From the senior parents meeting April 1, the following is all the necessary information for seniors regarding graduation, prom, and the last days of senior year. Seniors should be sure to mark the dates of all events.
The question has been raised whether the Monday following the Christian holiday of Easter has religious significance. The answer, unfortunately, is no and young Christians do not have a religious excuse for not attending the newly added April 21 school day. For Jewish and Baha'i students, however, the prospects look slightly better.
Blair's forensics team was declared the third best in Montgomery County at the Montgomery County Forensics League's Thirtieth Annual Awards Evening at Richard Montgomery High School Wednesday March 26. A Blair sophomore also received five significant honors and awards and a Blair senior won one award.
Editors from Montgomery Blair High School's newspaper, Silver Chips, won twelve awards between the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's 20th annual Gold Circle Awards and the Quill and Scroll competition from the International Honorary Society for High School Journalists. Three Silver Chips editors won nine Gold Circle Awards, the most for any high school paper in Maryland. Five editors won five awards from the Quill and Scroll.
Links connecting to news and pro-war and anti-war organizations.
Five classes of junior Blair students participated in a field test to evaluate a new form of the SAT Monday, March 17. If approved, the new form of the SAT test will be introduced in March 2005. The current test has been used for the past 76 years and trustees of the College Board hope the new test will be better aligned with current high school curriculum.
A rally in favor of a new purple Metro line will be held Tuesday March 11 at the Silver Spring Metro.
Three members of Blair's forensics team placed highly in the last of three qualifying forensics tournaments held Saturday March 1, qualifying them for the final tournament on March 21-22 at Quince Orchard High School.
As part of Silver Chips Online's ever-long pursuit to inform and educate our readers, as well as have a bit of fun, members of the staff have submitted their wishes for the upcoming Academy Awards.
The Board of Education is considering revising its grading and reporting policy to create more consistency of grades throughout the county and to align the policy with state and national assessments.
From the Associated Press, the complete list of the 75th annual Oscar nominations, as announced February 11 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is shown below. Voice your comments about movies as well as your predictions of winners.
For seniors, another stage in the college admission process has arrived: the mid-year report. Mid-year reports are used by colleges to confirm that applying students are continuing to do well. Not all colleges require mid-year reports, but for those that do, students must hand in envelopes and forms to the counseling office before March 1. The registrar's office typically sends out envelopes within a day or two of when students turn them in.
For couples everywhere, the season of doom and glory has arrived. Valentine's Day, the holiday of candy, commercialism, stress and expectations, has arrived in the American supermarkets and the rush is on to validate one's relationships. In honor of the holiday spirit, Silver Chips Online has exhumed from its archives articles from as far back as November 1998 about the interactions and anxieties involved in Blair romantic relationships. Enjoy.
I admit it: I'm biased. I love musicals of all shapes, kinds, tastes, and eras, so when Chicago came to theatres, I was set to love it. I was not disappointed. Awarded Best Picture by the Golden Globe awards, Chicago is a flashy, over-the-top, "razzle-dazzle” movie where sex, seduction, ambition, and murder are set gloriously to song and dance.
Five members of the Blair forensics team qualified for the large county tournament in March after their second qualifying tournament January 11. This makes six of the nine team members eligible to compete.
Nine delegates from various schools in suburban Tokyo, Japan, visited Blair on January 9 to learn about United States' methods of encouraging student community service and individual motivation for learning.
Abbreviated Nominations for the 45th Annual Grammy Awards are listed below. The award ceremony will be telecast on Sunday, February 23 at 8 p.m. on CBS from Madison Square Garden. For a complete list of nominations, see the official Grammy Awards website. Voice your comments about bands as well as your predictions of winners.
All of Montgomery County schools are lacking paper due to a late quarterly shipment from manufacturer International Paper. The manufacturers, according to Financial Manager Anne Alban, anticipate having the paper ready to ship on January 3.
As of noon December 20, the results of the Silver Chips "Best and Worst Assigned Novel" contest are as follows: the best book assigned in Blair is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and the voted worst book assigned in Blair is a tie between Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Lord of the Flies is the most controversial of the books listed, as five students wrote it was their favorite and six wrote it was their least favorite.
Silver Chips has been selected as the winner of Seventeen Magazine's first annual high school newspaper contest. The paper will be recognized in an upcoming issue.
Written more for the rebellious fifteen year-olds trying to find their identity and purpose in the world than the normal Disney audience of wide-eyed post-toddlers, Treasure Planet is entertaining and fun on enough levels to appeal to everyone.
The Silver Chips print edition was named a national Pacemaker by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) on Saturday, Nov 23.
Principal Phillip Gainous will clarify at a teacher meeting December 2 the school's policy concerning the requirement of students to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.
The SGA sponsored a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross Friday November 22. It was held in the wrestling room throughout the day and passes to participating students were handed out during their first period class. Participants must be over 17 and weigh over 110 pounds.
Three members of the Blair forensics team qualified for a large county tournament in May.
A Blair student will officially complain to principal Phillip Gainous about the school's policy of requiring students to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. This complaint follows a October 24 meeting with Gainous, and an earlier letter written by the student expressing his objections to the school's policy.
The winners of the print edition contests are announced!
It's not as violent as "Red Dragon's" nor as sex-drenched as even "Sweet Home Alabama's," but Disney's Tuck Everlasting has something greater: heart.
Silver Chips is one of ten national finalists for the Pacemaker award sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation. Winners will be notified at the end of October whether they will be honored as first place winners at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov 21-24 in Dallas.
Behind the baseball field, hidden behind the football bleachers, is a .66 acre plot of water, plants, trees, and wildlife that make up Blair's endangered wetland. The air is humid and the plants are often prickly and painful, but the mostly forgotten wetland is an essential part of the health of Blair's campus.
Silver Chips is one of ten national finalists for the Pacemaker award sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation. Winners will be notified at the end of October whether they will be honored at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention on November 21-24, 2002 in Dallas. The last time Silver Chips won the Pacemaker award, which is given to the top high school paper in the country, was in 1975.
Added to the newspaper staff's numerous awards earned during the 2001-2002 school year are three additional honors. Two Silver Chips alumni won two Hemingway awards. Five other staff members won the highest honors in the Children's Hospital Health Writing contest. A present staff member also won third place in the Society of Professional Journalists "Freedom of the Press High School Essay Contest.”
In accordance with new federal mandates issued during the summer for school cafeterias, a variety of cafeteria snack items will no longer be sold during lunch because they contain levels of fat that exceeded national standards.
With students across America spending hundreds of dollars on admissions and preparation classes for SAT tests and writing favorable college essays, it is comforting to know that colleges are spending even more than the students are in selling themselves.