The Black and White

Though the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, theres no longer an indoor mask mandate in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County lifts indoor mask mandate

By Zach Poe November 10, 2021

Montgomery County officials lifted the local indoor mask mandate on Oct. 28 after the community met CDC guidelines for removal of the requirement. The county satisfied the CDC criteria after recording...

Whitman’s artificial turf field has closed for the remainder of the fall sports season. Before the fields installation in 2018, many community members expressed concern over the field’s proposed infill material, Zeofill.

Safety concerns force closure of turf field

By Ethan Schenker November 7, 2021

Whitman’s artificial turf field has closed for the remainder of the fall athletics season as a precautionary safety measure, Principal Robert Dodd wrote in an email to community members on Thursday.  Both...

Student Member of the Board Hana O’Looney and Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight discussed a number of student concerns through an Instagram livestream on October 25.

O’Looney, McKnight address wide range of topics during virtual town hall

By Samantha Wang November 5, 2021

Student Member of the Board Hana O’Looney hosted a virtual student town hall with Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight through an Instagram livestream on October 25. O’Looney addressed concerns...

Building services staff members uncovered a pipe leak in Whitmans building on Monday morning, preventing some students from taking their normal routes to class.

Building services staff respond to pipe leak in school building

By Sonya Rashkovan November 2, 2021

Building services staff members uncovered a pipe leak that affected the first and second floors of the school building on Monday morning.  The staff proceeded to block off areas in the school that...

A recent MCPS report revealed that students experienced significant academic setbacks after a year of virtual learning.

MCPS students miss academic targets after year of virtual learning

By Ethan Schenker October 26, 2021

After nearly 18 months of virtual learning, MCPS students returned to in-person school less academically prepared than pupils in previous years, according to newly released educational performance data...

If the Board approves SMOB Hana OLooneys proposal for a mandatory financial literacy course for high school students, the requirement will take effect with the graduating class of 2028.

SMOB Hana O’Looney proposes required semester-long finance course

By Samantha Wang October 24, 2021

Student Member of the Board Hana O’Looney proposed a required semester-long financial literacy course for high school students at a Board of Education meeting on October 5. If the Board approves the...

Womens Studies teacher Linda Leslie introduces a research project to her class. Womens Studies is one of the five classes offered as part of the Leadership Academy for Social Justice.

Administrators launch Leadership Academy for Social Justice

By Zach Poe October 19, 2021

Administrators this school year implemented the Leadership Academy for Social Justice, a new series of classes designed to promote leadership and advocacy for students.  The initiative consists of...

AP Spanish Literature students pose in black attire during first period on Friday as a symbol of unity against prejudice in MCPS.

Students participate in “Wear Black on Friday,” stand in solidarity with BIPOC community members  

By Sonya Rashkovan October 18, 2021

Numerous Whitman students wore black attire to school on October 15 as part of the county-wide demonstration “Wear Black on Friday” in solidarity against racism in MCPS.  High school-affiliated...

Students dance to the music at Whitmans first outdoor homecoming celebration. The event drew the most students in at least five years, according to Principal Robert Dodd.

SGA holds first outdoor homecoming celebration, draws over 1,000 students

By Ethan Schenker October 15, 2021

Over 1,000 students attended Whitman's first outdoor homecoming celebration on October 8. The festivities took place on the baseball field immediately following the homecoming football game, contrasting...

A Whitman student assaulted a female Churchill student at Churchill this morning. County police took the Whitman student into custody.

Whitman student taken into custody after assault of female Churchill student

By Ethan Schenker October 13, 2021

Montgomery County police took a 17-year-old Whitman student into custody after he assaulted a female student at Winston Churchill High School and displayed a knife on the school’s premises this morning.  At...

A fire truck arrives at Whitman as students and staff gather outside. Due to a gasoline-like smell in the band room, administrators initiated an evacuation of the school around 4 p.m.

Gasoline-like smell in band room causes after-school evacuation

By Kendall Headley and Tara Davoodi October 5, 2021

Due to a gasoline-like odor in the band room, Whitman administrators evacuated staff and students from the school building at around 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Bethesda fire and rescue services arrived...

This year, Whitman honored the most National Merit semifinalists that the school has seen since 2013.

Whitman honors most National Merit semifinalists in nearly a decade

By Ethan Schenker September 29, 2021

There were 22 Whitman seniors who qualified as semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. This marks the highest number of National Merit semifinalists from the school since 2013.   Each...

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