School threats scare students

In the past year, threats and safety concerns in the Montgomery County school district have left students outraged and scared and the County is trying to resolve the issue. Because of events like the Sandy Spring attack as well as other attacks on schools, MCPS is cautious when it deals with these kinds of threats…

Students feel secure with new security team

With the retirement of Greg Melvin and Bill Shorttall, this year’s security team has created new policies. The main change this year is that hall passes are now required for all students in the halls. Teachers used to be able to tell their students to just go, especially if their class was close to a…

MCPS students taking no days off

The start of the school year is always rough. Between changes in classes, teachers, and workload, students tend to look forward to the three or four day weekends they receive in the first few months of school. This year, however has no days off between the last week of September and Thanksgiving. Last year, when…

RQA goes away

For years, public school teachers and parents have expressed their aversion for the amount of standardized testing. Maryland state lawmakers heard these complaints and created a commission to review testing policies. The commission created the More Learning, Less Testing Act, which limits mandated testing to 2.2 percent of the hours in a school year. The…

Football, still fun or are people done?

All over the country, high school football has been a tradition for decades.  Every Friday night, school communities come together with spirit and pride to cheer on their team.  However, due to research about the health concerns of playing football, there is a chance that one day in the future high school football could no…

Marching band takes gold

As the musicians arrange themselves into their formations, the crowd goes silent. One. Two. Three. Four. The music begins. A harmony of instruments flows over the crowd and carries them from one note to another. When the piece comes to a close, there is a pause as the listeners process the beauty of the music,…