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Gentlemen of Excellence leading young men in positive direction

Keegan Dant, Lirim Krasniqi, and Suriya Sundaramurthi
April 20, 2017
Filed under School, News, Showcase

The Gentlemen of Excellence is a new club dedicated to forming and shaping the young men of Watkins Mill High School into contributing members of the community. The Gentleman of Excellence was originally thought up by special education teacher Termaine Belote and English and IB Film teacher Jamaly Allen. ...

MPSSAA responds to calls for rule change, grants exception for student athletes to wear religious garments in games

MPSSAA responds to calls for rule change, grants exception for student athletes to wear religious garments in games

Sarah Elbeshbishi
April 6, 2017
Filed under Community, News, Showcase

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) granted an exception to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) uniform standards on March 21, allowing students to wear religious garments of all kinds. After junior Je’Nan Hayes was restricted from playing in the girls basketball 3A South Regional Final game due to her wearing a hij...

Why our school is so hot, when it will finally cool off

Why our school is so hot, when it will finally cool off

Anna Liu
April 5, 2017
Filed under School, News

On April 10, Watkins Mill will begin converting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system from heating to cooling mode in preparation for the warmer spring and summer months. Montgomery County Public Schools mandates when the HVAC heating and cooling is converted in the spring and fall....

Watkins Mill alumna set to present at Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Conference

Samantha Naya
March 23, 2017
Filed under School, News

Watkins Mill High School alumna Emily Aquino has set high standards for current IB diploma students after getting her paper accepted into the Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Conference. The Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy is a gathering where selected students give 20-minute prese...

Former ‘Rines return to the Den for Career Day

Former ‘Rines return to the Den for Career Day

Lucas Richards and Jessica Cruz
April 3, 2017
Filed under School, News

Alumni returned to Watkins Mill High School to share stories about pathways to their current careers and give advice to students at the first ever Watkins Mill Career Day on March 24. The goal of career day was to have alumni show students the experience of finding the right career and to help stud...

Former Wolverines spread knowledge with alumni network

Former Wolverines spread knowledge with alumni network

Alex Wright, Destiny Tiburcio, and Jeff Flores
March 29, 2017
Filed under School, News

Watkins Mill High School alumni are looking to build a connected network with both staff and students in order to assist the school in all aspects of the education process. Class of 2012 graduate Jasmine Williams helped organize the former Wolverines to create a group to help current students both ...

PTSA-Booster Club scholarships offer quick college cash with only one application

PTSA-Booster Club scholarships offer quick college cash with only one application

Sarah Elbeshbishi
March 27, 2017
Filed under School, News

Seniors will be able to apply for several scholarships before spring break, requiring no transcript or recommendation letters. Applications are due by Wednesday, April 5 in the College/Career Center at no later than 3pm. "There are a number of scholarships available for Watkins Mill HS seniors...The good...

Sophomore English classes follow podcast instead of book, enjoy assignment

Sophomore English classes follow podcast instead of book, enjoy assignment

Aisha Sowe
March 29, 2017
Filed under School, News

“This is Serial. Told one story from another week by week. I’m Sarah Koenig.” These are the words that start in each episode in the online podcast, Serial. Watkins Mill High School sophomores got to listen to the first season of the podcast in English class, which is about a high school senior, ...

MCPS Superintendent visits the Mill, learns about College Tracks

MCPS Superintendent visits the Mill, learns about College Tracks

Sarah Elbeshbishi
March 21, 2017
Filed under School, News

Dr. Jack R. Smith, Montgomery County Public School’s superintendent, came to Watkins Mill High School on March 16 to visit and learn more about CollegeTracks. Smith came by to see the program in actions, allowing him to speak and watch the staff, students, and volunteers. CollegeTracks, a colleg...

Watkins Mill musicians participate in District II Festival

Watkins Mill musicians participate in District II Festival

Anna Liu
March 24, 2017
Filed under School, News

Musicians from Watkins Mill High School performed in the Montgomery County District II Festival at Quince Orchard High School on February 9 and Walt Whitman High School on February 16. WMHS has participated every year since the instrumental music program began. The festival gives our musicians a ...

Girls basketball player benched for wearing hijab in playoff game

Girls basketball player benched for wearing hijab in playoff game

Sarah Elbeshbishi
March 10, 2017
Filed under School, News

A Watkins Mill High School junior was unable to play in the girls basketball 3A South Regional Final because she was wearing a hijab and a referee invoked a seldom-enforced rule about documentation for religious headgear.   On March 3, the Watkins Mill girls basketball team arrived at Oxon Hill H...

O’Shea players plan second coffee house tomorrow, make improvements from first cup

O’Shea players plan second coffee house tomorrow, make improvements from first cup

Jamil Malik and Fifi Cann
March 16, 2017
Filed under School, News

Watkins Mill High School's O'Shea players will be holding its second "Coffee at the Mill" for the 2016-2017 school year, this Friday, March 17 in the cafeteria from 6:30pm to 9pm. Students from Watkins Mill and other schools will be able to show off their talents. There will be various performances ...

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