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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


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

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


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

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


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

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


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

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


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

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...

Family-owned Bethesda Bagels franchise announces new store location

Family-owned Bethesda Bagels franchise announces new store location

By Katie Hanson

February 19, 2019


Filed under Feature, Local, News, Showcase

In late August or early September of 2019, the popular Bethesda Bagels franchise will open a fifth store near Montgomery Mall, the company announced Dec. 21. The Fleishman family, who started the company in 1982, began leasing the Wildwood property last month and is in the process of buying equipment and drawing p...

Montgomery Mall planning multi-million dollar expansion

Montgomery Mall planning multi-million dollar expansion

By Blake Layman

February 18, 2019


Filed under Local, News

Westfield Montgomery Mall announced over the summer that it’s planning to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations and expansions in the coming years. The goal is for Westfield Montgomery to become a lifestyle destination as opposed to a traditional mall, Westfield’s vice presiden...

Percentage of students receiving As rises, but county will continue to stay with system

Percentage of students receiving As rises, but county will continue to stay with system

By Meera Dahiya

February 15, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The number of semester As has increased dramatically since the 2014-15 school year, The Washington Post reported Dec. 31. The Post, which analyzed new district data, found that the number of students with A’s in math classes doubled from 16 to 32 percent, while the number of B’s rose slightly and the number of C’s, D’s and E’s decreased. Since the Mo...

MCPS to hire outside consultant to conduct school boundary study

MCPS to hire outside consultant to conduct school boundary study

By Anna Yuan

February 6, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

The Board of Education passed a resolution calling for an outside review of MCPS’ school boundaries Jan. 8. Student Member of the Board Ananya Tadikonda introduced the proposal, which focuses on addressing student demographics, geography, overcrowding and ensuring no school cluster experiences too ...

Superintendent lays out issues, priorities in press briefing

Superintendent lays out issues, priorities in press briefing

By Joseph Ferrari

February 6, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith outlined his recommended budget for 2020 in his monthly press conference Jan. 17. Smith also mentioned his hope to expand pre-K and expressed urgency to curb chronic absenteeism. Smith’s office recommended a fiscal budget of $2.65 billion for 2020, a 2.1 percent i...

Mental health forum informs community on issues facing MCPS

Mental health forum informs community on issues facing MCPS

By Max London

January 25, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

MCPS and the Montgomery County Council of PTAs hosted the second annual Mental Health and Wellness Forum Jan. 12. The event offered 11 hourlong workshops to over 250 attendees on subjects ranging from stress and anxiety to teen depression. The forum included a keynote address from former Board of Educat...