The Woodgrove Outlander

New Diverse Classroom Libararies Spark Controversy

Advocates preparing to speak at the LCPS school board meeting

Written by Benjamin Alter, Maryam Khan, and Ashleigh Moffett

December 19, 2019

This past summer, Loudoun County Public Schools carried out an initiative to better represent students of a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds by introducing “diverse classroom libraries” into schools throughout the county. These libraries, a collection of culturally responsive and diverse...

‘Safe2Talk’ App is Introduced to Help LCPS Students

‘Safe2Talk’ App is Introduced to Help LCPS Students

Written by David Hamady

December 6, 2019

To promote school-related safety, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and LCPS have joined forces, creating the “Safe2Talk” app. This app allows students to anonymously report issues that could endanger the school environment. Safe2Talk is available for free download through the App Store...

Fall Editorial: LCPS Needs to Live up to Its Full Potential

Fall Editorial: LCPS Needs to Live up to Its Full Potential

Written by Maryam Khan

November 15, 2019

Loudoun County, Virginia is not only one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, but it’s also one of the richest. With a fast-growing population comes diversity and cultural assimilation, as  Loudoun County Public Schools’ total population now stands at 53% non-white. LCPS operates on ov...

Woodgrove Enforces Parking Policy for Student Lots

Crowded junior parking lot. Photo by Kylee Harrell.

Written by Kylee Harrell, Ryan Wilkinson, and Robbie Showers

November 11, 2019

Many students have taken issue with the enforcement of the $200 fee to park in distant lots on school grounds. Upon investigation, The Outlander has found that there has been no change in policy, just greater enforcement of the rules. This has caused much confusion amongst students who assumed they...

Equity Issues Provoke County-Wide Concern

Equity Issues Provoke County-Wide Concern

Written by Mia Cammarota and Carissa Vergeres

November 7, 2019

New concerns regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion practices in Loudoun County Public Schools surfaced in a recent report submitted to Superintendent Eric Williams. The issues spurred an investigative report in a recent edition of The Washington Post and has sparked discussions and change county...

Unsung Heroes of Woodgrove: Holland Accounts for Every Penny

Mr. Shipp (left) and Ms. Holland (right). Photo by David Hamady.

Written by David Hamady

June 7, 2019

The Woodgrove Outlander Sits Down With Woodgrove's Bookkeeper Teresa Holland Although her office is tucked away and concealed from students, WHS Bookkeeper Teresa Holland handles well over a million dollars every school year. As the school’s bookkeeper, Holland must account for every bit of money...

Woodgrove High School Heads into Year Ten: Revisiting the History

Woodgrove High School Heads into Year Ten: Revisiting the History

Written by Logan Johnson

June 6, 2019

It is the year of 1999-2000 school year. Students at Loudoun Valley High School shuffle through their one-way hallway trying desperately to make it to class on the other side of the building without running into someone. With the student population practically doubling since 1995, the plans for a new...

Woodgrove’s Top 5%

Photo provided by Geri Fiore.

Written by Dominique Cruz and Cora McQuaid

February 13, 2019

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...

Editorial: School Safety

Editorial: School Safety

Written by Hope Davison and River Stone

December 20, 2018

In early October, a student was raped by his teammates at Tuscarora High School. Three weeks later, an Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) reading specialist was charged with three felony counts of unlawfully filming female students. Two weeks after that, a Park View teacher was arrested for an alleged...

LCPS Faces Security Concerns

Woodgrove Resource Officer McCarten. Photo by Lorallye Partlow

Written by Connor Grahamn, Kylee Harrell & Lorallye Partlow

December 20, 2018

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

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...

A Look Inside the New Academies of Loudoun Building

A Look Inside the New Academies of Loudoun Building

Written by Carissa Vergeres

October 23, 2018

Loudoun County Public Schools’ new Academy of Engineering & Technology just opened in the new Academies of Loudoun building and the reveal was nothing less than stunning. The Academy offers programs and classes that focus on varied programs including nursing, engineering, information technology,...

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