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New attendance policy aims to decrease truancy

September 30, 2019 2:25pm | Victor Valdez, '20

Students attend school in order to receive the education needed to push them forward in life. Because of this, PGCPS has decided to change their rules on absences to make sure students don’t fall behind. Here is what you need to know about the old […]

Parkdale experiences biggest drop in graduation rate in over a decade

May 24, 2019 4:14pm | Treasure Nesbitt, 20'

For the past years, Parkdale has kept their graduation rate at a steady 79 percent. However, this year it has to be believed that the rate shot down, due to an appalling amount of seniors who won’t be walking across the stage. Many students of […]

Proposed SpEd. cuts could affect students

May 8, 2019 4:00pm | Neziah Osayi '20

In March, Education Secretary Betsy Devos proposed substantial budget cuts to the Education Department for 2019 fiscal year on behalf of the Trump Administration. With Secretary Devos’ proposed $7.7 billion cuts, its numerous special education programs around the country would take some of the hardest […]

Bryce Awono wins 2019 MASC Presidency, earns title of 70th president

May 7, 2019 3:19pm | Alvin Chapman, '19

Roughly for the past decade, Parkdale’s very own Student Government Association has been one that’s created a substantial resume for itself. It has created pathways for students to succeed in various student leadership position on the county, state and even legislative level. To name a […]

Parkdale welcomes new Capital One bankers

May 2, 2019 8:07pm | Yesenia Viveros-Saavedra, '20

For a little less than a decade, Parkdale has housed one of only four student-run Capital One banks, along with schools in Harlem, NY; Bronx, NY; and Newark, NJ Towards the end of every school year, the Capital One team begins recruiting for the following […]

Honors classes see lag in male student enrollment

April 1, 2019 7:01pm | Taylor Clark, '19

Some say “girls go to college, to get more knowledge; boys go to Jupiter, to get more stupider” and and others recall that “girls mature faster than boys.” Whether it’s a schoolyard taunt or a commonly-used excuse about puberty, both can now be attributed to […]

Affirmative action continues to play important role in college admissions

March 29, 2019 3:15pm | Divine Okon ‘20

Beginning in the early 1960s, affirmative action was introduced by President John F. Kennedy to give minorities who would otherwise by looked over the equal chance to be accepted into jobs, colleges and other institutions.  But the question remains: “Should affirmative action be abolished, or […]

Parkdale Mock Trial boasts undefeated record

March 28, 2019 7:12pm | Ashley Vazquez Ramos, '20

The verdict is in: Parkdale’s mock trial team is number one out of 30 schools and remains undefeated. A mock trial is when a group, particularly in school, argues cases in a “mock”, or fake, court. Maryland Youth & The Law, an organization that teaches […]

MD Senate proposes new school start bill

March 27, 2019 4:44pm | Rebecca Flores 20'

Maryland Senate has passed a bill that would overturn governor Larry Hogan’s order to start school after Labor Day. The order is currently waiting to reach the House of Delegates and would once again shorten the time off for students and teachers of public education. […]

Maryland educators, students, allies come together for school funding

March 18, 2019 6:21pm | Ashley Vazquez Ramos, '20

On March 11th in Annapolis, approximately 8,500 teachers, students, staff and parents all dressed in “Red for Ed,” united as one for the March for Our Schools for school funding. The protesters marched to the State House to show that multiple counties in the state […]