The Black and White

Md. regulation for ‘Race to the Top’ grant could change teacher evaluation system

By Lucy Chen

December 23, 2010

MCPS may be forced by the Maryland Board of Education to change its teacher evaluation system to one that bases 50 percent of teacher evaluations on student achievement, despite opposition from county officials. Read More »...

Seniors win debate tournament in Minnesota

By Lucy Chen

December 22, 2010

The speech and debate team won two championships Dec. 17-19 at the Blake School’s John Edie Holiday Debate Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. Read More »...

Multimedia: Lunar Eclipse and Winter Solstice

Multimedia: Lunar Eclipse and Winter Solstice

By Stephanie Haven

December 21, 2010

A full lunar eclipse and winter solstice occurred within a few hours of each other Dec. 21. Another lunar eclipse won't be as visible as this one until 2014. ...

Shakespeare club cancels production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

By Stephanie Franklin

December 20, 2010

The Shakespeare club’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” will no longer take place, as the show’s director, senior Lucas Kornexl, decided to cancel the production after a series of incidents with the cast. Read More »...

Local synagogue denies Muslim request for space after controversy, friendly relations continue

By Stephanie Franklin

December 20, 2010

**Also by Maryam Abutaleb** The board of a local Jewish congregation, Beth El, voted last month to deny a Muslim group’s request to rent its facilities for prayer services. The decision has led both groups to renew efforts at communication and harmony. Read More »...

Administrators to hold drug and alcohol assemblies, will separate genders

By Priya Kumar

December 17, 2010

Administrators are planning a series of in-school assemblies for Jan. 5 to address underage drinking and drug use. Read More »...

Common App popularity doubles college applications

By Jacob Rasch

December 16, 2010

**Also by Hannah Storey** Applying to colleges often requires lengthy and strategic planning. And an increasing number of seniors think they’ve found the perfect tactic: apply to more schools than ever before. Read More »...

Multimedia: Winter Pep Rally

By Sarah Cutler

December 13, 2010

Drumline “got busy” with the same performance that won them second place at the county competition. Poms—guys and girls—showed off their new routine and the break-dancing team performed to “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd. Read More »...

Police arrest two students with stun gun after Code Blue

By Stephanie Haven

December 10, 2010

Police arrested two 14-year-old students who were in possession of a stun gun during the first part of the school day. Read More »...

April Htut wins Posse scholarship, full-ride to Bucknell University

By Priya Kumar

December 7, 2010

Senior April Htut won a Posse scholarship to Bucknell University Dec. 7, making her one of only ten students from the D.C. area to receive Posse scholarships.  Read More »...

In holiday spirit, Alternative Gift Fair helps Pyle community give back

By Hannah Storey

December 6, 2010

Pyle Middle School hosted the third annual Alternative Gift Fair Dec. 3, where students and parents could volunteer for or make donations to participating non-profit organizations. Read More »...

BB gun pellets, rocks damage classroom windows

By Lucy Chen

December 3, 2010

Science teacher Sherri Gingrich walked into her Whittier Woods classroom Nov. 22 to find the windows cracked, glass strewn across the floor and a huge piece of concrete sitting by a lab table. Read More »...