MCPS Implements New Policies After Assaults at Damascus as Questions Linger

by Sydney Henry ’20  MCPS has altered its policies for sports and after-schools activities in response to the highly publicized sexual assault incident that occurred at Damascus High School on October 31, 2018. When five members of the Damascus JV football team sexually assaulted four other players with a broom. The attack took place in the team’s locker room, while … Read More

Staying Silent and Standing Proud

by Julia Robins ’20 Occuring every year in the United States since 1966, April 12 is known as International Day of Silence. This student-led event encourages students to take a vow of silence for the day in support of LGBTQ+ students’ rights and protest how they are being silenced every day due to their sexuality– whether by their peers or … Read More

Infrastructure Problems Plague MCPS

by Liam Kennedy ’21 and Sarah Nove ’20 MCPS school buildings range from brand new to over a century old. Through the years, students have grown and flourished –– the buildings, however, have not aged quite so gracefully. Many school buildings are fighting off decay and disrepair, and, despite the hard work of the maintenance staff, some are losing that … Read More

Sherwood Plans Changes To 2019 Graduation

by Anika Mittu ’19 Planning for the Class of 2019’s graduation ceremony has been well underway for months. Led by various administration members, committees, and senior class sponsor Maria Peterson, they ask one guiding question: what makes Sherwood special? The question, according to Peterson, was posed by Principal Eric Minus and has led the graduation committee through organizing flowers, ticket … Read More

School Administration Addresses Student Vaping

by Devon Goldstein ’21 At the grade-level town hall meetings last month, Principal Eric Minus identified vaping and drug use on school campus as a significant problem. In the meetings, Minus highlighted the known and unknown health risks associated with vaping, and in a email comments to The Warrior, Minus pointed out the Code of Conduct states that being under … Read More

Changes Are Coming To English Curriculum

by Sudha Sudhacker ’21 MCPS will make changes to the English 10 curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year and the English 9 curriculum for the 2020-2021 school year. The MCPS Board of Reading/ English Language Arts’ goal for the revised English 9 and 10 curriculum, according to Leading for Equity through Curriculum Revision Presentation, is to foster the joy of … Read More

School Cafeteria Food Improving But Students May Pass on Healthier Options

by Kara Thompson ’20 The question “French fries or salad?” is typically a no-brainer for most students. At Sherwood, it’s no different. French fries are one of the most popular items on the menu, sometimes with students entering the lunch line solely for one or more orders of fries. But strangely enough, if you look at the MCPS school menu, … Read More

Stellar Regular Season Has Girls Basketball Looking to the Future

by Reagan Yates ‘19 The girls varsity basketball team wrapped up their regular season schedule with the best record they’ve had in years–18-4, after winning their last regular season game 58-50 against Blake on February 22. This record placed them sixth (out of 47 teams) in Maryland’s 4A division and seeded them #1 in section 2 of the 4A North … Read More

MCPS Once Again Under Fire for Grade Inflation

by Lauren Hesse ‘19 Recently, MCPS has been receiving some bad press due to suspicions that the 2015-2016 changes to the countywide grading policy have caused grade inflation, beginning with a Washington Post article on the subject published in September 2018 and followed by months of local news outlets running with the story. The backlash quickly reached MCPS central office, … Read More

Are Teachers Underpaid?

by Thomas Johnson ‘19 Last February, more than 20,000 public school teachers across West Virginia went on strike, refusing to go back to work until they received increased salaries and healthcare coverage. Within two weeks of the start of the strikes, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice caved into the teachers’ demands, granting a 5-percent pay increase for public school teachers … Read More