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Letter to the editor: verify statistics before publication

By Sarah Cutler

November 16, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Dear Black and White, Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "There are lies, damn lies, and statistics." I am writing this letter to challenge a statistic that you included in your article on LGBT students in your Sept. 27 issue of the B&W. The statement that "10 percent of all people in the world...

Letters to the editor: is ‘Gypsy’ too provocative?

By Sarah Cutler

October 20, 2011


Filed under Opinion

"Gypsy," the fall musical, runs from Nov. 17 to 19. Below on the left is a letter from a parent questioning the appropriateness of the musical for a high school cast and audience, while on the left is a response from "Gypsy" director Christopher Gerken defending the choice to perform the musical. R...

Live blog: press conference with MCPS superintendent Joshua Starr

Live blog: press conference with MCPS superintendent Joshua Starr

By Sarah Cutler

October 15, 2011


Filed under Media, News

New MCPS superintendent Joshua Starr answered questions from members of the high school press in a press conference Oct. 18, covering a variety of topics, including math acceleration, No Child Left Behind and the attendance policy. A replay of the live blog is below. Read More »...

Allow nurses to give over-the-counter meds in school, with parent permission

By Sarah Cutler

April 13, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Your head is pounding during math class, but you know there’s no use going to the nurse’s office. She can’t give you any medicine to get rid of the splitting pain. Read More »...

Eight-periods days “actively discouraged” for 2012 school year

By Sarah Cutler

March 24, 2011


Filed under News

Stake out your seat in the cafeteria now, because lunch next year may be a little more crowded. Read More »...

Senior participates in math competition, places fourth

By Sarah Cutler

February 24, 2011


Filed under News

Senior Brian Jones competed with three other students in the “Who Wants to be a Mathematician?” contest Feb. 20 at the Washington Convention Center. Read More »...

In-school iPads not worth the benefits

By Sarah Cutler

February 16, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Teachers want students to be engaged in class, environmentalists want to save paper, and doctors know that carrying heavy backpacks has adverse effects on student health. But the county shouldn’t try to solve all of these problems at once by purchasing expensive and unproven technology. Read More »...

College in England? Brilliant!

By Sarah Cutler

January 18, 2011


Filed under Feature

In terms of college applications, senior Julia Cole is going the distance. Literally. Read More »...

Multimedia: Winter Pep Rally

By Sarah Cutler

December 13, 2010


Filed under News

Drumline “got busy” with the same performance that won them second place at the county competition. Poms—guys and girls—showed off their new routine and the break-dancing team performed to “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd. Read More »...

Sophomore wins Whitman’s first Poetry Out Loud contest

By Sarah Cutler

December 2, 2010


Filed under News

Sophomore Ali Foreman won Whitman’s first Poetry Out Loud competition Nov. 30. Foreman and runner-up sophomore Emily Rogers qualified to compete in the county-level contest in January, the next stage in the nation-wide poetry recitation contest. Read More »...

Study shows benefits of affluent schooling

By Sarah Cutler

November 17, 2010


Filed under News

A Century Foundation study confirmed the common notion that it's more beneficial for impoverished students to attend affluent schools than high-poverty schools, even if those high-poverty schools receive additional county funds. The seven-year study monitored the progress of Montgomery County elementary...

Five students caught with illicit substances face ‘Zero Tolerance’

By Sarah Cutler

November 11, 2010


Filed under News

**Also by Lucy Chen** Five students face punishment under the Zero Tolerance policy after they were caught with illegal substances in two unrelated incidents. The Zero Tolerance policy includes a 10-day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and prohibition from extracurricular activities for a...