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Report Finds Dangerous Lead Levels in Some Schools’ Drinking Water

Board of Education (BOE) member Jill Ortman-Fouse has introduced a resolution to replace water fountains with water bottle filling stations for students, which includes features that help filter out lead.  Installation would cost $1.1 million,

Erin Bode, News Managing Editor

December 20, 2018

After testing MCPS water fountains last summer and finding alarming levels of lead in certain schools, Board of Education (BOE) member Jill Ortman-Fouse introduced a $1.1 million resolution to purchase new water bottle filling stations for every school in the county. Testing within schools found that 63 water f...

Amazon’s Second Headquarters Brings STEM Enthusiasm to DMV

Amazon announced Nov. 13 it is opening its second headquarters in both NY and VA, bringing  25,000 jobs to  the DMV area.

Matthew Liu, Opinion Managing Editor

December 19, 2018

Electronic commerce giant Amazon announced Crystal City, Va. and Long Island City, N.Y. to be the locations of its much-hyped second headquarters Nov. 13, bringing newfound attention to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers for high school students in the Washington, D.C. area. ...

MCPS Addresses Recent Hazing in Light of Damascus Charges

MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith spoke at a monthly press conference. Smith addressed the Damascus High School incident.

Zoe Moser, Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2018

Following the alleged hazing and sexual assault at Damascus High School Oct. 31, MCPS is giving renewed attention to hazing and its implications. Four 15 year-old Damascus HS junior varsity JV football players were charged on five different counts each: one count of first-degree rape, three count...

SMOB Tadikonda Visits RHS, Hears from Students

Student member of the board Ananya Tadikonda speaks to students Dec. 6 about pressing issues in MCPS.  Tadikonda said she hoped to visit all high schools to answer student questions and address concerns.

Erin Bode, News Managing Editor

December 16, 2018

Student Member of the Board Ananya Tadikonda visited RHS Dec. 6 during lunch to meet with students and student leaders to discuss her current policies and student concerns. She plans to visit all middle and high schools throughout MCPS by the end of her term. "I just want to hear them [students]. I want...

Coffee House Being Held to Raise Money for Students in Car Crash

Coffee House Being Held to Raise Money for Students in Car Crash

Colleen Barrett, Print Copy Editor

November 29, 2018

Chorus is hosting a coffee house Friday Nov. 30 in the chorus room at lunch to raise money for the Ortiz family, after sisters, senior Lia Ortiz, freshman Iliana Ortiz and freshman Liliana Ortiz, were hospitalized Nov. 23 due to a car crash on Norbeck Road. The coffee house will include student perfor...

Pedestrian Safety a Renewed Concern After Kennedy HS Accident

Pedestrian Safety a Renewed Concern After Kennedy HS Accident

Andrew Coulibaly, Opinion Managing Editor

November 29, 2018

Montgomery County is always trying to increase safety for all residents and lately, there have been renewed calls to focus more on pedestrian safety for students after four John F. Kennedy High School (JFK) students were injured in a car crash while waiting at a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) ...

Gov. Hogan Wins Handily; Elrich Replaces Leggett as County Executive

Republican Governor Larry Hogan won a second term in the heavily Democratic-leaning state of Maryland.   He was only the second Republican ever to do so.

Aidan Brami, Online Copy Editor

November 28, 2018

Governor This year’s governor race was a battle between current Republican Governor Larry Hogan and former NAACP president and Democrat Ben Jealous. Hogan defeated Jealous handily to become the second Republican governor to be re-elected in Maryland. Hogan ran for his second campaign for governor and ...

Leggett Retires From Role as County Executive, Leaves Lasting Legacy

Leggett met with Rampage reporter Colleen Barrett to discuss the impact of his career.

Colleen Barrett, Print Copy Editor

November 26, 2018

Hanging in the waiting room of his office and beneath the label “from humble beginnings” is a picture of the childhood home of current Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. He described his home as not much larger than his personal office and the two small rooms next to it, but it was enough for...

Maryland to Replace PARCC Tests in 2020

Maryland to Replace PARCC Tests in 2020

Zoe Moser, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2018

Spring 2019 will mark the final year that Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Tests, formally known as the PARCC tests, according to a Sept. 13 Washington Post article. The tests are being scrapped following compl...

Coffee Culture: RHS Runs on Caffeinated Drinks

By drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, students said they hope to make up for a lack of sleep the previous night and have enough energy to make it through the entire day of school.

Anna Stewart, News Managing Editor

November 20, 2018

Caffeine has become the “brain fuel” of today’s society, helping Americans keep up with the fast pace of daily life.  But this increased dependence on the stimulant isn’t just limited to working adults; more and more teenagers have begun turning to coffee for extra energy to start the schoo...

BOE Extends 2020 Spring Break in Unanimous Vote

BOE Extends 2020 Spring Break in Unanimous Vote

Emily Nagy, Editor-in-Chief

November 19, 2018

Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Board of Education (BOE) approved a six-day spring break for the 2019-2020 school year after shortening it for this current school year due to calendar restrictions. MCPS proposed two calendars to the BOE Sept. 13 for the 2019-2020 school year with one s...

Senior Announced as National Merit Scholar

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced its semi-finalists of which senior Nav Bindra was one.

Michael Carvajal, Associate Online Editor

November 8, 2018

The National Merit Scholar semifinalists were announced Sept. 12, confirming RHS senior Nav Bindra as a contestant. Out of the roughly 16,000 semifinalists, 15,000 will be notified of their advancement to the finalist stage in February 2019. The National Merit Scholarship program is a United States compet...

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