MCPS Approves Calendar for 2018-2019

by Mallory Carlson ‘19 After Governor Larry Hogan passed legislation requiring Maryland public schools to start after Labor Day, finish by June 15, and include 180 days of instruction, MCPS took the school calendar structure into consideration. On November 14, the Board of Education made a final decision; the 2018-2019 school year will begin on September 4 and end on … Read More

MCPS Plans New Infrastructure Projects

by Isabella Pilot ‘18 Due to massive growth throughout the county, Superintendent Jack Smith recently recommended a 1.8 billion dollar infrastructure plan for the next six years. MCPS has gained nearly 22,000 students over the past years with 3,000 new students last year alone, so the county is responding with proposals for two new high schools, three new elementary schools, … Read More

County Launches ‘BTheOne’ Program

by Lexi Matthews ‘18 County Executive Ike Leggett launched the public awareness campaign “BTheOne” this October in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, MCPS, and local mental health organizations EveryMind and Family Services, Inc. The campaign, which aims to “reach teens in the community with important messages about preventing suicide and drug abuse,” kicked off … Read More

New Minimum Wage is Approved

by Mallory Carlson ‘19 In early November, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett signed the legislation that makes the minimum wage in Montgomery County $15, a significant increase from the current 10.75. The new law will begin to be enforced in 2021, but only for businesses with 51 employees or more, while smaller business will be given more time to implement … Read More

Multiple Olney Businesses Replaced

by Sydney Henry ‘20 If you grew up in Olney, you might have experienced the well-known tradition of going to Sakura for someone’s birthday. You can remember the impossible competition to catch a piece of meat in your mouth, or the iconic slice of cheesecake with the umbrella and the cherry on top. But those traditions will no longer take … Read More

English 12 Helps Students Find Their Wings

by Journalism Class Days before Thanksgiving, origami butterflies fluttered throughout Sherwood’s halls. Those butterflies symbolize the struggles of women around the world, and the need to take a stand against violence. The English Department brought attention to the issues presented in “In the Time of the Butterflies,” a book new to the 12th grade curriculum about the sisters who fought … Read More

Court Case May Help End Gerrymandering

by Josh Averbach ‘18 On December 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to mediate a dispute over the constitutionality of the Maryland state legislature’s use of gerrymandering–the practice through which state legislatures intentionally draw skewed districts for congressional and state legislature races to benefit their own party. The case involves district 6, which includes much of … Read More

Clubs and Organizations Struggle to Raise Funds

by Kimberly Greulich ‘18 Sherwood has a plethora of clubs, from academic clubs like the Chemistry club and Eco-Sherwood, to political and social activism clubs like the Young Democrats/Republicans and Amnesty International. It’s part of what makes Sherwood such a community – it has a place for every kind of person to feel included and involved. But what does the … Read More

Potential Grows for Free Community College

by Anika Mittu ’19  Although the 2016 Presidential election culminated over a year ago, the idea that Hillary Clinton adopted from Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign of eliminating tuition for community colleges has not been forgotten. Due to Republican dominance in the federal government, free community college has not been considered on a national scale, causing local governments and universities to … Read More

Schools Respond to Issue of Consent

by Colleen Yates ‘18 Recently, a number of sexual misconduct scandals have come to light, beginning with Hollywood stars and spanning all the way to a candidate as well as a sitting member of the U.S. Senate. On October 5, the New York Times published an explosive article that Harvey Weinstein, a prominent Hollywood producer, for years sexually harassed and … Read More