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MCPS is requiring proof of vaccination for staff and for winter and spring athletes.

MCPS requires COVID-19 vaccinations for staff, winter and spring athletes

By Samantha Wang September 19, 2021

The Board of Education voted unanimously on September 9 to require proof of vaccination for staff and for student athletes who plan on participating in winter and spring sports. The school district will...

The number of available parking spots for students has dramatically increased this year.

Number of student parking spots spikes; seniors relieved

By Samantha Wang September 14, 2021

Administrators designated approximately 300 parking spots for academically eligible seniors this year, up from last year’s roughly 210 student parking permits. The increase, which was due to the near-completion...

The Whitman Crew Boosters Board of Directors cancelled fall programs after the arrest of former girls rowing coach Kirkland Shipley.

Whitman crew cancels fall programs

By Ethan Schenker September 2, 2021

The Whitman Crew Boosters Board of Directors cancelled all fall programs for both the men and women’s teams, the organization announced in a letter to crew families on Tuesday. The suspension of team...

Walt Whitman High School this afternoon. The building closed early today due to expected inclement weather.

MCPS schools close early Sept. 1 due to expected severe weather

By Sonya Rashkovan September 1, 2021

All MCPS schools, including the Virtual Academy, closed two and a half hours early today due to expected severe weather. The school district also cancelled all after-school and community-use activities...

On the first day of school, many students school buses were late, overcrowded or both. One bus also broke down.

Students endure school bus transportation issues on first day back at Whitman

By Ethan Schenker August 31, 2021

On the first day of the school year, a number of Whitman students experienced unusually cramped conditions on their school buses, and many others endured severe delays while waiting for their transportation...

The MPD arrested social studies Kirkland Shipley on Tuesday on counts of sexual abuse.

Whitman social studies teacher arrested on charges of sexual abuse

By Sonya Rashkovan August 24, 2021

The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia arrested social studies teacher Kirkland Shipley, the Whitman girls crew coach, on Tuesday for charges related to sexual abuse of a secondary...

Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight provides details on mask-wearing and other health protocols during a presentation to the county Board of Education July 27. Board members overwhelmingly supported the school district’s decision to require face coverings inside school buildings. 

MCPS to require masks inside school buildings in the fall

By Ethan Schenker July 28, 2021

MCPS will require all students, staff members and visitors to wear face coverings in school buildings this fall, regardless of vaccination status, Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight announced at a...

Senior Toby Goldberg, senior Josh Harkins and sophomore Kabir Broker answer trivia questions during the Washington, D.C. ‘It’s Academic’ semifinals. The team ended with a near-perfect score, but still finished second.

Quizbowl places second at ‘It’s Academic’ semifinals

By Ethan Schenker June 8, 2021

The Quizbowl team placed second in a three-school faceoff at the Washington, D.C. ‘It’s Academic’ semifinals on NBC4 Saturday morning. Senior Toby Goldberg, senior Josh Harkins and sophomore Kabir...

MCPS officials hosted a virtual Pride Town Hall on May 26, days before the beginning of Pride Month.

“Making sure students feel acknowledged”: MCPS hosts Pride town hall

By Sonya Rashkovan June 4, 2021

MCPS officials hosted a virtual Pride Town Hall on May 26 to discuss the central office’s actions to make the school district more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community.  The town hall began with a...

The Montgomery County Board of Education recognized May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Board’s vote comes amid a nationwide surge in anti-Asian hate bias incidents and a recent discovery of racist graffiti at Whitman.

Board of Education unanimously votes to recognize May as AAPI Heritage Month

By Sonya Rashkovan and Zoe Cantor May 18, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously on April 20 to pass a resolution recognizing May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  The resolution encourages teachers,...

A group of Whitman students encountered men with an anti-Israel poster in the school’s parking lot Tuesday evening. A photo of the sign circulated among Whitman students, many of whom condemned the poster’s rhetoric on Instagram.

Whitman students encounter anti-Israel protesters in school parking lot

By Ethan Schenker May 12, 2021

A group of Whitman seniors encountered at least five men with an anti-Israel poster in the school’s parking lot early Tuesday evening. The top of the sign displayed a Nazi flag adjacent to an Israeli...

U.S. News & World Report ranked Whitman as the best high school in Maryland and the 111th best in the country for the 2020–2021 school year. Though many students emphasized their appreciation for the schools academic rigor, some arent sure that the school deserved the honors.

“Best” U.S. News ranking invokes conflicted feelings from students

By Samantha Wang and Claire Lane May 8, 2021

Following the release of the U.S. News & World Report rankings that named Whitman as the best high school in Maryland and the 111th best in the country for the 2020–2021 school year, many students...

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