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Hug a Tree club is cut down due to club members' busy schedules

By Jasmine Ali | Jan. 24, 2020, 9:19 a.m. | In News »

The new club dissolved after only a few weeks but is planning to spring back in the next few months


Boundary analysis meeting at Blair

By Yuri Kim Rajit Mukhopadhyay | Jan. 24, 2020, 9:11 a.m. | In News »

The Board of Education holds its fifth boundary analysis meeting in the SAC


Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight releases new report on achievement gap

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Jan. 22, 2020, 7:45 a.m. | In Local »

The gap in academic performance between White and Asian and minority students has not narrowed


Apple, Amazon and Google form a surprising partnership?

By Joy Xu | Jan. 21, 2020, 8:10 a.m. | In Technology »

Welcome to the new tech update for 2020!


Ready, Set, PrEP will provide free HIV-prevention pills

By Mercedes Pierce | Jan. 14, 2020, 5:45 p.m. | In News »

The new initiative gives uninsured Americans access to PrEp, aiming to end the HIV epidemic


Passing the wheel to MCPS for driver’s education

By Rajit Mukhopadhyay | Jan. 13, 2020, 11:53 p.m. | In Local »

A new proposal drives for safety and general behind-the-wheel instruction


New Spanish section added to Blair's Media Center

By Jasmine Ali | Jan. 6, 2020, 4:39 p.m. | In Local »

Blair librarians are hoping to expand outreach through a different language


MCPS announces calendar for 2020-2021 school year

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Jan. 3, 2020, 5:19 p.m. | In News »

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education (BoE) announced the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. The new calendar features some key differences from past years, most notably changes to the start and end dates, the length of spring break and professional days.


MCPS introduces “Stop the Bleed” kits

By Shruti Chauhan | Dec. 28, 2019, 1:55 p.m. | In News »

Through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is putting “Stop the Bleed” kits in each of its 208 schools.


MCPS Superintendent unveils plan for fiscal year 2021 operating budget

By Boaz Yoo | Dec. 28, 2019, 1:45 p.m. | In News »

On Dec. 18, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Superintendent Jack Smith hosted a community forum to present his latest recommendation for the 2021 fiscal year operating budget. The proposed $2.8 billion budget includes a $121,119,258 increase from last year's budget.


Two Blazer football players receive Division I offers

By Billy Scott | Dec. 25, 2019, 1:11 a.m. | In Local »

Captains Zaire Cooper and Chris Watkins plan to commit to a collegiate team in the near future


Frantic frenzy over AirPods

By Shruti Chauhan | Dec. 10, 2019, 11:48 p.m. | In Technology »

Are the new AirPod Pros worth it?


Disney+ includes trigger warnings for certain culturally insensitive movies

By Mercedes Pierce | Dec. 10, 2019, 9:54 p.m. | In News »

Disney unrolled their new streaming service Disney+ on Nov. 12 and is already experiencing criticism . The company announced that it is including disclaimers before movies on the app that feature “outdated cultural depictions.”


DEVELOPING: MCPS data breach exposed personal information of Blair students

By Vivian Li | Dec. 10, 2019, 10:56 a.m. | In News »

On Nov. 25, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) notified community members of a series of cybersecurity attacks against Naviance, the county's online college and career readiness platform. Occurring from Sept. 12 to 14, the attacks compromised the personal information of nearly 6,000 students across six schools including Blair.


County debate on school closure for Eid continues

By Shifra Dayak | Dec. 9, 2019, 9:11 p.m. | In Local »

Families, board members and other community members have voiced mixed opinions


Chick-fil-A’s decision about anti-LGBTQ+ donations causes fowl backlash

By Joy Xu | Dec. 9, 2019, 4:42 p.m. | In News »

The restaurant chain recently pledged to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations


Maryland Department of Transportation pulls funding for Corridor Cities Transitway

By Joy Xu | Nov. 19, 2019, 1:26 p.m. | In News »

On Oct. 29, Montgomery County officials held a press conference and community town hall to speak out against the recent removal of the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) list of priorities.


An overview of the Montgomery County Public Schools boundary analysis

By Shruti Chauhan | Nov. 7, 2019, 9:37 a.m. | In News »

For the first time in over 20 years, MCPS is taking a comprehensive look at school boundaries.


Alumni Hall lives up to its name

By Yuri Kim Rajit Mukhopadhyay | Nov. 6, 2019, 6:25 p.m. | In News »

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Blair Alumni Association hosted an 85/20 anniversary, 85 years of Blair and 20 years at the University Boulevard campus, to celebrate the history of Blair and induct new members into the Alumni Hall of Fame.


Blair's honor societies host STEM Night

By Jasmine Ali | Nov. 5, 2019, 2:05 p.m. | In News »

On Oct. 25, Math Honor Society (MHS) and Science National Honor Society (SNHS) hosted Blair's first STEM Night to introduce elementary schoolers to fun math and science concepts.


MBHS Code Girls hosts "Women in STEM" Seminar

By Vivian Li | Nov. 2, 2019, 12:35 p.m. | In News »

MBHS Code Girls hosted its first Women in STEM seminar in the Blair auditorium on Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Speakers Dr. Barbara Nichols, Major Natalie Collins, Karrin Felton, Dr. Yaireska Collado-Vega, Monica Chu, Shalise Alison and Kayla Huffman discussed the paths to their current STEM careers in hopes of inspiring female students to find their passions in science.


Montgomery County introduces the CROWN Act

By Yuri Kim | Nov. 2, 2019, 12:23 p.m. | In News »

On Sept. 24, Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando and Council President Nancy Navarro introduced Bill 30-19, also called Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (Montgomery County CROWN Act).


Opening the door for student-athletes to gain P.E. credits

By Rajit Mukhopadhyay | Oct. 28, 2019, 6:11 p.m. | In News »

During the Montgomery County Board of Education meeting on Oct. 8, student member of the board (SMOB) Nate Tinbite’s high-school athletics proposal passed.


MCPS releases review of hazing culture in school districts

By Boaz Yoo | Oct. 28, 2019, 4:32 p.m. | In Local »

MCPS inspects safety in athletic teams following a rape incident at Damascus High School


Unfiltered: a rising concern for Blair's water fountains

By Vivian Li | Oct. 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m. | In News »

Behind a "green" facade, MCPS recently revealed $415,000 allotted for single-use plastic water bottles in their 2018-2019 fiscal budget. Simultaneously, Blair's robust bottle-refilling fountains are characterized by always-faulty filters, marked with a red status light that signifies the new machine is hardly doing its job.

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