Mr. Rooney Leaves Sherwood After 20 Years

by Russell Irons ‘19  Security team leader Pat Rooney is leaving Sherwood after 20 years, is going to Walter Johnson to fill a vacancy for its security team leader. Rooney’s motivations for switching schools towards the tail end of his career are not related to discontent at Sherwood, but rather a sense of duty.  “Walter Johnson is going to be the … Read More

Damascus JV Football Under Investigation

by Adam Pfeiffer ‘20 On Thursday, November 1, Damascus Principal Casey Crouse announced that the JV football team would forfeit their game against Sherwood the same day amid allegations of hazing and sexual assault. The game was a makeup of the originally scheduled September 8 matchup. The alleged assault occurred on Wednesday, Halloween, after school in the male locker room. … Read More

County Considers Adding Days to Spring Break

by Christianna Tran ‘20 Montgomery County’s Board of Education is currently developing a calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. During their latest meeting, held October 9, the board limited their options down to two possible calendar schedules. Of these two schedules, one plan proposes a longer spring break, while the other plan keeps a shorter spring break, similar to the … Read More

Students Attending Protests To Be Excused

by Liam Kennedy ‘19 MCPS students who attend an organized protest during the school day may have their absences excused thanks to a plan proposed by the Board of Education’s Policy Management Committee. According to the proposal, students will receive an excused absence if they obtain permission from the principal of the school, the parent, and the organization that is … Read More

New Curriculum To Be Implemented This School Year for Elem. and Middle Schools

 by Vendela Krenkel ’20 Before the end of last school year, MCPS engaged in the process of selecting a new curriculum for grades K-8 in subjects English and math, as well as for Algebra I courses in high school after a Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy study found that MCPS’ current Curriculum 2.0 does not prepare students enough for … Read More

Grades in MCPS Continue To Flourish without Semester Exams

by Jimmy Yates ’21 Students across Montgomery County continue to earn higher grades in core academic classes three years after the change in the grading system. According to analysis by the Washington Post, students are currently earning grades 32-percent higher than they were earning in 2015, the last year of using the old grading system. In 2015, the MCPS Board … Read More

MCPS Policies To Restrict International Trips

by Sarah Nove ’20 The annual French exchange will no longer take place as of this school year due to changes in Sherwood’s procedure regarding international travel. Sherwood was randomly selected by MCPS for a payroll audit, which found that the school’s procedure for international trips conflicted with county policies. The changes also raise questions about the future of other … Read More

School Store Opens for New School Year

by Adam Levine ’20 Students who wish to complement their lunch from home or who do not want to wait in the long cafeteria line have a new option–Sherwood’s school store, the Warrior Emporium. Open during lunch, the school store in the upstairs A-hall provides an array of snacks and drinks available for purchase by the students, including Cheetos, Cheez-Its, … Read More

Students May Get Longer Spring Break Next Year

Christianna Tran ’20 Montgomery County’s Board of Education currently is developing a calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. During their latest meeting, held October 9, the board limited their options down to two possible calendar schedules. Of these two schedules, one plan proposes a longer spring break, while the other plan keeps a shorter spring break, similar to the current … Read More

Sherwood Seniors Must Pass Required Assessments To Graduate

by Anika Mittu ’19  Due to a Maryland state graduation requirement stating that students in the class of 2019 must pass the Algebra 1 PARCC, the English 10 PARCC, and the Government HSA exam, 103 Sherwood seniors still must pass at least one of these exams in order to receive their diploma next June.  Previously, students only needed to take … Read More