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Local activists host town hall, discuss climate change policy with county officials

Local activists host town hall, discuss climate change policy with county officials

By Jocie Mintz

September 22, 2019

Over 300 county residents and environmental activists discussed actions Montgomery County officials are taking to lower carbon emissions Sept. 14 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Activist group Takoma Park Mobilization organized the event, and American University student Jacob Fenston moderated....

Students, teachers torn over Monday’s alleged assault

Students, teachers torn over Monday’s alleged assault

By Taylor Haber, Education writer

September 19, 2019

Following the in-class assault that occurred Monday where one teacher and one student sustained minor injuries, many students and staff at Whitman were left confused about the incident.  While administration was helping to contain the assault, an unrelated fire alarm went off and the school was evacu...

Alleged assault and fire alarm coincide, cause confusion

Alleged assault and fire alarm coincide, cause confusion

By Dana Herrnstadt and Alex Robinson

September 16, 2019

The Black & White has confirmed with several sources that this morning a Whitman student stood up in his classroom, walked to an adjacent table and began attacking another student with a frying pan he had brought to school. Sources say the attacker was not provoked today in any way, and he was ar...

“OneWhitman” initiative begins, builds community

“OneWhitman” initiative begins, builds community

By Taylor Haber, Education writer

September 12, 2019

After last year’s race-related incident, administrators designed the “OneWhitman” initiative over the summer to promote diversity and inclusion through classroom discussion. Administration oversaw the first weekly OneWhitman seminar Wednesday.  The program will take place in homeroom classes for 45 ...

Two teachers involuntarily transferred due to reduced staffing allocation

Two teachers involuntarily transferred due to reduced staffing allocation

By Katie Hanson and Alex Robinson

June 13, 2019

The county decreased next year’s staffing allocation by 5.0 positions in March, forcing two full-time teachers to involuntarily transfer to other schools within the county next year and others to drop class periods. The reduction affected all academic departments, except for P.E. and Health. Initial...

Ian Anthony Coleman replaces Randy Snight as drama director

Ian Anthony Coleman replaces Randy Snight as drama director

By Eve Titlebaum

June 13, 2019

Ian Anthony Coleman will replace Randy Snight as the Whitman Drama director next year. Last year was Snight’s first at Whitman; he directed Pippin and The Tempest. Whitman Drama boosters announced the change May 28 after administrators searched and interviewed candidates. Coleman has worked in ma...

MCPS to add updates to the myMCPS app

MCPS to add updates to the myMCPS app

By Jack McGuire

June 11, 2019

The Board of Education hired technology company Synergy to develop a new software system for the myMCPS app May 6. The update will bring numerous improvements to the current app, including easing communication between servers, creating a multi-language communications feature and improving the class schedul...

Maryland passes Beltway expansion bill, county residents skeptical

Maryland passes Beltway expansion bill, county residents skeptical

By Emily London

June 9, 2019

Despite the protests of hundreds of Montgomery County residents, the Maryland Board of Public Works voted to expand and add toll lanes to I-270 and I-495 June 5. Larry Hogan’s expansion plan aims to reduce congestion on both highways by adding four lanes—two in each direction—to both highways The BPW, which votes on the pro...

Chamber Choir performs in annual farewell concert, honors retiring choral director Jeff Davidson

Chamber Choir performs in annual farewell concert, honors retiring choral director Jeff Davidson

By Matthew Mande

June 9, 2019

Honoring retiring choral director Jeff Davidson and graduating seniors, the Chamber Choir performed their farewell concert at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church June 5. After several songs from the choir, Davidson said a few words thanking and complementing each senior in Chamber Choir. Following a q...

MCPS officials name new Damascus athletic director in wake of hazing scandal

MCPS officials name new Damascus athletic director in wake of hazing scandal
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By Ben Waldman

June 7, 2019

MCPS officials named former Clarksburg High School assistant athletic director Clifford Elgin Damascus High School’s new athletic director May 30. The switch in athletic directors occurred as a result of a hazing incident that led to attempted rape charges for six junior varsity football players. MCPS officials fired the former Damascus junior varsity fo...

Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz, seniors to speak at graduation

Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz, seniors to speak at graduation

By Blake Layman

June 5, 2019

Shifting away from the trend of prominent journalists as speakers, administrators selected Gabe Albornoz ('94), a Montgomery County Councilmember, to give the keynote speech at graduation June 6. Seniors Obi Onwuamegbu, Maeve Trainor and Breanna McDonald will also speak. Senior class sponsor Todd Michaels, senior c...

Michelle Searle Kim to become Whitman’s first female choral director

Michelle Searle Kim to become Whitman’s first female choral director

By Anna Kulbashny

June 5, 2019

Michelle Searle Kim will replace Jeffrey Davidson as Whitman’s new choral director next year. Kim has been the choral director at Seneca Valley High School for the last 20 years, and she will be Whitman's first female choral director. Davidson announced his retirement in April of this year after ove...