Hjelle To Swim in International Competition

by Isabella Pilot ‘18 Once every four years, Jewish athletes from across the globe travel to Israel to compete in the Maccabiah Games, or “Jewish Olympics.” The 20th Maccabiah Games will occur this summer, July 4-18, and are projected to be the biggest, most successful games yet, with 45 events ranging from track and field to chess. Among the nearly … Read More

Newly Passed Bill Gives Maryland Hope

by Brynn Smith ‘19 Recently, the Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly passed the HOPE Act (Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort), a bill comprised of several measures aimed at decreasing the recent spike in death due to opioid addiction in Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan signed it into law on May 25. Drug overdoses are a growing problem throughout the country, and Maryland … Read More

myMCPS Will Replace Edline Next Year

by Alex Nnabue ‘18 For the upcoming school year, myMCPS will replace Edline. MyMCPS was developed by the company Canvas whose platform is widely utilized as grading systems in counties and schools, including Howard County and the University of Maryland. However, Google Classroom will stay. The myMCPS platform will introduce brand new features that Edline and Google Classroom lack, such … Read More

Ertzman To Get a Needed Facelift

by Lucy Kuchma ‘18 This summer, the school auditorium will get a significant change; those glorious mustard-colored seats and ratty, molded carpet will be torn out and swapped out for more modern and polished touches. The seats themselves will be completely torn out and replaced, and the aisles will be recarpeted; as of now, the color scheme is set to … Read More

Study Sheds Light on Depression Prevalence

by Mallory Carlson ‘19 A study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry showcased surprising statistics about depression in young people. The study consisted of more than 100,000 in-person interviews and it was concluded that by the time children are 17, 13.6 percent of boys and a shocking 36.1 percent of girls are or at some point, have been depressed. These … Read More

ESOL Students Struggle for Inclusion

by Katherine Sperduto ‘19 Have you ever felt misunderstood? Divided or separated from others? Or simply different and unable to connect with the people around you? For many ESOL students, these are just a few things that they deal with every day. Within the past year or so, many of the ESOL classes were dispersed throughout the school in an … Read More

Two-Week Period for Adding or Dropping Classes Revoked

by Leah Peloff ‘18 For the upcoming school year, the counseling department is working to eliminate the two-week grace period in September in which students can request schedule changes. This means limiting what consists of a valid reason to change one’s schedule. For example, no last-minute elective switches nor requests for a different teacher or different period simply for the … Read More

Students’ Grades Soar under New Grading System

by Danielle Tobb ‘17 An analysis of raw data of each student’s Semester 1 grades from the 2016-17 school year showed that 55 percent of all letter grades earned were A’s, an increase of 12 percent from the previous school year. The upward trend of the grading matrix helped enable 82 percent of students’ grades to be an A or … Read More

Transgender Rights Left for States To Decide

by Dinah Aguilar ‘19 The Trump administration administration reversed a federal directive requiring public schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities. The Obama administration ruling, issued last year, was protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs, sports, and facilities receiving federal financial … Read More

Colleges Look at Students’ Social Media

by Shawn Yaftali ‘17 Colleges and universities are very mindful of the backgrounds of students considered for acceptance, so they can build a flourishing campus community. With the widespread popularity of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the notion that admission officers may look through an applicant’s posts is not too farfetched. Recent data compiled by a Kaplan Test … Read More