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Rampage Volume 52 Staff

Rampage Volume 52 Staff

May 15, 2019

Editors-in-Chief: Colleen Barrett and Elenna Mach Copy Editors: Ben Kushner and Daniel Pujo Production Head: Olivia Turner Online Editor: Jacob Burkhardt Opinion Managing Editors: Andrew Coulibaly and George Baldwin News Managing Editors: Emma Hourigan and Sabina Salguero Features Managing...

Education System Barely Changed in 125 Years

The committee of 10 from the late 19th century put forth educational policies which can still be found in schools nationwide in 2019.

Ben Kushner, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

In 1893, the U.S. Education Commissioner, William Harris, was bent over a small table, finalizing his letter of transmittal to the Department of the Interior regarding the “Report of the Committee of 10 on Secondary Education.” He had labored alongside six college presidents and three high schoo...

All Schools in Md. Conduct MSDE Climate Survey

All schools in Maryland are required to take the survey as a part of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, which includes learning more about the school's climate.

Olivia Turner, Staff Writer

May 2, 2019

The Maryland School Climate Survey was administered to students and school faculty March. 20, after conducting a field test for troubleshooting purposes in the fall. However, there were many logistical and planning issues with the most recent survey, generating some differing opinions on the survey itself a...

New Round of Changes to English 9, 10 Curricula

After a study done on the middle school curriculum prompted big changes, MCPS is making changes to the high school English curriculum as well.

Olivia Turner, Staff Writer

April 16, 2019

After Johns Hopkins University conducted an external audit of the K-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and math curricula in MCPS schools, adjustments are now also being made to improve the existing high school curriculum in upcoming school years. Last year, the Board of Education (BOE) commissioned the outside...

MCPS Extends School Year by a Day

After a strong if inclement weather days caused by ice and snow, MCPS extended the school year from June 13 to June 14.

Sabina Salguero, Staff Writer

April 16, 2019

The last day of the 2018-19 MCPS school year has been moved to Friday, June 14 for students and Monday, June 17 for teachers due to recent weather emergencies caused by ice and snow, which prompted school closures. MCPS has a total of 182 instructional days built into the school year, but because four...

FoT Class Removed Beginning 2019-2020 School Year

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, RHS high school students will no longer be able to fulfill their technology credit by taking the Foundations of Technology class.

Iris Valentin, Features Managing Editor

April 15, 2019

The Foundations of Technology (FOT) class has been removed from the course selection options for the 2019-20 school year, upsetting many students who viewed the class as a way to get their technology credit required by the state for graduation. Students now have the option of two classes to fulfill their tec...

4 Damascus JV Football Players’ Cases Moved to Juvenile Court; MCPS Conducts Internal Investigation

4 Damascus JV Football Players' Cases Moved to Juvenile Court; MCPS Conducts Internal Investigation

Esther Frances, Print Copy Editor

April 11, 2019

After four Damascus High School (DHS) JV football players were charged as adults for first degree rape and an additional three counts of conspiracy to commit rape in November 2018, four separate hearings throughout February and March decided that all four players will now be tried as juveniles. I...

125 Students Serve Lunch Detention on First Day of New Tardy Policy

New policy implemented  April 3 gives all students with unexcused tardies a lunch detention.

Emily Nagy, Editor in Chief

April 4, 2019

Senior Emely Reyes rushed through the halls attempting to make it to first period before 7:45 a.m. after forgetting her art assignment in her car. Frantically, with her painting in hand, she weaved through students trying to make it to her art class. After unsuccessfully beating the bell, Reyes, still ...

Students Walk Out, Protest in DC

MCPS students gathered in Washington DC March 14 to protest against weak gun laws and in support of new legislation, bill HR8.

Zoe Moser, Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2019

Exactly one year after the first high school student walkout, the student-run social activist group MoCo for Change led a second annual walkout March 14 in Washington D.C., again protesting Congress’ inaction over gun violence, and lobbying the Senate to pass a bill allowing universal background c...

MCPS Implements New Guest Sign-In System

The new visitor sign-in machine located in the main office.  The machines have been installed in schools throughout the county.

Anna Stewart, News Managing Editor

March 28, 2019

Five months after the new guest sign-in system was implemented at RHS in October 2018, other schools are now also installing the system in their main offices throughout the county.   The check-in system requires that all visitors scan their driver’s licenses or other form of ID into a machine loca...

3 Additional Easy-Fill Water Stations Installed Throughout Building

Students have started using the easy-fill water stations to fill up water bottles.  The counter in the top-right corner displays the number of plastic bottles saved by using the water station.  The three new stations were installed in the first week of March.

Ben Kushner, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019

Allowing students to easily fill up water bottles, new water fountains were installed the second week of March outside the main gym, outside the main office and in the second floor rotunda paid for by an MCPS wellness grant and the Student Government Association (SGA). The water fountain with the water bottle ref...

It’s Academic Team Outlasts Two Competitors, Makes Semi-Finals For First Time in 3 Years

Members of the It's Academic team practice buzzing in quickly to answer questions on a wide range of topics.  The team will be competing in the semi-finals May 11 for the first time in three years.

Sabina Salguero, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019

After an intense playoff match against Richard Montgomery (RM) High School (HS) and Landon HS Feb. 16, RHS’ It’s Academic televised team (A-Team) won 590–495–390 and will be moving on to the semifinals for the first time in three years. There were nine games in the It’s Academic playoffs, which beg...

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