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Governor mandates post-Labor Day start to school for 2017-2018

Governor mandates post-Labor Day start to school for 2017-2018

Sarah Elbeshbishi

September 23, 2016


Filed under Community, News

Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order on August 31, requiring all Maryland school to begin after Labor Day and end by June 15. According to Maryland.gov, “'Starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day is not just a family issue – it’s an economic and public safety issue that draws ...

Football, girls soccer teams protest injustice by kneeling during National Anthem

Football, girls soccer teams protest injustice by kneeling during National Anthem

Kevin Finn and Hezekiah Likekele

September 16, 2016


Filed under School, News

When the Watkins Mill Wolverines football team faced the Gaithersburg Trojans on September 9, they were asked to rise for the singing of the National Anthem. The Wolverine team captains and a few other players decided to take a different approach by kneeling. The idea for the movement came from NFL San ...

Young, Stackhouse, Taffo chosen as annual PTSA Bell Award winners

Young, Stackhouse, Taffo chosen as annual PTSA Bell Award winners

Sarah Elbeshbishi and Ashleigh Kozo

June 10, 2016


Filed under School, News

PTSA’s Bell Award, the most prestigious award given each year to members of the Watkins Mill Staff, was given to social studies teacher Sandy Young, counseling secretary Ana Taffo, and ESOL teacher Mary Stackhouse on May 26. The Watkins Mill PTSA established the Bell Award program in 1993.  The name “Bell...

Orange Nation starts Mill Madness to stir up school spirit

Orange Nation starts Mill Madness to stir up school spirit

Hezekiah Likekele, Alex Wright, and Jeff Flores

September 6, 2016


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Orange Nation, led by science teacher Matt Johnson, kicked the school year off with a bang on Thursday with Mill Madness 2016, a pep rally/dance party for our fellow student-athletes to increase pride around the school. Johnson, the head coordinator for the Mill Madness pep rally, is quite proud...

New policy changes semester grade calculation for 2016-2017

New policy changes semester grade calculation for 2016-2017

Saul Flores

June 13, 2016


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Montgomery Country Public Schools will implement a new semester grading system in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, as a result of new marking period assessment implementation and thorough feedback gathered by MCPS staff. With the elimination of semester final exams, semester grades will be deter...

Class of 2016 finishes high school with graduation at DAR Constitution Hall

Class of 2016 finishes high school with graduation at DAR Constitution Hall

Sarah Elbeshbishi

June 10, 2016


Filed under News

Watkins Mill High School’s class of 2016 graduated from DAR Constitution Hall yesterday at 2:30pm, with speeches from principal Carol Goddard, social studies teacher Jim Torrence, senior class sponsor Sandy Young, senior class president Hayley Myren, and senior Jeanellie Ludena. Goddard addressed t...

Art students display talents in annual show

Art students display talents in annual show

Harris Malik, Suriya Sundaramurthi, and Lirim Krasniqi

June 3, 2016


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Students from Watkins Mill High School art classes participated in the annual art show last week, which featured many different styles of work from all of the different types of visual and graphic art classes offered at the school. On May 27, students had their artwork formally judged for the first t...

Teachers say farewell to Watkins Mill, move on to other schools, careers

Teachers say farewell to Watkins Mill, move on to other schools, careers

Alex Wright, Kola Akinnibi, Jeff Flores, and Royce Fianko

June 10, 2016


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Watkins Mill High School will be saying goodbye to many teachers and staff at the end of this year. Although they have enjoyed their time at the school, life is taking them to different places. Many of these teachers will remain teaching right here in Montgomery County, but will be teaching at differe...

Seniors prank teachers with staff parking lot beach party

Seniors prank teachers with staff parking lot beach party

Keegan Dant and Vijay Vanathayan

May 27, 2016


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Hannnnngggggg teeeeennnn! The class of 2016 seniors came to school early this morning and turned the school parking lot into a Memorial Day block party beach. The seniors planned ahead for the day by bringing food, a grill, beach towels and beach chairs. They also brought skateboards, water gu...

Programming club codes at Lockheed Martin CodeQuest

Programming club codes at Lockheed Martin CodeQuest

Sarah Elbeshbishi and Ashleigh Kozo

May 17, 2016


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Members of the Watkins Mill High School programming club attended the Lockheed Martin Code Quest, a programming competition for high school students. On April 30, the Watkins Mill programing club entered as a novice team and coded five of the problems. The Lockheed Martin competition is an opportu...

New program assists juniors with college application process

New program assists juniors with college application process

Alisha Siddiqi and Shinel Mullins

May 19, 2016


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CollegeTracks is a new program brought to Watkins Mill that focuses on helping juniors with the college application process as well as financial aid. “CollegeTracks has been here only two months, but I do see a lot of ways they can grow and help support the whole school," guidance resource couns...

Gilbert wins Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year award

Gilbert wins Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year award

Renato Masson, Babacar Mbodj, and Victoria Joya Eucdea

May 12, 2016


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Culinary arts teacher Lisa Gilbert was named Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Association of Family and Consumers Sciences on April 7. Gilbert was nominated by Mary Yeates, a former Culinary Arts teacher at Watkins Mill High School and Gilbert’s current MCPS supervisor. Yeates posted on Twitter...

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