MCPS Will Likely Not Reopen for In-Person Instruction

by Jay Joseph ‘22 MCPS evaluated and approved a provisional plan to prepare for a partial in-person reopening. However, based on the tentative criteria given for in-person learning, it seems unlikely that more than a few students will return for in-person instruction during this school year.  The Parent Preference Survey MCPS emailed to parents will play a major role in … Read More

Covid-19 Could Change College Admissions Forever

by Seth Kauffman ‘21 At a time of year when high school seniors are ordinarily overwhelmed with meeting college application deadlines, taking the SAT, and balancing rigorous academics, the coronavirus pandemic has further exacerbated these anxieties. The spring and summer seasons leading up to fall application deadlines are a time for students to visit campuses, raise their standardized test scores, … Read More

Montgomery County and Maryland Officials Update Covid-19 Restrictions after Rising Cases

by Emily Siansky ‘22 On November 10, the Montgomery County Council conducted an oversight meeting to adjust Covid-19 restrictions after a third wave of cases. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich issued Executive Order 122-20 that changes the capacity limits of businesses throughout the county.  Fitness centers, indoor restaurants, museums and art galleries, and religious facilities all must reduce to 25 … Read More

The Chances You’ll Receive a Stimulus Payment

by Solaiman Hassanin ‘23 As talks for a Covid stimulus deal continue (and fade away), many wonder the impact that a second stimulus will have on their life. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, has put pressure on President Donald Trump to get Republicans to pass a new stimulus.  “We could be very close.  So, as I say … Read More

Trick or Treating: Not Cancelled but Cautioned

by Riley Sandoval ‘22 Halloween falls on a Saturday and a full blue moon this year. Although trick or treating is not off of the table completely, the perfect Halloween will have to be celebrated a little differently. Montgomery County officials are recommending that families find new approaches for this Halloween to stay safe.  Traditional ways of celebrating pose the … Read More

New Vice Principal Ready to Help Students

by Brenna Henderson ‘21 As one of many administrative changes at the start of this school year, Sherwood welcomes Belinda Penn as a new assistant principal. She mostly recently worked at Roberto Clemente Middle School in MCPS as a Resource Counselor.  At Sherwood, Penn plans to support students in their journey and help them achieve their goals. “It has always … Read More

Teachers Jump on MyMCPS Classroom for Fall Semester

by Emily Siansky ‘22 In the past few years teachers have had the option to choose which classroom platform they would use for their class: Google Classroom or MyMCPS Classroom. However, as MCPS goes all virtual for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, it is required that all courses must be on the MyMCPS Classroom platform. MCPS bought … Read More

Analysis: Most Memorable Moments of the First Presidential Debate

by Apurva Mahajan ‘22 The first presidential debate of the 2020 election was … something. In the words of CNN reporter Jake Tapper, “that was a hot mess, in a dumpster fire, inside a trainwreck.” The messy debate contained personal attacks and a slew of interruptions. There is no coherent way to cover those chaotic 90 minutes, so instead let’s … Read More

MoCo Takes Its Own Cautious Response to Covid-19

by Jay Joseph ‘22 On September 5, Maryland moved onto Phase 3 of reopening, allowing all businesses to open with a mask requirement statewide. Cinemas and theaters were allowed to reopen with their capacity capped at 50 percent or 100 people, whichever was less. Outdoor venues were allowed to host live performances or outdoor movies with their capacity limited at … Read More

Parents Turn to Local Private Schools Offering In- Person Learning

by Avery Prudenti and Emory Gun ‘22 Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the closures and possible re-openings of schools have been a main focus in the news. MCPS has declared that all of its schools will be online for at least the first semester. Many private schools in Montgomery County such as nearby Our Lady of Good Counsel High School … Read More