Monday, May 13, 2013
Two Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School freshmen planned a community race to raise money for a nonprofit food bank.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's “Help the Hungry 5K” race kicked off May 5, and turnout was good for a first-time race, organizers said. Abigail Levine and Marie Caspard, B-CC freshmen and varsity cross-country runners, organized the event to share their passion for running by raising money for a good cause. The race was held from noon to 3 p.m., starting and finishing at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's Chelton Road parking lot, and was open to the community. “We had about 56 registered runners and around 30 volunteers, so it was definitely a great turn out,” Caspard said. The winners of each age group received gift cards for their achievements. William Bone of Morganstown, WV, finished the race in 18 minutes, earning first place. …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Once again, Bethesda high schools are included in a national ranking of top high schools.
Montgomery County Public Schools have done it again—landing in top spots in a national ranking. This time, the ranking is the third annual list of America's Best High Schools, published by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Walt Whitman High School, Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School came out as the third-, fourth- and fifth-best schools, respectively, in the county. Seventeen of the county's public high schools made it on this list, which includes the nation's top 2,000 high schools—less than 10 percent of all the high schools in the country. And, the top six high schools in Maryland are all MCPS schools, according to a school system statement. The 17 county schools (with their national rankings in parentheses) on …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Eight of the county's public high schools—including Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Walt Whitman High School—placed in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best High Schools list.
Montgomery County Public Schools are back in the news again. Eight of the system's public high schools placed in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best High Schools list, with seven of them—including Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Walt Whitman High School—receiving gold medals for being among the top 500 schools in the nation, and one receiving a silver medal, Montgomery County Public Schools reported in a statement. The gold medal high schools and their national rankings are: Wheaton High School, ranked 1,032nd, received a silver medal. "The schools on the U.S. News Best High Schools list should be proud of the work they have done to serve their students and prepare them for college and the workplace," Superintendent Joshua P. Starr …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School came in at No. 92 in The Washington Post's annual High School Challenge index.
Four of Montgomery County's public high schools are among the nation's top 100 high schools, according to The Washington Post's 2013 High School Challenge. Those four are: Poolesville High School (No. 47), Richard Montgomery High School (No. 87), Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (No. 92) and Winston Churchill High School (No. 100). Of Montgomery County Public Schools' 25 high schools, 23 are included in the top half of the list of more than 1,900 high schools across the country. The list, released on Monday, April 15, ranks schools based on their students' access to challenging classes such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. "Our district’s strong performance on the High School Challenge indicates that we are …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The peaceful demonstration in downtown Bethesda on Thursday afternoon received a favorable reception from passers-by.
Students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's Gay/Straight Alliance reportedly received a positive reception from passers-by when they demonstrated their support for gay rights on Thursday afternoon in downtown Bethesda. The approximately 15 students peacefully expressed support for the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy to include gay Scouts, explained Tracie Felker, whose son attends Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, is a member of Troop 52 and participated in the demonstration. "The students from B-CC Gay/Straight Alliance were terrific. ... They were enthusiastic and totally committed to the issue," Felker wrote in an email to Patch. "They made a wonderful variety of signs, some of them very creative." The …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Four of the 12 finalists for the Gaithersburg Book Festival's short story contest attend Bethesda schools.
Four students from three Bethesda schools have been named among the 12 finalists in the Gaithersburg Book Festival's third annual short story contest. Walter Johnson juniors Megan Baldwin and Caroline E. Steel, Washington Waldorf School freshman Mia Harris and Bethesda-Chevy Chase senior Cary Spector have been named amongst the top contest entrants. The pool included public, private, and homeschooled students from 16 jurisdictions throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia. Students from two other Montgomery County schools were selected as finalists. The first-, second- and third-place winners, along with a fan favorite, will be announced at the festival on May 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Ogden Nash tent. Winners will receive $100, $50 and $25 gift…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The construction of a nine-story office building is prompting traffic pattern changes between East-West Highway and Montgomery Lane.
Pearl Street is now a one-way southbound street between East-West Highway and Montgomery Lane, near construction of a nine-story office building at the site of the former McDonald's. The new traffic pattern went into effect Wednesday and will last for the duration of the construction project—about a year, according to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Signage will alert motorists to the new traffic patterns, Patch reported. The traffic changes will accommodate excavation and construction at the site, where blasting will launch in several weeks. Neighbors can sign up for Alert Montgomery to receive text message alerts about daily blasting activity. The old McDonald's restaurant on the site was torn down starting last …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Developers likely will use a new text message notification system set in place following excavation at the Lot 31 project site.
Blasting will begin in several weeks at the project site of a nine-story office building planned for the former McDonald's site at 4500 East-West Highway. The news was first reported by Bethesda blogger Robert Dyer. Developers Carr Properties broke ground on the structure last November. Excavation has begun at the site, but engineers have determined that a layer of rock on the south side of the site will require blasting to remove, according to an update from Carr. Recently-completed blasting at another Bethesda construction site at the corner of Bethesda and Woodmont avenues rattled neighbors late last year, taking some by surprise. Using the Lot 31 project as a test case, Montgomery County has implemented a notification system through …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A roundup of our top crime headlines from the month of February.
A sex offense at a Bethesda spa, an emergency room patient who threatened to shoot a police officer at Suburban Hospital, and a Walt Whitman High School student charged after allegedly robbing another student in a school bathroom. These are a few of the top Bethesda crime headlines from the month of February. Get caught up on this month's crime news:
Monday, February 25, 2013
Twenty-two of the state swimming titles were won by Montgomery County students.
Montgomery County swimmers put in a good showing at the Maryland 4A/3A swimming and diving championship meet on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center, Reach for the Wall reported. Twenty-two of the state titles were won by Montgomery County students. Parker Rigaux of Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School finished second in the diving competition, with 432.45 points. Read more about the meet on Reach for the Wall.