The Black & White

Alleged sexual assault at Damascus highlights crucial role of coaches

By Max Gersch

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Blogs

When I heard about the alleged sexual assault at Damascus High School in November, I thought about coaches. As role models for their players, coaches have a more important role than ever to step up and set a good example for their teams. A coach’s purpose is more than wins and losses. During the sea...

Elementary school students should learn local history

Elementary school students should learn local history

By Dana Herrnstadt

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion

From a young age, we learn about the California Gold Rush, the Declaration of Independence and the Abolitionist Movement. We study Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the Louisiana Purchase, but the history of our own county has mostly escaped the classroom. Learning about local history connects students...

Whitman students are complicit in the climate crisis—that needs to change

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion

Sitting behind me in English, two people are sharing Oreos out of a plastic bag, and next to me, a friend is sipping iced coffee through a plastic straw in a plastic cup. When the bell rings, they all toss their plastic into the trash, where it lies with paper rubrics and several cans marked "recyclable." Thei...

Young teachers work multiple jobs to supplement low salaries

By Max London

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

In addition to the paid hours teachers spend at school and the extra time they spend grading and planning lessons, many teachers also choose to hold a second job outside of the classroom to earn additional income. Forty-one percent of Maryland public school teachers have held a second job in the l...

AP exam registration pushed forward to late October

AP exam registration pushed forward to late October

By Anna Yuan

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, National, News

Starting next year, students will register for Advanced Placement exams beginning in late October and continuing to mid-November, instead of in March. Registration after the deadline will cost an extra $40. The College Board decided to move up the registration date after last year’s pilot program inv...

Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever

Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever

By Katie Hanson

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

The Montgomery County Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever after Karla Silvestre, the former co-chair of the MCPS Latino Student Achievement Action Group, and Brenda Wolff, a civil rights attorney, were sworn in Dec. 3. The new members replaced former Board president Michael Durso a...

MD State Highway Assoc. lowers speed limit on River Road from 45 mph to 35 mph

MD State Highway Assoc. lowers speed limit on River Road from 45 mph to 35 mph

By Anna Yuan

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

Some students are frustrated after the State Highway Association changed the speed limit on a three-mile segment of River Road that includes the Braeburn Parkway intersection and Pyle Road crosswalk behind Whitman from 45 mph to 35 mph. The SHA reduced the speed limit after decades-long advocacy fr...

Character-building programs net positive reviews across MCPS athletic departments

By Ally Navarrete

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

Athletic departments across MCPS are reporting positive results after introducing programs including “Lead ‘Em Up,” “Three Dimensional Coaching” and “Positive Coaching Alliance,” which are designed to teach athletes and coaches about leadership and healthy relationships. The varsity and jun...

SGA revives charity month for Children’s National

By Anna Yuan

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, News, School

The SGA is bringing back a charity month to raise money for Children’s National Medical Center this year which will last six weeks from mid-February to mid-March and include events like spirit week, Vike-a-Thon and other smaller events. In the 2016-17 school year, four weeks dedicated to different ch...

Board approves funding to address overcrowding

By Blake Layman

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

The Montgomery County Board of Education passed amendments Nov. 27 to increase funding for renovations, additions and studies into the implications of boundary changes and school capacities for students across the county. The money is part of amendments to the Capital Improvement Program, which ensure...

Whitman earns only average marks on MSDE school report card

Whitman earns only average marks on MSDE school report card

By Anna Yuan and Zara Ali

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, News, School

Whitman earned a 74 percent—equating to four out of five stars—on a report card the Maryland State Department of Education released Dec. 4. The state report card is an annual measure of school performance. The school earned a C grade after students underperformed on the 2016 English PARCC; low a...

Soccer player Natan Rosen earns All-Met Player of the Year

Soccer player Natan Rosen earns All-Met Player of the Year

By Sara Azimi and Elyse Lowet

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

Forward Natan Rosen, a senior, won the Washington Post’s Player of the Year award for boys soccer, the first time since 2000 that a Whitman soccer player has earned the title. Four boys soccer players and two girls soccer players also earned All-Met awards for the fall 2018 seasons. Seniors Sam No...