New Bill Would Restore County Autonomy In Deciding School Calendar

New Bill Would Restore County Autonomy In Deciding School Calendar

Javier Lopez, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019

Maryland senators are fighting to overturn Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2016 executive order that requires Maryland public schools start after Labor Day and end by June 15. State Senator Paul G. Pinsky introduced a bill Jan. 18 that would allow individual county school boards to determine their own start and...

Behind the Cafeteria Counter: Inside Look at School Lunches

Mozzarella sticks laid out as one of a variety of lunch options for students.  Cafeteria managers are required to serve certain daily specials, though they have the flexibility to offer additional options.

Zoe Moser, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2019

About one third of RHS students eat school-provided lunch every day, yet many are unaware of what goes on behind the scenes to prepare their meals. All MCPS elementary, middle and high schools offer both lunch and breakfast meals to students with a varied menu. The MCPS Division of Food and Nutritio...

After Renaming Middle School, All School Names Under Review

After Renaming Middle School, All School Names Under Review

Elenna Mach, Editor-in-Chief

March 1, 2019

Following Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro’s recommendation to change Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School’s (MS) name, the Board of Education (BOE) has asked for a review of existing school names to “ensure that all names are appropriate candidates for school facilities,” accor...

AP Lang Students Create Local Museum Exhibits

Junior Soroush Noktehdan, left, and junior Kushal Devkota, right, work together preparing their displays at the Beall-Dawson House. AP Lang students created the immigration displays in class in the second quarter.

Andrew Coulibaly, Opinion Managing Editor

February 25, 2019

Seventy-four students from English teacher Krista McKim’s Advanced Placement Language and Composition (AP Lang) course created their own museum exhibits called “Migrate With Us: Through the Stories of Those Living in MoCo,” displayed in the Beall-Dawson House Jan. 31. Students began this pro...

History of Helping in RHS Community

History of Helping in RHS Community

Anna Stewart, News Managing Editor

February 22, 2019

Rockville is a fairly small community, but the people in it have rallied around big causes demonstrating a strong level of commitment and support to each other. Time and time again the community has banded together to help its members in need - whether it be with restaurant nights or simply spreading awar...

It’s Academic’s Uncertain Future

Students answer practice questions during the It's Academic practice using their buzzers.  The club's studio is being moved and team members expressed concern over losing their Giant Foods sponsorship.

Elenna Mach and Sabina Salguero

February 14, 2019

Every Monday and Wednesday evening, the It’s Academic team studies together. Only, they are going over things most students are not concerned about, such as which Turkish empire brought tulips to Europe. It’s Academic is a competitive club that has been running for over 50 years where schools...

Washington Post Article Spotlights Possible Grade Inflation in MCPS

The Washington Post article noted that while MCPS grades rise, scores on external assessments have not, revealing possible grade inflation.

Colleen Barrett, Print Copy Editor

January 16, 2019

Following a Dec. 31 Washington Post article which questioned recent MCPS policies for causing potential grade inflation, Superintendent Jack R. Smith and the community at large have once again been discussing the topic of assessing student grades. The Washington Post article noted that while internal grades ris...

MCPS Holds Job Fair to Support Federal Workers

MCPS Holds Job Fair to Support Federal Workers

Zoe Moser, Editor-in-Chief

January 16, 2019

MCPS held a job fair for furloughed federal workers Jan. 15 in their Rockville human relations office in which people applied for open job positions such as substitute teachers, maintenance staff and bus drivers. Hundreds of applicants showed up and brought their resumes and government identification, sig...

FDA Regulates Juuls, Bans Flavors Popular with Teens

In response to increased teenage use the Federal Drug Administration banned many flavored pods, specifically the fruit flavored ones.

Teddy Bilodeau, Staff Writer

January 2, 2019

Juul Labs Inc. has advertised itself as an alternative for smokers trying to quit, but is now sparking a new epidemic: nicotine addiction in non-smoking teens. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced Sept. 12 that vape company Juul would be given 60 days to prove they can keep their produ...

RHS Receives 4 Stars on State Report Card

The recent state report card broke down proficiency in English Language Arts by racial demographic spotlighting the achievement gap.

Anna Stewart, News Managing Editor

December 21, 2018

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) unveiled an accountability report card Dec. 4, designed to measure the success of every public school in Maryland and identify areas for improvement. Under the revamped model, Rockville High School (RHS) was awarded four out of five stars. This yea...

Report Finds that MCPS Fails to Support, Prepare Latino Students

The University of Maryland report coupled with the recent state report card further confirm that proficiency levels for Latinos in English and math are low, both around 30 percent.

Zoe Moser, Editor-in-Chief

December 21, 2018

Despite being the fastest growing demographic and largest racial group in Montgomery County, Hispanic and Latino students continue to struggle academically in MCPS as the achievement gap widens, according to a Nov. 8 report. The report by the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Health rev...

Rockville Town Square Fears Closure Due to Debt, Multiple Stores Shut Down

Rockville Town Square is the central area of Rockville Town Center and is where the ice skating rink is during the winter.  After numerous stores closed down, city officials and residents have discussed ways to save the remaining businesses.

Esther Frances, Print Copy Editor

December 21, 2018

Since 2006, Rockville Town Center has provided residents with a diverse mix of restaurants, shops and seasonal festivities. But due to a decline in customers and a lack of revenue, Dawson’s Market, Mellow Mushroom and Pandora Seafood and Bar all closed their doors this fall, the latest in a trend of ...

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