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Howard County No Longer Allows Teachers to Award Extra Credit to Students

Howard County No Longer Allows Teachers to Award Extra Credit to Students

Devin Garcia, Writer

December 6, 2019

This year, Howard County has introduced a new policy which no longer allows teachers to award extra credit to students. In the past, many teachers would offer extra credit opportunities to students with borderline grades, providing them with the small boost necessary to raise their letter grade.  ...

Howard County School System No Longer Releases Interims To Students

Howard County School System No Longer Releases Interims To Students

Devin Garcia, Writer

November 25, 2019

This year, Howard County has removed interims, meaning students will no longer be given a paper copy of their grades halfway through each quarter to bring home to their families.   Interims initial purpose was to provide a measurement of a student’s progress midway through the quarter, and give feedbac...

Hui Time Gives Students a Cafeteria Alternative

Freshman Matthew Batmukh and Nakomis Styers, are seen playing basketball in the Aux Gym.

Nadyne Segbe, Writer

November 13, 2019

Remember recess? It’s back. Not everyone wants to spend their lunch period in the cafeteria. That’s why administration is implementing Hui Time, an alternative to a cafeteria lunch, where students can spend their lunch period in the gym, instead, playing basketball, or just hanging out.  Mr....

Lateness Policy Creates Long Lines and Delays Instruction For Late Students

Numerous students are seen lined up outside of the main entrance awaiting a tardy pass.

Aenilah Watkins, Web Editor in Chief

November 11, 2019

At 7:25am across Howard County, students are expected to be in school on time. However, this isn’t always the case for Wilde Lake seniors Selam Abebe, Bryan Shin, and Trea Jenkins. The trio often misses the 7:10-7:25am timeframe, after which time students stand in line and await an official tardy pas...

SMOB Organizes Forum to Destigmatize Mental Health

Attendees of the SMOB Mental Health Meeting on May 16.

Sarah Rubin, Print Co-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

52 percent of students say they cheat, according to the Johnson Institute for Youth Ethics. Photo by Bryan Shin.

Rebecca Nason, Print Co-Editor in Chief

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 ...

PARCC Replaced by MCAP

Chris Carey works on an assessment.

Hope Kahn

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

Senior Darae Lyles gets off of her bus to be greeted by Officer Shams

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

Student conversations with administration are encouraged through the use 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 and Glenelg students at Glenelg on March 27. (Photo contributed from Glenelg’s Twitter)

Hope Kahn

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

Photo provided by Ms. Volpe

Hope Kahn

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

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...

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