Teacher Ready for New Year

by Danielle Katz ‘18 What about your experiences as a Sherwood student inspired you to return here, just a few years later, to teach? When I attended Sherwood, I remember all of the guidance, support, and enthusiasm of the teachers at SHS. All of the teachers I had were so passionate about their subject area and responded exceptionally well to … Read More

College Applications Bring Stress for Seniors in the Fall

by Emma Shuster ‘18 “Make sure you have a transcript!” “Make sure that your teachers have submitted all of your letters of recommendations!” “Your essay needs to be creative and have the reader fall in love with you!” “Applications are due in less than two weeks!” These are all just a fraction of the phrases that make fall one of … Read More

There Is a Decrease in Teen ‘Rites of Passage’

by Peter Niverth ‘18 A recent study on teenage behavior points out a steady decline in the number of teenagers who have their driver’s license, go on dates, work for pay, or have tried alcohol. These activities long have been regarded as a “rite of passage” into adulthood that was expected of teenagers. However, this does not appear to be … Read More

Theatre Teacher Holds Great Value of the Arts over Awards

by Kimberly Greulich ‘18 English teacher Christopher Goodrich has taught theatre at Sherwood for four years, but his passion for the theatrical arts runs deeper than the classroom—he also runs a small professional theatre company with his wife, Rachel Stroud-Goodrich. The company produced shows like “Danny Boy,” a play about a little person, in October 2014, and a version of … Read More

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