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Blair's new security system aims to enhance school safety

By Arthi Thyagarajan | April 12, 2018, 8:11 a.m. | In Local »

As a result of new MCPS regulations, the doors on the Colesville Road side of Blair remain locked from 8 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Montgomery Blair principal, Renay Johnson, implemented the new safety measure two weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl.


Flu epidemic sweeps across Montgomery County

By Madeleine Tilley | April 11, 2018, 2:05 p.m. | In Local »

The flu season was officially deemed an epidemic in Montgomery County in January as the numbers of flu patients continued to rise, shaping the 2018 flu season to be the worst in over a decade.


Student brings loaded gun to school

By Zoe Friedman | March 20, 2018, 11:33 p.m. | In Local »

Senior Alwin Chen, 18, was arrested at Clarksburg High School on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2:20 pm, after he was found with a loaded 9mm handgun in his backpack, a knife in his pocket and a list of grievances against other students. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, police released a statement that they had searched Chen's home and found replica, non-explosive grenades and firing devices. Chen is being held without bond until his trial.


Two students shot and wounded at General Mills High School

By Mahnaz Habib, Madeleine Tilley, Zoe Friedman | March 20, 2018, 2:23 p.m. | In Local »

A male student shot two fellow students with a handgun at Great Mills High School on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. before he was fatally wounded in a standoff with the school's resource officer.


Free SAT will be offered at Blair in April

By Rebecca Wessel | March 19, 2018, 7:05 a.m. | In Local »

A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be administered at Blair for all interested juniors free of cost on the morning of April 10. The free test is part of a county-wide program being piloted at various high schools to grant all students access to college entrance exams.


MoCo students participate in #National Walkout Day

By Absa Fall, Mahnaz Habib, Madeleine Tilley, Rebecca Wessel, Oreet Zimand, Amy Forsbacka | March 14, 2018, 10:47 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery Blair High School students walked out of school to participate in #NationalWalkoutDay, joining students from across Montgomery County. The walkout culminated in 17 minutes of silence in front of the White House, after which they marched to the Capitol to listen to several speakers.



Heating issues cause problems in the winter months

By Oreet Zimand | March 4, 2018, 12:29 a.m. | In Local »

Many classrooms in Blair, and other schools in Montgomery County, have reached extremely hot or cold temperatures in winter months due to faulty heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. This creates an uncomfortable learning environment for both teachers and students.


Discovery Communications to leave Silver Spring

By Nobline Yoo | March 3, 2018, 11:48 p.m. | In Local »

Discovery Communications, the company behind Shark Week and Animal Planet, is relocating its global headquarters from Silver Spring, Md. to New York City in the latter half of 2019 to keep up with its advertisement partners and investors on Wall Street. Discovery will keep its government relations department in Maryland.


Civil War names in Takoma Park?

By Sneha Ojha | March 1, 2018, 1:36 p.m. | In Local »

The city of Takoma Park is considering renaming streets that honor Union and Confederate Civil War figures. Grant, Sheridan, Sherman, General Lee and General Jackson avenues were debated on March 4th in a town hall meeting.


MoCo students welcome students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

By Rebecca Wessel, Oreet Zimand, Amy Forsbacka | Feb. 27, 2018, 9:59 p.m. | In Local »

On Monday evening, Montgomery Blair High School hosted a town hall meeting for Montgomery County (MoCo) high school students to meet and talk to students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. took place.


Blazers walk out in support of gun control

By Emma Markus, Rebecca Wessel, Oreet Zimand | Feb. 21, 2018, 4:03 p.m. | In Local »

Students from all across D.C. and Maryland participated in the "Enough is Enough: Students for gun control legislation" protest organized by Richard Montgomery High School student Daniel Gelillo today in Washington, D.C. to protest gun violence. This protest comes in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last Wednesday that left 17 dead.


Part Four of Four: Meet the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) candidates

By Nobline Yoo | Feb. 20, 2018, 11:10 p.m. | In Local »

The nominating convention will take place on Feb. 21 at Watkins Mill High School.


Part Three of Four: Meet the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) candidates

By Nobline Yoo | Feb. 20, 2018, 11:03 p.m. | In Local »

The nominating convention will take place on Feb. 21 at Watkins Mill High School.


Part two of four: Meet the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) candidates

By Nobline Yoo | Feb. 20, 2018, 10:35 p.m. | In Local »

The nominating convention will take place on Feb. 21 at Watkins Mill High School.


Part one of four: meet the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) candidates

By Nobline Yoo | Feb. 20, 2018, 10:29 p.m. | In Local »

The nominating convention will take place on Feb. 21 at Watkins Mill High School.


Blair seniors excel in Regeneron Science Talent Search

By Ryan Handel | Feb. 13, 2018, 1:28 p.m. | In Local »

On Jan. 23, the Society for Science and the Public and Regeneron named 40 finalists for the annual Regeneron Science Talent Search. Of these 40 high school seniors from across the nation, four of them hailed from Montgomery Blair High School, an astounding one tenth of all finalists.


Blair students receive full-tuition Posse scholarships

By Mahnaz Habib | Feb. 8, 2018, 8:39 p.m. | In Local »

Ten Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) students were selected for full-tuition, four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation, a program which identifies public high school students with outstanding academic and leadership potential but have been overlooked by the traditional college selection process. Out of these ten MCPS students, three Blair seniors were selected: Marc Monteil, Darien Price and Samuel Teshome.


Emmanuel Jal returns to Blair

By Absa Fall | Feb. 6, 2018, 9:32 p.m. | In Local »

On January 18, Blazers filled the auditorium during fourth period to watch as multi-talented artist, Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier, shared his life story. Jal spoke of his hardships as an 8-year-old soldier in the Second Sudanese Civil War.


New bike lanes to make Montgomery County more bike-friendly

By Emma Markus | Jan. 25, 2018, 7:14 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery County is piloting a new comprehensive bicycle lane network. According to the Montgomery County Bicycle Master Plan, the goals of the new network are to increase bicycling rates in Montgomery County, create a convenient and low-stress bicycling network, provide equal access to low-stress bicycling for all members of the community and improve bicycling safety.


Confidentiality concerns arise with the new countywide counselor sign-up

By Arthi Thyagarajan | Jan. 19, 2018, 2:39 p.m. | In Local »

Students are now required to fill out a detailed online Google form each time they visit the counseling office, in compliance with a new Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) mandate.


Blair student accidentally injures a teacher

By Nobline Yoo | Dec. 22, 2017, 1:58 p.m. | In Local »

On Monday, Nov. 27 during lunch, junior Blake threw a clay rock over the banister above Blair Boulevard, which fell on the head of teacher Elizabeth, who happened to be walking past the financial office on the first floor. The teacher ended up with a bleeding gash, a small lump on her head and headaches. Using Blair's security cameras, school administrators reviewed the incident in detail for evidence.


D.C. high school under investigation after an allegation of falsifying records

By Neva Taylor | Dec. 15, 2017, 2:02 p.m. | In Local »

On Nov. 28, a report revealed that Ballou High School in Southeast D.C. was graduating students who had not met all graduation requirements.


Andrew Komo wins 2017 Siemens Competition, Robert Yang regional finalist

By Zoe Friedman | Dec. 15, 2017, 1:14 p.m. | In Local »

Seniors Andrew Komo and Robert Yang were chosen as regional finalists in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.


Blair teachers ask students their preferred gender pronouns

By Rebecca Wessel | Nov. 14, 2017, 9:05 a.m. | In Local »

With the start of the 2017-2018 school year, multiple teachers have begun to ask for students' Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGP) on student information sheets.

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