The Black and White

MCPS officials emphasize student health and safety at monthly press conference

MCPS officials emphasize student health and safety at monthly press conference

By Eleanor Taylor

February 10, 2020

MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith discussed several issues relating to student health and safety at this month’s media briefing Feb. 6. Smith and other county officials emphasized personal safety both in school and out of school, addressing topics ranging from hate and bias in schools to pedestrian s...

MCPS budget proposal prioritizes equity, mental health

MCPS budget proposal prioritizes equity, mental health

By Ben Waldman

February 10, 2020

MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith released his recommended MCPS operating budget for next fiscal year Dec. 18. The budget is a 4.5% increase from this fiscal year’s budget, for a total of $2.8 billion dollars. It aims to help the county manage an increase in students and implement new programs, including an Equity...

SGA initiative provides feminine hygiene products in girls’ bathrooms

SGA initiative provides feminine hygiene products in girls’ bathrooms

By Anna Kulbashny

February 3, 2020

The SGA placed baskets of pads and tampons in every girls' bathroom across the building Dec. 12.  The SGA introduced its new project, “Ladies,” in response to student frustration about the lack of available feminine hygiene products at school. Senior Maddie Menkes spearheaded the initiative wi...

To discuss boundary analysis, MCPS holds community meeting

To discuss boundary analysis, MCPS holds community meeting

By Emily London

January 31, 2020

The Montgomery County Board of Education and the urban design firm WXY hosted the last of six community meetings about the boundary study Jan. 23 at Walter Johnson High School. At the meeting, community members had a chance to give feedback on the study, which is a collection of data on all of the school clusters in t...

Is your privacy at risk?

Is your privacy at risk?

By Jesse Rider

January 27, 2020

People who text while driving have a lot to worry about: fines, striking other vehicles and being unaware of their surroundings. But all of those worries seem to fly out the window when they hear their phone buzz. Texters in Montgomery County, however, may have to start ignoring that buzz for good or ...

SAT scores drop locally and nationally as number of test-takers increases

SAT scores drop locally and nationally as number of test-takers increases

By Ben Stricker

January 24, 2020

Despite an increase in the number of students taking the SAT in MCPS, MCPS’s class of 2019 underperformed compared to the class of 2018, scoring an average of 47 points lower. This follows a national trend: The national SAT score average dropped nine points from 2018 to 2019, but the College Board s...

Administrators host second community conversation on race & equity

Administrators host second community conversation on race & equity

By Holly Adams

January 22, 2020

In order to facilitate open discussion about racism and cultural intolerance among the Whitman community, Whitman’s Race, Equity and Wellness Coalition’s Parent Engagement committee and members of the MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit held its second meeting of a series of discussions surrounding race...

SMOB Nate Tinbite discusses salary raise for Board members

SMOB Nate Tinbite discusses salary raise for Board members

By Heather Wang

January 22, 2020

Student Member of the Board Nate Tinbite discussed a salary raise for Board members, including for the SMOB, in a meeting with the Board of Education Compensation Commission Nov. 18, 2019. The Maryland General Assembly established the Commission in 2018, with the purpose of discussing pay increases for...

Montgomery County Council passes Equity Bill

Montgomery County Council passes Equity Bill

By Heather Wang

January 21, 2020

The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed the Racial Equity and Social Justice Act Nov. 19 to establish a countywide social justice program. The bill outlines measures to improve racial equity, creates an Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice in the county executive branch, mandates all-new...

Whitman, Pyle strive to increase the number of students on the arts track

Whitman, Pyle strive to increase the number of students on the arts track

By Sarah Tong

January 13, 2020

Pyle principal Christopher Nardi and Whitman art department head Kristi McAleese met at the start of the new school year to look for ways to encourage eighth graders to pursue an arts track at Whitman. McAleese said that, right now, Pyle counselors are encouraging rising freshmen to take physical ...

MCPS releases calendar for 2020-2021 school year

MCPS releases calendar for 2020-2021 school year

By Ethan Wagner

January 11, 2020

The MCPS Board of Education released the 2020-2021 school year calendar Dec. 3. The BOE voted for classes to begin before Labor Day and end June 16, 2021, among other changes. The final schedule includes 182 instructional days and a 10 day spring break. New changes also include professional days ...

Administrators host first of several community conversations on race & equity

Administrators host first of several community conversations on race & equity

By Celina Fratzscher

January 3, 2020

In order to address recent racial concerns, Whitman’s Race, Equity, and Wellness Coalition's Parent Engagement committee held the first of several parent conversations on race and equity Dec. 17 in the media center. The event educated parents on how to address and discuss racism. Principal Robert Dodd...