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BOE approves calendar revisions, reducing instructional and professional days

BOE approves calendar revisions, reducing instructional and professional days

By Camille Caldera

March 3, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

The Board of Education (BOE) revised the 2017-2018 school year calendar Feb. 27 to shorten the professional days after first and third quarter from full days off to half days and reduce the total number of instructional days from 184 to 182.

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Mental Health Awareness week recap

Mental Health Awareness week recap

By Carmen Molina

February 28, 2017


Filed under News, School

While February at Whitman used to signify a whirlwind of SGA activities and fundraisers to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, last week welcomed the first of four Charity Weeks replacing LLS month: Mental Health Awareness week.

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BOE approves $64 million addition to budget

BOE approves $64 million addition to budget

By Tiger Bjornlund

February 27, 2017


Filed under Local, News, School

The BOE voted unanimously (8-0) Feb. 14 to approve the $2.52 billion operating budget proposed by Superintendent Jack Smith, according to an MCPS press release. The allocation marks an increase of $64.24 million from last year’s budget.

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Whitman alumna nominated for Academy Award

Whitman alumna nominated for Academy Award

By Andie Silverman

February 26, 2017


Filed under News, School

Two strangers meet. One an immigrant, the other a refugee. A violin brought them together but their friendship revealed how one small act can change two people’s lives forever. This true story is captured in the documentary “Joe’s Violin,” by director Kahane Cooperman (‘80).

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Senior David Rekhtman 1 of 40 finalists in national science competition

Senior David Rekhtman 1 of 40 finalists in national science competition

By Allie Lerner

February 23, 2017


Filed under National, News, School

While it’s common for students to have internships, most students only get to shadow doctors or scientists. But, during his two-year internship in the National Cancer Institute at NIH, senior David Rekhtman completed a 16-page report on two ways to induce an immune response toward cancer cells.

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Quiz bowl team advances to Beltway League finals

Quiz bowl team advances to Beltway League finals

By Julie Rosenstein

February 21, 2017


Filed under News, School

Besting three teams they recently lost to, the Quiz Bowl team qualified for the Beltway League finals at their semifinals tournament Feb. 9 at Rockville High School.

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Students and teachers compare RQAs and exams

Students and teachers compare RQAs and exams

By Pearl Sun

February 15, 2017


Filed under Media, News, School, Showcase, Videos

The MCPS Board of Education replaced traditional two-hour semester exams with Required Quarterly Assessments (RQAs) beginning this school year, forcing students and teachers to adjust to the new tests and academic calendar.

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Battle of the Bandz Slideshow

Battle of the Bandz Slideshow

February 15, 2017


Filed under Media, School

Robotics shifts into gear for new competition season

Robotics shifts into gear for new competition season

By Carmen Molina

February 8, 2017


Filed under News, School

After making it to FIRST Worlds Championships last year, the Whitman robotics team is gearing up for another competition season.

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Lyrics in warm-up playlists banned starting Feb. 1

Lyrics in warm-up playlists banned starting Feb. 1

By Julie Rosenstein

February 1, 2017


Filed under News, School

Warm up music for all Whitman sports teams will experience a major change Feb. 1 after the administration decided to ban all songs with lyrics in response to an incident at a Damascus basketball game and the urging by MCPS that schools adopt this new policy.

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Amendment passes; SGA details charity weeks at delegate meeting

Amendment passes; SGA details charity weeks at delegate meeting

By Lily Friedman

January 25, 2017


Filed under News, School

Class delegates passed vice president Ari Neugeboren’s election transparency amendment at the fourth period delegate meeting Jan. 11. The SGA also announced specific charity week events replacing LLS month this year, including Vike-A-Thon, which will replace bRAVE.

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Library closed for a week: renovations begin

Library closed for a week: renovations begin

By Carmen Molina

January 23, 2017


Filed under News, School

The media center was closed during the week before winter break to give staff time to sift through outdated books and recuperate open space, the first step in developing the library into a more interactive and adaptable space. “This is the beginning of a long term movement to update the media center an...

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