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MCPS should abandon extended schedules

MCPS should abandon extended schedules

By Ben Waldman

October 8, 2019

How would you like six extra weeks of school? As fearsome as that may seem to the average high school student, expanded schedules have become a reality this school year for hundreds of MCPS students. MCPS officials implemented an experimental schedule in two elementary schools. In 2018, MCPS d...

Whitman: In the wake of Monday’s attack, stop suppressing and start reflecting

Whitman: In the wake of Monday’s attack, stop suppressing and start reflecting

By Editorial Board

September 20, 2019

On Monday, two announcements told us to stay in our classrooms regardless of any bells. Then, a fire alarm sounded. Eventually, the events were reconciled—but in the meantime, students exchanged details and speculation. While false information and even jokes spread throughout the school, the fact remained...

Dropping a language class after two years? That’s overrated.

Dropping a language class after two years? That’s overrated.

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

June 14, 2019

At this point in my high school tenure, there’s one mystery that continues to elude me: why people drop languages after they reach the measly two year requirement. As someone who has stuck out six—sometimes painful, but mostly rewarding—years in the county’s Chinese curriculum, it’s off-put...

When it comes to summer work, quality over quantity

When it comes to summer work, quality over quantity

By Ethan Wagner

June 13, 2019

Over the summer, students binge the latest Netflix original, sunbathe on the beach and sleep until noon. Regardless of the activity, students’ summer plans don’t usually involve learning or thinking analytically. Assigned summer school work is more about quantity than quality. We’re forced to ann...

FYI, I’m not a “screenager”

FYI, I’m not a “screenager”

By Esme Padgett

June 13, 2019

There’s one paradox that confuses me and other so-called “screenagers” alike—one that’s only relevant in our age of Minority Report-level technology. From the moment my phone’s alarm goes off in the morning, I instantly feel the need to check in with friends, brief myself on the news and ensu...

Give us coffee or give us death

Give us coffee or give us death

By David Villani

June 13, 2019

As I sit down in my AP World History class, I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled because on this beautiful Monday afternoon, I will have the exciting opportunity to demonstrate my extensive knowledge on topics ranging from the Bantu Migrations to the Sinification of Vietnam. Following some inspiring wo...

Why Wizards fans should be proud of last season

Why Wizards fans should be proud of last season

By Jesse Rider

June 12, 2019

As Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal dashed across the court, I held my breath. The team was down by three points and there were only 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter of this high-stakes brawl. The Wizards were playing against the Toronto Raptors in Washington Jan. 13 and Beal was the team...

Administrators cut Speaks and Briefs. But students want to laugh.

Administrators cut Speaks and Briefs. But students want to laugh.

By Ella Adams

June 11, 2019

It’s the first Tuesday of the month, and classes are five minutes shorter—every class, that is, except second period. There, students spend 20 minutes watching their peers argue over the best local bagel place, learning about the new cafe in downtown Bethesda or seeing how hard a soccer player can...

On service trips, sensitivity matters

On service trips, sensitivity matters

By Holly Adams

June 11, 2019

On a service trip with my church youth group in Tennessee last summer, I met three toddlers, two rabbits, one chihuahua named Taffy and a chicken named Jack while we repaired homes for low-income families. I didn’t know about all of the animals I would grow close with.  I didn’t know about all the...

Administrators should emphasize composting in school

Administrators should emphasize composting in school

By Molli Hillman

June 11, 2019

We’ve all heard the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but what about composting? With pollution and rising temperatures rapidly destroying our planet, the “three R’s” are simply not enough. A 2018 study by the National Resources Defence Council found that nearly 40 percent of all food in ...

Burning Tree Golf Club: Sexism isn’t up to par

Burning Tree Golf Club: Sexism isn’t up to par

By Emily London

June 10, 2019

On a spacious, tree-lined golf course hidden away on Burdette Road, some of the most elite men in the D.C. area unwind through rounds of golf. Burning Tree Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the area, with an initiation fee of $75,000 and invitation-only membership. It’s exclusive for another re...

Studying: one thing teachers don’t teach

Studying: one thing teachers don’t teach

By Ethan Wagner

June 10, 2019

We’ve all been there: all-nighters, cramming the night before and then worst-case-scenario of “winging” a test. Maybe you forgot about your chemistry test until late the night before, or maybe you put off studying for your Spanish vocab quiz until lunch that day. Whether it’s forgetfulness or...