The Black and White

Hey, MCPS! It’s time to digitize report cards

Hey, MCPS! It’s time to digitize report cards

By Dana Herrnstadt

May 7, 2019

Spanish class was cut short. You forgot where your homeroom was, so you lapped the school a few times until you found a distant acquaintance to follow. Now, you’re sitting in an unfamiliar classroom, surrounded by people whose last names are similar to yours. It’s that time of the year again: re...

Forget Whitman’s reputation: Let’s talk about racism

Forget Whitman’s reputation: Let’s talk about racism

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2019

Two headlines, nearly back-to-back, appeared on the Bethesda Magazine website Tuesday morning: “Whitman Ranks in Top 100 High Schools Nationwide” and “Blackface Photo Posted by Whitman Students Prompts Hate-Bias Investigation.” The juxtaposition was jarring, but indicative of where Whitman is today: while we have a lot to be...

“Hands up, don’t shoot” belongs to the Black Lives Matter Movement

“Hands up, don’t shoot” belongs to the Black Lives Matter Movement

By Khanya Dalton

April 22, 2019

 “Hands up, don’t shoot.” This slogan, along with the accompanying gesture of raising one’s hands above his or her head, became one of the core symbols of the Black Lives Matter Movement after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, in August 2014...

Ode to the clementine

Ode to the clementine

By Jeremy Wenick

April 17, 2019

Eating a regular orange is far from a pleasant affair. Sure, the taste is delicious in the end, but at what cost? The action of peeling such an oddly large fruit, separating the sections of flesh and attempting to consume them is positively dreadful. Luckily, for those of us wilting in the shadow of ...

Language fluency—it’s more attainable than you might think

Language fluency—it’s more attainable than you might think

By Emma Iturregui

April 16, 2019

If you’ve spent months filling out worksheets in a language class, only to attempt to speak in said language and realize how inarticulate you sound, you’re not alone. In fact, a random survey of 35 upperclassmen found that nearly 95 percent feel that Whitman language classes prepare them only somewhat or...

MCPS: require science fairs in high school

MCPS: require science fairs in high school

By Meera Dahiya

April 15, 2019

At Shrewsbury High School in Massachusetts, a student designed a water purification system using only a milk carton, wires, batteries and other common household supplies. Her teacher urged her to enter the state science fair, and although the student said she felt intimidated by the complex projects and was...

Why you shouldn’t limit yourself to an academic specialty

Why you shouldn’t limit yourself to an academic specialty

By Alex Robinson

April 13, 2019

To my family and the rest of the world, I’ve always been a “humanities person.” When I was younger, I’d spend the entire day devouring book after book. I dreamed of being an author like my idol J.K. Rowling, and I started skimming the front page of the newspaper every morning before my feet co...

CON: Skip the extra work, combat grade inflation

By Will Brown

April 10, 2019

When first semester came to an end a few weeks ago, so did many students' desperate quests for one crucial move: grade bumps. Whether it was frantically turning in several assignments as a Hail Mary to change the Zs in gradebook, cramming harder than ever for the last test of the quarter or pleading...

PRO: Extra help for extra students—allow extra credit

By David Villani

April 10, 2019

We’ve all been there. The quarter with fresh hope, but now, as the quarter ends, your myMCPS grades look more rainbow than green. Maybe you missed a test because of the flu, or perhaps you were stuck doing a group project on your own. The result is the same; you find yourself with a grade that does...

Shamrock fest: fun, festive and fantastic

Shamrock fest: fun, festive and fantastic

By Danny Donoso and Mateo Gutierrez

April 8, 2019

The fact that we have a combined total of zero Irish ancestry in our respective family trees didn’t stop us from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We decided to explore the buzz surrounding the Shamrock Festival on March 23 to see if it lived up to its hype. The annual music festival attracts hordes of...