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Youth Summit takes freshmen rock-climbing as bonding experience

Youth Summit takes freshmen rock-climbing as bonding experience

Jamil Malik and Fifi Cann

February 24, 2017


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Watkins Mill's Youth Summer Summit is a program that prepares rising freshmen for high school, taking place during the summer and throughout the school year. Students partake in team building activities in order to build a group mentality and foster cooperation. The first Youth Summer Summit was a one we...

Students react to immigration ban, express concerns about being targeted

Students react to immigration ban, express concerns about being targeted

Keegan Dant and Suriya Sundaramurthi

February 10, 2017


Filed under Community, News

Ten days into his term in office, President Donald J. Trump pushed out a controversial executive order banning immigrants from seven middle-eastern countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.    While a federal appeals panel has since frozen the ban, Trump has threatened to take ...

WMHS students perform joint music concert with Montgomery Philharmonic

WMHS students perform joint music concert with Montgomery Philharmonic

Anna Liu

February 7, 2017


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Three generations of local musicians gathered February 2 in the O’Shea Theater to perform in a joint concert, allowing student musicians to gain experience from performing with more experienced players. Music students from Watkins Mill High School, Neelsville Middle School, Montgomery Village Middle ...

Washington DC March brings community together to support women, immigrants, LGBTQ community

Washington DC March brings community together to support women, immigrants, LGBTQ community

Sarah Elbeshbishi

February 3, 2017


Filed under Community, News

On Saturday January 21, an estimated 4.8 million people marched worldwide to protest the stances of President Donald Trump, which became know as the Women’s March.  Worldwide, 673 marches took place, with roughly 343 of them within the United States. According to the New Yorker, the idea for th...

English teacher’s home, car vandalized after hanging ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner

English teacher’s home, car vandalized after hanging ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner

Sarah Elbeshbishi

January 24, 2017


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On January 7, English teacher Sonya Shpilyuk’s home was vandalized and an anti-Semitic note was left on her windshield, after hanging a Black Lives Matter flag from her balcony. Shpilyuk and her husband, Mikey Franklin, woke up to to find their building covered with eggs and toilet paper. A handwrit...

Senior starts gardening club, takes horticulture to revitalize school’s greenhouse

Brennan Guilds

February 2, 2017


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Sherwood, Gaithersburg, Walt Whitman, Seneca Valley, and Clarksburg. What do all these schools have in common? They have a greenhouse and make use of it. But what you may not have known is that Watkins Mill has one too. The Gardening Club was started by senior Harrison Deist. “I wanted to make use of ...

College prep program helps juniors ‘ACE’ SAT, ACT

College prep program helps juniors ‘ACE’ SAT, ACT

Kola Akinnibi and Lirim Krasniqi

March 2, 2017


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The Achieving College Excellence and Success program (ACES) is a college readiness program run by academic coach Tiffany Shaw, giving students a place to learn about applying to college and prepare for the application process. “ACES began about five years ago, so this is the fifth school year w...

Safety tips for walking to school after foiled kidnapping attempt

Josephine Moore and Steeven Tabuada

January 6, 2017


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In light of the attempted kidnapping in Cider Mill, it is vitally important to make sure you know what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation. As teens, preventing a kidnapping is all our responsibility; long gone are the days of holding mommy’s hand on the way to the bus stop, and...

Students perform winter holiday concert preview

Students perform winter holiday concert preview

December 1, 2016


Filed under School, News, Video

Instrumental and choral music students performed during second and third periods today as a preview for tonight's Winter Instrumental Music Concert.  The show tonight will be free at 7pm in the auditorium and choral music will host their Winter Choral Music Concert December 8 at 7pm in the auditorium...

New writing lab opens to help students with papers, assignments

New writing lab opens to help students with papers, assignments

Keegan Dant

February 15, 2017


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This year, Watkins Mill High School has a new writing lab for all students available during STEP in room A202. The writing lab gives students an opportunity to fine tune, start, and finish any work that needs to by typed. Assistant principal Steven Orders came up with the idea for the lab with Engli...

MCPS sets 2017-2018 school calendar to follow Hogan’s mandate, keep spring break

MCPS sets 2017-2018 school calendar to follow Hogan’s mandate, keep spring break

Sarah Elbeshbishi

December 22, 2016


Filed under Community, News

Montgomery County Public Schools has officially determined its 2017-2018 school calendar, containing the mandatory 180 days while also fitting within Governor Larry Hogan’s time frame. The calendar was determined at the Board of Education’s meeting on December 13. The school year will begin on...

Third annual MYP Fair continues tradition, showcases student talent

Third annual MYP Fair continues tradition, showcases student talent

Brennan Guilds

December 23, 2016


Filed under School, News

Last Friday Watkins Mill hosted its third annual Middle Years Programme project fair. The event is an opportunity for Sophomores to showcase the work they did on their projects and to talk about something they are passionate about. “We had 34 students that finished by the project fair which is seven more than la...

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