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Residents Protest Purple Line Construction

Earlier this month, Governor Larry Hogan and other state and local officials defended the rapid start for construction on the Purple Line. However, opponents of the new light…

County installs rain gardens to reduce runoff

Rain gardens are saucer-shaped gardens in which water from inclines can flow where grasses, flowers, and bushes are planted. The pool will collect the water for a short…

Rockville Confederate statue scheduled to be removed

In 1913, a monument was erected to honor Maryland Confederates. Since then, the statue of a Confederate Cavalryman given to Montgomery County by the United Daughters of the…

MoCo proposes to stock vending machines with healthy options

The Montgomery County Council is currently considering a bill that would increase the amount of healthy foods found in vending machines in Montgomery County. Councilman George Leventhal is…

MCPS

Hispanic Heritage Month in Montgomery County

Hispanic Heritage Month in Montgomery County

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, and it allows Americans to pay tribute to Latin Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our…

Superintendent Dr. Smith looks toward the future of MCPS

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith recently discussed the strengths of the MCPS system in his interview with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC).…

MCPS releases first draft of 2018-19 calendar

MCPS has recently released the first draft of the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The Policy Management Committee will review this draft prior to it being presented…

Silver Creek Middle School opens its doors

Silver Creek Middle School opens its doors

Silver Creek Middle School opened its doors for the first time on September 5, 2017. Named after the “natural winding stream” nearby, the new Kensington school is a…

MCPS releases school safety report amidst sexual assault cases

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) recently released an interim report on school safety and security. In the wake of Rockville High School’s rape case last March, superintendent Jack…

A Guide to myMCPS

Montgomery County Public Schools recently implemented the new myMCPS Classroom system during the 2017-2018 School Year.  Created to provide a better, more accessible, and more interactive digital learning…

Arts and Culture

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Recognize Students Around County

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest running and most prestigious program for recognizing creative teens from grades seven to twelve. Last year, students submitted…

Twelve Angry Men: From the Big Screen to Gaithersburg’s Arts Barn

The movie Twelve Angry Men (1957) is an enthralling and fascinating analysis of a group of twelve jurors, mostly middle-aged white men, who are coincidentally brought together to…

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…

Politics

Deterioration of metro system prompts taxation debate

The state of the Washington D.C. Metro has greatly deteriorated over the course of the past several years. Within this time,…

Montgomery County considers new $15 minimum wage bill

In January 2017, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett vetoed a proposed bill which would have eventually raised the county’s hourly minimum…

Hogan opposes the implementation of ESSA in Maryland school systems

Controversy over the education issue arose anew with the advent of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Passed in 2015…

Opinions

Balancing diversity and rigor requirements in magnet programs

Every year, hundreds of middle and high school students around MCPS receive a life-changing letter: they got accepted to a magnet program of their choice. Though this…

Delaying School after Labor Day

Although it seems like we have been at school for a long time, it has only been a month since school started this year. Unlike past years,…

Opinions

Why merely visiting campuses is not enough

“Go with your gut feeling.” Throughout my college search, I have received this piece of advice countless times. But what exactly forms this feeling? Apparently, the “gut…

Senioritis : Maybe it’s not so bad after all?

With the seniors gone for summer vacation, the “senioritis” often associated with second semester seniors has finally come to an end. Up until recently, I aimed to…

Opinions

Stuck finding the right college? Tips from a rising senior

As the end of the year approaches, juniors are beginning to start their college applications and seniors are finalizing which college they plan to attend. However, before…

Chinese New Year: Why don’t we have it off?

Chinese New Year: Why don’t we have it off?

Every February, Lunar New Year is celebrated by one fifth of the world’s populations in many Asian countries including China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.  Each country has…

Guest Contributions

The One Thing You Should Do Before I Leave High School

It’s in the news, in our literature and in our own homes. Depression takes the lives of thousands of teenagers every year, and a study by the…

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…