Should students work after school?

Yes- Jason Silverman, Editor in Chief Having an after school job can be one of the most rewarding experiences a student can have in high school. The benefits are numerous and students can learn valuable life lessons through work. One benefit of having a job is the need to follow a strictly regimented schedule. A…

Termination of Edline leads to use of myMCPS

It’s 8:02 p.m. on a Wednesday and your muscle memory automatically has you open the edline app to see if your grade for this week’s bio assessment is up. Instead you’re met with a message that reads “error,” and this is when the sinking feeling in your stomach hits you… Edline is gone. Now you…

Summer reading not effective in getting kids to read

What begins with good intentions often deteriorates over time. Such is the case for summer reading here. Teachers eagerly selecting books to read and share with students, students crafting commentary to the books in group discussions; that era of summer reading is no more. Now we have scores of students not selecting books without consequence,…

No homework weekends: helpful or not?

During the school year, no homework is assigned to students on various weekends. Whether a class is AP, honors, or non-honors, teachers are not permitted to give students homework due the day of school following the weekend. These “no-homework weekends” are designated to give upperclassmen extra time to visit colleges, complete essays, and applications. It…

Library leaves students asking for more

When was the most recent time you went to the library by choice and, while there, checked out a book? I’ve been to the library quite a few times as a student; world history, Spanish, junior seminar and various English classes have all guided me there. But upon reflection of these various visits, it has…

Students’ schedules pose problems

Every year students are anxious to get their schedules. Looking at your schedule and comparing them to your friends’ and seeing who is in your class and who the teachers are is an exciting moment. You may see something that you want or need to change. Students do not want to receive their schedule on…

Delayed start to this school year not beneficial

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan passed a bill requiring all Maryland public schools to start after Labor Day weekend in attempt to help Maryland’s economy, keeping the beaches in business for one more long week. Even though this bill looked like quite the deal for all K through 12 students, starting school later by a week…