Stepping Into Controversy: Sherwood Admin Plans to Change Policies

by Sarah Nove ’20  Whether they are stomping their feet or shouting for justice, the Step Team is not known for being quiet. In fact, it has a reputation for making noise, for commanding attention. However, at this year’s International Show, they were not the only ones making noise.  This noise started out as only a whisper–a few students privately … Read More

Country Proposes Solutions for Gun-Control

by Brandon Cohen  ’20 After the tragic shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, a rising call has erupted for not just tighter gun-control laws in Florida but for the entire country. Many students are participating in marches, attending town halls, and making their voices heard in the media to end gun violence. Calls for gun … Read More

Students Plan to Walkout Wednesday, March 14

by Leah Peloff ’18 Exactly one month after the tragic act of gun violence at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Sherwood students are planning a walkout to demand stricter gun safety legislation. This walkout will be taking place on Wednesday, March 14 at one of two times: either 8:00 am for the march to the White House or … Read More

There Is a Connection Between Mass Shootings and Mental Illness

by Emma Shuster ’18 Seven weeks into 2018, there have been eight school shootings in the United States that have resulted in injury or death, the most recent occurring on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida. Nikolas Cruz entered a school armed, killed 17 people, and injured several others. Prior to the shooting, the FBI was notified of Cruz and how he … Read More

#MeToo Meets MCPS

by Sarah Nove ‘20 The #MeToo movement, which promotes awareness of issues surrounding sexual misconduct, made its way to MCPS–Eric Walstein, 72, retired Montgomery Blair math teacher, received accusations of sexual harassment in a letter signed by approximately 400 Blair alumni. Walstein denies all accusations. The teacher, who retired in 2013 after over 40 years of teaching in the county, … Read More

Students taking AP Exams Increases Under New Registration System

by Owen Steffan ’18 As AP Exam season rolls around, Sherwood decided to take a different approach to the registration process this year in an effort to boost the number of tests given out. Rather than using the traditional system of AP registration, requiring students to hand in physical forms with payment in front of the career center at lunch, … Read More

What the Walkout Reveals about Politics at Sherwood and in MoCo

by Josh Averbach ’18 On Wednesday, February 21, about 1,300 students from six MCPS schools, according to The Washington Post, left class to attend a protest in DC for stricter gun control in response to the February 14 Parkland, Florida shooting (there is a separate county-wide walkout set to occur on March 14). Sherwood was not one of those six … Read More

Female Maryland State Leaders Demand Accountability

by Danielle Katz ’18  The Maryland General Assembly Women’s Caucus released a report which details anonymous accounts of sexual harassment in Annapolis. The caucus released the report on the same day, February 16, that a new sexual harassment prevention commission created by the General Assembly’s presiding officers held its inaugural meeting.  The Baltimore Sun described that the report, which reveals … Read More

Trump Proposes Arming Teachers

by Kimberly Greulich ’18 Whether you believe it’s the gun that makes the danger or the person, the fact remains: a gun is a hard weapon to handle. The capability to actively take potentially lethal action against another person is difficult to achieve, especially for compassionate and caring individuals. Like most teachers, who care about their students and want to … Read More

MCPS Extends This School Year to June 13

by Brandon Cohen ’20 As a result of the latest snow day on Wednesday, February 7, MCPS extended the school year to June 13. MCPS will most likely extend the school year to June 14 soon because schools were cancelled on Friday, March 2, from high-pressure winds. If weather conditions cause additional cancellations, this year’s spring break could potentially be shortened … Read More