Damascus High School

January 16, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Talk #4: Jennifer Alvaro

The alleged sexual assault at Damascus High School shook parents, teachers, administrators and students themselves. We asked Jennifer Alvaro to join us in the Montgomery Community Media podcast booth to talk about the issues surrounding the incident. We believed some of the things Alvaro said deserved a response from Montgomery County Public Schools. In an […]

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December 21, 2018 | Staff Writer

Year in Review: The Top 12 Montgomery County Stories in 2018

1. Elrich Becomes County Executive Voters roared in 2016, passing term limits on County Council members and the county executive. In 2018, the voters continued to roar. First, in the Democratic primary, voters winnowed a list of 38 candidates down to four in the council’s at-large race. Next, voters chose Marc Elrich as their party’s choice […]

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December 7, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

MCPS High School Rankings Based on Maryland School Report Card Scores

Maryland’s Department of Education unveiled its new “accountability system” earlier this week: Maryland School Report Cards. Although Maryland schools have received “report cards” for the past two decades, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon believes the new system is more comprehensive. Schools receive three scores: Star Rating (based on point percentage). Percentile Rank (school’s performance […]

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November 26, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Bail Reduced for Damascus High Football Players

A Montgomery County judge Monday reduced the bail of the four boys who face first-degree rape charges in the wake of a locker room incident on Halloween. The boys, all 15-year-old members of the Damascus High School junior varsity football team, had been held without bail after their arrests Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving. […]

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November 26, 2018 | Staff Writer

Riemer Hosts Last Meet the Media

Council President Hans Riemer holds his last “meet the media.” Discussions included some budget talk, as it relates to compensation, as well as his thoughts on the Halloween incident at Damascus High School. If the council follows custom, Council Vice President Nancy Navarro will become the council’s new president.

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November 26, 2018 | Staff Writer

Brooms Discovered on Damascus High School Grounds Sunday

Multiple brooms were discovered Sunday evening on and near the Damascus High School grounds, according to the principal. Principal Casey Crouse sent a letter to parents on Monday letting them know about the incident. According to the letter, the police were notified, and the brooms were removed Sunday. Both Montgomery County Public Schools staff members […]

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November 21, 2018 | Staff Writer

Police Charge Four Damascus High Boys as Adults in Sex Assault Case

Four of the five juveniles charged in the Damascus High School sexual assaults have been charged as adults, according to a Montgomery County police statement. The fifth juvenile remains charged as a juvenile. The four were arrested Wednesday morning with Montgomery County criminal warrants and taken to the county’s Central Processing Unit, police said. The […]

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November 20, 2018 | Staff Writer

Smith Meets the Media

School Superintendent Jack Smith meets with reporters, discussing the incident at Damascus High School, the capital budget and upcoming state assessments of schools, among other topics. A Damascus High parent attended the session.

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November 19, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Damascus Father Criticizes High School’s Principal over Response to Incident

A Damascus parent told school Superintendent Jack Smith he was frustrated with his son’s high school principal Monday, saying she accused all the boys of the junior varsity football team, even though only five have been accused. The principal, Casey Crouse, has not addressed the parents, he said. “Certainly we will follow up on the […]

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November 9, 2018 | Staff Writer

MCPS Superintendent Responds to Concerns over Damascus Varsity Football

In a letter addressed to the MCPS Community Friday, Jack Smith, Montgomery County Public School Superintendent, says there is no indication that any Damascus varsity football players were involved in last week’s hazing incident that resulted in second-degree rape and attempted second-degree rape charges against five junior varsity football players. Smith’s letter states that community members […]

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