There's no doubt about it. When it comes to predicting snowfall, the Silver Chips Online Weather Team is number one. Over the course of a year, the snoWatch gurus managed to correctly project when school would be canceled nearly half of 50% of the time. Now, due to gross plagiarism of National Weather Service press releases and complete ignorance of anything related to the science of weatherology, Branden Buehler and KC Costanzo have been fired. Before the weather team disbands, however, Silver Chips Online is more-or-less proud to present snoWatch: Summer Edition.
Incumbent Sagar Sanghvi was reelected as Student Member of the Board (SMOB) for the 2004-2005 school year, beating Blair junior Amanda Lee.
Photos from the event from February 20.
A party the likes of which have never before been seen by math-science magnets was held by KC "Snow, Snow, Money” Costanzo and Branden "It's ok we made that joke, I'm a magnet” Buehler in the wake of their recent successful prediction that school would be canceled earlier this week. For finally making a correct call, the snoWatch editors were rewarded handsomely with a day off and frequent phone calls from friends asking if school would be closed Friday. It would seem that all credibility has been restored to this bastion of winter preparedness or else the writers' friends just have really short memories and, like birds flying into glass windows, have already forgotten how atrocious the snoWatch team's record is when it comes to hazardous weather conditions.
On December 4, the snoWatch staff predicted a fifty percent chance of school cancellation. The next day, MCPS closed. This marks the closest the weather team has come this year to successfully predicting the superintendent's decision. Can this really be blamed on Silver Chips Online though? Or have the superintendent and his Inclement Weather Team secretly read this column each night and intentionally arrived at the exact opposite conclusion just to spite the writers and destroy their reputations? SCO is not about pointing fingers at people, just presenting the facts and baseless accusations. But let's discuss what you're here to read about. Yes, there is wintry precipitation on the way. No, it has not been decided whether Montgomery County will be open for business. No, the snoWatch team has not grown tired of answering questions that have not been asked and yes, it will continue to use this hackneyed and un-amusing format to end the sentence.
Ten Blair juniors elected to take the SAT I on Saturday, Jan 10 after Blair mistakenly classified the students as not having paid for the PSAT. The students will also take the SAT II Writing Test on Jan 24 in order to qualify for scholarships.
By using Blair's vast assortment of weather predicting equipment and also by watching the weatherman on TV, the snoWatch team has discovered a possibility of snow in the not-too-distant future. Winter 2003/2004 may have landed a glancing blow on MCPS last week, but by golly, MCPS isn't going to sit back and take it this week. Silver Chips Online is predicting a high probability of seeing Superintendent Jerry Weast outside in his boots beating back evil invading snowflakes with a bat and defending Montgomery County from cancellation. Stay tuned for more.
It's on folks. MCPS vs. Winter 2003/2004 promises to be an epic battle and we may get round one as early as Thursday night. This could be the first time this school year that Blazers get a legitimate excuse to skip school for reasons unrelated to PEPCO and its inability to keep electricity running. Will there actually be snow and if so will Blair close? Will the Redskins ever make it back to the playoffs? Read on for answers to two thirds or those questions.
A Blair junior was airlifted to Suburban Hospital after being struck by a truck this morning. The student, Bezawit Bayou, was leaving school following a power outage that closed Blair.
Blair students took more Advancement Placement (AP) exams in 2003 and continued to score well on them.
Senior Anatoly Preygel was one of 20 students selected for the second team of the USA Today 2003 All-USA High School Academic Team.
The large number of school days lost due to winter weather this school year has left many AP teachers struggling to cover the rest of their courses' curriculum before the start of AP tests.
Due to problems with Montgomery County Public School's internet service provider, internet sites outside of Blair's website cannot be accessed.
Pictures from Magnet Arts Night 2003!
Interactive map that track where seniors are heading after high school.
Earlier this week Principal Phillip Gainous issued a statement asking teachers not to hold parties before winter break. Gainous cited food used in these parties as a major problem because of difficulties Blair is having with roaches and mice. Exterminators have been to the building several times and will be needed again. If teachers had lessons that required food usage, they were asked to make arrangements to have their classes held in the cafeteria.
Blair's It's Academic! team recently placed third in the world in the Knowledge Master Open tournament.
Blair's It's Academic! team recently placed second at both the Autumn Beltway Invitational and the Keegan Quizmaster Challenge Kickoff Tournament and also advanced to the playoffs at the Maryland High School Invitational.
Yale and Stanford decided two weeks ago to end their binding early acceptance programs and instead move to non-binding early programs. The new programs will take effect next year.
Computer science teacher Dennis Heidler and US history teacher George Vlasits debated the issue of "war on Iraq" on Wednesday, October 23.
During the past few weeks two minor construction projects were completed in the courtyard and on the hill near the gym.
Computer science teacher Dennis Heidler and US history teacher George Vlasits will debate the issue of "war on Iraq" on October 23 in room 314 at 3:00.
This year's intramural floor hockey season, which would normally begin in November, faces an uncertain future due to sponsor Charles Wang's busy schedule.
As part of an ongoing attempt to develop emergency plans for lunch, the Blair Crisis Planning Team will meet to discuss a new proposal for fire drills in two weeks.
In accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000, Montgomery County Public Schools installed Internet filtering software on all school computer networks during the summer.
The Nelson H. Kobren Memorial Gym will be unavailable for use until September 9, which has caused problems for the girls' volleyball teams and physical education classes. The gym had been originally scheduled to open before school began.
Although most of the major parts of The Bourne Identity have been done before, it is still an enjoyable action film.