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After four students were shot and killed on November 30th, 2021, the question regarding student safety within the United States once again became a topic of heavy discussion. The ripple effect that was the Oxford High School Shooting sparked conversations that have been heard too many times …

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As universities close out their Regular Decision application rounds in early January, seniors have begun to reflect on their experience with the college admissions process. Amid the pandemic and the transition back to in-person learning, this year has been an unconventional time to apply to …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has a new variant known as the Omicron variant. This variant of COVID spreads quickly from person to person and is more contagious than any previous variant. This variant is cause for concern for students, staff and families as school can be an area of high transmission…

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Television and media depict high school as a disconcerting environment, where everyone is separated between distinct cliques and labeled based on social stereotypes. While there is some truth in these stereotypes, the implication that some groups are better than others is a fabricated concep…

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This story was reported before MCPS issued a statement January 9 regarding updated policies with respect to COVID-19. The Black & White (the original platform of this article) will update our reporting as this story evolves.

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Both students and teachers have been challenged by the return to school and accompanying increased workload. But teachers must also balance stress from the substitute teacher shortage caused by COVID and catching up on the students’ learning loss.

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For the first time, girls’ volleyball coach Mary Malinauskas has a team who went undefeated through the regular season, won the first ever county championship, and made it to the state semifinals. What did Malinauskas do to bring her squad so far?

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Clarice Smith, an artist, educator and major benefactor of the University of Maryland whose creative spirit is reflected in the vibrant, transformative performing arts center that bears her name, died on Thursday at age 88.

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On the first day of December, numerous Whitman students were filled with excitement. Not because soft flurries of snow might soon dust neighborhoods, or because winter break was just a few weeks away — but because December 1 marked the day when Spotify released the platform’s annual Spotify …

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Shortly before noon on October 13, the Montgomery County Police answered a 911 call from a parent at Winston Churchill High School. Moments earlier, a 17-year-old Whitman student had walked into the school’s bus lane and started “beating on” a female student, according to police dispatch rec…

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Dr. Jermaine Williams has been named as the next president of Montgomery College, a community college located in Montgomery County, Maryland. The College’s Board of Trustees made the announcement today in a communication to students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Williams will be introduced to the…

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The MCCPTA Executive Committee reiterates our firm belief that clear, timely, and transparent communications are the foundation of a strong partnership between families and MCPS. While we recognize the challenges faced by MCPS during the COVID response, communicating to parents and other sta…

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Montgomery College to Introduce New President Tomorrow, Friday, December 17, at 1 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville CampusThis evening, Montgomery College Board of Trustees Chair Michael Knapp announced to the College community that a new president of the institution has been s…

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As a fifth grader at Waters Landing Elementary School, Melissa Egan’s son Eli was doing really well, with a great rapport with his teachers and paraeducators. Then, in March of 2020, when Montgomery County Public Schools suddenly closed as a result of the pandemic:

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"To protect the health of our students, faculty/staff, and their families as we prepare for the Christmas season, Georgetown Prep pivoted to virtual teaching and learning for these five days before break as a result of 30 positive cases of COVID among the student population. Some mildly smpt…

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Never mind Bethesda Row or Montgomery Mall: one of the spots Whitman students frequented most often this past summer to watch sunsets from rooftops, view art galleries or simply roam historic property with friends was Glen Echo Park. The former theme park, which began its transition to an ar…

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After a long year of blank Zoom screens, isolated classes, and monotonous lectures, students and staff have finally returned to in-person learning. This lengthy period of online school has led to worsening study behaviors amongst students, with a heavy reliance on notes and the internet. Alo…

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Senior year can be an exciting time, with students looking forward to concluding their high school careers and participating in senior class traditions. However, it also marks the beginning of the daunting college admissions process, which students must learn to juggle with their schoolwork …

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When Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) initially shut down athletics in March of 2020, no one could have seen what was to come. After all, how could any athlete predict that their season would be taken away from them? For MCPS student athletes, that was the unfortunate reality. With th…

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In recent years, many teens have taken it upon themselves to get involved and be the change that they want to see in the world. Student advocacy can be related to issues ranging  from racial inequality to gender inequity. For many students, it may seem difficult to speak up about such heavy …

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Senior Neha Dheen is far from your average high schooler. Apart from her love for singing and acting, Dheen has something else unique about her. Dheen is the vice-president of the non-profit organization, Bravely Ending Anemia Together (BEAT). 

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Waking up, going to school until 2:30, immediately followed by five hours of music rehearsals, is a daily routine for junior Sara Bock.

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High school students often want jobs, but struggle finding one that can fit in with a student’s schedule and workload. Senior Ryan Binder worked at the United States Naval Academy over the summer as an intern in the Computer and Electrical Engineering Department. This job prepared him for wh…

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Just over three months into her term of office, 44th Student Member of the Board and Richard Montgomery High School senior Hana O’Looney has passed various milestones for improving both current and future conditions in the county. This includes the development of COVID-19 policies, refinemen…

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Founded by Amy Zhai and May Soemin, two students of Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County, Maryland, Asian American Progressive Student Union (AAPSU) is an organization that works to unite progressive Asian American student leaders and promotes racial equity in the Asian Americ…

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Irene Kimelblatt is a familiar face at Walter Johnson High School, where she has served as a substitute teacher for nearly 20 years. Known as Ms. K to her students, Kimelblatt is a retired English teacher who enjoys substituting for classes and being back with students. She loves the moment …

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BALTIMORE, MD (November 24, 2021) – Following a special meeting featuring public comment from stakeholders, community members and health experts on the State’s emergency school mask requirement, the Maryland State Board of Education will host a special virtual meeting on Wednesday, December …

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The Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher-Associations publicly states their concerns about the safety and security of students. They ask the county to address several concerns outlined in the attached PDF. This PDF was made and provided by the MCCPTA. You can read this PDF by clicking…

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Patriot Ambassadors help the school community, especially new students, through hosting a number of events such as the Trunk or Treat on Oct. 9.

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BALTIMORE, MD (November 10, 2021) – The Maryland State Board of Education will host a special virtual meeting on Tuesday, November 16 at 1 p.m. via WebEx. The meeting will collect feedback on the state’s emergency school mask requirement through public input and public health expert testimony.

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Ms. Krista McKim never thought she would be a teacher, after all, she grew up struggling with dyslexia. Now, McKim teaches AP English Language and Composition, advises the yearbook, and supports students that may be facing struggles similar to those she experienced as a child.

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Two high school juniors are running a local charity drive in order to combat period and hygiene poverty. They have partnered with Her Drive, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that shares their goals. They began collecting items on the 15th of October and plan to continue collect…

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Many students have theories about the personalities of their teachers outside of the classroom. Although, them being a part-time Nazi is that last thing many would expect. Gregory Conte, a former substitute teacher at our very own Quince Orchard High School, is in fact, a Nazi. While Conte w…

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Since March 2019, the Board of Education has implemented new rules and protocols including  allowing students to take a “mental health day” as an excused absence from now on. 

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On September 9, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) announced that they will begin administering rapid COVID-19 tests. These tests are given to students who exhibit COVID-19 related symptoms during the school day. The rapid testing program came in response to the 1,000 COVID-19 cases tha…

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Walter Johnson was found vandalized the morning of Sunday October 3. The graffiti included hate speech and references to white supremacy.

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As the United States moves further into the 21st Century, there has been an increased demand for the removal of monuments, plaques and other objects that commemorate historical figures who had ties to slavery and the Confederacy. One school, Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, FL, is …

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To graduate every student needs three world language credits. A wide selection of languages are offered but there is one unique language that stands out from the rest: American Sign Language. 

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Montgomery County is one of countless counties nationwide facing a bus driver shortage, forcing some drivers to do multiple routes. Students on these routes are being picked up earlier in the morning and arriving home from school later, but Principal Kimberly Boldon said administration is wo…

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The MCPS Board of Education has recently made decisions regarding how the school year will proceed considering the current pandemic and other challenges the county faces. 

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