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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…

Birthday Cakes 4 Free Sweetens up the County

Cutting cake on birthdays is a tradition most of us follow without a second thought. But every year, there are many with the social or financial disadvantages who do…

Rockville Rally to End Gun Violence

On Dec. 20, The City of Rockville, local government officials, and anti-gun interest groups sponsored a rally against gun violence at the Old Gray Courthouse. The large number…

MCPS

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…

MCPS PARCC Testing Results and Student Opinions

Last year, MCPS students in grades three through eight replaced their Maryland standardized tests (Maryland State Assessment) with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers…

Peerless Rockville: The Rich History of Education in Montgomery County

As students, we walk into school every morning across Montgomery County, passing through halls and sitting in classrooms for seven hours, five days a week. Yet many of…

Report on Allocation of School Funds Causes Controversy

A recent Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) report on resources and staffing in MCPS concluded that compensatory state funding should only be used in higher-need schools.…

Mixed Opinions on Deletion of Holiday Names in School Calendar

In November 2014, the MCPS board voted to remove all references to religious holidays from the official calendar. This included Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom…

Arts and Culture

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…

Gifts From the Heart, Not the Mall

In the holiday season, people often hit the stores to purchase presents for their family and friends. However, a memorable, heartfelt gift does not necessarily have to come…

Politics

Debating an Increase in the MCPS Budget with an Increase in Taxes

One known trait of Montgomery County is the quality of its school systems. Because of this reputation, current student enrollment and…

Superintendent’s Fiscal Year Operating Budget

Recently, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers released his recommended Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 MCPS Operating Budget, a…

Senator Montgomery to Retire Jan. 1 Following a Career of Progressive Politics

Maryland District 14 Senator Karen Montgomery announced on Dec. 4 that she will retire on Jan. 1 of next year upon…

Opinions

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…

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,…

Opinions

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,…

Revisiting the Question of School Start Times, Two Months In

It takes less than twenty minutes to watch one episode of Friends, or to finish off a pizza with a friend.  Twenty minutes is a short, insignificant…

Opinions

Students, Staff, and Social Media: Another Perspective

The reality of today’s society is that we are always connected to technology. Just a few days ago, Apple launched its 10th smartphone, coming eight years after it…

MCPS Bags Final Exams for High School Students

Final exams. Eight months away and already dreadful to think about. How do you recall facts from a year of intense coursework in 7+ courses? For future…

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)…