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Miller’s term will last until Jan. 26.

Miller begins term as Principal Intern on Dec. 1

By Nikhita Dass December 5, 2023

On Dec. 1, Assistant Principal Gregory Miller began his term as Principal Intern as part of the MCPS Leadership Development Program (LDP). Miller’s term will last until Jan. 26.  The LDP intends...

Told through several perspectives, “Mascot” is aimed at middle-grade readers, introducing them to the complexity of tradition and discrimination through accessible literature. 

Award-winning authors Charles Waters and Traci Sorell visit Politics & Prose

By Nikhita Dass December 1, 2023

On Nov. 16, best-selling authors Charles Waters and Traci Sorell hosted a book signing event at Politics and Prose Bookstore for their new novel “Mascot.” The bookstore publicized “Mascot” to highlight...

In the days following Wards announcement, some students with personal computers have struggled to access consistent Wi-Fi, and others’ phones have been unable to reliably connect.

Network changes cause problems with Wi-Fi connection

By Rebecca Waldman November 29, 2023

On Nov. 27, Whitman IT Systems Specialist Helen Ward sent an email to all staff members informing them that MCPS officials had disconnected the chrome network and replaced it with a more secure network...

College Board officials offered only the make-up test day as an alternative due to the Maryland primary election, which will take place on the original exam date.

AP Lang exam moved to late-testing date, will be taken on paper

By Liam Darnell November 16, 2023

Whitman’s AP Language and Composition teachers confirmed as of late October that Whitman students will take the AP Lang exam on May 23, the late-testing date. Students will also take the exam on paper...

AP School Honor Roll is a College Board program which highlights schools in the United States and Canada that have achieved significant success in their AP programs.

College Board recognizes Whitman and 17 other MCPS high schools for success in AP programs

By Ella Werkman November 16, 2023

On Nov. 8, Montgomery County Public Schools announced that 18 of its 25 district high schools, including Whitman, have been recognized as part of the 2023 AP School Honor Roll.  AP School Honor Roll...

The most recent incident occurred on October 27, when the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) charged a 15-year-old with a potential ten-year sentence or fine of $10,000 for threats of mass violence to Paint Branch High School.

Bomb threats spread across MCPS

By Olivia Hansel November 9, 2023

MCPS officials have reported an alarming increase in school bomb threats, including 10 threats throughout the month of October. The most recent incident occurred on October 27, when the Montgomery County...

Miller’s term will last until Jan. 26.

What we know about former Paint Branch principal’s harassment and misconduct allegations

By Griffin Haber November 6, 2023

On Aug. 4, MCPS wrote an email to the Paint Branch High School community stating that the newly promoted Principal Joel Beidleman would be placed on extended leave, a decision coinciding with the publication...

The assessment will account for 20% of a student’s second-semester grade in Biology, Honors Biology, Government and Politics and Honors Government and Politics classes.

MCPS holds information session to discuss final exams for the 2023-24 school year

By Ella Werkman October 30, 2023

On Sept. 28, MCPS announced their plan to implement changes to the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) for Government and Science subjects, which the Maryland State Board of Education passed...

The plan aims to decrease chronic absences by analyzing the cause of absenteeism, requiring each school to develop a customized plan with goals to decrease student absences and launching a system-wide campaign to raise awareness about consistent school attendance.

Whitman reacts: Two months of new county attendance policy

By Olivia Hansel October 29, 2023

During a press conference on August 22, MCPS officials announced the ALL TOGETHER Now action plan to address the increasing rate of chronic student absences. MCPS officials have started implementing the...

The schedule changes were due to a referee shortage and county concerns about violence between rival schools, officials wrote. 

Whitman reacts: Lack of referees, increasing fights influence change in football schedule

By Olivia Hansel October 19, 2023

On Aug. 21, MCPS officials released the new football schedule for the 2023 fall season, introducing several changes in the times and rules of the games. The schedule changes were influenced by a referee...

The vigil followed Hamas’ attacks on Israel that killed roughly 1,300 Israelis and captured an estimated 150 hostages.

Jews4Change attends vigil for victims of Hamas attacks on Israel

By Nikhita Dass October 15, 2023

Whitman club Jews4Change attended a vigil at Congregation Har Shalom to show solidarity with Israel on Oct. 12. The vigil followed Hamas’ attacks on Israel that killed roughly 1,300 Israelis and captured...

Students learned from Slater about the true story of a harmful incident on social media that disrupted the community surrounding a small high school in California.

Award-winning author Dashka Slater visits Whitman to discuss new book

By Nikhita Dass October 14, 2023

On October 5, New York Times best-selling author Dashka Slater visited Whitman to discuss her novel “Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed.”...

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