Courtesy MCPS

Megan Lee of Watkins Mill High School and Kairo Maysonet Walker of Julius West Middle School were the top winners in their respective categories in this year’s “Keeping it Safe Coalition” student video contest sponsored by Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) and the Montgomery County Police Department. The annual contest encourages student teams to create 30-second public service announcements about the risks of under-21 alcohol use.

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Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando released a statement on Friday regarding the recent threats made to public schools. Jawando is the chair of the Education & Culture Committee that focuses in part on issues relating to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). This week threats were made to Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS, Whitman HS, and Bethesda ES. All were found to be non-credible.!His full statement can be seen below:

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1:20 pm UPDATE: The reported threat to Walt Whitman High School has been determined to be unfounded.

1:12pm UPDATE: MCPS will be releasing information for parents on picking up their students. 

1:07pm UPDATE: Police will be clearing the school momentarily. Students will be returning to campus. 

12:44pm UPDATE: MCPD is on scene at Walt Whitman High School. Officers have secured the area and are verifying the validity of the reported threat. 

Per Montgomery County Police: “Walt Whitman High School is currently evacuating following a reported threat. MCPD is confirming the validity of this report. More information will be released as it becomes available.” This article will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

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By Watkins Mill High School Seniors
Obehi Eromosele and Huswat Olajide

Most people dread seeing their teachers outside of school, but one Watkins Mill High School alumna is looking forward to it this weekend. WMHS graduate Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer will speak as a featured poetry author and in the following block WMHS english and journalism teacher Sara Goodman Confino will be one of the featured authors at the Gaithersburg Book Festival for the second time. Confino will be engaging in a discussion about her book, Don’t Forget to Write, with Sophie Wan, the author of Women of Good Fortune

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MCEA and SEIU Local 500 say their members are “deeply concerned regarding the Montgomery County Public Schools FY2025 budget” in a statement released today in response to the County Council taking straw votes to unanimously approve the County’s $7.1 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Operating Budget and the $5.84 billion FY25-30 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). The full statement can be seen below:

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