the child harm unless a ransom is paid, according to an FBI memo.

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MOCO leaders release statement to reassure safety for all immigrants, refugees

MOCO leaders release statement to reassure safety for all immigrants, refugees

By Lily Jacobson
February 21, 2017
Filed under Local, Media, National, News, Videos

County Executive Ike Leggett and nine other Montgomery County council members released a statement Jan. 30 to ensure community safety for all residents, following President Trump’s recent executive order.

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Quiz bowl team advances to Beltway League finals

Quiz bowl team advances to Beltway League finals

By Julie Rosenstein
February 21, 2017
Filed under News, School

Besting three teams they recently lost to, the Quiz Bowl team qualified for the Beltway League finals at their semifinals tournament Feb. 9 at Rockville High School.

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Weekly news round-up: Feb. 19

Weekly news round-up: Feb. 19

By Matthew Farr
February 19, 2017
Filed under National, News

This week saw a cacophony of domestic and foreign news. Here is a sampling of the top stories of the week:

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