Student Entrepreneur Aims to Grow Prospering Clothing Line

by Katherine Sperduto ’19 The typical teenage job might be one such as hosting at the Greene Turtle in the Olney shopping center or lifeguarding at the Olney Indoor Swim Center. But for junior Thai Cao, life outside of school is much different compared to the normal teenagers’. On top of daily adolescent activities, Cao acts as CEO for the … Read More

SAT and ACT Offered Free For Juniors

by Jared Schwartz ’18 Beginning this school year, MCPS will pay for all high school juniors to take either the SAT or ACT. Neither exam will include the optional written portion of the test. Sherwood is one of 18 MCPS high schools that will offer the SAT during a school day, called SAT School Day. Students who choose to take … Read More

SAT and ACT Performance Based on Socioeconomics

by Zach Weisenthal ’19 Teens across the United States anxiously await the letters that will determine their academic fate. Upon unsealing the envelope, students are greeted with tears of joy … or agony. As college admission season continues, many students’ acceptances into their desired school depend in part on their standardized test scores. However, many students have significant advantages over … Read More

MCPS Continues To Tweak County-Wide Assessments

by Emma Shuster ’18 For decades, MCPS has utilized semester exams as a strategy to test the cumulative knowledge of all students at the end of the semester. Starting at the beginning of last year, semester exams were replaced with “Required Quarterly Assessments” (RQAs) with hopes of increasing instructional time in the classroom as well as having a more frequent … Read More

Net Neutrality

by Noah Corman ’18 The Internet is near and dear to many in the United States. Numerous professions rely on secure Internet access, and some even place it in the same category as food, clothing, and shelter as a necessity to life. Just like those necessities, the Internet may soon have a price tag. Net neutrality dominated the Internet for … Read More


by Kimberly Greulich ’18 Bitcoin broke into the news a few months ago as a potentially viable currency for real use, so interested parties are trying to figure out what exactly bitcoin is, what it can do, and how it’ll progress in the future. Here are some answers for some of the most frequently asked questions about bitcoin. First, what … Read More

Special Prosecutor

by Brynn Smith ’19 With the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989 and the end of the Cold War, 44 years of tension and strife between Russia and the United States looked as if it was coming to a close. But with pretty damning evidence that the 2016 presidential election was hacked, Russia is the prime suspect. In May … Read More

“MCPS Students Campaign to Fight Teen Depression”

Sarah Nove ‘20 After the suicides of two MCPS students in late November and early December, condolences flooded social media and many Montgomery County residents voiced their concerns on the ‘epidemic’ of teen suicide. Though many of these concerns faded after a few days, some sprouted into movements. Jonathan Mortman and Rachel Herman, students at Richard Montgomery, are two of … Read More

Sherwood Says Goodbye to Beloved Nurse

by Lexi Matthews ’18 Jennifer Jones, Sherwood School Nurse, announced her departure from the school on January 23 in an email to all staff. Jones will be taking on a new role in school health services for MCPS supporting over 300 diabetics countywide. “I have loved being a part of Sherwood and will miss everyone. I do not know what … Read More

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