College Board to Implement Landscape Program

by Sydney Henry ‘20 College board will soon be implementing a new resource called Landscape to provide consistent data and information to help colleges understand an applicant’s accomplishments in the context of the opportunities available to them. This program comes in as a replacement for the prior proposed “Adversity Score.” The adversity score was designed on a scale of one … Read More

Minus Continues to Guide Sherwood to Excellence

by Anna Squiers ’20 In only his second year at Sherwood, Principal Eric Minus already can point to evidence that the environment has improved at the school. The MCPS Climate Survey shows that Sherwood staff morale has improved 33.2 percentage points, from 22.2 percent of staff in 2018 to 55.4 percent in 2019. “We spent a lot of time last … Read More

MCPS Plans School Boundary Analysis

by Sarah Nove ’20 Last January, The Board of Education adopted a resolution introduced by former SMOB Ananya Tadikonda, which called for a re-evaluation of school boundaries across the county. According to MCPS’s website, the Board will use external consultants to “conduct an in-depth review and analysis of how existing school and cluster boundaries support or impede the effective use … Read More

MCPS Proposes Changes to School Boundaries

by Ayana Antoine ’20  and  Sydney Henry ’20 MCPS is conducting a study to change school boundaries for its school cluster. The process is furthest along in looking at the clusters for Clarksburg, Northwest and Seneca Valley High Schools. Through looking at these schools it was discovered that some schools are projected to go as high as 40 percent above … Read More

Student Data Exposed In Total Registration Security Incident

by Vendela Krenkel ‘20 On April 11,, an online tool used to register for AP and PSAT testing, was notified of a potential security breach in its data storage platform. Total Registration is used by 22 of the 26 high schools in MCPS, Sherwood being one of them. This security incident was brought to light by a journalist who … Read More

Students Who Cheat Show A Disinterest in Learning

by Noah Corman ’19 The anonymity used throughout this article allows students to more freely discuss this subject, because it may be damaging to a student’s social status if they are interpreted as drawing more attention to cheating or implicating classmates. Some students overwhelm themselves with AP classes and extracurriculars. Others want to get a leg up on their peers. … Read More

Backyard Bash To Raise Money for 2018 Graduate

by Adina Brenner ’20 Last spring, Kathleen Rosendall graduated alongside her Sherwood Class of 2018, excited for what the world had to offer her. The following fall she would start her college career at University of Maryland (UMD) to study Public Health Science. Unfortunately, life took a very different turn on February 23 of this year. Rosendall was diagnosed with … Read More

MCPS Grade Inflation Won’t Hinder College Admission, Counselors Say

by Anika Mittu ’19 During freshman year, the Class of 2019 faced a grading policy that considered quarterly grades and a final exam to determine semester grades. But, for the next three years, these students experienced the new grading system—one that meant no more finals and an upward trend (an A as a grade for one quarter and a B the … Read More

Block Schedule Impacts Instruction for APs

by Mallory Carlson ’19 In March, a buzz started going around about a new schedule following spring break and continuing through May. The “block schedule,” as it is now commonly referred to, details the adjusted bell schedule to comply with standardized testing that has been taking place in the building for the past month. Though the testing had an impact … Read More

Damascus’ Principal Departs, MCPS Modifies Its Policies

by Sydney Henry ’20 Damascus Principal Casey Crouse stepped down after controversy that she waited to report a sexual assault incident to the authorities. MCPS also placed the JV Coach, Vincent Colbert, and the school’s athletic director, Joe Doody, on administrative leave until further notice. The county is reviewing the status of the football program at Damascus. Controversy about the … Read More