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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Architects lay out three possible designs for Whitman addition at first public meeting

Architects lay out three possible designs for Whitman addition at first public meeting

By Zara Ali

November 19, 2018


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The architect company designing Whitman’s addition onto Whittier Woods held their first public meeting Oct. 23. The meeting was the first of three to gather feedback from staff and community members. With around 40 staff and community members present at the meeting, the RRMM-Lukmire Architects...

Photo of the day: First snow day of the year disrupts school activities

Photo of the day: First snow day of the year disrupts school activities

By Sydney Miller

November 15, 2018


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After initially announcing a two hour delay at 5 a.m, MCPS updated their decision at 8:35 a.m. to announce that there would be no school today. Students support the decision, given the icy condition of roads. “My street is usually not cleaned for three days after a hefty snow, and considering this one is wet,...

Students attend Out of the Darkness Walk in honor of student Jojo Greenberg

Students attend Out of the Darkness Walk in honor of student Jojo Greenberg

By Max London

November 8, 2018


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About 25 Whitman students attended the 2018 annual D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk in honor of Jojo Greenberg, a Whitman student who passed away last year.