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Off-duty police officer kills two in Takoma Park

By Andrew Gelman | April 10, 2021, 1:21 a.m. | In Local »

Suspect has been arrested and charged with murder


NASA’s‌ ‌Perseverance‌ ‌rover‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌testament‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌perseverance‌ ‌of‌ ‌scientists‌

By Katalina Li | March 27, 2021, 6:23 p.m. | In Technology »

Following the rover’s landing last month, the astrobiological project continues on its way as planned


Blair varsity football scrimmage cancelled after a positive COVID-19 test

By Lucie Peyrebrune | March 24, 2021, 8:20 p.m. | In Local »

The test result is just one of many released by MCPS over the past weeks


MCPS set to return to in-person learning March 1

By Rajit Mukhopadhyay Lucie Peyrebrune | Feb. 9, 2021, 5:57 p.m. | In Local »

The Board of Education voted unanimously on Feb. 9 to start the phase-in to return to schools


Q&A with Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith

By Luke Sanelli Anika Seth with Marijke Friedman, Leila Faraday | Feb. 3, 2021, 7:22 p.m. | In Local »

On Feb. 3, Silver Chips Print and Silver Chips Online spoke with outgoing MCPS superintendent Jack Smith about his impact as an educator, ongoing COVID-19 recovery plans, and what's next for the school district. Read the full Q&A here.


The race behind the COVID-19 vaccine

By Medhanit Desta | Jan. 27, 2021, 7:01 p.m. | In News »

As a new deadly strain of the coronavirus breaks out, the U.S. rushes to distribute the vaccine in time


Insurrection at the Capitol

By Luke Sanelli | Jan. 19, 2021, 12:28 p.m. | In News »

Blazers react to the insurrection that took place at the Capitol


MCPS parent survey responses

By Isabel Corvington | Jan. 13, 2021, 1:22 p.m. | In Local »

The MCPS parent survey indicates that most students will remain in virtual learning in the second semester


Video: The Year 2020 - A SCO Recap

By Gus Vanskike Emma Weinstein | Dec. 30, 2020, 7 a.m. | In News »

It's been quite a year, filled with tragedy but also absurdity. Remember World War III? Or Tiger King? Or when Kim Jong Un "died" and everyone thought his sister might take over? Or X Æ A-12? Join Emma and August as they look back at the shortest longest year we've ever had.


MCPS releases new boundary study online tool

By Rina Haimson | Nov. 20, 2020, 2:55 p.m. | In Local »

MCPS moves closer to the completion of its boundary study


MCPS enrollment rates down after a quarter of 2020-2021 school year

By Luke Sanelli | Nov. 10, 2020, 4:23 p.m. | In Local »

In MCPS, more students are choosing to withdraw from its schools


Everything you need to know about iOS 14

By Tharindi Jayatilake | Oct. 25, 2020, 11:17 a.m. | In Technology »

With the new Apple update comes customization and more freedom for an iPhone layout


Video: The Good, The Bad, and The Home Defense Drone - Summer Tech Roundup

By Sujay Swain | Oct. 9, 2020, 9:44 a.m. | In Technology »

July, August, and September saw a blitz of new tech releases from major brands, and Sujay is here to break it all down.


What we know about the TikTok and WeChat ban

By Yuri Kim | Oct. 8, 2020, 9:24 a.m. | In National »

While the government debates Chinese surveillance activity on the platforms, Chinese-Americans wonder what the ban will mean for their communication


MCPS slowly resumes SAT and ACT administration

By Shruti Chauhan | Oct. 7, 2020, 2:54 p.m. | In News »

Test centers implement extra protocols to adhere to social distancing guidelines


Montgomery County terminates contract with COVID-19 testing lab

By Rina Haimson | Sept. 21, 2020, 8:56 a.m. | In Local »

The county stopped working with COVID-19 testing lab Advagenix due to questions of reliability


MCPS to hold first semester entirely online

By Rajit Mukhopadhyay Lucie Peyrebrune | July 21, 2020, 11:45 p.m. | In News »

Students will be in schools in February 2021 at the earliest


MCPS publishes draft of reopening plans for the fall

By Myles Feingold-Black | July 15, 2020, 7:57 p.m. | In News »

Blazers support a mix of virtual and in-person learning for Blair's reopening.


Number of COVID-19 cases rise nationally over Fourth of July weekend

By Katalina Li | July 9, 2020, 3:38 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery County residents stay home while celebrating and minimal increase in new cases within county


MCPS students raise sexual assault allegations on social media

By Rajit Mukhopadhyay Lucie Peyrebrune | June 26, 2020, 6:10 p.m. | In News »

Students from several schools in MCPS recently posted sexual harassment and assault allegations on social media


Blair cap and gown distribution held from May 26 to May 29

By Jasmine Ali | June 3, 2020, 11:34 a.m. | In Local »

How seniors collected their caps and gowns and returned materials that belong to the school


Online security is in question after Zoom incident

By Sophia Lucarelli | May 8, 2020, 7:15 p.m. | In News »

Einstein student displayed a gun during an online class session


Montgomery County opens first drive-thru COVID-19 testing site

By Joy Xu | April 28, 2020, 1:40 p.m. | In Local »

White Oak and other testing sites to test 100 patients a day


Smobcast: An exclusive interview with the two candidates for the upcoming Student Member of the Board election

By Rajit Mukhopadhyay | April 27, 2020, 11:47 a.m. | In News »

The two candidates for this year's election are Richard Montgomery junior Nick Asante and Magruder junior Vicky Kidder.


How schools provide to students during the coronavirus closure

By Mercedes Pierce | April 20, 2020, 1:46 p.m. | In News »

MCPS continues to provide support and education to the community through the COVID-19 pandemic

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