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For many MCPS students, SSL hours are not an opportunity to complete altruistic volunteer work, rather just another box to check before heading off to college.

MCPS approves SSL hours for participation in SEL block

By Vishnu Dandi December 21, 2020

The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a proposal to grant Student Service Learning hours for participation in Social and Emotional Learning lessons — a new mindfulness program— starting...

Since the start of the pandemic in March, students have increasingly disregarded COVID-19 safety precautions.

Quarantine fatigue hits Whitman; students open door to virus

By Claire Lane December 17, 2020

Some names have been changed for anonymity. Even as the year comes to a close, the United States’ battle with the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. Infection rates are rising in 43 states, including...

Bethesda restaurants set up tens and outdoor seating fixtures down Woodmont Avenue.

Bethesda restaurants find creative ways to cope with upcoming winter

By Christian Larson December 16, 2020

Winter is almost here, and the coronavirus pandemic is worsening. Many restaurants have relied on outdoor seating to keep their customers safe while dining, but colder weather may stop this strategy. As...

Board of Education approves MCPS’ plan for in-person learning

Board of Education approves MCPS’ plan for in-person learning

By Zoe Cantor December 15, 2020

The Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously confirmed the modified framework to re-open schools — beginning on February 1 — in a meeting today. The Board announced the original framework...

MCPS bans use of swastikas, nooses and Confederate flags in schools

MCPS bans use of swastikas, nooses and Confederate flags in schools

By Grace Corbett December 8, 2020

The Montgomery County Public School Board of Education has updated its code of conduct to include a ban on the non-educational use of swastikas, nooses and Confederate flags in Montgomery County public...

MCPS modifies grading guidelines for second marking period

MCPS modifies grading guidelines for second marking period

By Lily Freeman December 7, 2020

MCPS modified its grading guidelines for the second marking period, citing complaints of high workloads during the first marking period. Changes took effect November 30, roughly three weeks into the second...

A tree crashed into utility poles across the street from junior Peter Silvia's home this morning, causing Silvia and many other students to lose power and miss class.

Power outages leave students in the dark; cause absences, connectivity issues

By Lily Freeman December 1, 2020

A number of students were unable to connect to their online classes this morning due to widespread power outages in the Whitman area. According to attendance secretary Tabitha Davis, 631 students reported...

Montgomery County has the highest number of hate bias incidents in Maryland, police report reveals

Montgomery County has the highest number of hate bias incidents in Maryland, police report reveals

By Zoe Cantor November 21, 2020

Montgomery County recorded the highest number of hate bias incidents in the state from July 2019–July 2020, according to a new Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center and Maryland State police report.  The...

MCPS coaches have rallied together to request in-person football.

MCPS football coaches push for in-person training

By Vishnu Dandi November 19, 2020

Twenty-four football coaches from across Montgomery County urged MCPS to resume in-person athletic training during the coronavirus-related school closure.    While Governor Larry Hogan has cleared...

Members of Whitman's Students Demand Action chapter pose for a photo.

Senior Jeannie She selected for Students Demand Action National Advisory Board

By Grace Corbett November 11, 2020

Senior Jeannie She and 15 other student leaders from across the country were selected to serve on the National Advisory Board for Students Demand Action, a gun-control lobbying organization focused on...

Montgomery County's plans for phasing in in-person learning.

Montgomery County plans to introduce in-person learning in second semester

By Zoe Cantor November 10, 2020

MCPS announced its framework for a safe return to in-person learning on November 6, aiming to phase students back into schools starting January 12. Students in special education and Career and Technology...

Panelists for the Youth Town Hall discussed MCPS measures for reopening.

County Council hosts Youth Virtual Town Hall, discusses school reopenings

By Zoe Cantor October 29, 2020

Montgomery County councilmembers hosted a Youth Virtual Town Hall meeting on October 28. Councilmembers confirmed that MCPS plans to reopen next semester and give families the option of sending their children...

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