Despite Rigor, APs and Honors Have Equal GPA Weight

by Lizzy Hermosilla ‘23 Sherwood offers three upper level courses—honors, Advanced Level (AL), and AP—that MCPS awards a single point increase contributing toward a students Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA). Students in AP, honors, or AL courses that earned an A for a semester grade would be numerically denoted a 5 instead of the normal 4 for an unweighted course. … Read More

MCPS To Stay at 7:45 a.m. as Other Districts Start Later

by Katie Gough ‘23 Starting this school year, Anne Arundel County Public Schools is mandating that its high schools start at 8:30 a.m., 30 minutes later than the national average. The decision was made as part of an effort to improve students’ academic performance by encouraging them to get an optimal amount of sleep, which, according to the Centers for … Read More

Counseling Takes Initiative with Mental Health Club

by Nia Peake ‘23 Our Minds Matter (OMM) is a nationwide non-profit organization with the mission to end teen suicide and Sherwood’s counseling department is continuing to commit to this mission as they enter their second year with Sherwood’s chapter of OMM called Warrior Minds Matter. This club will work with students to develop ideas for school-wide mental health campaigns. … Read More

New Sporting Event Safety Measures Added after Football Game Brawl

by Lauren Frank ‘23 MCPS announced new rules and safety measures that went into effect Friday, September 23, at all high school sporting events. Under the new protocols, students who are not from either one of the schools competing must be accompanied by an adult. Students who attend either of the two schools must show a student ID or copy … Read More

Sherwood Rolls Out New Parking Regulations

by Alex Braun ‘23 At the beginning of this year, Sherwood’s administration announced that students would need to turn in their applications in the first few weeks of the school year for an assigned parking spot. In past years there were no assigned spots, and students could park wherever they wanted which resulted in students who wanted a spot close … Read More

Pride Month Spotlight: Synergy Offers Name and Gender Change Option

by Audrey Farris ‘25 Recently, the education platform Synergy that is used by MCPS has provided students with the option to change their name and/or gender as it appears on their profile, which is visible to any staff member or parent. These changes can be made without parental permission or consent. This update may provide transgender students more comfort in … Read More

Police Will Return to MCPS Schools Next Year in Narrowly Defined Role

by Liam Trump ‘24 A year after MCPS made the decision to remove a designated police officer from each of its high schools, the school system is bringing them back in a modified form. The plan for reintroducing police came only weeks after a shooting at Magruder critically injured a 15 year old. With the title of Community Engagement Officers … Read More

Free Lunches Set To End Next School Year, Even as Need Continues To Grow

by Nia Peake ‘23 For the past two years, MCPS has provided students with free lunches due to federal lunch programs introduced by Congress in 2020 to combat obstacles and hardships from the pandemic. These programs are set to expire on June 30, ending free school lunches for the next school year. On March 11 of this year, the $1.5 … Read More

Students Address Abortion After Leaked Court Decision

by Sydney Wiser ‘23 On May 2, Politico leaked the draft majority opinion for the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case challenges the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that granted federal protection to abortion under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment which provides a fundamental “right to privacy.” If the draft reflects the … Read More

School Takes Hands-Off Approach to Local Covid Outbreak in May Despite Rising Cases

by Solaiman Hassanin ‘23 The weeks after the May 7 prom saw a massive outbreak of Covid-19 infections at Sherwood. Despite hundreds of students getting Covid-19, school continued with no mask mandate. The non-response to the outbreak was a clear indication that Sherwood and MCPS have decided on a “new normal” in which schools will remain in-person no matter how … Read More