Controversial School Overhaul Passes Maryland State Legislature

The controversial legislation commonly known as the Kirwan Commission waits for a final signature from Gov. Larry Hogan.

Ben Kushner, Copy Editor

April 20, 2020

The controversial educational reforms recommended by the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, more commonly known as the Kirwan Commission, passed through the Maryland House of Delegates 96-38 March 17 and the legislation now awaits Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. The commission’...

Lomax Family Advocates for Insurance Coverage Bill

Jennifer Lomax testified against the House Bill 447 and her daughter Bella Lomax delivered a speech advocating for the Senate Bill 475 Feb. 26.

Elenna Mach, Editor-in-Chief

April 15, 2020

After unanimously passing the state legislature, House bill 447 and Senate bill 475 headed to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk March 17, mandating insurance coverage for the illness Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS).  PANDAS, which is estimated to impact one in ...

SMOB Proposes In-School Driver’s Education Class

SMOB Proposes In-School Driver's Education Class

Jack Horan, Game Story Editor

February 27, 2020

John F. Kennedy High School senior, Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Nate Tinbite proposed last November that MCPS partner with driver education programs to enable more cost efficient and readily available driving courses to students. Tinbite began advocating for in school drivers education courses...

RHS Announced as a Top Engineering School By University of Maryland

University of Maryland College Park ranked RHS among the top 25 high schools that provide students to the their A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Madison Dieffenbach, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

For the second time this past decade, RHS has been named one of the top 25 high schools providing students to the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and has received acknowledgement on the university’s website, as well as letters and certificates fro...

RHS Student Recognized for Creative Writing Skills at Fitzgerald Festival

Each of the 13 Fitzgerald Scholars pose with their awards from the festival, which took place Oct. 12 at the Glenview Mansion.

Casey Majewski, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Senior Marissa Hartman and English teacher Anne Ehlers were selected to attend the F. Scott Fitzgerald Festival Oct. 12 at the Glenview Mansion near RHS. The festival is an all day event that includes multiple workshops, films and ceremonies for attendees to experience; it aims to  foster, preserve a...

BOE Regains Autonomy Over School Calendar, Adopts 2020-21 Calendar

BOE Regains Autonomy Over School Calendar, Adopts 2020-21 Calendar

Elenna Mach, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2020

MCPS adopted the final calendar for the 2020-21 school year Dec. 3 after months of deliberation and consideration of student, parent and MCPS employee input. With a change in state legislation, school calendars are now under the jurisdiction of each individual county board with no restrictions on the sta...

Students React to Presidential Impeachment, 2020 Election

In response to the impeachment of President Donald Trump, students give their opinions on Trump and the upcoming 2020 election.

Ben Kushner, Copy Editor

January 15, 2020

Following a Congressional impeachment inquiry into allegations that President Donald Trump threatened to withhold U.S. aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian President Vladamir Zalinsky opened an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden’s son, Trump became the third ever president to be impeached ...

Staff Takes Steps to Listen, Connect to Minority Students

Students leaders in the Minority Scholars Program discuss questions and concerns regarding the school climate during a staff meeting Nov. 12.

Colleen Barrett, Editor-in-Chief

January 9, 2020

To better understand student struggles, garner feedback for teachers and promote a positive school climate, the RHS staff listened to a panel of 12 seniors discuss both positive and negative experiences in school, while also offering suggestions on what faculty can do to create a more uplifting envi...

New RockVillage Period Added, Made to Support Students

Students complete an icebreaker activity during the second weekly RockVillage advisory class. Future meetings will focus less on academics and instead, activities such as mindfulness.

Sabina Salguero, News Managing Editor

November 14, 2019

To create more time for county lessons and for teachers to build better relationships with students, RHS has introduced a new advisory period, RockVillage, which went into effect Sept. 25 and is planned to continue until the end of the school year.  Conducted every Wednesday between second and third period classe...

Transgender Community Unites in the Face of Violence

A vigil service was organized Sept. 8 to celebrate the life of former RHS student Bailey Reeves. Family, friends and members of the community sang  songs and shared stories of the young transgender teen.

Elenna Mach & Colleen Barrett, Editors-in-Chief

October 25, 2019

Dozens of people gathered at Bauer Recreational Center Sept. 8, surrounding candles that spelled out “Bailey,” admiring the photos that lined the sidewalk and releasing white balloons into the dark night sky to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of former RHS student Bailey Reeves.  Seventeen y...

Botball Team Ranks 5th Worldwide

The Incredibots promote their robots at the annual RHS club fair. They are ranked fifth in the world after the Global Conference on Educational Robotics competition.

Madison Dieffenbach, Staff Writer

October 25, 2019

After competing at the Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) RHS’ Botball team, the Incredibots, now ranks fifth place worldwide.  GCER is a STEM conference that is aimed towards students, teachers, professionals and enthusiasts in the technology community. It features a Robotics sh...

It’s Academic Team Earns Third Place in DC Metro Finals

Members of the It's Academic team practice answering questions.   The team placed third out of 81 teams in the D.C. Metro Finals after being defeated by Montgomery Blair High School (MBHS) and Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) May 18.

Sabina Salguero, News Managing Editor

June 11, 2019

RHS’ It’s Academic team placed third out of 81 teams in the D.C. Metro Finals after being defeated by Montgomery Blair High School (MBHS) and Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) 565–455–360 May 18 at NBS studios in D.C. This is the first time in nine years RHS has made finals since winning the ...

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