The Black and White

Cancellation of January PSAT renders MCPS juniors unable to take exam

Whitman juniors will not be able to take the PSAT — which means a loss of the opportunity to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
January 14, 2021

MCPS cancelled its January 26 PSAT/NMSQT exam administration following Tuesday’s Board of Education vote to delay the return of in-person learning, according to an email Assistant Principal Gregory Miller...

After months of consideration, MCPS Board of Education delays schools reopening

After months of consideration, MCPS Board of Education delays schools reopening
January 12, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Education delayed reopening public schools to March 15 — exactly one year after schools closed due to the pandemic — in a meeting today. Despite the postponement,...

Counseling department head Kari Wislar leaves Whitman after 14 years

Counseling department head Kari Wislar leaves Whitman after 14 years
January 11, 2021

Counseling Department Chair and Resource Counselor Kari Wislar transferred to Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia on January 4, after 14 years of working at Whitman.  Wislar made the decision...

‘Terrifying and upsetting’: stunned Whitman community responds to Capitol insurrection

Mass insurrection disturbs Washington D.C. and interrupts a joint Congress session on January 6.
January 7, 2021

What was supposed to be a normal Wednesday spent doing homework and attending teachers’ virtual check-ins was instead one in which students could hardly look away from social media feeds and cable news...

Outdoor ‘streeteries’ to continue throughout winter

Businesses transformed a segment of downtown Bethesda, once a traffic hotspot, into
December 29, 2020

As COVID-19 cases remain on the rise throughout Maryland, Montgomery County is looking for ways to keep its “streeteries'' in business, even as temperatures begin to drop. “Streeteries” — blocked...

Students, activists sign petition to maintain weekend closure of Little Falls Parkway

Montgomery County Park's Open Parkways Program closed certain busy roads for pedestrians and bicyclists on weekends.
December 28, 2020

In response to the suspension of Montgomery County’s Open Parkways Program, which closed traffic-congested roads for pedestrians and cyclists on weekends, Sumner resident Tiffany Cal created a petition...

Proposed MCPS budget exhibits first contraction in over a decade

Superintendent Jack Smith has proposed a lowered MCPS school budget for the 2021–22 school year.
December 27, 2020

MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith released his proposed school system budget for the next fiscal year on December 17. For the first time in over a decade, the suggested plan asks for less money than the previous...

MCPS delays the start of in-person winter sports

The start of the in-person winter sports season has been postponed until January 12.
December 25, 2020

On December 4, Montgomery County Public Schools announced that in-person competition for winter sports will now start on January 12. MCPS postponed the start of the season from December 7 after the county...

Experts worry holiday season to lead to COVID cases uptick

The December holiday season will likely cause a spike in coronavirus cases, much like Thanksgiving.
December 23, 2020

As COVID-19 cases in Maryland and across the United States have reached pandemic-high levels, with the state reporting over 16,000 new infections in the past week, experts fear that increased amounts of...

MCPS plans to install menstrual product dispensers in schools

MCPS plans to install menstrual product dispensers in schools
December 22, 2020

The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a plan to install menstrual hygiene product dispensers in Montgomery County secondary school bathrooms at a December 3 meeting. The Board will release...

MCPS approves SSL hours for participation in SEL block

MCPS approves SSL hours for participation in SEL block
December 21, 2020

The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a proposal to grant Student Service Learning hours for participation in Social and Emotional Learning lessons — a new mindfulness program— starting...

Quarantine fatigue hits Whitman; students open door to virus

Since the start of the pandemic in March, students have increasingly disregarded COVID-19 safety precautions.
December 17, 2020

Some names have been changed for anonymity. Even as the year comes to a close, the United States’ battle with the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. Infection rates are rising in 43 states, including...

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