New Sporting Event Safety Measures Added after Football Game Brawl

by Lauren Frank ‘23 MCPS announced new rules and safety measures that went into effect Friday, September 23, at all high school sporting events. Under the new protocols, students who are not from either one of the schools competing must be accompanied by an adult. Students who attend either of the two schools must show a student ID or copy … Read More

Sherwood Rolls Out New Parking Regulations

by Alex Braun ‘23 At the beginning of this year, Sherwood’s administration announced that students would need to turn in their applications in the first few weeks of the school year for an assigned parking spot. In past years there were no assigned spots, and students could park wherever they wanted which resulted in students who wanted a spot close … Read More

Pride Month Spotlight: Synergy Offers Name and Gender Change Option

by Audrey Farris ‘25 Recently, the education platform Synergy that is used by MCPS has provided students with the option to change their name and/or gender as it appears on their profile, which is visible to any staff member or parent. These changes can be made without parental permission or consent. This update may provide transgender students more comfort in … Read More

Police Will Return to MCPS Schools Next Year in Narrowly Defined Role

by Liam Trump ‘24 A year after MCPS made the decision to remove a designated police officer from each of its high schools, the school system is bringing them back in a modified form. The plan for reintroducing police came only weeks after a shooting at Magruder critically injured a 15 year old. With the title of Community Engagement Officers … Read More

Free Lunches Set To End Next School Year, Even as Need Continues To Grow

by Nia Peake ‘23 For the past two years, MCPS has provided students with free lunches due to federal lunch programs introduced by Congress in 2020 to combat obstacles and hardships from the pandemic. These programs are set to expire on June 30, ending free school lunches for the next school year. On March 11 of this year, the $1.5 … Read More

Students Address Abortion After Leaked Court Decision

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 On May 2, Politico leaked the draft majority opinion for the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case challenges the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that granted federal protection to abortion under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment which provides a fundamental “right to privacy.” If the draft reflects the … Read More

School Takes Hands-Off Approach to Local Covid Outbreak in May Despite Rising Cases

by Solaiman Hassanin ‘23 The weeks after the May 7 prom saw a massive outbreak of Covid-19 infections at Sherwood. Despite hundreds of students getting Covid-19, school continued with no mask mandate. The non-response to the outbreak was a clear indication that Sherwood and MCPS have decided on a “new normal” in which schools will remain in-person no matter how … Read More

Digital SAT Brings Many Changes to Current Test

by Alex Braun ‘23 As technology advances and the coronavirus makes in-person work and school difficult, more of our lives are moving online. This is true of the SAT, which in 2023 will become internationally taken in a digital format, and become digital in the United States in 2024. On April 9, I took a digital SAT as part of … Read More

Trump 2024 Run Divides GOPGoogle Images

by Matt Kauffman ‘23 Since his loss of the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump has done anything but recede quietly from the White House. Investigations about the January 6 riots and Trump’s attempt to overturn the outcome of the election, he has been amassing funds and hinting at a 2024 run for office. Many members of the Republican … Read More

Maryland Voters Should Approve Cannabis Legalization Bill

by Bryan Kim ‘23 On April 1, the Maryland General Assembly approved a bill to put the legalization of recreational marijuana use on the state’s 2022 ballot in November. The bill would allow individuals over the age of 21 to possess up to 1.5 ounces or 12 grams of concentrated cannabis and up to two cannabis plants for personal use. … Read More