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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...

Maryland State Highway Administration hosts community meeting Jan. 15

Maryland State Highway Administration hosts community meeting Jan. 15

By Anna Yuan

January 19, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration finalized an improvement plan for the intersection of Braeburn Parkway and River Road and unveiled several new improvement possibilities for the Pyle Road crosswalk in a community meeting Jan. 15. Residents from surrounding neighborhoods ...

Young teachers work multiple jobs to supplement low salaries

By Max London

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

In addition to the paid hours teachers spend at school and the extra time they spend grading and planning lessons, many teachers also choose to hold a second job outside of the classroom to earn additional income. Forty-one percent of Maryland public school teachers have held a second job in the l...

Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever

Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever

By Katie Hanson

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

The Montgomery County Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever after Karla Silvestre, the former co-chair of the MCPS Latino Student Achievement Action Group, and Brenda Wolff, a civil rights attorney, were sworn in Dec. 3. The new members replaced former Board president Michael Durso a...

MD State Highway Assoc. lowers speed limit on River Road from 45 mph to 35 mph

MD State Highway Assoc. lowers speed limit on River Road from 45 mph to 35 mph

By Anna Yuan

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

Some students are frustrated after the State Highway Association changed the speed limit on a three-mile segment of River Road that includes the Braeburn Parkway intersection and Pyle Road crosswalk behind Whitman from 45 mph to 35 mph. The SHA reduced the speed limit after decades-long advocacy fr...

Character-building programs net positive reviews across MCPS athletic departments

By Ally Navarrete

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

Athletic departments across MCPS are reporting positive results after introducing programs including “Lead ‘Em Up,” “Three Dimensional Coaching” and “Positive Coaching Alliance,” which are designed to teach athletes and coaches about leadership and healthy relationships. The varsity and jun...

Board approves funding to address overcrowding

By Blake Layman

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

The Montgomery County Board of Education passed amendments Nov. 27 to increase funding for renovations, additions and studies into the implications of boundary changes and school capacities for students across the county. The money is part of amendments to the Capital Improvement Program, which ensure...

Soccer player Natan Rosen earns All-Met Player of the Year

Soccer player Natan Rosen earns All-Met Player of the Year

By Sara Azimi and Elyse Lowet

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

Forward Natan Rosen, a senior, won the Washington Post’s Player of the Year award for boys soccer, the first time since 2000 that a Whitman soccer player has earned the title. Four boys soccer players and two girls soccer players also earned All-Met awards for the fall 2018 seasons. Seniors Sam No...

Negotiations over allegedly forgotten African American cemetery continue to create controversy

Negotiations over allegedly forgotten African American cemetery continue to create controversy

By Katie Hanson

December 31, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Chants, songs and powerful testimonies ensued as members of the Macedonia Baptist Church and the Church’s Coalition met with The Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) in a public meeting Dec. 5. Tensions grew as protestors filled the small meeting room and carried homemade signs...

River speed limit changed to 35

River speed limit changed to 35

By Anna Yuan

December 13, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The speed limit on the segment of River Road extending from the Beltway to just west of Springfield Drive has been reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph. New speed limit signs were installed early last week. The reduction was the result of decades of advocacy from community members for a safer Braeburn Par...

Amazon chooses Crystal City, Virginia for one of two new headquarters

Amazon chooses Crystal City, Virginia for one of two new headquarters

By Zara Ali

December 1, 2018


Filed under Local, National, News, Showcase

Amazon announced Nov. 13 that their two new East Coast headquarters will be in Crystal City, Virginia and Queens, New York. Amazon received 238 bids from cities and regions across the country for the headquarters, including Montgomery County. The new headquarters in Crystal City will bring in more state revenue, but it’ll also increase the population in...

Bannockburn Elementary wins National Blue Ribbon Award

Bannockburn Elementary wins National Blue Ribbon Award

By Jack Gonzalez

November 27, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

After winning the 2018 Maryland Regional Blue Ribbon Award in the Spring, Bannockburn Elementary School just won one of the highest accolades possible for elementary schools: the National Blue Ribbon Award.