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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 The company announced that it is including disclaimers before movies on the app that feature “outdated cultural depictions.”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.


Montgomery County Police Officer dies from self-inflicted injury

By Billy Scott | Oct. 18, 2019, 1:27 p.m. | In News »

On Oct. 14 at around 8:49 a.m., Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas J. Bomba died from a self-inflicted wound in the parking garage at the corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring.


High School Nation hosts arts advocacy assembly at Blair

By Lucie Peyrebrune | Oct. 17, 2019, 6:15 p.m. | In News »

On Thursday, Oct. 10, High School Nation hosted an outdoor arts advocacy assembly in the Blair stadium. Students had the opportunity to visit tents run by the event's various sponsors, such as Hollister, Takis and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).


Students ride free on public buses with YouthCruiser SmarTrip card

By Yuri Kim | Oct. 15, 2019, 1:42 p.m. | In Local »

Under the Kids Ride Free program, students can ride for free on RideOn and metro buses


Blair celebrates its 36 National Merit semi-finalists

By Boaz Yoo | Oct. 15, 2019, 1:24 p.m. | In News »

On Sept. 13, Blair celebrated its 36 National Merit semi-finalists with a reception in the Career Center.


Silento no longer headlining High School Nation event

By Shifra Dayak | Oct. 10, 2019, 11:35 a.m. | In Local »

The singer announced in his Instagram comments that he was not actually scheduled to perform at Blair


Cameras installed on all MCPS school buses

By Yuri Kim | Oct. 7, 2019, 9:41 p.m. | In Local »

An increasing number of bus law violations prompted this decision

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