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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...

Students attend annual MCPS theatre festival

A group of students open the 2020 MCPS theatre festival with a dance performance.

Fariahah Khan and Zenani Munthali

March 5, 2020

For most people, going on a field trip consists of visiting a museum and viewing old artifacts, but junior Bethany Hurt learned how to kill someone at Montgomery County Public Schools' annual theatre festival. More than 15 schools attended the 2020 MCPS theatre festival, but Watkins Mill High School ...

Prospective IB magnet students visit WMHS in showcase night

Social studies resource teacher Lauren Squier talks to prospective and current students about Watkins Mill High School.

Natalie Helsel, Associate Editor

February 25, 2020

Current eighth-grade students and their parents from around Montgomery County attended an IB Regional Showcase on February 12 about the International Baccalaureate Magnet Program that they have the opportunity to take part in for the 2020-2021 school year at Watkins Mill High School. Fifty students...

African Student Association hosts fourth annual African Ball

Clarksburg High School junior Mckaylah Bangura answers a question for the Q&A portion of the Ms. ASA competition.

Shannon Bratt-Pfotenhauer and Melody Safo

February 24, 2020

The Watkins Mill High School African Student Association collaborated with the Clarksburg High School ASA to host the fourth annual African Ball on Saturday, February 22, from 7pm to 11pm. The Ball is an African cultural celebration to honor Black History Month, including performances of African dance,...

Representative Trone opens new office in Frederick to reach constituents

Rep David Trone cutting the ribbon at his Frederick District Office opening.

Katelyn Burley and Grace Edwards

February 10, 2020

Maryland District six Representative David Trone hosted the grand opening of his Frederick District Office on January 24 and hopes to address the opioid crisis and mental health, as well as help those in Fredrick who are vulnerable. County council member Kai Hagan, Mayor of the City of Frederick ...

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