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County parks offer camp scholarships for lower-income kids

County parks offer camp scholarships for lower-income kids

By Sydney Miller

February 16, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The Montgomery County Parks Foundation has collected $5,000 dollars of scholarship money to give local children financial support to participate in summer camps.

State lawmakers propose bill to increase school funding from gambling revenues

State lawmakers propose bill to increase school funding from gambling revenues

By Eva Herscowitz

February 15, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Maryland General Assembly members Delegate Maggie McIntosh and State Senator Joan Carter Conway proposed an amendment to the state Constitution Jan. 30 to ensure that casino gambling revenues would add to—rather than merely fulfill the requirements of—Maryland’s K-12 education budget.

Storm Drain Art contest to spread environmental awareness

Storm Drain Art contest to spread environmental awareness

By Matthew Proestel

February 12, 2018


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The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection is conducting a storm drain art contest to educate residents on the interrelations between storm drains, streams and the health of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the importance of being mindful about what goes down drains.

Best Buddies plunges into Chesapeake Bay, supports Special Olympics Maryland

Best Buddies plunges into Chesapeake Bay, supports Special Olympics Maryland

By Jessie Solomon

February 5, 2018


Filed under Local, Showcase, Sports, Winter

The Cool Schools Challenge hosted its 22nd annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park Jan. 25 to support Special Olympics Maryland. The plunge drew participants from schools across the state, including members of Whitman’s Best Buddies club.

Planned storage business reignites cemetery controversy

Planned storage business reignites cemetery controversy

By Zoe Kaufmann

January 30, 2018


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Members of the local Macedonia Baptist Church are disrupting plans for a new self-storage unit on River Road with allegations that a historic African American cemetery is located under part of the land. While the Montgomery County Planning Board approved construction plans for Westbard Self-Storage in December, this is the second such controversy in just under a year.

County proposes $25 million cut to MCPS budget

County proposes $25 million cut to MCPS budget

By Camerynn Hawke

January 22, 2018


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Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett proposed a $25 million cut to the MCPS budget as part of a $60 million cut to the overall county budget Jan. 2. Leggett also plans to make large cuts to Montgomery College, the Department of Health and Human Services and the police and fire departments, along with a smaller cut of two percent to every additional department’s budget.

County upgrades Bethesda intersections, adapts to traffic

County upgrades Bethesda intersections, adapts to traffic

By Naren Roy

January 22, 2018


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The Montgomery County Department of Transportation announced plans to move forward with the modification of traffic lights and signage at multiple intersections along Arlington Rd. in downtown Bethesda in a December 20 press release. This action follows a multiple-month study of the Arlington corridor in response to requests from area residents to increase traffic safety measures.

Middle schoolers take on STEM challenge from KID Museum

Middle schoolers take on STEM challenge from KID Museum

By Naren Roy

January 8, 2018


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Throughout December, Pyle students formed teams to participate in the inaugural “Invent the Future Challenge,” an educational competition presented by KID Museum open to middle school students in the D.C. area. Teams of three to six have begun designing a creative STEM-based solution to an environmental problem of their choosing.

Spring break, professional days limited in 2018-19 calendar

Spring break, professional days limited in 2018-19 calendar

By Jessie Buxbaum

January 3, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The 2018-19 school calendar—approved by MCPS Policy Management Committee members and adopted by the Board of Education Nov. 14—shortens spring break from 10 days to six and designates only two planning days for teachers, one of which will coincide with Eid al-Fitr. It will also include days off on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

AP Lang expands election simulation to include AP NSL classes

AP Lang expands election simulation to include AP NSL classes

By Anna Gray

December 21, 2017


Filed under Local, News

Last year, English teacher Ryan Derenberger introduced an election simulation into the AP English Language curriculum with the intent of encouraging students to apply rhetorical skills to a real life scenario. Lang teachers this year, however, expanded the simulation to incorporate AP Government (NSL) students to serve as the electoral college and interest groups in the project.

B-CC students create Museum of Contemporary American Teenagers

B-CC students create Museum of Contemporary American Teenagers

By Rebecca Hirsh and Zoe Kaufmann

December 21, 2017


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The idea for the museum began as a final assignment in B-CC teacher David Lopilato’s IB Anthropology class last year. Lopilato asked his students to design hypothetical teenage culture museum exhibits, and the results left him so impressed that he decided to make them a reality.