The Black & White

Whitman parent Michael Bobbitt steps down as artistic director of Adventure Theater

Whitman parent Michael Bobbitt steps down as artistic director of Adventure Theater

By Katie Hanson

May 8, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

When Michael Bobbitt first became artistic director of Adventure Theater in 2007, he saw potential in the volunteer-run community playhouse. It was a small operation: the Glen Echo theater was in minimal debt, had a low budget and only produced five or six different shows annually. Under Bobbitt’s...

Administrators, Minority Scholars Program host town hall in response to racial incident

Administrators, Minority Scholars Program host town hall in response to racial incident

By Ben Baisinger-Rosen and Sam Mulford

May 8, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Principal Robby Dodd and the Minority Scholars Program hosted a town hall meeting to discuss how to make Whitman a more inclusive school May 3 during fifth and sixth lunches. Dodd decided to host the meeting in wake of last week’s racial incident involving two freshmen posting an image on social media in what appeared to be blackface, captioning the photo with the N-word. Many ...

MD General Assembly passes $46.6 billion budget, with $7 billion for public school education

MD General Assembly passes $46.6 billion budget, with $7 billion for public school education

By Max London

May 7, 2019


Filed under National, News, Showcase

The Maryland General Assembly passed a $46.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year March 26. The budget includes $7 billion in funding for Maryland public schools, a 400 million increase from the $6.6 billion allotted last year. This is the most the state has ever provided for education funding. As pa...

Students angry over B-CC rating incident

Students angry over B-CC rating incident

By Meera Dahiya

May 6, 2019


Filed under National, News

The Washington Post reported that a group of male students made a list ranking teenage girls in the International Baccalaureate program at Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School March 26, upsetting Whitman students and sparking discussions about sexual harassment. The boys assigned 18 females scores based on thei...

Pyle addition set to include several classrooms, auxiliary gym

Pyle addition set to include several classrooms, auxiliary gym

By Zara Ali

May 6, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Delmar Architects are set to complete the $25.1 million addition to Pyle Middle School by September 2020. The addition is currently in the construction phase. The new addition is set to include seven standard classrooms, a second gymnasium, two auxiliary gyms, a health classroom, a fitness room, an ...

MCPS to conduct review of all school names

MCPS to conduct review of all school names

By Anna Yuan

May 5, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

For the first time, the Board of Education will be conducting a review of all 206 Montgomery County school names. This follows county council president Nancy Navarro’s recommendation that the Board change Colonel E. Brooke Lee Middle School’s name in February. The middle school’s namesake set up the fi...

MCPS looks to lower substitute teacher requirement

MCPS looks to lower substitute teacher requirement

By Blake Layman

May 4, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Due to a recent decrease in the availability of substitute teachers, the Montgomery County Board of Education is exploring lowering the qualification requirements for the position. The Board is expecting a report in the summer with information about the lack of substitute teachers and whether lowering t...

Volume 58 Staff

Volume 58 Staff

May 2, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Online Editor-in-Chief: Dana Herrnstadt Print Editor-in-Chief: Alex Robinson Online Managing Editors: Ally Navarrete and Anna Yuan Print Managing Editors: Katie Hanson and Max London Online Copy Editor: Hirari Sato Print Copy Editor: Meera Dahiya How we work and play editors: Aditi Gujaran, Sar...

Photo captioned with N-word spurs hate-bias investigation

Photo captioned with N-word spurs hate-bias investigation

By Dana Herrnstadt

April 30, 2019


Filed under Local, National, News, School, Showcase

Two Whitman students posted an image of themselves wearing splotches of a black facial mask on a private social media account last weekend, captioning the photo with the N-word. The picture was widely shared online and reported to the Montgomery County Police, who are investigating the matter as a ...

County puts up ‘No Parking’ signs by baseball field

County puts up ‘No Parking’ signs by baseball field

By Blake Layman

April 30, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation recently installed “no parking” signs on the left side of Pyle Road by the back entrance to Whitman, effectively cutting the number of available parking spots by the baseball field in half. Students were outraged. “It makes no sense why th...

Senior class election results: Iliad Izadi president, class officers Ellie Block and Molly Rothschild

Senior class election results: Iliad Izadi president, class officers Ellie Block and Molly Rothschild

By Matthew Proestel

April 29, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

In a new election Monday, April 29, Iliad Izadi won senior class president and Ellie Block and Molly Rothschild won senior class officers. The election was a redo of Friday’s class elections, where the senior class president race was too close to call. The votes were recorded as coming within a one...

Photo of the Day: April 29

Photo of the Day: April 29

By Dana Herrnstadt

April 29, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Last weekend, 224 students from the music department competed in “Festivals of Music,” a music competition for middle and high school students. This year, the festival took place in Chicago, with nine schools from across the country and Canada attending. Whitman’s Treble Chorale, men’s chorus,...