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Active-shooter drill between classes helps prepare students for emergencies

Active-shooter drill between classes helps prepare students for emergencies

Briana Pasion, Nana Osei Tutu, and Hezekiah Likekele

April 6, 2018


Filed under School, News, Showcase

Watkins Mill High School conducted an active-shooter drill on Thursday during the five-minute transition time between classes with an announcement for all students to go into the nearest classroom and into a lockdown. “I do feel [active-shooter drills are] necessary even though some kids may not ta...

Water bottle filling stations to be installed after Watkins Mill wins energy saving award

Water bottle filling stations to be installed after Watkins Mill wins energy saving award

Vicki Wong

March 22, 2018


Filed under School, News

Water bottle filling stations will be placed around the school after Watkins Mill won a quarterly energy award from the School Energy & Recycling Team program, which gives $2,000 to the winners. The award was given based on data that shows Watkins Mill reduced its energy use during the first q...

Students plan to participate in National School Walkout tomorrow

Students plan to participate in National School Walkout tomorrow

Sarah Elbeshbishi

March 13, 2018


Filed under School, News

Exactly one month after the Parkland school shooting, Watkins Mill High School will be participating in the National School Walkout day tomorrow, March 14. At 10 am, Watkins Mill students will meet at the flagpoles in front of the building, where students will have a moment of silence for the vic...

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives hold workshop with Watkins Mill students

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives hold workshop with Watkins Mill students

Jessica Cruz

April 3, 2018


Filed under School, News

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) held a presentation, informing Watkins Mill students about law enforcement and community policing. The goal was to increase knowledge on basic federal, state, and local laws. NOBLE is an organization with 3,000 members worldwide including ...

Senior selected as one of Bethesda Magazine’s ‘Most Extraordinary Teens’

Senior selected as one of Bethesda Magazine’s ‘Most Extraordinary Teens’

Jamie Carmichael

March 15, 2018


Filed under School, News

For the first time ever, Bethesda Magazine selected a Watkins Mill High School student as one of its “Extraordinary Teens.” Senior Sarah Elbeshbishi won this honor for her achievements in and around the school community. Every year, Bethesda Magazine chooses a few select students to showcase thei...

Spanish morning announcements help ESOL students feel more included

Spanish morning announcements help ESOL students feel more included

Cinthya Salas

March 7, 2018


Filed under School, News

It started two weeks before Homecoming, when ESOL Paraeducator Maria Decarballo started noticing that ESOL students knew little about activities going on around school. "They didn’t even know they could vote for a Homecoming court,” Decarballo said. This realization led to her idea to provide...

New safety measures keep Wolverines safe in case of emergencies

New safety measures keep Wolverines safe in case of emergencies

Kevin Finn and Hezekiah Likekele

March 7, 2018


Filed under Community, School, News

In light of recent school safety threats ranging from 1,000 miles away in Florida to local threats at other Montgomery County Public School, students and parents are left wondering, “What policies are in place at my school to prevent and/or diffuse school safety threats?” A major concern with school safety threats i...

Outdoor Ed provides learning experience for WMHS counselors

Outdoor Ed provides learning experience for WMHS counselors

Katerina Molina and Angelina Walton

April 9, 2018


Filed under School, News

“Foxes, line up! Chipmunks, line up! Screamin' Eagles, line up! Owls, line up! And welcome to Outdoor Education!” Watkins Mill High school students got to experience Outdoor Ed once again, but this time as the teachers. Junior Ana Rodriguez had never been to Outdoor Ed before and was going in una...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors speak to MCPS students at Blair High School

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors speak to MCPS students at Blair High School

Nana Osei Tutu and Jessica Cruz

February 28, 2018


Filed under Community, News

Former and current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students spoke to about 650 Montgomery County students at Montgomery Blair High School. They talked about the issue of gun control. Stoneman Douglas experienced a mass shooting on February 14, in which 17 student and staff lives were taken. Surviv...

MCPS sets 2018-2019 calendar, shortens spring break

MCPS sets 2018-2019 calendar, shortens spring break

Sarah Elbeshbishi

March 6, 2018


Filed under Community, News

Montgomery County Public Schools' 2018-2019 calendar will begin school after Labor Day again and end by June 15, complying with Governor Larry Hogan’s 2016 mandate. The 2018-2019 school year begins for students on September 4, 2018, and ends on June 13, 2019, consisting of 182 instructional da...