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Synergy provides more information in gradebook, but slow speeds, unfriendly interface bogs it down

Stable internet and services is not a given while using Synergy.
January 15, 2021

Synergy replaced Pinnacle this year as the MCPS gradebook platform. While the new system offers much more information, teachers overwhelmingly are not fans.  “I feel like it was a bad time to introduce...

What “non-binary” means from the perspective of a non-binary student

Understanding the LGBTQ+ community is the first step to equality.
November 20, 2020

There is a lot of confusion about the term "non-binary," and how it compares to other aspects of the LGBTQ+ community. The best way to learn about these differences is to ask someone who identifies with...

Serial killers still lurking today- in case a 2020 Friday the 13th isn’t scary enough

Today is Friday, the 13th (of November) which reminds us of gore and horror with serial killers among us who may still be  lurking.
November 13, 2020

When you hear serial killer, you might imagine Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, or Jeffrey Dahmer, a few famous serial killers from the past century. Perhaps the most famous serial killer of all was nicknamed...

Drive-in movie theater opens just in time to save Halloween

Media Specialist Anamaria Mitton enjoys a drive-in movie with her husband Bob Mitton at Rockville's DC Party Box.
October 20, 2020

With 2020 threatening to take everything fun away from us, DC Party Box  partnered with WILLCO to bring the thrills and chills of Halloween to the comfort and safety of your own car. These movie nights...

Burrows teaches foreign exchange students about American culture, life

Math teacher Stephen Burrows (second from right) poses with his wife (far right), Erin Burrows, his daughter-in-law and son, Christine Hayward and Michael Burrows (left), his daughter Maddie Burrows (bottom right) and foreign exchange student Do Young Kim. The Burrows family has enjoyed hosting many foreign exchange students over the years.
March 3, 2020

Hola! Ni Hao! S̄wạs̄dī! Konnichiwa! Annyeonghaseyo! Zdravstvuyte! Sälemetsiz be! Czesc! Math teacher Stephen Burrows knows how to say "hello" in many different languages because he has hosted...

Mr. Watkins Mill contestants set out to steal hearts in Valentine’s Day themed show

The Mr. Watkins Mill Pageant takes place tonight, February 13, at 7:30pm in the auditorium.
February 13, 2020

The name's Mill. Mr. Watkins Mill. Watkins Mill High School will host the annual Mr. Watkins Mill pageant at 7:30pm tonight in the O'Shea Theater. The tickets cost $3 at STEP or $5 at the door to see...

ESOL classes travel to Shakespeare Theatre Company for subtitled production of ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’

The ESOL theatre class took a trip to see Peter Pan and Wendy at The Shakespeare Theatre Company.
January 28, 2020

ESOL students and teachers from Watkins Mill High School traveled to The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 19 for their production of Peter Pan and Wendy. The Shakespeare...

English resource teacher travels world, learns about international cultures by living there

English resource teacher Julie Dean feeds a baby kangaroo while in Australia. Dean has lived in five foreign countries because of her husband's job.
January 15, 2020

Dropping everything and moving to another country certainly sounds appealing some days, but people seldom do it. English resource teacher Julie Dean, however, has done just that many times now.  Dean...

Students don’t throw away their shot to see Hamilton through grant opportunity

From top left to bottom right, sophomore Jodeleine Pierre, juniors Bethany Hurt, Antonio  Johnson, Jason Delcid,  Griffen MacLaren, Christopher Thomson excited to see Hamilton: An American Musical.
January 6, 2020

How does a ragtag group of students from Watkins Mill High School, soon to be college-bound, somehow see the hottest play around?  In 2018, non-profit organization Gilder Lehrman Institute of American...

Winter brings snow, seasonal depression

Some people suffer from seasonal affective disorder, often referred to as seasonal depression or winter depression.
December 10, 2019

Winter: the season of freezing weather, darker days, and holiday chaos. But for some people, winter doesn’t bring jolly feelings — instead, it brings a cloud of emotions. Seasonal affective disorder...

Four times the fun for freshmen triplets and elder sister in same grade

Freshmen Roselyn, Cynthia, Gloria, and Karina Salmeron Ventura love having built-in best friends by their side.
December 4, 2019

Going to school with an older or younger sibling can be hard — between having to see them at home and in the halls, being compared by teachers, and having to answer the dreaded question, "Wait, that's...

Wolverines work hard in school, after school at jobs

Sophomore Nicolas Simmons prepares a  sub for a customer order at work.
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...

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