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

Teens More Engaged in Political Discourse

by Christopher Sung ‘17 President Trump’s election has sent shockwaves throughout our nation. On Capitol Hill, Republican member of Congress have become placed in precarious positions, trying to hold on to their control of the legislative branch of the government, while Democratic members of Congress have been forced to recover lost ground from the political Right. Even across America’s “meatloaf … Read More

Teacher Promotes Activism Among Her Students

by Josh Averbach ‘18 From MCPS walkouts to the Women’s March and the endless stream of socially-conscious social media posts, young people, including high school students, have become active in the political process and become grassroots activists. AP environmental science teacher Laura Dinerman has embraced this trend, and encourages her students to speak up. “I don’t tell kids what to … Read More

School Calendar Finalized

by Frank Platko ‘18 The Montgomery County Board of Education recently finalized the new 2017-18 school calendar. The MCPS school year will now start on September 4, 2017 and conclude on June 14, 2018, finishing two days earlier than in years past. There is currently one professional day at the end of each of the first three quarters. However, they … Read More

Rockville High School Rape Sparks Discussion

by Lexi Matthews ‘18 Two suspects accused of raping a 14 year-old girl at Rockville High School on March 16 have stirred up national controversy. A Montgomery County District Court document details the incident in which Henry Sanchez-Milan, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, allegedly pushed the freshman into a bathroom stall and took turns assaulting her. The victim notified staff … Read More

SMOB Election Approaches

by Alex Nnabue ‘18 Junior Matt Post is one of the final two candidates running for the county’s Student Member of the Board (SMOB) position for the 2017-18 school year. The SMOB is an elected student who votes to make policies, oversees the Board of Education’s legislative platform, and helps makes administrative appointments. If elected, Post will be the first … Read More

Staff Remains Frustrated About Hallway Behavior

by Izzy Pilot ‘18 Early this school year, The Warrior reported on staff dissent over the number of students wandering the halls during class. Despite assurances that the problem had been contained, frustration remains, and administration is actively seeking new methods to keep students in the classroom and out of the hall. “The week before the end of first semester, … Read More

Which Electives at Sherwood Have a Future?

by Alex Nnabue ‘18 Sherwood offers a wide range of electives to students. There are approximately 15 in core academic subjects along with a dozen AP offerings and 60 courses in physical education, fine arts, and technology. However, with the vast number of classes, an appearance on the registration card does not guarantee that every elective will meet the 20- … Read More