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MoCo approves $4.7 million for School Bus Camera Safety initiative

MoCo approves $4.7 million for School Bus Camera Safety initiative

By Blake Layman

November 13, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The Montgomery County Council approved the allotment of $4.7 million on Sept. 27 to continue installing safety cameras on both the inside and outside of school buses. These cameras aim to deter dangerous driving around buses and misconduct that occurs inside the buses. The funding came from money collected from t...

MCPS considering return to ten-day spring break

MCPS considering return to ten-day spring break

By Joseph Ferrari

November 9, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The Board of Education is discussing a return to a ten-day spring break for the 2019-20 school year. The Board is considering two academic calendar options, one which is similar to the current calendar and another which would return to the lengthened spring break. The current academic calendar allots a six-d...

Number of women in local government increases; follows national trend

Number of women in local government increases; follows national trend

By Meera Dahiya

November 5, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

In the 2018 midterms, more women than ever are running for office in both national and local government.

Senior Tina Xia wins award at F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

Senior Tina Xia wins award at F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

By Lukas Troost

October 30, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

A high school senior living in Miami-Dade in the 1980s. An alcoholic father that prevents him from living his dreams. This is the story outlined in senior Tina Xia’s short story that won the Student Short Story contest at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival Oct. 20. The annual Festival,...

New laws take effect in Maryland

New laws take effect in Maryland

By Anna Yuan

October 26, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Over 400 new laws, ranging from renaming rest stops to banning LGBTQ+ conversion therapy for minors took effect in Maryland Oct. 1. Here is a summary of some of the major laws regarding health, firearms, transportation and crime. Health Retailers who sell e-cigarettes and vapes to minors are now subject to ...

Hogan brings Handle with Care program to Maryland schools

Hogan brings Handle with Care program to Maryland schools

By Emma Shaffer

October 23, 2018


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

This year, Governor Larry Hogan expanded Handle with Care pilot programs to Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Harford Counties. As of May 1, the program already exists in Cecil and Washington Counties, but Hogan is attempting to make the program statewide.

Local private schools decide to eliminate AP classes

Local private schools decide to eliminate AP classes

By Lukas Troost

October 1, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Eight local private schools announced in June that they will phase out Advanced Placement courses, completely eliminating them by 2022. The schools—Landon, Holton-Arms, Maret, Sidwell Friends, Georgetown Day School, National Cathedral School, St. Albans and the Potomac School—made a joint statement...

Montgomery county to change elementary and middle school curriculum

Montgomery county to change elementary and middle school curriculum

By Lukas Troost

September 28, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

MCPS released a proposal in August for a new elementary and middle school curriculum after an audit by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Educational Policy last March found teaching and content flaws in the current Common Core 2.0 curriculum. While the proposal hasn’t been finalized yet, its release marks the fi...

Ocean City sees tourism increase from late school start

Ocean City sees tourism increase from late school start

By Max London

September 23, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Ocean City and other parts of the Eastern Shore experienced a successful end to their tourism season for the second year since Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2016 executive order mandated that schools start after Labor Day. The measure has attracted more tourism to Ocean City during the week and weekend before the new school st...

Police ticket droves of students making illegal turn on way to school

Police ticket droves of students making illegal turn on way to school

By Blake Layman

September 22, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Junior Drew Meadows was 15 minutes late to school on Thursday Sept. 20 because she was pulled over for making a turn that she made every day on her way to school for two years. When she turned onto Woodhaven Boulevard, she was stopped by police, who pulled her and the cars behind her over. Police ha...

Photo of the day: Sept. 7

Photo of the day: Sept. 7

By Thomas Mande

September 7, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

English teacher Cody Therrien and writing center director Orion Hyson pose with their new staff t-shirts. Many teachers around the school wore the shirts today, which sport the motto “believe in Whitman, honoring the past and teaching the future.” “It’s an inspirational reminder that Whitman has a well-earn...

Montgomery County named healthiest in state

Montgomery County named healthiest in state

By Lukas Troost

June 5, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Montgomery County was named the healthiest county in Maryland for the fifth year in a row March 14, according to rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.