Do More Schools in MCPS Need Police Officers?

by  Eve Schlegel ‘20 Some activists, parents, and others are currently disputing new legislation proposed by the county board that expands the School Resource Officer Program, which adds more police officers to schools. According to a WTOP article, many speakers opposed to this legislation gave their opinions to county council members at a council meeting on January 21. “For many … Read More

Riccutis Kitchen Sold in December

by Julia Robins ‘20 Since 2003 the family-owned restaurant off Route 108, Ricciutis, has been known for having a variety of dishes with locally sourced ingredients. On December 15, Ricciutis Kitchen was sold to Thomas Zippelli, the owner of the Turn House in Colombia.  Zippelli is the owner and executive chef of the New American restaurant The Turn House. Similarly … Read More

MCPS, Damascus, Face Lawsuit over Hazing Incidents

by Adam Pfeiffer ‘20 On February 6, the parents of three victims of the 2018 Damascus JV football hazing incident sued the Montgomery County Board of Education, as well as former Damascus principal Casey Crouse, former Athletic Director Joseph Doody, former JV coach Vincent Colbert, and former varsity coach Eric Wallich. The claim stems from an incident that occured on … Read More

Poms Cap off Undefeated Season with County Title

by Adam Pfeiffer ‘20 On Saturday, the poms team finally overcame their county competition demons, capturing their first county title since 2017. The Warriors defeated second place Damascus by 49 points, finishing the competition season undefeated for the first time since 2011. Not only was Sherwood undefeated; the girls were dominant, winning every competition by at least 49 points, with … Read More

Sherwood Rated Four Stars in MSDE’s 2018-2019 Public School Report Card

by Joseph Oscilowski ‘22 Each year, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) produces “report cards” for public schools in Maryland, which are used to reflect each school’s success in a variety of categories. Each high school’s grade is dependent on the school’s overall academic achievement, graduation rate, progress in achieving English language proficiency, readiness for post-graduation, and overall school … Read More

Sub Shortage forces MCPS’ Hand

by Zach Seymour ’20 In Montgomery County the shortage of substitute teachers is obvious throughout schools. Last year on average 120 requests for substitutes were left unfilled each school day.  This left schools scrambling for other educators in the building to cover classes, ripping them away from their work. This practice also can leave teachers not versed in the subject … Read More

JSU Convenes Meeting on Hate Speech

by Julia Robins ’20 In October, a student in Jewish Student Union (JSU) received an offensive anti-Semitic note. After discussion in their club meeting, it soon became apparent that hate speech, including racism and homophobia, is an issue at Sherwood. This prompted special education teacher Jill Galt, JSU’s sponsor, to hold a multi-club discussion on Thursday, January 9, on the … Read More

Instagram Rolls Out New Feature That Hides Number of Likes

by Eve Schlegel ‘20 Over the past couple months, Instagram has been trialing tests to hide the number of likes posts receive. It does not affect every Instagram user because the company wants to observe reactions before it makes any permanent changes. The likes are hidden from followers, so only the individual who made the post can see the number … Read More

The Net Adds Programs to Aid Mental Health

by Elizabeth Casey ’21 Just a couple months ago, the mental health project The Net was launched at Sherwood. The Net is a space in the school for stressed students to come in and decompress, and to learn about mental health. Every tuesday and thursday students come in to The Net in the morning, at lunch, and after school to … Read More

The ACT Broadens Its Appeal by Offering Section Retakes

by Jenna Timmons ’21 In the past few years, the SAT has surpassed the ACTS as the most commonly taken test, with 2 million students taking the SAT and 1.9 million students taking the ACT in 2018. Also, many colleges are beginning to not require standardized testing to be considered for admission. These factors together pushed for the ACT to … Read More