The Current

Wolverines work hard in school, after school at jobs

Wolverines work hard in school, after school at jobs

Yesenia Pineda and Shaneka Francis

November 13, 2019

Managing time properly with schoolwork can be difficult, but adding a job into the mix can make it even more challenging. From homework to classwork, students aren't just learning simple geometric patterns or how to annotate poems. Students have to learn how to balance classwork and a job. “I’d sa...

Wolverines have no CLUE what will happen in killer fall play tonight

Wolverines have no CLUE what will happen in killer fall play tonight

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2019

"We can let him in if everyone agrees not to kill him," senior Steph Ventura tells the assembled guests in the fall production. Opening tonight at 7 pm in the auditorium, the O'Shea Players will present CLUE, based on the popular board game. WARNING: the play is rated PG-13 because it is a murder...

School counselors support each other, practice self-care to be their best for students

School counselors support each other, practice self-care to be their best for students

Katelyn Burley and Grace Edwards

November 5, 2019

It's been a hard day’s night for a counselor with meetings, scheduling, and taking care of students. But just a sprinkle of quality time with family, working out, hugging a stuffed animal, or hanging out with friends can help them feel better. “[Counseling] is a really tough job and we deal with...

School counselors go above and beyond to help students, keep kids from falling through cracks

School counselors go above and beyond to help students, keep kids from falling through cracks

Katelyn Burley and Grace Edwards

October 16, 2019

“My counselor helps me so much.”  “Don’t they just do scheduling?”  School counselors are the real superheros of MCPS; they protect, tackle problems, and uplift students. Scheduling classes is just the tip of the iceberg.  Counselors are here to help with anything necessary, whether it ...

Science teacher doubles as YouTube star in college prank video with 5.8 million views

Science teacher doubles as YouTube star in college prank video with 5.8 million views

Eilenora Presley, Features Editor

October 10, 2019

Science teacher and YouTube star Jerel Merril doesn't have much room to judge if students decide to create a scene in his class. When Merril was in college at the University of Michigan, he participated in a video prank of a chemistry class that currently has 5.8 million views on YouTube.   The vi...

Students RISE to new level with summer career-based program

Students RISE to new level with summer career-based program

Gisell Maravi and Natalie Helsel

October 3, 2019

This summer, hundreds of students spent their time going on vacation, but ten Watkins Mill High School students spent their summer in the Summer RISE Program: a three-week career-based internship giving rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience various career fields. Watkins Mill counselors...

Diggs defeats cancer–twice, returns to Watkins Mill

Diggs defeats cancer–twice, returns to Watkins Mill

Yesenia Pineda and Cathryn Ciuba

September 26, 2019

A cancer diagnosis is often the absolute worst-case scenario, with the fear, the pain, the possibility that it's the end, and the exorbitant hospital bills, cancer can seem like the end of the world. Especially on a teacher's salary. In November of 2017, paraeducator David Diggs received his second...

Tarzwell visits El Salvador, brings lessons about culture back to his classroom

Tarzwell visits El Salvador, brings lessons about culture back to his classroom

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor in Chief

September 12, 2019

Culturally responsive teaching is taking the education world by storm, allowing students of different ethnicities and backgrounds to connect to what they’re learning in their classrooms. English teacher Scott Tarzwell took this a step further by visiting El Salvador in an attempt to engage in cult...

Teachers add mindfulness to classroom routines, provide practice staying in moment

Teachers add mindfulness to classroom routines, provide practice staying in moment

Shaneka Francis and Azania Parker

September 25, 2019

Inhale, two, three four. Hold, two, three, four. Exhale, two, three, four. No, this isn’t yoga class, it's third-period calculus.  Why are there breathing exercises in calculus? Because this year is all about mindfulness and mental health. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the pres...

The year in review told through Current articles

The year in review told through Current articles

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor in Chief

June 14, 2019

The 2018-2019 school year generated 238 articles by the Watkins Mill High School Current. From political stances taken by students to the chaotic fun the class of 2019 displayed on their last day of school, there have been a lot of things to talk about. Here are some highlights from a memorable year: September 201...

Wilkinson celebrates positive prognosis, warns students to check for changes

Wilkinson celebrates positive prognosis, warns students to check for changes

Jessica Cruz, Editor-in-Chief

June 5, 2019

Science teacher Lauren Wilkinson is on track for a prognosis of being breast cancer free after a double mastectomy and a biopsy that showed a complete absence of cancerous cells. "I was relieved because at this point the tissue that was tested was cancer free, and my doctors are thrilled that I ha...

Documentary shows football team has ‘No Fear’ in tackling challenges

Documentary shows football team has ‘No Fear’ in tackling challenges

Amelia Burton, Features Editor

June 4, 2019

The documentary film No Fear, starring the Watkins Mill High School 2017-2018 football team, premiered at WMHS on Friday, May 31 and depicted the behind-the-scene struggles and triumphs of the players and coaches.  What started as a former WMHS student wanting to film what was going on later turned...