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September 9, 2015 | MoCo Student

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Why Do Students Dread Coming to School?

Five days a week, nine months a year, all students in Montgomery County have the opportunity to learn at one of the many prestigious schools in our area. These are the same schools that make our county one of the most high-achieving educational districts in the country. The educational professionals and resources we have at […]

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August 27, 2015 | MoCo Student

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Delaney Hosts Workshop on Climate Action

Future generations will judge us positively or harshly depending on our actions to mitigate climate change, stated Congressman Delaney (D-MD6) at a climate action workshop attended by more than 160 this past Tuesday. “We all know that there are many important issues to wrestle with for our citizens,” Delaney said, “but the risk of climate […]

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August 24, 2015 | MoCo Student

Only You Are Restricting Us

Note from the author: This poem was inspired by how the education system works against students in many ways. It’s understandably hard (if not impossible) to create a system that can highlight the strengths of every student, but it is my belief that the content areas and skill sets valued by Common Core State Standards […]

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July 23, 2015 | MoCo Student

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Securing The Safety and Comfort of Trans Students

Going to the bathroom in school is rarely enjoyable. However, for transgender students in MCPS, answering nature’s call can be a stressful or at times dangerous process. For a long time, our school board has failed to address this important aspect of student safety and well-being. The Human Rights Campaign defines transgender or trans* to […]

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May 27, 2015 | MoCo Student

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Skimming the Surface: The Merits of High School Rankings

Recently, 14 Montgomery County High Schools were ranked among the top high schools in the U.S. News and World Report 2015 Best High School list. Schools were judged based on “college readiness indexes” and test performance. While good test scores and high graduation rates help heighten the prestige of any educational institution, it is crucial […]

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May 18, 2015 | MoCo Student

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Manners Matter

“Being at Old Orchard Mall kind of reminded me of being home in Africa, by the watering hole, when the animals are in heat,” remarked Cady Heron about her fellow classmates as the scene in “Mean Girls” flashed to a group of students: a boy on all fours, a group of students acting like monkeys, […]

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May 13, 2015 | MoCo Student

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Mikulski to Retire After Decades of Service to Maryland

In March, Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not be seeking reelection in 2016, effectively ending her long time career as a Congresswoman. The Democratic Senator for Maryland has shattered so many barriers in the male-dominated arena of Congress and has a hefty list of accomplishments to her name. She holds the record for […]

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May 6, 2015 | MoCo Student


Pearson Monitors Student Social Media Accounts Following PARCC Tests

Following concerns about student question sharing online, Pearson, the education company that offers the PARCC assessments, recently began monitoring student social media accounts to ensure there are no security breaches. Their decision was met with public backlash, as many thought it was no less than spying into the lives of students. “I do feel uncomfortable […]

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April 28, 2015 | MoCo Student

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The Search for the New Superintendent

School start times, student workload, cell phone policies, and standardized testing are just a few of the discussions that Montgomery County Public Schools’ superintendent leads. This past February, Joshua Starr stepped down as MCPS superintendent.  His four years as superintendent were highlighted by efforts to reduce amounts of standardized testing across the nation. To this […]

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April 21, 2015 | MoCo Student

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MCPS Seniors Evaluate the College Admissions Process

Following graduation, many MCPS seniors consider attending college as their “next big step.” Prior to matriculation, however, the college admissions process is often considered a major challenge. From asking for recommendations to writing essays to sending SAT/ACT scores, college admissions is a lengthy, and also costly, process. Application fees for schools average around $40, and […]

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