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Johnson leaves Watkins Mill for new role, promises to stay involved

Johnson leaves Watkins Mill for new role, promises to stay involved

Jessica Cruz, Editor-in-Chief

June 14, 2018


Filed under School, News, Showcase

Science teacher Matt Johnson is taking on a new set of challenges and opportunities next year because he is leaving Watkins Mill and beginning a new chapter working at central office. Johnson is more than just a teacher at Watkins Mill.  Taking initiative from his time spent as the Baltimore Orioles...

Straight A students rewarded with field trip to National Zoo

Straight A students rewarded with field trip to National Zoo

Jade Pinkowitz

June 14, 2018


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Students in grades nine through 11 who received straight As for the first three quarters of the 2017-2018 school year were rewarded with a field trip to the National Zoo on Wednesday, June 13. Approximately 35 students accompanied science teacher Matt Johnson and social studies teacher Lauren Squier...

MyMCPS replaces Edline, Google Classroom as online grading tool

MyMCPS replaces Edline, Google Classroom as online grading tool

Adeline Djemene Siani

October 10, 2017


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Montgomery County Public Schools removed Edline as a method for looking at grades and replaced it with the new MyMCPS portal, which functions as combination of the old Edline and Google Classroom systems. Edline is still available for teachers through read-only access to get any prior information th...

Class of 2018 finishes high school with touching graduation ceremony

Class of 2018 finishes high school with touching graduation ceremony

Nana Osei Tutu, Editor-in-Chief

June 11, 2018


Filed under School, News, Showcase

Watkins Mill's class of 2018 graduated from DAR Constitution Hall on Friday, June 8 at 10am. The ceremony included speeches from staff members and students, and performances from the chorus, band and orchestra. The morning began with principal Carol Goddard’s opening remarks explaining that gradu...

Assistant principal brings order to Clemente Middle School next year

Assistant principal brings order to Clemente Middle School next year

Jessica Cruz

June 6, 2018


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As the school year comes to an end, many staff members are looking forward to taking a little break from Watkins Mill. However, that is not the case for assistant principal Steven Orders, who will miss Watkins Mill when summer begins. Orders will be leaving his current position at Watkins Mill to b...

WMHS Rocks the Block Saturday in second annual celebration

WMHS Rocks the Block Saturday in second annual celebration

Vicki Wong

June 1, 2018


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Rock the Block will start this Saturday, June 2 from 3-6pm at Watkins Mill High School, marking the second year of the event since its launch last year. About 800 people came last year with a full parking lot. This year there are new sponsors, businesses, and community members participating. Over...

Photo gallery: Seniors celebrate final day with prank, barbecue

Photo gallery: Seniors celebrate final day with prank, barbecue

Arthur Siqueira

May 25, 2018


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The seniors of the Class of 2018 celebrated their very last days with water gun fights, music, barbecue and some animal companions. Following their senior prank, which included the classics such as plastic wraps in doorways, cups on the floor, balloons and banners, the seniors set up in the parking l...

Photo gallery: Gatsby prom provides great memories

Photo gallery: Gatsby prom provides great memories

May 21, 2018


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Watkins Mill's annual junior/senior prom was held on Friday, May 18 at Glen Echo Park.  Students enjoyed an evening of dancing in the pavilion, despite the rain.  Seniors Selom Kalin and Megan Dakwa were crowned prom king and queen.

Records reveal 3 MCPS high schools named after slave owners

Records reveal 3 MCPS high schools named after slave owners

Sarah Elbeshbishi and Kevin Finn

May 4, 2018


Filed under Community, News, Showcase

There are 25 public high schools in Montgomery County. Ten of those schools are named for people. One of those people was black. But three of those people owned slaves. Colonel Zadok Magruder, Thomas Sprigg Wootton and Richard Montgomery all owned slaves according to a combination of census records, wills and books on the subject. “Slavery was pre...

Johnson recognized with BOE Distinguished Service Award

Johnson recognized with BOE Distinguished Service Award

Brennan Guilds

May 16, 2018


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Science teacher Matthew Johnson received the 21st annual Board of Education Distinguished Service Award on Thursday, May 3 in recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments at Watkins Mill High School. First awarded in fall of 1997, the award aims to recognize and appreciate individuals, groups...

Senior Vijay Vanathayan asks president of everything at Watkins Mill Sarah Elbeshbishi to prom with only 8 days left

Senior Vijay Vanathayan asks president of everything at Watkins Mill Sarah Elbeshbishi to prom with only 8 days left

Vijay Vanathayan

May 10, 2018


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Hey Saraaaah. How ya doin? I heard you weren’t going to go to prom, and I couldn’t let that happen.  It's your senior year and if anyone deserves to go and have a great time, it's you!  I know it’s super late to ask, but I figured why not? I’m sure we’ll have fun, and I already have a p...

‘Be Free of It’ assembly outlines dangers of opiod crisis

Vicki Wong

May 8, 2018


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On Tuesday, May 1, the Be Free of It assembly was where Lea Edgecomb and her mother talked about their family’s experience with opiate overdose in front of juniors and seniors. In 2009, a depressed 15-year-old Edgecomb had been living in Montgomery County and overdosed on one dose of heroin. Emergency...

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