Former Sherwood Student Runs for Maryland State Legislature

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 Former Student Member of the Board (SMOB) and Sherwood alum Matt Post (‘18) is running in a special election for Maryland state delegate, one of the two houses in the Maryland legislature. Post is running for the open Democratic District 14 seat which represents Olney, Damascus, Burtonsville, and east Montgomery county. The seat opened up when … Read More

Bus Driver Shortage Frustrates Parents

by Cheikh Lo ‘24 Since before the 2022-2023 school year, MCPS has been suffering from a bus driver shortage affecting many routes across the county and causing much frustration to parents who have been forced to take their kids to school due to buses not showing up. Just over a week before the school year started, MCPS reported 70 open … Read More

MCPS Electric Bus Fleet Becomes Largest in the Country

by Payton Seppala ‘23 There’s been a lot of talk about making climate friendly changes in MCPS, but until recently, not much action. This all changes with MCPS’s partnership with Highland Electric Fleets to deliver 326 brand-new electric school buses by 2025. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for what was the largest deployment of electric school buses in the country happened late … Read More

Sherwood Students Take Part in the Electoral Process

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 The November 8 midterms were important in changing the composition of Congress and state governments. However, for many Sherwood seniors, the midterms were memorable for another reason: it was the first election that they voted in.   Senior Michael Day has been going to the polls with his family for years but it was only this year … Read More

Sherwood Staff Cuts Leaves Teachers Struggling

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 Before the 2022-2023 school year, Sherwood lost two dozen staff members, leaving many classes overcrowded and many teachers overwhelmed. Some teachers left on their own while others were involuntarily transferred. Transfers are common within the teaching profession and are often a result of reduced enrollment or staffing needs at other schools. Typically, MCPS makes determinations about … Read More

School Districts Struggle with Teacher Shortage

by Cheikh Lo ‘24 The coronavirus pandemic accelerated a national teacher shortage across the United States with some regions of the country struggling more than others. As teacher vacancies are increasing, many school districts reported throughout the summer that they are unable to find and hire qualified teachers for this current school year. Leading into the school year, many districts, … Read More

Political Pressure Builds on What Teachers Assign

by Genevieve Mayle ‘23 Increasing controversy over the books taught in English classes has caused tensions between teachers and school districts. Books that focus on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and include LGBTQ+ characters are getting disproportionately targeted and banned in schools. This rising controversy has triggered some school districts to contend that flags and objects of any kind that … Read More

Number of Education Majors Sees Large Decline

by Alex Braun ‘23 The problem of teacher shortages across the country was magnified by the large number of teachers quitting or retiring early because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the lack of teachers will continue as a result of decreasing enrollment in teacher preparation programs. A report published by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in … Read More

Public’s Confidence in Schools Takes a Tumble

by Solaiman K Hassanin ‘23 Today, public education increasingly is a center of controversy. A recent Gallup poll found that 70 percent of Americans have “some” to “very little” confidence in public schools, compared to 28 percent who said they have a “great deal” to “quite a lot” of confidence in schools. The Gallup poll also demonstrated a stark difference … Read More

Principal Advisory Committee Gives Students a Voice with Administration

by Ziv Golan ‘26 Students want to feel that their input is considered when their schools make decisions and changes that affect them, and Sherwood responded to that prevailing sentiment by implementing Study Circles last year in which a diverse group of students met with school administrators and other staff. The need for such a meeting space became more pressing … Read More