The Current

ELITEs visit African American History museum on field trip

ELITEs visit African American History museum on field trip

Mariam Bukhari, News Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under School, News, Showcase

The ELITE men of Watkins Mill High School took a field trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC on September 20 to gain cultivated experience. The acronym ELITE stands for Engaged Leaders Inspired to Excel. English teacher Richard Courtot and guidance counse...

Freshmen find high school flexible, full of opportunities

Freshmen find high school flexible, full of opportunities

Gisell Maravi, News Managing Editor

October 5, 2018


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Starting high school is a pivotal point in one's teen years. Although the transition from middle school to high school can be overwhelming, it can also be exciting. After all, these next four years are all about changing and adapting to your surroundings.  High school can be stressful with new respon...

Superheros clash as classes compete in Homecoming week

Superheros clash as classes compete in Homecoming week

Sana Khan

September 25, 2018


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Forget Batman versus Superman, this year the Black Panther is coming for Batman in Watkins Mill's annual Homecoming battle of the classes. The Homecoming hall theme this year is superheroes. Freshmen have Guardians of the Galaxy, sophomores have Spider-Man, juniors have Batman, and seniors have B...

Condoms now available in WMHS Wellness Center, coming soon to all MCPS schools

Condoms now available in WMHS Wellness Center, coming soon to all MCPS schools

Jessica Cruz and Bianca Johnson

September 17, 2018


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Free condoms are now available at Watkins Mill, Gaithersburg, Northwood and Wheaton high schools. Remaining Montgomery County high schools will follow later this year to attempt to reduce countywide rates of sexually transmitted infections. According to Board of Education member Jill Ortman-Fouse, the nu...

Schedule change shifts breakfast earlier, aims to reduce tardiness

Schedule change shifts breakfast earlier, aims to reduce tardiness

Natalie Helsel and Gisell Maravi

September 12, 2018


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Free breakfast will now be served to all students who want it in the cafeteria between 7:15 and 7:45am, which is a change from last year's schedule where breakfast was served in first period until 8am. Watkins Mill High School students learned of the change on the first day of school. “Be here b...

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


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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...

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


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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...

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


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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...

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: 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.