Rate of Teachers Steadies, Rate of Students Skyrockets

In recent years, the number of students enrolling in MCPS has drastically increased, while the number of staff hired to accommodate students has not corresponded to this growth. Due to these disproportional numbers, class sizes have grown. According to an MCPS advocacy document for the recent operating budget statement for the 2017 fiscal year (FY), […]

Career Day Turns to Career Week

Due to six winter weather-related days off from school, Career Day was delayed until late April and was extended to a “Career Week.” Staff development teacher and career week organizer Debra Plaisance said, “We decided to come up with an alternative where we still do something and have some sense of Career Day because we […]

Boys Tennis Causes a Racquet with Division Title

Mediocre performances by the mainstream male teams like basketball, football and lacrosse have yet to taste the consistent sweet victories that the underrated boys tennis team has devoured as they clinched the division title with a 5-0 record. The team started off the season strong, shutting out their first two opponents, Springbrook HS and Northwood […]

Gotta Draw ‘Em All; Pokemon Mural Takes Off

AP English teacher,  Sharon Lee,  has an iconic piece of classroom decor that sets the ambiance of her room over the edge: the student-made mural of colorful sketches. This piece of art that fills the large white Expo board is not only unique to Lee’s classroom, but shows students’ talents and is an evolving piece […]

Day of Silence

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Day of Silence, filled with diverse and supportive colors, advocates for those whose voices have been silenced. The Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) club, previously known as the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), hosted this year’s Day of Silence April 15. The club changed their name this year to express […]

Poli-Ticks Me Off: Childish Name Calling Brought on by Political Candidates Up for Election , Results in Present Day Mudslinging in the Political Arena Instead of Meaningful Discussions About the Real Issues Facing American of Today’s Society

In today’s political climate, often the news we hear about our government is plagued with juvenile bullying and threats. Former presidential candidate Marco Rubio was infamous for his attacks on Donald Trump. Rubio mocked Trump’s small hands and tendency to sweat, to which Trump responded with coining the name “little” Rubio in order to deflect […]

New Law Berates Supervised Drinking: CON

Time and time again, underage drinking and its unintended consequences has resulted in far too many untimely deaths of bright teens we know. This unfortunate reality serves as the justification for both the furnishing of alcohols to minors by concerned parents and the passage of a new bill that will toughen penalties for this act […]

New Law Berates Supervised Drinking: PRO

Although subject to change and by no means set in stone, Noah’s Law enfranchises ignorance as a suitable excuse for incubating teenage crime and destructive practices. Controversy of this nature illustrates the increased and unjust rationalization of crime in this country. Responsibility for instilling and then upholding the rule of law in children ultimately rests […]

Harry Potter Series Ideal for Classroom

These days, many English classes center on a groan-worthy litany of texts that seem to bear little relevance to life in the 21st century: Shakespeare (to whom all too many English teachers are positively married), this-and-that Greek tragedy, a possibly interesting but difficult-to-read classic like Pride and Prejudice and a gloomy, absurd existentialist novel thrown […]

Track and Field Brings in Coaches

With two new coaches this season, the coed outdoor track and field team had to adjust to a different style of leadership, especially for returners from the indoor season. The team ended the season of regular meets with a 0-5 record for both the boys and girls teams. “The team has improved in many ways; […]

Varsity Lacrosse Teams’ Period of Rebuild

Both the boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams had big shoes to fill this season after losing last year’s seniors. As young teams comprised primarily of underclassmen, this season’s squads had to play smarter and work even harder because of their youth and relative inexperience. Although this will benefit them in future years, for these […]

Boys Tennis Causes a Racquet with Division Title

Mediocre performances by the mainstream male teams like basketball, football and lacrosse have yet to taste the consistent sweet victories that the underrated boys tennis team has devoured as they clinched the division title with a 5-0 record. The team started off the season strong, shutting out their first two opponents, Springbrook HS and Northwood […]