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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...

Track currently being repaved for upcoming season; will be resurfaced this summer

Track currently being repaved for upcoming season; will be resurfaced this summer

By Bennett Solomon

December 6, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase, Sports

The Whitman track is being repaved throughout this week and will be finished sometime next week, weather permitting. Since the new turf field was installed in October, pools of water have formed on the track after heavy rain, which has worn down the surface. This is largely because the turf field was in...

Teachers participate in active assailant training

Teachers participate in active assailant training

By Meera Dahiya

December 6, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Teachers participated in mandatory active assailant training Monday to learn how to respond to a potential school shooting using “lockdown with options.” This new county method instructs teachers to assess a dangerous scenario and make individual decisions about how to keep students safe such as e...

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...

Talent show theme revealed: “Uprising”

Talent show theme revealed: “Uprising”

By Joseph Ferrari

November 28, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The production staff of this year’s talent show revealed that the show’s theme will be “Uprising” at an information meeting Nov. 27. The show is scheduled for Apr. 11, 12 and 13, but much of the work will begin months in advance. Acting auditions will be the week before winter break, and music auditions will be in late January.

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.

MCPS to return to ten-day spring break

MCPS to return to ten-day spring break

By Joseph Ferrari

November 27, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Board of Education approved a return to the ten-day spring break for the 2019-20 school year Nov. 6. The Board discussed two academic calendar options: one similar to the current calendar including a six-day spring break and another which would return to the lengthened break. The Board voted unanimousl...

Whitman sophomore sings at Matthew Shepard interment

Whitman sophomore sings at Matthew Shepard interment

By Joseph Ferrari

November 26, 2018


Filed under National, News, Showcase

Sophomore Brennan Connell sang with a chorus at the National Cathedral Oct. 26 as part of the interment of Matthew Shepard’s ashes. Shepard was an openly gay college student whose murder in 1998 became a rallying point in the gay rights movement. The service was attended by about 2,000 people. Unti...

Whitman and three elementary schools receive bomb threats Nov. 19

Whitman and three elementary schools receive bomb threats Nov. 19

By Blake Layman

November 25, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Whitman and three county elementary schools—Bradley Hills, Burning Tree and Wyngate—received bomb threats Monday afternoon around 2:10 p.m. The threat was found not to be credible, and the school day continued as scheduled. Each school received an anonymous phone call claiming bombs were located in...

Fall athletes attend mandatory hazing presentation

Fall athletes attend mandatory hazing presentation

By Isabelle van Nieuwkoop

November 21, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase, Sports

Fall athletes attended a mandatory meeting to discuss hazing, bullying and sportsmanship Tuesday during both lunches. MCPS Athletics called for the countywide meeting in response to an alleged sexual assault that involved hazing at Damascus and an alleged physical altercation among football players at Seneca Valley. “If you engage in any of these [hazing] activities, you’re not welcome here,” Whitman athletic direct...

Architects lay out three possible designs for Whitman addition at first public meeting

Architects lay out three possible designs for Whitman addition at first public meeting

By Zara Ali

November 19, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The architect company designing Whitman’s addition onto Whittier Woods held their first public meeting Oct. 23. The meeting was the first of three to gather feedback from staff and community members. With around 40 staff and community members present at the meeting, the RRMM-Lukmire Architects...

MCPS class of 2018 earn high scores on ACT

MCPS class of 2018 earn high scores on ACT

By Zoe Kaufmann

November 18, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Montgomery County Public Schools’ class of 2018 outperformed both the national and state averages on last year’s ACT, a MCPS press release announced Oct. 23. County students earned an average composite score of 25.1 (out of 36) on the ACT. In comparison, the average score for Maryland as a whole was 22.5, while the nationwide av...