Removing Exams Is a Short-Term Relief, but a Long-Term Mistake

MCPS has done away with semester and final exams. Instead, each quarter is now punctuated with a Required Quarterly Assessment (RQA), and final grades are configured using the two quarterly grades and “averaging” them. While eliminating exams may relieve stress for some, it may do more harm than good. Under the old grade configuration system, exams would often make or … Read More

Hogan’s Executive Order Raises Problems for Families

by Danielle Katz ‘18 Beginning in the summer of 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan mandated all schools to open after Labor Day. While an extra week of summer may sound appealing at first, many concerns begin to arise as one takes a closer look at the decision’s year-round effects. Over the past few years, regardless of its label on the … Read More

Adoption Serves as the Best Option For People Who Care about Animals

by Natalie Murray ‘18 Dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend,” and as someone who not only owns dogs but also works with them, I can attest to that statement. Dogs provide numerous health benefits to their owners, as well as being loyal and devoted companions. Unfortunately, people are not always dog’s best friend: sometimes people inadvertently harm … Read More

Club Memberships Hinder Productivity

by Danielle Tobb ‘17 The annual club fair during freshman orientation consists of students being swarmed by eager club members trying to convince them to join their club. If not for fun, for the college apps, many urge. If you’re like me, you saw the dozens of clubs at Sherwood as completely overwhelming. But as an incoming freshman, the more … Read More

Teachers Lose Papers

by Katherine Sperduto ‘19 Students hold the most responsibility when it comes to their learning and performance in school. However, a number of teachers at Sherwood should really ask themselves if they are truly helping students succeed. Throughout my two years at Sherwood, I have had numerous teachers who seem incapable or unwilling to perform the most basic tasks of … Read More

Focus on Our Progress

by Dinah Aguilar ‘19 On January 30, days after President Trump signed an executive order banning entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, the Boy Scouts of America voted to accept kids based on the gender they identified as rather than the gender on their birth certificate. Last December, their century-old rule caused lots of controversy when an eight-year-old boy, … Read More

Where’s the Spirit?

by Alex Le ‘17 With Jamfest coming to Sherwood this Friday, February 10, I can’t help but notice the lack of excitement and activity within the student body. For weeks now, I’ve constantly asked my peers and friends to come to Jamfest, only to hear, “No, I don’t want to.” They refuse to even give it a chance, instead deciding … Read More

The Legislature Should Legislate

by Jared Schwartz ’18 The Maryland legislature is currently considering two methods to legalize recreational marijuana. The legislature could either pass two bills to directly regulate and tax the sale of recreational marijuana, or they could pass a constitutional amendment to create a referendum for recreational marijuana in 2018. Maryland should directly legalize marijuana instead of putting it up for … Read More

Friends Aren’t Homework Machines

by Emma Shuster’18 Many students take seven classes in high school and enroll in honors and advanced placement courses. Both honors and advanced placement courses require students to put in lots of hard work and dedication to do well in these courses. A student’s grades are dependent upon the effort put in. I am a student who puts countless hours … Read More