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State of Virginia Scales Back SOLs for Juniors and Seniors, Changes Requirements

State of Virginia Scales Back SOLs for Juniors and Seniors, Changes Requirements

Written by Rebecca Faletti, Kylee Harrell, and Anna Gilbert

March 12, 2019


Filed under Local News, News

What has been codified in Virginia law since the 1990s is about to change for the Freshman Class of 2022: the state is pulling back on the administration of official Standards of Learning (SOL) tests for the freshman, and classes are struggling to modify the curriculum. For teachers, this news is nothing...

2020 Presidential Election Kicks Off

2020 Presidential Election Kicks Off

Written by Connor Graham and Maryam Khan

March 8, 2019


Filed under Local News

Citizens across the nation are waiting with bated breath for the 2020 presidential election. The tensions for this next election are very high, with much controversy surrounding Trump and his administration. The battlefield is crowding with Democratic candidates declaring their participation in this...

Students Take Part in the Ongoing Fight for Women’s Rights

Students Take Part in the Ongoing Fight for Women’s Rights

Written by River Stone and Lainey Lynch

March 8, 2019


Filed under Local News, Student News, Top Stories

After waves of sexual harassment accusations began making headlines, actress Alyssa Milano ignited the #MeToo movement with a tweet: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Now, over one year later, as International Women’s Day approaches,...

6-1 Vote Concludes Debate Over Preservation of African American Grave Sites

6-1 Vote Concludes Debate Over Preservation of African American Grave Sites

Written by Chris Tuttle

March 8, 2019


Filed under Local News, Top Stories

Following years of protest and negotiation, the The Loudoun Freedom Center, as well as many local African American groups, were met with success, after a 6-1 vote in the Leesburg Town Council rescinded a proposal leasing Sycolin Cemetery to local businesses. Instead, the historic African American gravesite...

Northam Faces Fire for Racist Yearbook Photos

Northam Faces Fire for Racist Yearbook Photos

Written by Maryam Khan and River Stone

March 8, 2019


Filed under News, Top Stories

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam refuses to step down amid growing calls for his resignation, after a photo from his medical school yearbook depicting racist paraphernalia surfaced in early February. The yearbook photo features a student in blackface standing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe,...

New Nicotine Regulations On the Way in Virginia

New Nicotine Regulations On the Way in Virginia

Written by Ryan Wilkinson and Mark Blevins

March 4, 2019


Filed under Local News

The Virginia State Legislature is currently pushing through a bill to raise the sale age for Nicotine products from 18 to 21. The bill, HB 2748, won the majority, with a 67-31 final vote by Virginia House of Delegates. The new law received bipartisan support and is expected to be signed into law by Democrat...

Woodgrove’s Top 5%

Woodgrove’s Top 5%

Written by Dominique Cruz and Cora McQuaid

February 13, 2019


Filed under Student News, Top Stories

Twenty members of Woodgrove senior class were honored in December as part of the county’s excellence in Education Banquet, which recognized the top five percent in each senior class throughout the county.    In 1983, Al Sowards, LCPS’s gifted program manager, first recognized the academic achievers in the ba...

George W. Bush Should Be Known More Than Just In Politics

George W. Bush Should Be Known More Than Just In Politics

Written by Kylee Harrell

January 22, 2019


Filed under Editorials, News, Opinion

The 41st President of the United States, George W. Bush died on Nov, 30th, 2018 from a form of Parkinson's disease at his home in Houston, Texas. At 18, President Bush enlisted as a second-class seaman in the Navy's flight training program.  He was the last of the World War II generation to occupy...

Online Shopping: The Downfall of Department Stores

Online Shopping: The Downfall of Department Stores

Written by Mia Cammarota, Dillon Holdridge, and Carissa Vergeres

December 20, 2018


Filed under Local News, News

In recent years, stores such as Sears, Target, and many other department stores have made an online store for their retailed products, and for a lot of them, it has caused more damage to their businesses than good. Internet shopping has taken the world by storm, and because of this, more people are...

Flu Epidemic Spreads Nationwide

Flu Epidemic Spreads Nationwide

Written by Gretchen Nagle, Maryam Khan, Ashleigh Moffett, and Ryan Wilkinson

December 20, 2018


Filed under Student News, Top Stories

Flu season. The most infamous scourge of winter. Fevers, coughs, sore throats, headaches, fatigue, and runny noses are all main symptoms that make people dread the flu. Woodgrove High School nurse Stephanie Lovasz says, “The flu season can start as early as October, run to March and April, and it...

LCPS Faces Security Concerns

LCPS Faces Security Concerns

Written by Connor Grahamn, Kylee Harrell & Lorallye Partlow

December 20, 2018


Filed under Local News, Student News, Top Stories

Sam Hermens, a LCPS itinerant specialized facilitator for reading who works for Loudoun County, was caught taking pictures up the skirts of female students. A Woodgrove staff member noticed the unusual behavior of Hermens, whom he originally perceived to be a student, and immediately escorted him to...

Cheating Epidemic Spreads Across LCPS

Cheating Epidemic Spreads Across LCPS

Written by Meghan Dunster, Rebecca Faletti, Maryam Khan

December 20, 2018


Filed under Student News, Top Stories

Some might call it an open secret. To others, it is an epidemic. To a few, however, it may be what their academic career depends on, for better or for worse. No matter what you call it, cheating is a very real fact of life at every level of education, and it cannot go ignored. The recent advent of photo...

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