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Biology teacher Doerrler earns National Board Certification

Biology teacher Doerrler earns National Board Certification

Josephine Moore

March 1, 2017


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Biology teacher Karen Doerrler was recently certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which assesses teachers nationwide on a standard level that is created by teachers, for teachers.  The NBPTS uses research on the best teaching practices to improve teaching and ther...

Watkins Mill gets face lift with new website

Watkins Mill gets face lift with new website

Jessica Cruz and Louisa Boockhoff

March 3, 2017


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Watkins Mill High School's new mobile-friendly school website showcases different student cultures and rigorous programs while offering new features such as a student page and sports clubs pages. This new platform allows for more community outreach. The old school website platform “wasn’t real...

Rising freshmen visit Watkins Mill for Eighth Grade Parent Night

Rising freshmen visit Watkins Mill for Eighth Grade Parent Night

Brandon Rodriguez

February 17, 2017


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Future Wolverine students and parents were invited to Watkins Mill High School for Eighth Grade Parent Night last night, February 16. This event was opened to students from both feeder middle schools, Neelsville and Montgomery Village.  The Eighth Grade Parent Night consisted of several tours aroun...

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


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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


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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


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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...

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