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Students, staff ‘pink out’ to support breast cancer awareness

Students, staff ‘pink out’ to support breast cancer awareness

Mikaela Cajigal and Alisha Siddiqi

October 30, 2015


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Students are supporting breast cancer awareness as athletes do their “Dig Pink” games and students wear pink throughout the month of October. A huge percentage of the student body wore pink this month to show their support. Breast cancer forms in the cells of the breast and is becoming more an...

New 90-10 grading policy helps kids keep grades up

New 90-10 grading policy helps kids keep grades up

Sara Durr, Fiona Franke, and Hezekiah Likekele

October 29, 2015


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Watkins Mill High School has implemented a new grading policy this year, which is changing the way teachers grade and how students see their grades. Originally, the grading policy was 50-40-10 and is now 90-10. Principal Carol Goddard said she decided to change the grading policy because she felt...

Hunters work to control deer population in woods behind school

Hunters work to control deer population in woods behind school

Keegan Dant, Naina Tsarni, and Vijay Vanathayan

October 29, 2015


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Since September, hunters have been given permission to hunt deer with bows and rifles around the Gaithersburg park area, including the woods behind our school, in efforts to control the local deer population. The local deer population has outgrown its environment; there are too many deer for the land tha...

“Fairy Tale Courtroom” allows audience to determine verdict, tonight only

“Fairy Tale Courtroom” allows audience to determine verdict, tonight only

Sarah Elbeshbishi and Tatiana Spratling

October 28, 2015


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Members of the Watkins Mill Theatre department will perform “Fairy Tale Courtroom” tonight only at 7pm in the O’Shea Theatre. Tickets will be sold at the door for three dollars for all ages. “Fairy Tale Courtroom” is the trials of the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch, told in testimoni...

Youth and Government program allows students to write, pass bills to change the world

Youth and Government program allows students to write, pass bills to change the world

Selom Kalin and Bennett Stoppelmoor

October 27, 2015


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Students are joining the new Youth and Government program sponsored by Rec Zone, a program that allows students to become more involved in politics and helping their community through passing bills. This program allows students to call out issues in their community and offers solutions to them. It...

Hurricane postpones Homecoming, celebration starts with pep rally today

Hurricane postpones Homecoming, celebration starts with pep rally today

Heather Montoya and Shinel Mullings

October 23, 2015


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Homecoming has been moved to October 24 from October 3 due to the potential threat from Hurricane Joaquin. The football game was played a night earlier scoring a big win against Poolesville High School with a score of 13-7. The violent weather predictions caused concern for students that were plan...

Wolverines raise over $32,000 for student’s new wheelchair

Wolverines raise over $32,000 for student’s new wheelchair

Suriya Sundaramurthi and Vijay Vanathayan

October 15, 2015


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In four months, our school and community has raised $32,325 for senior Ibrahim Samia’s new wheelchair. Samia was born with athetoid cerebral palsy, and this wheelchair will replace the one he has and help him become independent.

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Medical Careers students observe real open-heart surgery

Medical Careers students observe real open-heart surgery

Victoria Joya Euceda and Alisha Siddiqi

October 15, 2015


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Medical careers students from Watkins Mill High School got the opportunity to observe an open heart surgery on October 13 at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The students were put inside a dome over the surgical operating room where they could see through the glass and they...

Board of Education votes to remove final exams this year

Fiona Franke and Selom Kalin

October 15, 2015


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Montgomery County Public Schools have decided to end final exams and replace them with tests that measure cumulative content knowledge and skills that build over the course of the year.

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Solar panels installed on school to save energy, money

Solar panels installed on school to save energy, money

Naina Tsarni and Angelina Walton

October 15, 2015


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Chosen as one of four Montgomery County Public Schools, Watkins Mill High School will have solar panels installed by late October because of its new rooftop and great location. MCPS entered a partnership with SunSolar, which gave its schools a chance to purchase solar panels at a reduced rate. Schoo...

Band marches on competition at Music in Motion

Band marches on competition at Music in Motion

Hezekiah Likekele and Bennett Stoppelmoor

October 15, 2015


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Wolverines marching band battled it out in the Music in Motion band competition at Reservoir High School against other schools on October 10 at 4pm. They won second place in the 1A Division with the score of 78.15. They will also take part in another competition at Paint Branch High School on October 2...

New administration allows hats, sweeps halls to get kids to class

New administration allows hats, sweeps halls to get kids to class

Sara Durr and Sarah Elbeshbishi

October 15, 2015


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Hall sweeps and the hat policy are the two main changes that came with the new administration this school year, allowing students more freedom while ensuring students’ attendance. The new administration has certain priorities for this year, including shaping the culture at Watkins Mill rather th...

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