The Student News Site of Walt Whitman High School

The Black and White

The Student News Site of Walt Whitman High School

The Black and White

The Student News Site of Walt Whitman High School

The Black and White

After manufacturing and testing the pilot mobile application, MCPS discovered vulnerabilities within the system.

MCPS cancels bus tracking pilot app

By Ella Kotelanski April 22, 2024

On April 15, MCPS canceled the release of the bus tracking app Edulog due to concerns regarding student privacy. MCPS began development of the app at the beginning of the second semester. However, after...

The event showcased the cultures of over 30 countries including Brazil, India and France through live performances, food, poster boards, art and traditional attire.

Whitman hosts first International Night since COVID-19 pandemic

By Emme Rich April 21, 2024

On April 17, the World Language Cafe hosted an International Night in the commons. The event showcased the cultures of over 30 countries including Brazil, India and France through live performances, food,...

Suvarna’s one-year term will begin on July 1, replacing Richard Montgomery High School Senior Sami Saeed, the 2023-2024 MCPS SMOB.

Clarksburg High School junior Praneel Suvarna wins 2024-2025 SMOB election

By Phoebe Gordon April 17, 2024

On April 17, approximately 60,000 MCPS middle and high school students voted Clarksburg High School junior Praneel Suvarna as the 2024-2025 MCPS Student Member of the Board (SMOB). Suvarna received 53%...

Clothing choice is a powerful means of communication that reflects the wearer’s personality, mood and intentions. In a society where first impressions matter, fashion is the first look into one’s identity.

Fashion isn’t just clothes: It’s a canvas

By Katelyn Leonard April 16, 2024

A young woman glares in frustration at the mountain of clothes tossed haphazardly onto her bed. After 30 minutes, she still cannot find the perfect outfit for her interview — something reputable and...

On Mondays and Thursdays, Art, Career/Technology Education, English and Science teachers may give assessments while on Tuesdays and Fridays, Math, P.E., Health, Social Studies and World Language teachers may give assessments.

Whitman administrators announce new quarter 4 testing schedule

By Rishith Alimchandani April 16, 2024

On April 11, Whitman administrators announced a new testing schedule that will be implemented at the beginning of quarter four. The schedule designates each day of the week to a different department,...

While interior design is often reduced to mere aesthetics, on a deeper level, it’s a powerful psychological tool MCPS can use to foster collaborative and enriching learning environments.

The power of interior design in schools

By Katelyn Leonard April 16, 2024

From dropping final exams to rounding up marking period grades, MCPS has frequently attempted to satisfy the student body and improve productivity and student well-being. However, beyond curriculums and...

Operating under the core principles of identity, diversity, justice and action, LASJ aims to foster student leadership and advocacy.

Whitman hosts first LASJ Social Justice Fair on April 13

By Lydia Orgen April 15, 2024

On April 13, Whitman hosted its first Leadership Academy of Social Justice (LASJ) Social Justice Fair in the commons. Open to MCPS middle and high school students, the fair showcased people and organizations...

The Save Ukraine team and the five teenagers they rescued from Russia speak at the National Gathering for Prayer and Repentance in Washington, D.C..

“Russia not only destroys our houses, but also our families”: A Q&A with Ukraine’s abducted children

During the 21st century, geopolitical conflicts between Russia and Ukraine have dominated the international stage, rising sharply in 2014 following land disputes over the territory of Crimea. In February...

Regardless of final exams, grade-weighing policies and testing requirements in MCPS create educational environments overly focused on assessment.

MCPS grading regulations impair student performance

By Rebecca Waldman April 9, 2024

In 2016, MCPS officials radically changed the county’s grading system by removing final exams. The change came after growing criticism that final and midterm exams were unequal, stressful and time-consuming...

As the campaign enters its final stretch, The Black & White sat down with Ross and Suvarna to learn about their distinct leadership styles and respective visions for MCPS in the upcoming year.

Q&A with the 2024-25 SMOB candidates

By Griffin Haber April 8, 2024

On Apr. 17, roughly 88,000 eligible middle and high school students across MCPS will head to the polls to elect the 47th Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB). The SMOB — the only student permitted...

Montgomery County Recreation has organized “Project Prom Dress” for the last three years, working to eliminate financial barriers and make prom an achievable reality for all.

Project Prom Dress: Montgomery County Recreation Center works to eliminate financial barriers at prom

By Celia Noya April 8, 2024

Students stream into the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center expecting the usual setup but instead find the space filled with carts containing dresses and suits and tables displaying glittering...

The summit aimed to educate participants about the link between social media and mental health by discussing topics related to healthy relationships, social media usage, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, healthy eating and body image.

Northwood hosts second annual MCPS Girls summit

By Olivia Hansel April 8, 2024

On March 9, Northwood High School hosted over 1,000 girls at the second annual MCPS Girls’ Summit. The summit focused on discussing health care, self-care and dating violence, and it included a panel...

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