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Students discuss equity in schools at second County Council-sponsored conversation

Students discuss equity in schools at second County Council-sponsored conversation

By David Villani

April 14, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

Local students, educators and politicians held a second County Council-sponsored conversation about racial equity at Gaithersburg High School April 8. Unlike the first meeting, which focused more broadly on equity in all aspects of life, this conversation was specifically targeted toward discussing equity in...

Photo of the day: April 12

Photo of the day: April 12

By Joey Sola-Sole

April 12, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

SMOB candidate Nate Tinbite walks through the Black & White room handing out stickers during 5th period. Tinbite visited Whitman classes and lunches today. He shared a few of his main objectives with students; if elected, Tinbite hopes to include more LGBTQ+, female and African American authors...

Students walk out, lead locally in international climate strike

Students walk out, lead locally in international climate strike

By Anna Labarca

April 9, 2019


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Last year, current sophomore Serena Moscarella took interest in environmental conservation after writing an essay for her English class. This year, she helped lead around 2,000 D.C. area students to the Capitol as part of a worldwide student walkout demanding climate change legislation on March 15. Around 30 Whitman students participated in the...

Montgomery County to provide free SAT in school April 9

Montgomery County to provide free SAT in school April 9

By Danny Donoso and Blake Layman

April 7, 2019


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This Tuesday, all Montgomery County juniors will be able to take the SAT—without the essay portion—for free during school. Students who would rather take the ACT can instead receive a free voucher. This is the first year the county has offered this opportunity. “It ensures that all students are college ...

MD Senate overturns Hogan’s executive order for late school start

MD Senate overturns Hogan’s executive order for late school start

By Zara Ali

March 26, 2019


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The Maryland Senate overturned Governor Hogan’s executive order that mandated all Maryland public schools must start after Labor Day weekend and end by June 25. The bill to overturn the order will now go to the Maryland House, where it is expected to pass due to the Democratic majority supporting the repe...

Community members, politicians discuss equity March 13

Community members, politicians discuss equity March 13

By David Villani

March 24, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Community members and politicians held the first in a County Council-sponsored series of conversations about racial equity at the Silver Spring Civic Center Mar. 13. The meeting was the first step in a program initiated by Council president Nancy Navarro and County Executive Marc Elrich to adopt ...

NPR journalist Kojo Nnamdi hosts town hall on MCPS diversity

NPR journalist Kojo Nnamdi hosts town hall on MCPS diversity

By Anna Yuan and Meera Dahiya

March 18, 2019


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Students, parents and organization leaders from across Montgomery County discussed school boundaries and diversity in a town hall discussion moderated by National Public Radio journalist Kojo Nnamdi Feb. 26 in the Silver Spring Civic Building. The discussion was led by a panel, which included MCPS Student M...

Thousands of MoCo students march for gun control March 14

Thousands of MoCo students march for gun control March 14

By Max London and Rebecca Hirsh

March 17, 2019


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Several thousand students, including about 100 from Whitman, walked out Thursday from middle and high schools around the DMV area to demand stricter gun safety laws, specifically urging the Senate to pass a bill requiring universal background checks. Protesters gathered in front of the White House to observe 17 minute...

Teachers march in Annapolis for higher salaries

Teachers march in Annapolis for higher salaries

By David Villani

March 11, 2019


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Around 5,000 Maryland educators, parents, students and community leaders will attend the March for our Schools in Annapolis Mar. 11 in support of legislation that would raise teacher salaries by 10 percent over a three-year period. The Maryland State Educators’ Association, the union representing teachers in the s...

Bethesda Library hosts panel featuring young adult authors

Bethesda Library hosts panel featuring young adult authors

By Jack Middleton

February 27, 2019


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The Connie Morella Library, colloquially known as the Bethesda Library, hosted a panel featuring young adult authors Roshani Chokshi and Sarah Lemon to publicize Chokshi’s recently released young adult book, “The Gilded Wolves.” Chokshi, a New York Times bestselling author, got her start as a...

JPMorgan Chase announces multi-million dollar grant to local area schools

JPMorgan Chase announces multi-million dollar grant to local area schools

By Lukas Troost

February 23, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School

Global investment and commercial bank JPMorgan Chase announced Dec. 6 that it will give a $6 million grant to D.C., Maryland and Virginia public schools as part of “New Skills for Youth,” the company’s $75 million national initiative aimed at expanding career readiness programs. The company gave simi...

New councilmember Friedson debuts at Burning Tree town hall

New councilmember Friedson debuts at Burning Tree town hall

By Joseph Ferrari

February 21, 2019


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District 1 Montgomery County councilmember Andrew Friedson held a two-hour town hall at Burning Tree Elementary School Jan. 24. Friedson responded to a variety of questions, ranging from issues like pedestrian safety to the preservation of historic cemeteries. Friedson grew up in Potomac and went to Churchill High School. After graduating from The University...