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Practice safe sex: Condoms should be available in Frederick County high schools

Practice safe sex: Condoms should be available in Frederick County high schools

by Braden Weinel, Editor

May 1, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Spring 2019

From freshman to senior year, we are all taught abstinence, the only 100% effective way to save teens from unplanned pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases. However, all classroom preparation aside, history says that hormones and desire are going to win. Due to this, we should at least prepar...

Are you ready? Linganore, Oakdale and Urbana areas redistricting quickly to alleviate overcrowding

Are you ready? Linganore, Oakdale and Urbana areas redistricting quickly to alleviate overcrowding

by Emily McNally, Reporter

April 4, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase, Spring 2019

Frederick County Public Schools plan to redistrict starting in the 2020-2021 school year, and three high schools will be affected: Urbana, Oakdale and Linganore.  This typically takes about one year to complete and another year to implement. The students affected will be redistricted in phases. At t...

Students take a FCPS perceptual survey: Photo of the Day 2/14/19

Students take a FCPS perceptual survey: Photo of the Day 2/14/19

by Lindsey Russo, Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Photo of the Day

Between February 14 and 20, students in Grades 3 through high school in FCPS will take a perceptual survey about how they feel about FCPS schools. The survey is important to provide data that will lead to improvements in everyone’s school experience. Natalie Gay is the Coordinator for Data Anal...

Students get a “voice” during special field trip to discuss problems: Photo of the Day 2/5/19

Students get a “voice” during special field trip to discuss problems: Photo of the Day 2/5/19

by Braden Weinel, Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Photo of the Day, Spring 2019

On February 4, students travelled to the Frederick County Public Schools staff development building for a Student Voices field trip. They joined others from Frederick, Oakdale and Governor Thomas Johnson High Schools. The purpose of this field trip was to build unity throughout our county and to get other persp...

Staff and alumni look forward to Liberty Elementary getting remodeled

Staff and alumni look forward to Liberty Elementary getting remodeled

by Kendall Martin and Sydney Henry

January 24, 2019


Filed under Fall 2018, Features, Showcase

Liberty Elementary school was established in 1927, and 92 years late,  FCPS is planning a remodel. The construction team that is making this happen are trying to figure out the best way to expand and modernize the school. They also want to make it a more safe place for students. As a former stude...

Registration process: The future is now!

Registration process: The future is now!

by Rachel McCoy and Grace Coccagna

January 23, 2019


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

The time has come where every student has to plan for their next year of high school, even before the second semester has started. This process can be very stressful because their are so many components to think about. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have received a pink slip about registration,...

An Open Letter to FCPS: The necessity of adding a non-binary option on school-related forms

An Open Letter to FCPS: The necessity of adding a non-binary option on school-related forms

by Beau Cameron, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2019


Filed under Best of SNO, Opinion, Showcase

Dear FCPS: In 2019, the District of Columbia’s public school system will apply a third gender marker on their enrollment forms, allowing students to select “non-binary” rather than male or female when indicating the child’s gender. Almost all public school districts in Maryland and the D.C. region include gender identity as a protected class in their non-discrimina...

FCPS 2019-20 draft calendar is a win

FCPS 2019-20 draft calendar is a win

by Emily Webb, Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

FCPS recently posted the 2019-2020 school year draft calendar for public review. However, the public comment period came and went with few students aware it was available. For those of us watching the calendar, there are some significant changes that have been made that will affect the coming school y...

Dual enrollment astronomy course would be an out-of-this-world opportunity

Dual enrollment astronomy course would be an out-of-this-world opportunity

by Dana Kullgren, Reporter

December 17, 2018


Filed under Fall 2018, Opinion, Showcase

Hawking's ideas about the study of astronomy apply to Frederick County Public Schools. There are three science course requirements that every high school student in Frederick County must fulfill: physics, biology, and chemistry. These three science courses all center around terrestrial matters...

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