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Community mourns after death of Bradley Hills Elementary School student

Community mourns after death of Bradley Hills Elementary School student

By Emily London

December 20, 2019

Members of the community are grieving after a fourth-grader at Bradley Hills Elementary School student passed away Dec. 12 when her school bus hit her. She was a beloved student at her school. “Her teachers and other students just loved her,” Bradley Hills parent Rochelle Fink said. “She was ...

Maryland expands Holocaust curriculum

Maryland expands Holocaust curriculum

By Ben Waldman

December 13, 2019

To increase awareness about anti-semitism, Maryland state officials announced plans to increase the amount of Holocaust related instruction in the state’s public school system Oct. 24. The change will include mutiple additions to curricula, including the creation of a Holocaust unit in 4th and 5...

Montgomery County bans discrimination of natural hair

Montgomery County bans discrimination of natural hair

By Anna Kulbashny

December 12, 2019

Workplaces in Montgomery County can now face a fine of $5,000 if they discriminate against employees based on hair type, including afros, twists, curls and braids. The Montgomery County Council passed the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act or “CROWN,” Nov. 5th, becoming the f...

Community torn over Harvard affirmative action ruling

Community torn over Harvard affirmative action ruling

By Bella Learn

December 11, 2019

The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts rejected claims that Harvard University discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions process Oct. 2, ruling that the institution met the constitutional standard for considering race in admissions. Students for Fair Admissions, a non-profit group led by conserva...

New NCAA policy opens up opportunities for athletes, fans

New NCAA policy opens up opportunities for athletes, fans

By Ben Baisinger-Rosen

December 10, 2019

Major companies can now compensate college athletes for endorsement deals. The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Oct. 29 that college athletes are now able to profit off of playing their sport, meaning that companies can pay athletes for things like endorsements or selling their own jerseys. ...

Whitman students advocate against AP exams on Muslim holiday

Whitman students advocate against AP exams on Muslim holiday

By Jack McGuire

December 6, 2019

The College Board will now administer all Advanced Placement exams planned for May 13, 2021 again on May 18, 2021 to accommodate Muslim students celebrating the holiday Eid al-Fitr, which falls on May 13. The new testing dates will allow Muslim students to celebrate the holiday and have clarity regard...

Montgomery County sues Juul in latest effort to end vaping epidemic

Montgomery County sues Juul in latest effort to end vaping epidemic

By Sammy Heberlee

November 28, 2019

As part of Montgomery County’s ongoing efforts to curb teen use of electronic cigarettes and vaping, the Montgomery County Council authorized a lawsuit Oct. 16 against Juul Labs and Altria Group, a company that owns a 35% stake in Juul. The lawsuit claims that the e-cigarette manufacturers and distri...

MCPS to phase in seat belt equipped buses

MCPS to phase in seat belt equipped buses

By Ben Waldman

November 23, 2019

MCPS will phase in new school buses with seat belts over the next 12 years in hopes of improving student safety by 2031. “School travel research continues to indicate that school buses are the safest way to get to and from school,” an Aug. 27 MCPS press release stated. “Introducing school buses equi...

Fog machine triggers fire alarm, interrupts Hunchback’s opening night

Fog machine triggers fire alarm, interrupts Hunchback’s opening night

By Jack McGuire and Gabe Schaner

November 21, 2019

At around 8:10 p.m., before the end of the first act of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Whitman’s fall musical, synthetic smoke machines triggered the fire alarms in the auditorium. Following initial confusion, members of the cast, tech crew, pit orchestra and audience evacuated the building into the ...

SMOB Nate Tinbite holds first town hall at Seneca Valley High School

SMOB Nate Tinbite holds first town hall at Seneca Valley High School

By Heather Wang

November 21, 2019

At SMOB Nate Tinbite’s first town hall Nov.6 at Seneca Valley High School, students learned about recent policy changes and voiced concerns regarding issues such as the boundary study and MCPS’ infrastructure budget.  The town hall included an update from Tinbite, a Q&A with MCPS Chief Operating Officer Andrew Zuckerm...

Channeling her swim and dive spirit, Mira Chung becomes assistant coach

Channeling her swim and dive spirit, Mira Chung becomes assistant coach

By Matt Mande

November 20, 2019

During her senior season on the Walter Johnson Swim and Dive team, Mira Chung won the “Most Spirited” award. Chung said she loved all aspects of spirit in swimming — team gear, wearing her swimsuit over her clothes on meet days and being part of a close and competitive second family.   Though sh...

New county policy lowers substitute teacher qualifications

New county policy lowers substitute teacher qualifications

By Heather Wang

November 14, 2019

In July, the MCPS Board of Education lowered the qualifications to be a substitute teacher. New legislation made the minimum academic experience for substitute teachers an associate degree or 60 college credits, where a bachelor’s degree used to be necessary. By adopting this policy, the Board hopes to...