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Teachers given 45 day notice of possible return, no solid safety measures in place

Montgomery County Public Schools presented this health metrics guideline for returning to in-person instruction at the October 27 Board of Education meeting.

Krystin Ipina and Ryleigh Waters

October 30, 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools gave the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) Teachers Union a 45-day notice on September 25 to open up discussions about transitioning back to in-person school soon.   The 45-day notice was an agreement between MCPS and the teachers union to give notice be...

Colleges Change SAT/ACT Requirements due to COVID-19 disparities

Due to the ongoing pandemic, colleges around the nation have changed their SAT/ACT requirements for the high school senior class of 2021.

Lindsey Harmon, Associate Editor

October 28, 2020

Colleges in the U.S. are making standardized test scores optional for the class of 2021. Below is a list of colleges and resources to see if  you should take the SAT or ACT and submit scores in applications for your desired schools. While scores give admissions officers a bigger picture of how you...

Online learning and schedule bodes mixed feelings among students

Four hours on zoom, in addition to clubs and extracurriculars, bodes mixed feelings for students.

Vanesa Santos and Jada Kawadza

October 23, 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools opened the 2020-2021 school year virtually for the first semester due to Covid-19, causing a large learning curve and new challenges for students and teachers. With the recent switch to online learning, teachers have moved on from Google Classroom to myMCPS classroom...

Orange Nation hosts virtual social justice & COVID-19 Town Hall

Science Teacher Laura Davis Vaughan speaking about safe and healthy measures while protesting, at the Orange Nation Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, June 3.

Grace Edwards, News Managing Editor

June 10, 2020

As the George Floyd protests persist and takeover the news and social media, Watkins Mill High School's Orange Nation hosted a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, June 3 to discuss the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the Black Lives Matter protests, and how to cope with what's happening duri...

Booster club lifts seniors’ spirits with class of 2020 signs

The Watkins Mill Booster Club posted signs around the community celebrating the seniors during quarantine.

Katelyn Burley, Features Managing Editor

April 29, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic made seniors anxious about whether they would actually walk across a stage at graduation,  the Watkins Mill booster club posted signs around the community to appreciate, recognize and support the seniors during this difficult time. “After talking to seniors [about quara...

MCPS will use pass/incomplete as grading policy for fourth quarter

Montgomery County Public Schools will be implementing a pass/fail grading system for the fourth quarter.

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor-in-Chief

April 24, 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools released a statement on Sunday, April 19 to outline the plans for the fourth quarter with distance learning after Maryland's state Superintendent of Schools announced that schools will remain closed through May 15. Instead of the traditional letter grade system, MCPS...

WMHS schedule to finish third quarter with distance learning begins Monday

MCPS has released a new schedule for online classes for the remainder of the third marking period.

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2020

Watkins Mill High School staff and students will be adjusting to a new online schooling schedule beginning on Monday, April 6. The framework for the schedule is split by "A days" consisting of first through fourth periods and "B days" consisting of fifth through eighth periods (eighth period is for...

Governor Larry Hogan closes Maryland public schools after COVID-19 outbreak

Governor Larry Hogan closed all Maryland public schools for two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2020

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called for the shutdown of all Maryland public schools on Thursday, March 12 from Monday, March 16 until at least Friday, March 27, among other sweeping regulations designed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The ending date for the closure is subject to change depending on when the Departmen...

Watkins Mill seniors earn highly competitive Posse Scholarship

Rut Bonilla and Fahad Habona became Posse Scholars and received a full ride to Posse-partnered schools.

Jonah Graham, News Managing Editor

March 10, 2020

Seniors Fahad Habona and Rut Bonilla were selected this year to be Posse Scholars, gaining a free education at the university of their choice that is partnered with The Posse Foundation. The Posse Foundation recruits and trains students with great leadership potential to be Posse Scholars. The Pos...

Trone hosts “Cake and Conversations” education panel with Kirwan Commission

On the campaign trail with David Trone, at a

Grace Edwards, News Managing Editor

March 9, 2020

During a “Cake and Conversations” event on February 24, Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District Representative David Trone, spoke with Maryland leaders, continuing his support for the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence and their mission to improve education. The Kirwan Commission is an initiative ...

MCPS, county officials work together to handle three confirmed coronavirus cases

Freshman Melissa Osei-Bonsu cleans her computer keyboard with a Clorox wipe before using it in English class to protect herself from the coronavirus.

Jade Pinkowitz, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2020

Governor Larry Hogan confirmed three cases of the coronavirus in Montgomery County, Maryland at approximately 8:15pm on March 5, declaring a state of emergency. Superintendent Jack Smith held a meeting with principals of every Montgomery County Public School today at 9am to elaborate on plans about ...

Trone holds senior workshop in Hagerstown

Representative David Trone explaining what he is doing in Congress to improve Medicare.

Katelyn Burley and Grace Edwards

March 4, 2020

After newly opening a district office in Frederick, Maryland, Representative David Trone held a “senior citizen workshop” and resource fair, with an expert panel on February 4, reaching out to the Baby Boomer generation. Hosted in Hagerstown, Maryland at the Washington County Free Library, Tro...

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