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Bethesda Library hosts panel featuring young adult authors

Bethesda Library hosts panel featuring young adult authors

By Jack Middleton

February 27, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The Connie Morella Library, colloquially known as the Bethesda Library, hosted a panel featuring young adult authors Roshani Chokshi and Sarah Lemon to publicize Chokshi’s recently released young adult book, “The Gilded Wolves.” Chokshi, a New York Times bestselling author, got her start as a...

JPMorgan Chase announces multi-million dollar grant to local area schools

JPMorgan Chase announces multi-million dollar grant to local area schools

By Lukas Troost

February 23, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School

Global investment and commercial bank JPMorgan Chase announced Dec. 6 that it will give a $6 million grant to D.C., Maryland and Virginia public schools as part of “New Skills for Youth,” the company’s $75 million national initiative aimed at expanding career readiness programs. The company gave simi...

Students celebrate African American history, culture at Black History Month assembly

Students celebrate African American history, culture at Black History Month assembly

By Lukas Troost

February 22, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Students heard jazz music, a performance by the chamber choir and remarks from a guest speaker at the Black History Month assembly Feb. 13. The assembly—the first in recent years celebrating the month at Whitman—was organized by the Black Student Union. Principal Robert Dodd opened the assembly, e...

New councilmember Friedson debuts at Burning Tree town hall

New councilmember Friedson debuts at Burning Tree town hall

By Joseph Ferrari

February 21, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

District 1 Montgomery County councilmember Andrew Friedson held a two-hour town hall at Burning Tree Elementary School Jan. 24. Friedson responded to a variety of questions, ranging from issues like pedestrian safety to the preservation of historic cemeteries. Friedson grew up in Potomac and went to Churchill High School. After graduating from The University...

Family-owned Bethesda Bagels franchise announces new store location

Family-owned Bethesda Bagels franchise announces new store location

By Katie Hanson

February 19, 2019


Filed under Feature, Local, News, Showcase

In late August or early September of 2019, the popular Bethesda Bagels franchise will open a fifth store near Montgomery Mall, the company announced Dec. 21. The Fleishman family, who started the company in 1982, began leasing the Wildwood property last month and is in the process of buying equipment and drawing p...

Montgomery Mall planning multi-million dollar expansion

Montgomery Mall planning multi-million dollar expansion

By Blake Layman

February 18, 2019


Filed under Local, News

Westfield Montgomery Mall announced over the summer that it’s planning to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations and expansions in the coming years. The goal is for Westfield Montgomery to become a lifestyle destination as opposed to a traditional mall, Westfield’s vice presiden...

Percentage of students receiving As rises, but county will continue to stay with system

Percentage of students receiving As rises, but county will continue to stay with system

By Meera Dahiya

February 15, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

The number of semester As has increased dramatically since the 2014-15 school year, The Washington Post reported Dec. 31. The Post, which analyzed new district data, found that the number of students with A’s in math classes doubled from 16 to 32 percent, while the number of B’s rose slightly and the number of C’s, D’s and E’s decreased. Since the Mo...

Student camp out at Whitman for parking permits

Student camp out at Whitman for parking permits

By Thomas Mande and Danny Donoso

February 8, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

When principal Robert Dodd sent out an email late Tuesday afternoon notifying students that athletic director Andy Wetzel would be selling the remaining parking permits the next day on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30 a.m., students sprung into action. Junior Nick Cook was the first to arrive—...

Chinese classes celebrate Chinese New Year, learn about culture

Chinese classes celebrate Chinese New Year, learn about culture

By Anna Yuan and Sam White

February 8, 2019


Filed under Media, News, School, Showcase, Videos

Chinese classes celebrated the Chinese New Year in the cafeteria Feb. 7. Students first ate various dishes brought by parents, such as lo mein, dumplings, fried rice and broccoli beef. After eating, the Chinese 5 class sang a song welcoming everyone to the new year. Their performance was followed by ...

MCPS to hire outside consultant to conduct school boundary study

MCPS to hire outside consultant to conduct school boundary study

By Anna Yuan

February 6, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

The Board of Education passed a resolution calling for an outside review of MCPS’ school boundaries Jan. 8. Student Member of the Board Ananya Tadikonda introduced the proposal, which focuses on addressing student demographics, geography, overcrowding and ensuring no school cluster experiences too ...

Superintendent lays out issues, priorities in press briefing

Superintendent lays out issues, priorities in press briefing

By Joseph Ferrari

February 6, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith outlined his recommended budget for 2020 in his monthly press conference Jan. 17. Smith also mentioned his hope to expand pre-K and expressed urgency to curb chronic absenteeism. Smith’s office recommended a fiscal budget of $2.65 billion for 2020, a 2.1 percent i...

Students frustrated after no parking by baseball field, receive warnings

Students frustrated after no parking by baseball field, receive warnings

By Blake Layman

February 4, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Administration gave students who parked in the main lot without permits the week of Jan 13. warnings that their car could be towed, despite the fact that parking by the baseball field at the back entrance was unavailable. The snow total in Montgomery County was as high as 13 inches on Jan. 14, which ...