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

Prior MCPS Official Sentenced for Embezzlement

by Kat Mahoney ’20 After more than 20 years of working for the government and embezzling nearly $7 million in county funds, Byung Il “Peter” Bang has been sentenced to four years in prison. This illegal method of feeding his gambling addiction has now become the largest Montgomery County government has ever seen. Following a hearing that lasted more than … Read More

Minus Addresses Student Body in Town Halls

by Dinah Aguilar ’19, Lauren Hesse ‘19, Anika Mittu ‘19, and Katherine Sperduto ‘19  Principal Eric Minus met with each grade level in a town hall setting on February 12 and 13 to discuss the current state of the school after first semester, as well as his expectations and goals for second semester and beyond.  This school year had brought … Read More

Maryland Begins New School Calendar Process

by Ryan Duvall ‘21 Just about two and a half years ago, Governor Larry Hogan decided to have all Maryland schools open after Labor Day. The reasoning behind the huge change to school systems across the state was to increase business in Ocean City, and save money from being spent on school air conditioning. Although many students have backed this … Read More

Council Ponders Middle School Name Change

by Mallory Carlson ‘19 A Silver Spring middle school is the latest institution that is being considered for a name change, according to the Montgomery County Council. The school in question is Col. E Brooke Lee Middle School, named for a man who lived in Montgomery County in the first half of the 20th century and was a World War … Read More

MCPS Adds Additional Snow Day

by Devon Goldstein ’21  MCPS has added an additional school day to the 2018-2019 school year in response to emergency weather conditions causing schools to be closed. MCPS will now be open on Friday, June 14. MCPS has been closed three times this school year, which is one more day then permitted for closure due to weather conditions. The MCPS … Read More