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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…

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…

MCPS

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

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…

Montgomery County Council Enacts Travel Ban to North Carolina and Mississippi

In response to recent LGBT-discriminatory legislation in North Carolina and Mississippi, the Montgomery County Council unanimously called for a travel ban to the two states. Montgomery County employees…

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

Hogan joins debate over Montgomery County Liquor System

Accompanying the recent elections, there has been a growing controversy over the Montgomery County liquor system. Currently, the Department of Liquor…

Maryland Board of Public Works Cuts Millions From State Spending

In a unanimous vote on November 2, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved an $82 million cut from the current…

District 2 Board of Education Race pits Smondrowski against Rippeon

On November 8, voters across Montgomery County will choose their representative in District 2 for the Board of Education. District 2…

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…

Opinions

Why Prepare for the AP?

In spring, while high school students are enjoying sports outside under the sunshine, a daunting season begins within the school’s walls. Every year, there are two AP weeks…

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,…

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)…