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Overworked and Overstressed: Past the Breaking Point

Overworked and Overstressed: Past the Breaking Point

Sarah Rubin, Print Editor in Chief

June 18, 2019

A few weeks ago, Wilde Lake sophomore Rachel Beall’s math teacher wasn’t in class for a few days, and, when he returned, there was a huge test. “I was so scared,” she said, “because not only did I not know the topic, but I had no time to study with him after-school to try to understand. I remembe...

Students Advocate For Mental Health Resources

Students Advocate For Mental Health Resources

Sydney Cox, Arts Editor

June 18, 2019

When the Board of Education announced that they were having a meeting pertaining to fund distributions in Howard County, Wilde Lake sophomore Vaniya Khan knew that it was her time to speak up on an underrepresented and underfunded issue: mental health. On April 7, Khan was attending her monthly y...

SMOB Organizes Forum to Destigmatize Mental Health

SMOB Organizes Forum to Destigmatize Mental Health

Sarah Rubin, Print Editor in Chief

June 18, 2019

When she was in seventh grade, Trisha Reddy was told that in the United States, the biggest cause of death for teens was suicide. “This is what truly inspired me to help with the discussion,” she said, “because people around me were suffering in silence, unknowing of the variety of ways that the...

Cheating Problem Escalates as Schools Fail to Crack Down

Cheating Problem Escalates as Schools Fail to Crack Down

Rebecca Nason, News Editor

June 18, 2019

It’s Friday morning, the day of the test. If you get above an 85 percent you’ll pass this quarter. Otherwise, you won’t. You didn’t go to bed last night until after 3:00, when you fell asleep into your notes. This morning you studied on the bus, before first period and in all of your earlier ...

Baseball Has Strong Playoff Run, Loses to La Plata in Fourth Round

Baseball Has Strong Playoff Run, Loses to La Plata in Fourth Round

Aenilah Watkins, Web Editor in Chief

June 18, 2019

This year, the Wilde Lake varsity baseball team, under its new coach Mr.Frederick, went 5-16, their best record in the past four years. The team credits their chemistry and Coach Frederick for this turn-around. “This year was definitely different from my previous seasons because the team felt more orga...

PARCC Replaced by MCAP

PARCC Replaced by MCAP

Hope Kahn, Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2019

Next year, the PARCC assessment will be replaced by the MCAP, short for the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program, in an attempt to improve state assessment testing by providing a shorter and more efficient way to test the MD College and Career Ready Standards in Reading, English, and Math, accordi...

Wilde Lake Tightens Safety Measures in Response to Threat of Gun Violence in Columbia

Wilde Lake Tightens Safety Measures in Response to Threat of Gun Violence in Columbia

Bryan Shin, Filmmaker/ Writer

May 14, 2019

The school shootings that have occurred throughout the United States are incidents that have changed the mindsets of many throughout the entire country. 2018 was a record year for school shooting incidents with 113 killed or injured, according to BBC News. In 2018, schools across the United States underw...

Teachers Award Record Number of Positive Behavior Forms

Teachers Award Record Number of Positive Behavior Forms

MiMi Johnson

May 13, 2019

This year, teachers have handed out more positive behavior forms than discipline forms, the result of an increased effort to recognize students for their successes and not simply their missteps. In the first two quarters of the school year, 179 disciplinary forms were given out to students. But duri...

Wilde Lake Students Attend Glenelg High For a Day

Wilde Lake Students Attend Glenelg High For a Day

Hope Kahn, Editor-in-Chief

May 9, 2019

Wilde Lake students are used to the open building, diverse classes, and constant noise, so when five students had the opportunity to attend Glenelg for the day, they noticed an enclosed building, a lack of diversity, and silent hallways. Senior Rachel Henry presented the idea she had last year. “...

Social Studies Teacher Ms. Volpe Awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year

Social Studies Teacher Ms. Volpe Awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year

Hope Kahn, Editor-in-Chief

May 9, 2019

Ms. Volpe’s enthusiastic presence is known throughout the school, and now it is known throughout the state. On March 25, she was awarded  “Secondary Teacher of the Year” by the Maryland Council for Social Studies. “I didn’t think I was going to win, so I was running late to the ceremony,...

Howard County Protects Students Against Rising Threat of STIs

Howard County Protects Students Against Rising Threat of STIs

Hope Kahn, Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2019

In response to an increasing threat of sexually transmitted infections, Howard County offers condoms upon request to help protect students from STIs in Howard County. In 2017, Chlamydia was the most reported STI in Howard County with 1,136 reported cases followed by 235 cases of Gonorrhea, according t...

Administration Looks for Long Term Solutions to Behavior Problems

Administration Looks for Long Term Solutions to Behavior Problems

Rebecca Nason, News Editor

December 18, 2018

In an attempt to reduce suspension and detention rates, while also improving relationships between students and staff members, Wilde Lake administration is training teachers to implement a new community building model called restorative justice. According to Mr. Wilson, students should expect fewer re...

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