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Jingle Jangle’s Christmas Journey makes Christmas diversity possible

“Is it possible that the square root of impossible is me?” -Journey Jangle
December 23, 2020

David E. Talbert is making it possible for Black Americans to be the stars of the Christmas holiday. Following the drama Almost Christmas in 2016, Talbert has now produced the perfect diverse Christmas...

Drama Debrief: The excitement and glitches of tackling a *virtual* fall play

December 8, 2020

Linganore Drama needed no help desk in their fall production of Help Desk, a play in 13 short virtual vignettes. The creative team for the show gathered to discuss the joys and challenges of experiencing...

Skittles on and cameras off: Not the sweetest choice for teachers

Journalism teacher Mrs. Rebetsky shows students what a typical google meet looks like through her screen.
Something as small as seeing another face really brightens teachers' days.
December 2, 2020

On a typical virtual school day,  students roll out of bed just in time for their first 8:30 class. These online classes are filled with lectures, notes and breakout rooms. They are greeted by teachers...

Madam Vice President: Role Model for ALL

November 19, 2020

Introducing Madam Vice President….. Kamala Harris.  Kamala Harris was just announced the 46th Vice President (Elect) of the United States. Harris is already breaking through glass barriers as she...

Could Social Emotional Learning shape our generation?

These are screenshots from School Connect lessons taught by Coach Rudy.
"It sincerely comes from a place of trying to help kids." --Coach Rudy
November 5, 2020

In the jar of our lives with limited time, are the rocks your priority or are the little beans eating up your time? This strange year has really shown what is most important in life, like family, friends,...

Online Shopping: Necessity . . .or therapy?

Evidence of online shopping is the number of brown boxes consumers are collecting and recycling.
October 28, 2020

Have you ever bought something because you loved the advertisement? Maybe you saw the colorful Old Navy jeans commercial and thought you NEEDED to have them to feel bright, cheerful and able to conquer...

Calling all real Ghostbusters: Local paranormal investigators bring the fright back to Halloween

Founded in 2016 by Tony Avallone, the M.A.P.P. paranormal investigation team is keeping the spooky feeling alive this Halloween by investigating private and commercial residences.
“I 100% believe in ghosts. I feel like there are some spirits that have unfinished business or for some reason, they can’t cross-over. The investigations only confirmed my beliefs." --Sydney Rossman
October 27, 2020

Do you believe in ghosts? The Mid-Atlantic Paranormal Project (M.A.P.P.) does, and this Halloween, the three-member team is keeping the spooky feeling alive.  The Investigators The local paranormal...

Whitehead’s Nickel Boys tells a gruesome truth we all need to hear

Elwood Curtis and Jack Turner, two world collided into one, surrounded by the commands of abuse given by the Nickel Boys Academy.
Right place, wrong time. For how many black men is this more than just a story? This is a daily possibility, a reality.
October 25, 2020

Reform school and abuse. Elwood Curtis and Jack Turner. Optimism and pessimism.  One way or another, there are always two sides to every story. Only the unmarked graves tell the gruesome truth. For...

The Oscars are attempting to stop institutional racism: Can we?

& THE AWARD GOES TO.... Will FCPS take home the Oscar? Let's see how  diversity plays a factor in the educational system!
"The argument is "If it is for us, it needs to be with us." This applies to the entertainment industry and beyond."--Leane Pupo
October 12, 2020

Best Actor? No. Best Picture? NO. Diversity? YES! Picture this: the new diversity requirements for the Oscars are put to the test in a local high school. Would your school be nominated? Would your school...

Class of 2021 tries to “unmask” the college application process during a global pandemic

Due to the widespread restrictions as a result of COVID-19, many Class of 2021 students feel that their college search process is similar to swiping right or left on a dating app.
SAT cancellations, virtual open houses, Zoom interviews, and more complicate the application process for the Class of 2021.
October 7, 2020

What about the Class of 2021? With COVID-19 restrictions, the college touring process feels a lot like swiping left or right on a dating app to find the perfect match.  A student’s senior year...

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