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

Why Is Junior Year So Brutal? Does It Have to Be?

by Kara Thompson ’20 Junior year is notorious for being the hardest year of high school. Many students who plan to attend a four-year college are balancing three or more AP classes, honors courses, and the approaching SAT and ACT. There are also outside stressors such as getting a driver’s license and participating in sports and extracurriculars. Students seem to … Read More

The 90s are Back, and That Seems to be a Good Thing

by Brynn Smith ’19 With the recent trend in the reboot of 90s television for today’s teens, Hollywood seeks to update classic television to reflect current events and trends. Whether it’s a horror version of an iconic sitcom or a multicultural and feminist adaptation of a supernatural series, the course of current television leans towards revivals. The idea to remake … Read More

School Plan Focuses on Student Engagement

by Katherine Sperduto ’19 What is the ideal way for teachers to engage students and get them thinking on their own? Sherwood thinks it has the answer: students should be frequently in small groups and held accountable to help each other succeed with the material they are learning. The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is an annual plan created each summer … Read More

Dispensary Comes to Olney

by Sarah Nove ‘20 Olney soon will be home to Sweetspot, a medical marijuana dispensary scheduled to open this month. In an interview with two of Sweetspot’s employees, Kevin Fox, Inventory Manager, and Peter Franklin, Dispensary Manager, the pair emphasized the staff’s focus on legitimacy and safety. In accordance with state laws, no edibles will be distributed. Additionally, the dispensary … Read More

Trump Administration Scraps Obama School Discipline Policy

By Anjali Verma ‘20 The Trump administration’s Department of Education, led by Secretary Betsy DeVos, has chosen to cancel a school discipline policy from the Obama administration that originally worked to limit racial bias in schools. The reason Obama implemented this policy was to decrease and hopefully rid schools of unfair racial prejudice, which became a priority to him when … Read More