Mental Health Training for Teachers Is Up for Debate

by Matthew Post ‘18 After facing opposition in 2016, a bill has reemerged in the state legislature that would require mental health recognition training for all Maryland school personnel. In its first committee hearing, 10 individuals, ranging from students to health professionals, spoke in favor of the legislation. No speaker testified in opposition. Lauryn’s Law, formally titled House Bill 0920, … Read More

Meredith Kahan’s Gap Year in Review

by Lydia Velazquez ‘17 Recently, gap years – a yearlong break from school spent to travel, work, or just better understand oneself – have become popular among American students. According to a survey by the American Gap Association conducted last spring, between 30,000 and 40,0000 students go on a gap year annually. Furthermore, in 2016 there was a 22-percent increase … Read More

Hogan Wants Charter Schools in MD

by Jonathan Chang ‘17 Governor Larry Hogan has recently pushed for more school choice. He plans to achieve this through increases in funding for private school scholarships and an expansion of charter schools, or publicly funded schools that are independently run. Hogan plans to increase the private scholarship fund from $5 million to $10 million over the next three years. … Read More

Proposed State Bill To Reduce Amount of Standardized Testing

by Megan Werden ‘17 An education bill received final approval in the Democratic-controlled State legislature on Tuesday, The bill, which passed each chamber with a veto-proof majority, now heads to the Governor Larry Hogan. Eric Luedtke, a Maryland State delegate of Montgomery County, proposed the bill titled “Protect Our Schools Act” to sets limits on how much of a school’s … Read More

Seniors Prepare for Showcases in Art Show

by Maya Koeppen ‘17 Spring has sprung, and so has preparation for the art department’s annual art show, which will take place on April 27. This show will be particularly special to third and fourth year art students, many of whom will participate in senior shows. Senior showcases present the cumulative work of students from across all art classes, including … Read More

Student Volunteers at Fire Station

by Danielle Tobb ‘17 The best things in life often come when least expect it. For senior Gabe Coxson, becoming a volunteer at the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department (SSVFD) sprouted from a biking accident in eighth grade that left him with a broken hip. “The station I volunteer at came and picked me up [after my accident], and I … Read More

Seniors Urged To Take Final Year Seriously

by Leah Peloff ‘18 Many students look forward to their senior year as a time to cut down on a demanding junior year schedule. They picture an abundance of time to relax and have fun while maintaining a high GPA thanks to easier classes. On the other hand, some may argue that a senior’s job is not over yet. Many … Read More

Junior Creates Own Clothing Line

by Colleen Yates ‘18 Junior Eric Matthis recently created his own clothing line called O~town, named in honor of Matthis’ hometown of Olney. The entire operation takes place in his basement where he uses a computer to design his own logos and then prints them himself onto T-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts. “Kanye’s [West] YEEZY was pretty much my inspiration for … Read More

Teens and Adults Make Decisions In Different Ways

by Jonathan Chang ‘17 There’s now another difference between teenage and adult minds: decision-making. According to a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, teens and adults are vastly different in how they seek information to make a decision. The study took 149 volunteers, ages 12-28, who were all asked to earn the highest possible score on a computer-simulated … Read More

Forensics Claims Third

by Brynn Smith ‘19 Following the qualifying tournament in January, the Forensics team was thoroughly prepared for their quarter finals, semi finals, and eventually the finals competition. Finishing behind Walter Johnson and Richard Montgomery, Sherwood claimed third place out of 21 other high schools throughout the county at the nals on February 10 and 11 at Blake. Forensics is competitive … Read More