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This week in photos: Polar Vortex

This week in photos: Polar Vortex

By Zoe Kaufmann

February 1, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The first week of second semester did not feature a full day of school. The Polar Vortex centered in the midwest spread to Bethesda, where cold temperatures and snow forced MCPS to have emergency weather schedule changes each day, following the planned closure on Monday, Jan. 28...

County school board approves new curriculum, addresses concerns after Johns Hopkins study

County school board approves new curriculum, addresses concerns after Johns Hopkins study

By Zara Ali

January 30, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Board of Education adopted a new curriculum for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade English, Language Arts and Mathematics Jan. 8. Select elementary and middle schools will start implementing the new curriculum—which provides more instructional materials for parents and teachers—as early as fall...

Addition to be completed by Aug. 2021

Addition to be completed by Aug. 2021

By Zara Ali

January 26, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, News, School, Showcase

A three-story building to replace Whittier Woods, an auxiliary gymnasium, and a commons area to link the main building with the new wing will be added to the Whitman campus by August 2021. County managers and the RRMM Lukmire Architects announced the final plan at a Nov. 5 public work session. The reno...

Mental health forum informs community on issues facing MCPS

Mental health forum informs community on issues facing MCPS

By Max London

January 25, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

MCPS and the Montgomery County Council of PTAs hosted the second annual Mental Health and Wellness Forum Jan. 12. The event offered 11 hourlong workshops to over 250 attendees on subjects ranging from stress and anxiety to teen depression. The forum included a keynote address from former Board of Educat...

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

By Zara Ali

January 21, 2019


Filed under National, News, Showcase

The shutdown has kept around 800,000 federal employees from receiving pay, according to CNN, including many parents in the Whitman community.

Maryland State Highway Administration hosts community meeting Jan. 15

Maryland State Highway Administration hosts community meeting Jan. 15

By Anna Yuan

January 19, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration finalized an improvement plan for the intersection of Braeburn Parkway and River Road and unveiled several new improvement possibilities for the Pyle Road crosswalk in a community meeting Jan. 15. Residents from surrounding neighborhoods ...

Speech and Debate hosts second annual political panel

Speech and Debate hosts second annual political panel

By Anna Yuan, Rebecca Hirsh, and Hannah Feuer

January 17, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

To listen to the highlights from the panel, click the podcast below created by Hannah Feuer and Rebecca Hirsh. The Speech & Debate team hosted the second annual political panel fundraiser titled “This is America: Political Uncertainty and a Divided Nation” with four journalists and two political professionals Jan...

Fewer international students attending U.S. universities

Fewer international students attending U.S. universities

By Meera Dahiya

January 17, 2019


Filed under National, News, Showcase

Georgetown University freshman Nikita Gupta has broadened her horizons this semester by learning from her international peers. Having foreign classmates encourages her professors to teach from an international point of view, which allows her to consider other perspectives, she said. But in recent yea...

Young teachers work multiple jobs to supplement low salaries

By Max London

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

In addition to the paid hours teachers spend at school and the extra time they spend grading and planning lessons, many teachers also choose to hold a second job outside of the classroom to earn additional income. Forty-one percent of Maryland public school teachers have held a second job in the l...

AP exam registration pushed forward to late October

AP exam registration pushed forward to late October

By Anna Yuan

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, National, News

Starting next year, students will register for Advanced Placement exams beginning in late October and continuing to mid-November, instead of in March. Registration after the deadline will cost an extra $40. The College Board decided to move up the registration date after last year’s pilot program inv...

Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever

Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever

By Katie Hanson

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

The Montgomery County Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever after Karla Silvestre, the former co-chair of the MCPS Latino Student Achievement Action Group, and Brenda Wolff, a civil rights attorney, were sworn in Dec. 3. The new members replaced former Board president Michael Durso a...

MD State Highway Assoc. lowers speed limit on River Road from 45 mph to 35 mph

MD State Highway Assoc. lowers speed limit on River Road from 45 mph to 35 mph

By Anna Yuan

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Local, News

Some students are frustrated after the State Highway Association changed the speed limit on a three-mile segment of River Road that includes the Braeburn Parkway intersection and Pyle Road crosswalk behind Whitman from 45 mph to 35 mph. The SHA reduced the speed limit after decades-long advocacy fr...