Dr. Minus Prioritizes Culture, Community for Sherwood

by Mallory Carlson ’19  Within his first week as principal, Dr. Eric Minus took his new administrators, administrative assistants, business office staff, and building services members on an in-school field trip. On the agenda was a three-hour tour of a very important building – Sherwood High School. The field trip started at the front doors of the school, and throughout … Read More

Teachers Walk a Fine Line in Discussing Political Opinions

by Vendela Krenkel ‘20  A Florida middle school teacher was caught secretly promoting white nationalist views on her podcast under a pseudonym. A history teacher in California was recorded calling the U.S. army “the lowest of the low” during a discussion about the outcome of the war in Afghanistan and a California social studies teacher compared Trump to Hitler. These … Read More

Dr. Eric Minus Appointed as New Sherwood Principal

by Mallory Carlson ‘19  On May 21, the Board of Education approved Eric Minus to become the next Sherwood principal. He will officially begin at Sherwood on July 1.  Minus grew up in Montgomery County and attended MCPS schools, graduating from Blair, and heard great things about the Sherwood students, staff, and community. “I look forward to joining the Sherwood … Read More

Changes Lead to Cohort Classes Located at Other Middle Schools

by Izzy Pilot ‘18  In an effort to provide greater access to curriculum and programs for highly able students and ensure that there are opportunities for all students, regardless of background, MCPS recently unveiled a new “Field Test Selection Process” for the Eastern and Takoma Park Middle School magnet programs.  In previous years, students and parents have “self-selected” to take … Read More

Sherwood Implements New Security Measures

by Hena Hussain ‘20  Following the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, school security has been a topic of increased discussion.  According to messages sent out by MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith, certain steps are taken by MCPS to keep students and staff safe in case of an … Read More

Your Guide to the 2018 Elections

by Josh Averbach ‘18  2018 is an election year, and most seniors will be eligible to vote. I know what you’re thinking: “2018 is a midterm year–who gives a crap?” Yes, politics may be a bit boring without pee tapes, FBI investigations, hand-size jokes, and disheveled but loveable socialists. Still, these “off-year” elections are really important. Here’s what you should … Read More

Grades May Not Be Providing an Accurate Reflection

by Anika Mittu ’19  The grade of “A” in a given class is supposed to reflect mastery of content and outstanding work performed by a student. Yet, with A’s comprising 54 percent of the grades that are earned by Sherwood students for first semester, the question that arises is whether student performance or inflation lies behind the number of stellar … Read More

We Bid Farewell to…….

by Emma Shuster ‘18, Katherine Mahoney ‘20, and Kara Thompson ‘20 Principal Gregory After 12 years of serving the Sherwood community, Principal Bill Gregory will retire at the end of the 2018 school year. In a recent note to the staff, Gregory announced his bittersweet departure and expressed hope for a smooth transition into the next school year. The announcement … Read More

Feds Cracking Down on E-cigarettes

by Katherine Sperduto ‘19  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced plans to take further actions to toughen up on companies that sell e-cigarettes/vape pens to adolescents. In July, the FDA announced a comprehensive plan which aims to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. Adding on to this plan the past month, the FDA sent out … Read More

Science Curriculum Undergoes Changes

by Kimberly Greulich ‘18  The MCPS chemistry curriculum has been rewritten for the 2017-2018 school year and onward. The changes to the curriculum follow the removal of the traditional Biology HSA for a new test––the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA), which tests students on biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. Biology and physics already endured their restructures to support the … Read More