The Black & White

Hogan brings Handle with Care program to Maryland schools

Hogan brings Handle with Care program to Maryland schools

By Emma Shaffer

October 23, 2018


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

This year, Governor Larry Hogan expanded Handle with Care pilot programs to Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Harford Counties. As of May 1, the program already exists in Cecil and Washington Counties, but Hogan is attempting to make the program statewide.

Students receive Google software consent forms, submit by Oct. 16

Students receive Google software consent forms, submit by Oct. 16

By Anna Yuan

October 15, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Beginning this year, all high school students in MCPS will need parent or guardian consent to be able to use various services in Google’s G Suite for Education services, which include Blogger, Chrome Web Store, Google Earth, Google Takeout and approved videos on Youtube. In order to comply with federal and state la...

Photo of the day: students celebrate National Coming Out Day

Photo of the day: students celebrate National Coming Out Day

By Emma Shaffer

October 11, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Students wore rainbow and white ribbons at school today to celebrate National Coming Out Day. Rainbow ribbons indicated the individual identified as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, while white signified the student was a straight and cisgender ally to the community. The ribbons were passed out by Whitman Pride...

Whitman Welcomes new asst. principals

Whitman Welcomes new asst. principals

By Anna Yuan

October 11, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, News, School

This fall, Whitman welcomed two new assistant principals, former MCPS supervisor of student online learning Michelle Lipson and former Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School assistant principal Phillip Yarborough, along with new principal Robert Dodd. Lipson and Yarborough replaced Kathy McHale and Jerom...

Architects for Whitman addition to hold community meeting

Architects for Whitman addition to hold community meeting

By Zara Ali

October 9, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

RRMM-Lukmire Architects will hold three meetings in October and November to gather feedback from staff and community members on the outline for a three-story addition to the building in the Whittier Woods area. They plan to begin construction next fall. The first two meetings will take place in Oc...

Environmental science topics added to required science classes

Environmental science topics added to required science classes

By Blake Layman

October 5, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The MCPS Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs recently approved the addition of environmental science topics to the curriculums in existent high school science classes—including biology, chemistry and physics—across all MCPS schools.

Lapses in SAT scoring and test security raise concerns

Lapses in SAT scoring and test security raise concerns

By Anna Yuan

October 2, 2018


Filed under National, News, Showcase

When a Whitman senior sat down for the August SAT, he had a startling case of déjà vu. After reading the first passage, he realized he’d already taken the exact test three times for practice. When he got home and saw #refundaugustSAT trending on Twitter, he quickly found out that The College Bo...

Local private schools decide to eliminate AP classes

Local private schools decide to eliminate AP classes

By Lukas Troost

October 1, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Eight local private schools announced in June that they will phase out Advanced Placement courses, completely eliminating them by 2022. The schools—Landon, Holton-Arms, Maret, Sidwell Friends, Georgetown Day School, National Cathedral School, St. Albans and the Potomac School—made a joint statement...

AC malfunction creates discomfort among students and teachers

AC malfunction creates discomfort among students and teachers

By Jack Gonzalez

September 29, 2018


Filed under News, School

The air conditioning unit ticks away noisily while students shift uneasily in their seats. Students’ backs are streaked with sweat, and as the teacher lectures over the drone of fans, the temperature in the classroom only rises. During the first week of school, many students sat in classrooms with broken ...

Montgomery county to change elementary and middle school curriculum

Montgomery county to change elementary and middle school curriculum

By Lukas Troost

September 28, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

MCPS released a proposal in August for a new elementary and middle school curriculum after an audit by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Educational Policy last March found teaching and content flaws in the current Common Core 2.0 curriculum. While the proposal hasn’t been finalized yet, its release marks the fi...

Photo of the day: Sept. 27

Photo of the day: Sept. 27

By Blake Layman

September 27, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

A film crew from HBO’s nightly news show, Vice News Tonight, followed around seniors Rachel Zeidenberg and Cassandra Branson today for the show’s daily documentary. The documentary will provide perspectives on the Kavanaugh allegations from teenagers who are the same age now as Dr. Christine Blasey...

Goodwin takes part-time job at MCPS Department of Safety

Goodwin takes part-time job at MCPS Department of Safety

By Meera Dahiya

September 27, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

After 14 years of serving as Whitman principal, Alan Goodwin took a part-time job this year at the MCPS Department of Safety and Security to improve school security for all county schools. “While I enjoy retirement, this is just a part-time job so I can enjoy retirement while still staying inv...