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Photo of the day: January 14

Photo of the day: January 14

By Isabelle van Nieuwkoop

January 14, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

A dog looks up after playing in the snow on Sunday, Jan. 13. Almost a foot of snow fell from Friday night into Saturday. MCPS announced on Sunday at 6 p.m. that all public schools and administrations would be closed Monday, Jan. 14 due to emergency weather conditions. Many students were pleased wit...

Both Quiz Bowl teams go 2-2 in last Beltway League meet of the season

Both Quiz Bowl teams go 2-2 in last Beltway League meet of the season

By Zara Ali

January 13, 2019


Filed under Brain Games, News, School, Showcase

The Quiz Bowl team competed in the last Beltway League meet of their regular season Jan. 10 at Walter Johnson High School. Both A and B teams went 2-2. The Vikes A team crushed the Rockville Rams A team with a score of 515-395, but suffered a defeat against the Richard Montgomery Rockets after los...

Photo of the Day: January 11

Photo of the Day: January 11

By Sara Azimi

January 11, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Junior Gwen Arbetman plays with the dogs visiting in the auditorium today during both lunches. Parents are invited to bring their dogs on various select days throughout the school year to help students relieve stress and boost students' moods. "I love when the dogs come in because they give us a break ...

Senior teaches deeper meaning behind hip-hop music with $1,100 grant

Senior teaches deeper meaning behind hip-hop music with $1,100 grant

By Meera Dahiya

January 10, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Senior Alex Lewis taught students how hip-hop artists express disenfranchisement, frustration, identity and empowerment through their music in his interactive project for his Media in Society class Dec. 19. Lewis received a $1,100 grant from Whitman’s Education Foundation to fund the project, which included a gallery walk and short talk.

Preview: Annual debate political panel Jan. 16

Preview: Annual debate political panel Jan. 16

January 3, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Speech & Debate team will host a political panel fundraiser, “This is America: Political Uncertainty and a Divided Nation,” Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The panel of six will focus on the state of American politics at the beginning of the 116th Congress. Topics include the status of th...

Whitman implements “Brain Break Vacation”

Whitman implements “Brain Break Vacation”

By Sydney Miller

December 19, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Principal Robert Dodd sent an email to all teachers Dec. 11 announcing that teachers will not be allowed to assign homework over winter break, have projects due or give unit tests on Jan 4-6. The email also announced that there will be a homework-free President’s Day weekend. Last year, Goodwin ...

Teachers present on new active assailant procedure “lockdown with options”

Teachers present on new active assailant procedure “lockdown with options”

By Matthew Proestel

December 13, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Teachers gave a presentation to their second period classes Dec. 11 outlining what students and staff should do in the event of an armed assailant entering the building. The presentation, provided by the county, explained the new “lockdown with options” procedure. Teachers discussed differen...

Track currently being repaved for upcoming season; will be resurfaced this summer

Track currently being repaved for upcoming season; will be resurfaced this summer

By Bennett Solomon

December 6, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase, Sports

The Whitman track is being repaved throughout this week and will be finished sometime next week, weather permitting. Since the new turf field was installed in October, pools of water have formed on the track after heavy rain, which has worn down the surface. This is largely because the turf field was in...

Teachers participate in active assailant training

Teachers participate in active assailant training

By Meera Dahiya

December 6, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Teachers participated in mandatory active assailant training Monday to learn how to respond to a potential school shooting using “lockdown with options.” This new county method instructs teachers to assess a dangerous scenario and make individual decisions about how to keep students safe such as e...

MCPS to return to ten-day spring break

MCPS to return to ten-day spring break

By Joseph Ferrari

November 27, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Board of Education approved a return to the ten-day spring break for the 2019-20 school year Nov. 6. The Board discussed two academic calendar options: one similar to the current calendar including a six-day spring break and another which would return to the lengthened break. The Board voted unanimousl...

Whitman and three elementary schools receive bomb threats Nov. 19

Whitman and three elementary schools receive bomb threats Nov. 19

By Blake Layman

November 25, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Whitman and three county elementary schools—Bradley Hills, Burning Tree and Wyngate—received bomb threats Monday afternoon around 2:10 p.m. The threat was found not to be credible, and the school day continued as scheduled. Each school received an anonymous phone call claiming bombs were located in...

Fall athletes attend mandatory hazing presentation

Fall athletes attend mandatory hazing presentation

By Isabelle van Nieuwkoop

November 21, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase, Sports

Fall athletes attended a mandatory meeting to discuss hazing, bullying and sportsmanship Tuesday during both lunches. MCPS Athletics called for the countywide meeting in response to an alleged sexual assault that involved hazing at Damascus and an alleged physical altercation among football players at Seneca Valley. “If you engage in any of these [hazing] activities, you’re not welcome here,” Whitman athletic direct...