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Honoring Montgomery County’s Olympians

Honoring Montgomery County’s Olympians

The 2016 Rio Olympics captivated millions of Americans this past summer, as they tuned in to see who would take the gold. Montgomery County’s own Katie Ledecky, Jack…

Brookside Gardens Light Show Captures Christmas Spirit

With dazzling holiday lights and vibrant colors, the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens is a great place to celebrate the holiday season. The Garden of Lights is…

Wave of Hate-Motivated Vandalism Following Trump Election

Police were notified on November 11 as school administrators at Westland Middle School came across multiple swastikas drawn in a boys’ bathroom. Principal Alison Serino promptly sent a…

Students and Staff Celebrate the Importance of Veterans Day

Veteran’s Day honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, and is a national holiday that has a deeper significance to Montgomery County’s veterans and…

MCPS

MCPS Board of Education swears in three new members

Following the election on November 8, the Montgomery County Board of Education is bringing on several new members. The seven member Board of Education consists of five members…

Hogan’s Executive Order receives opposition from Montgomery County Board of Education

Starting in the academic year of 2017-2018, students will be given an extension on their summer vacation following Governor Larry Hogan’s (R) executive order mandating that all Maryland…

MCR-SGA holds first General Assembly of the school year

On Tuesday, October 25, Montgomery Blair High School hosted MCR-SGA’s first General Assembly of the 2016-2017 school year. The assembly took place following weeks of anticipation and some…

MCPS Student Enrollment Expands to Levels Above Full Capacity

This school year, 2,795 more students have enrolled into Montgomery County public schools, bringing the county’s total number up to 159,242 students. Since 2007, enrollment has increased within…

Tight Race for At-Large Board of Education Seat

On November 8, Montgomery County citizens will vote for three of the seven seats on the Montgomery County Board of Education, including one at-large seat. The Board’s seven…

New Required Quarterly Assessments (RQAs) Draw Mixed Reviews

New Required Quarterly Assessments (RQAs) Draw Mixed Reviews

On November 10, 2015, the MCPS Board of Education received a memorandum from the interim superintendent Larry A. Bowers. The document called for the elimination of two-hour semester…

Arts and Culture

Winter Fun in Rockville Town Center

Winter Fun in Rockville Town Center

Winter is here, which means that everybody is gearing up for the holiday season. There are gifts to be bought, relatives to see, and places to go. One…

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Throughout the County

A dazzling parade, the sweet aroma of corn beef, and an abundance of green made its way to Montgomery County on March 17 for Saint Patrick’s Day. As…

Restaurant Week Draws Crowds Around the County

Beginning on January 22 and extended until February 7, Montgomery County restaurants hosted their annual restaurant week. Popular among local residents and visitors, this event is a great…

New Year’s in MoCo: A Night of Celebrations and Culture

Welcome to 2016! With the anticipated arrival of the New Year, families throughout Montgomery County joined millions across the country to watch the famous ball drop in Times…

Politics

Montgomery County passes term limit restrictions on County Council

This past election on November 8 has brought political upheaval, both nationally and locally. Question B, the charter amendment limiting county…

Hogan Proposes Paid Sick Leave Bill

As 2016 drew to a close, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he would be introducing a bill in 2017 that would…

County Council’s proposed increase in minimum wage sparks controversy

Members of the Montgomery County Council are preparing to propose a bill that would incrementally raise the county’s minimum wage from…

Opinions

The possibility of online SSL forms in the future

With new technology constantly being added to our daily school lives, online SSL forms are an interesting new feature that has become available to students. A simple…

A Different Way to Protest

On Tuesday, November 15, I found myself surrounded by a sea of empty desk chairs in my 5th period English class. About half of my classmates had…

Opinions

Weighing the benefits of the new grading system

As the new school year rolls along, it brings a drastic change in the grading system. Starting this year, Montgomery County has changed to a much more…

Benefits of homework free weekends for high school seniors

To help with their college applications, seniors will often receive a homework exempt weekend sometime in the beginning of the school year. During this weekend, teachers are…

Opinions

Should integration of diverse populations be a priority in magnet programs?

Across the county, magnet programs, such as the Math, Science, and Computer Science program at Montgomery Blair or the IB program at Richard Montgomery, offer students an…

The High School Senior’s Guide to Achieving Happiness in the Weeks Between November First and Mid-Winter

“C’mon, just press submit!” my mom exclaimed. We were sitting together with my laptop between us, staring at the Common Application page for my first-choice college. In…

Guest Contributions

Reception to be held today for 11th Annual ‘Keeping It SAFE’ Student Video Contest

The Keeping It SAFE Coalition for Under Twenty-one Alcohol Prevention is pleased to announce the winners of the 11th annual student video contest for the prevention of…

MCPS Elementary and Middle School Students to Advance to International Tech Competition

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) announced 20 finalist teams will advance to the annual FIRST Championship in St. Louis as part of the annual FIRST  LEGO League (FLL)…