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Hoping to better facilitate discussions between students and staff, the Student Advisory Board (SAB) was created following a study circle retreat with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Instructional Coordinator Allison Hoefling. The goal of the board is to allow students to share their perspec…

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As you walk through the halls of the school you may have seen a new adult in a navy shirt. On the back of the shirt, it says Security. The new adult is Roberto Ramos and he is the newest member of the school staff and security team. 

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MCPS officials announced new security measures for high school athletic events after violent altercations led to multiple arrests and an injury at a Gaithersburg High School football game last Friday. The enhanced security procedures take effect tonight, and will remain in place for the rema…

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All MCPS high schools will hold gun education assemblies over the next two months, MCPS Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy wrote in a September 13 letter to community members. 

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The field hockey team (5–1) destroyed the Sherwood Warriors (2–3) 6–0.

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Whitman’s new Pep Band debuted from the stands of Jerome M. Marco stadium this fall, replacing the traditional Marching Band that had performed during halftime shows at football games. Instrumental Music director Brendan Kelly said that the change will make participating in the band more acc…

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To start the second game of the season, the football team ran out with the American flag and the student section stood decked out in red, white and blue. This game brought another win at home as Whitman was bested 39-6.

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It’s the first day of school. People shuffle through crowded hallways and stairwells in a school that seems to crowd more each and every year. They catch up with friends about their summers and the upcoming school year. It is time for the first week of school, ever dreaded by some students, …

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Administrators and counselors visited math classes last week to discuss new schoolwide policies and expectations for the 2022-2023 school year. The town hall-style presentations covered the shift to a one-lunch bell schedule, the return to pre-COVID attendance policies, new cell phone use gu…

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Fridays in the fall welcome a sea of green in the bleachers and the game that brings us all together: football. In the first game of the season, the Wildcats put a tally in the win column as the Churchill Bulldogs were defeated 21-9. 

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With the start of the girls’ volleyball team’s season rapidly approaching, the team is working hard to be in top form as rising stars and returning veterans fight together for another season.

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Newly constructed wellness centers at 19 MCPS high schools are not on track to open until December due to staffing challenges, according to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

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For 24 years, Introduction to Engineering (IED) teacher Kevin Pope has encouraged hard work in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. After a career devoted to inspiring future engineers and a combined 15-year tenure coaching both the boys and girls lacrosse teams, Pope retired at the end …

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In 1838, “father of modern education” Horace Mann helped to establish the first modern public schools in America. Adjusted to meet the needs of 19th Century Americans amidst the industrial revolution, Mann’s system was quickly adopted all over the country, and tuition-free education became a…

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Montgomery County, with one of the leading education systems in the country, is also leading in the number of suicides each year. 

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The Cappies of the National Capitol Area held its twenty-second annual Gala recognizing excellence in High School theatre. The Tony’s like sell out event was held in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center. Hundreds of student nominees were celebrated. Eleven schools who were nominated for be…

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Seniors gathered one final time for graduation at the Jerome M. Marco stadium yesterday morning.

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Former Whitman social studies teacher Kirkland Shipley accepted a government plea offer at a court hearing yesterday morning, pleading guilty to sexually abusing a high school student and possessing sexually explicit material of a minor.

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Three sitting members of the Montgomery County (MOCO) Board Of Education (BOE) running for re-election announced their support for several of the demands for climate action made by the young people in the BIPOC MOCO Green New Deal Internship, the MOCO Sunrise Movement and Fridays For the Fut…

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Nearly 860 MCPS teachers are resigning or retiring from their positions by the end of the school year, according to the MCPS Department of Staffing and Certification. The latest figure represents approximately 6.5% of the school district’s teaching staff, a notable increase from the 4% of ed…

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Two teams of Montgomery County high school students and one team of PG County students have been named winners of the Stock Market Game™, the financial literacy competition and simulation organized by the Maryland Council on Economic Education. The winners were announced at an awards ceremon…

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As marking periods come to a close, it’s not uncommon for desperate students to reach out to teachers to appeal a test result or ask for a one to two percentage bump up to the next letter grade. But at the end of the most recent quarter, teachers were overwhelmed by the sheer number of stude…

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Breathe, but not too heavy. Look, but do not appear guilty. Speak, but never answer back. These are the constant reminders of being Black In America. After playing three games in the hot southern heat, all the Delaware State women’s lacrosse team wanted to do was make it back to Delaware wit…

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The softball team (9–7) crushed the top-seeded Walter Johnson Wildcats (11–4) in the regional semifinals. The game had been originally scheduled for May 16, but was postponed one day due to severe weather. 

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Montgomery College students Eve Elias Stowell, Marthe Medalebem Sanjol, and Anna L. Chacon are three of 100 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s (JKCF) prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide the three students with u…

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Gaithersburg, MD (May 17, 2022). More than 80 fourth graders participated in the City of Gaithersburg’s Annual Junior Mayor Essay contest. Out of five finalists, Loriele Nix of Summit Hall Elementary School was selected as the 2022 Junior Mayor. Loriele’s Oath of Office Ceremony and the pass…

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The bill for tomorrow's ceremony has officially been released. Feel free to check out the list of students named for any that you might recognize.

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The Whitman community celebrated the school’s first in-person Festival of the Arts event since May 2019 on April 27-28. The festival showcased students’ artwork, and featured performances from Whitman’s music groups and drama program. 

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The Montgomery County Board of Education removed the county’s school mask mandate Tuesday, March 8 effective immediately, making mask wearing optional for students and staff.

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MCPS officials finalized a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Montgomery County Police Department on April 19 that outlines the role of police in the county’s schools, the school district wrote in a message to community members on Tuesday. The updated agreement’s provisions aim t…

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Sexual oreintation and gender identity are no longer permitted to be taught from kindergarten through third grade in Florida public schools, after Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill on Mar. 28. Known by its opponents as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the legistlati…

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The Montgomery County National College Fair was held on Apr. 6, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for juniors in high school. Kathleen Carr, the College and Career Information Coordinator, introduced the fair to the junior class. The goal was to give students a chance to explore possible college and …

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On March 22, newly appointed Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Monifa B. McKnight held a virtual briefing for student newspapers across Montgomery County.

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School security found a student injured and bleeding in a bathroom at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Derwood, on Friday, Jan. 21st, at approximately 12:53 pm. Magruder’s security team placed a 911 call for a “possible stab wound” while calling on the school nurse to tend to the student’s…

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On Jan. 21 at Col. Zadok Magruder High School a shooting occurred in a bathroom in the school that left one student in critical condition. 

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The MCPS Board of Education is expected to vote to lift its mask mandate at its next meeting on March 8. The move comes following declines in Covid case rates, updated CDC guidance and rescinded indoor mask mandates by the county government and state Board of Education.

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Those little black boxes covering our computer screens were the closest that we got to normal school for nearly two years as a result of the pandemic. Many found the time away from friends, teachers and social life to be unbearable. Spending six or more hours a day in one place took a toll o…

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