22 Year-Old Sherwood Alum Dies in Tragic Accident

By Leah Peloff ’18 On Sunday, October 29, a recent Sherwood alum, 22-year-old Marissa Harris, was driving down I-66 when a 12-year-old boy jumped off Cedar Lane overpass in an attempt to end his life. In a devastating accident, the boy landed on the car driven by Harris. Her boyfriend was able to steer the car off the road to … Read More

Learn Ask Act

by Mallory Carlson ’19 This past Thursday (October 26), Sherwood hosted a forum on local government. The evening, planned by the Women’s Alliance for Democracy and Justice, a local organization, with the support of EmpowHER, a Sherwood club, was a nonpartisan event, attended by many members of the Olney (and surrounding) community in addition to some Sherwood students, that included … Read More

Edline Replaced with New myMCPS System

by Jared Schwartz ‘18 Beginning this school year, MCPS has replaced Edline with myMCPS. The county made the switch in an attempt to streamline the software that teachers use, such as Google Classroom and Edline, into one website. MyMCPS is built upon a program called Canvas created by the company Instructure, which is used by several other school systems and … Read More

53 AP Exams Lost at End of School Year

by Leah Peloff ‘18 After eight months of preparation in a rigorous, college-level course and hours on end of studying for exams, students walked into their May AP exams with the hopes of saving thousands of dollars by testing out of basic entry-level college classes. Unfortunately, this past spring, 53 Sherwood AP exams were lost, never to be graded by … Read More

Medical Science Teacher Makes Move To Join Administrative Team

by Zach Weisenthal ‘19 Sapna Hopkins (formerly Chaudhry) has left her position as the acting Assistant School Administrator (ASA) at Sherwood to become the new assistant principal at Farquhar Middle School. Stephanie Gelfand, who had been the school’s Medical Science teacher and coordinator for the Academy of Health Professions for the past seven years, has been selected as the new … Read More

Security Review Response Aims To Build Trust

by Lexi Matthews ‘18 Following public backlash over sexual incidents across the school system last spring, Superintendent Jack R. Smith has announced his plans to make school safety as high of a priority as academic performance moving forward. The announcement, released September 1, immediately followed the publication of the results of a county-wide security review initiated in March. Smith launched … Read More

Doubts Arise Surrounding Chemistry Curriculum

by Alex Nnabue ‘18 Many science teachers have expressed concerns that the new Chemistry curriculum may no longer prepare its students for AP Chemistry because the two courses are no longer in sync. “A lot of things that are helpful for the AP Chemistry exam are not here anymore,” explained Honors Chemistry teacher Mary Baker. “So in terms of material … Read More

Connectivity Issues Caused by Attacks

by Anika Mittu ‘19 From September 25- 29, MCPS experienced county-wide network connectivity issues due to an attack on the school system’s network. These attacks disabled wifi throughout the county, briefly rendering Promethean boards and chromebooks useless. MCPS found a temporary fix to these issues on September 26, but connectivity issues continued due to security issues surrounding the hardware. Officials … Read More

AP Testing Process Undergoes Changes

by Mallory Carlson ‘19 All students who have taken AP classes in previous years can recall the tedious sign-up process, from the long line to pay for exams to the gathering in the Ertzman to register one’s AP number and personal information. But this coming spring things will be different, as the process of AP testing has been altered. Students … Read More

Summer Flooding Causes Surface Mold Infestation

by Isabella Pilot ‘18 On July 29, a large storm dumped more than five inches of rain in Sandy Spring and subsequently flooded Sherwood. While the flood damage was cleaned up immediately, mold growth was later noticed in the building throughout the month of August, leaving teachers, parents, and students wondering if it would be safe to return to school … Read More