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DC Issues Styrofoam Ban to Protect Environment; County Proposes Ban for Next Year

DC has followed the lead of Seattle, San Francisco, and other cities by implementing a styrofoam ban, in effect since January 1. All businesses and institutions are prohibited from distributing and…

State SMOB Finalists Selected

With all the hype surrounding the Montgomery County Student Member of the Board (SMOB) candidates for 2017, the Maryland State 2017 SMOB is currently also in the process…

SMOB Candidate’s Petition to Close School for Week Reached 10,000 signatures

A petition started this past Tuesday to close school for the rest of the week reached 10,000 signatures on Friday.  This is one of the first massively coordinated…

Weathering the Weather: Major Winter Storm Friday – Saturday

On Friday, a strong cut-off upper level low will approach the area from the east and pop a surface low off cape Hatteras. This is a very similar…

MCPS

Guerci Wins SMOB Re-Election

On April 27, every MCPS student was given the opportunity to vote for our county’s Student Member of the Board of Education. The MCPS SMOB sits on the…

SMOB Candidates: Final Look

With the SMOB elections taking place this week, we sat down with the two candidates to give you a final look at what they have to say:…

Student Feature: David Edimo

We sat down with David Edimo, the current MCR President and a finalist candidate for the position of state-level SMOB. Here’s what he had to say:…

New Members of MCR’s Executive Board Just Elected

This Tuesday, April 12, 2016, student representatives across the county determined which leaders would best represent them to larger organizations like the board of education, MD’s legislative branches,…

AP vs SAT Subject Tests: A Comparison

All across the globe at any given second, high school students are sitting hunched over textbooks with pen and highlighter in hand. It is a routine that Montgomery…

Board of Education Meeting Officially Names Jack Smith as Finalist for Superintendent

Today, a meeting at the Montgomery County Board of Education officially announced Jack Smith as the finalist in its search for a new superintendent. Smith currently serves as…

Arts and Culture

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…

Significance and History of MLK Day: A Reflection

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” In…

Politics

State Senate Overrides Hogan’s Veto of Bill for Voting Rights of Those Recently Released from Prison

On February 2nd the state Senate voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill from 2015 that promoted more lenient…

SMOB Debate at Clarksburg High School

Alex Abrosimov, Eric Guerci, and Liam Kim participated in a debate at Clarksburg High School in anticipation of the SMOB Nominating…

New Bill Proposes that School Buses be Exempt from Paying ICC Tolls

A bill is being proposed by Senator Nancy J. King to the state Senate that would exempt school buses from paying…

Opinions

School Lunch: Healthy? Appetizing? Enjoyable?

It’s to be expected that students would be hungry after a few hours at school–but why don’t they go to the cafeteria to have school lunch? First,…

This Year’s “Winter Break 2.0”

One of the most pressing but least talked-about issues in MCPS is the unethical timing and length of winter break. This year, this issue found a temporary…

Opinions

Semester Exams: One Student’s Opinion

Only one semester away from graduating, I have begun to really look forward to the future: college. As I look forward, I also ultimately reflect on my…

SMOB Minute: One Student’s Response

Note: the SMOB Minute video can be found here. Response to Eric Guerci’s SMOB Minute 1/24, Sentence by Sentence   Intro: “Hey everybody. As the first semester…

Opinions

The Overwhelming Merits of Open Lunch

Open lunch is a treasured privilege for Montgomery County students at public high schools including Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walter Johnson, and with some grade level restrictions, Quince Orchard,…

Four New Possible Policies after Removing Final Exams

MCPS chose to eliminate high school exams in early September. The removal of such a large grade leaves a huge gap to be filled. To adjust for it,…

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)…