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Whitman addition design budget approved

Whitman addition design budget approved

By Zara Ali

March 20, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Montgomery County School Board approved a $24.5 million budget for the 75,000-square-foot Whitman addition at their last meeting in February. The new addition will connect to the existing three-story school on two levels and increase the building’s capacity by around 400 students. MCPS decided to buil...

Hand on a Van competition cancelled due to lack of participation

Hand on a Van competition cancelled due to lack of participation

By Matt Proestel

March 19, 2019


Filed under News, School

The Hand on a Van competition scheduled for March 10 was canceled after only five people signed up. Winners of the competition would have received administrator parking passes. The event was part of the SGA’s FebMar charity month and was modeled after the competition featured on the show “Zoey 101,” SGA secretary Ellie Block said. “The Hand on a Van competition was one of the firs...

Junior Julia Clayton leads second annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s fundraiser

Junior Julia Clayton leads second annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s fundraiser

By Ally Navarrete

March 15, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Update: Pancakes for Parkinson's raised about $1600 this year.  When junior Julia Clayton applied to join the leadership class at the end of her freshman year, she had one goal in mind: start a fundraiser at Whitman to support research for Parkinson’s disease. Two years later, Clayton and the SGA are...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...