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

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