The Griffin

BCPS One cards axed

BCPS One cards axed

Grace Gary, Staff writer

February 15, 2017

Although they were initially touted as a high-tech method for taking attendance and maintaining security, BCPS One cards won’t be employed here. “They have pulled the plug on that and it is finished,” principal Sam Wynkoop said. Security should be strengthened by the school’s renovation, set...

Students, teachers hit streets of Washington

Students, teachers hit streets of Washington

Meera Rothman and Meher Hans

February 15, 2017

Senior Michael Gonglewski and sophomore Annaliese Colins each set their alarms for 5 a.m. the week of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Gonglewski, a long-time supporter of the new president, headed to D.C. Jan. 20 for the swearing in ceremony.  Colins trekked to D.C. for a different reason—the...

Survey: cheating persists

Survey: cheating persists

Julie Chotivatanapong

February 15, 2017

Despite the implementation of the new countywide mastery grading policy providing students with redo opportunities, the percentage of students who say they have cheated has risen 2 percent from last year. This year's 88 percent rate marks the first year where cheating rates have increased since the steady...

Crafting unique college essays, ignoring competition preoccupy seniors

Crafting unique college essays, ignoring competition preoccupy seniors

Meher Hans, Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2016

For senior Arielle Williams, the college application process has been nothing short of agonizing. “I’m second guessing and worrying about getting everything done on time and if it’s good enough,” Williams said. “That’s the most stressful part.” She’s not alone. According to a Nov....

Supporting LGBTQ+

Supporting LGBTQ+

Emma Walz, Managing editor

December 14, 2016

The link between white privilege and racial activism. The experiences of those with marginalized sexualities. Vulnerability and emotions in the face of oppression. Students discussed these topics and more at Disrupt, a youth summit hosted by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)...

Class tackles cyber security

Class tackles cyber security

Dorrie Gaeng, Staff writer

December 14, 2016

Reports of Russia hacking the United States election trouble computer science teacher Damon George. “Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican or other, I think we should all be concerned that we had a foreign country trying to--and arguably successfully--manipulating our election,” he said. While...

Reno advances: debate persists

Reno advances: debate persists

Meera Rothman, Editor in chief

December 14, 2016

Even as plans for renovation are revised and revealed to the public with a June start date in mind, opponents continue public opposition. Jennifer Tarr, parent of a student here and an active member of Friends of Dulaney, was one of the people who spoke up at the Nov. 17 Central Area Educational Advisory...

Announcements gets tech upgrade

Announcements gets tech upgrade

Grace Knotts and Daniel Longest

December 14, 2016

Members of Dulaney News, the morning announcements team, are noting positive and negative following the addition of new equipment. The total cost of the new technology totaled $12,461.90. Students on the team noted adjustments they’ve had to make from last year. Junior Jonathan Morthole sees ben...

Game to be hosted in honor of alumna Dec. 17

Game to be hosted in honor of alumna Dec. 17

Sophie Bates, Editor in chief

November 29, 2016

The women's basketball program will be hosting its first annual alumni game on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m here. The game is being held in memory of class of 2011 alumna Nancy Kelly, a scholar athlete for the Lions. All proceeds raised will go towards the Nancy Kelly memorial fund. The game will be followed...

Prizes drive students to donate

Adam Zimmerman, Staff writer

November 28, 2016

The Student Government Organization is holding its annual canned food drive until Dec. 28. Cans donated are being collected in A-day homerooms and participants receive tickets to be entered in a drawing for several prizes, which include a new laptop and gaming system. The top two homerooms who collect...

Teachers mobilize to change grading policy

Teachers mobilize to change grading policy

Meera Rothman, Editor in chief

November 22, 2016

Teachers here are joining the countywide teacher union’s effort to challenge mastery grading. “I’m not against the idea of mastery grading, but the workload that is created without any thought is a concern,” said Maureen Burke, who is the representative here of the Teachers Associatio...

Survey: students dislike new mastery grading even as policy evolves

Survey: students dislike new mastery grading even as policy evolves

Julie Chotivatanapong and Amanda Musolf

November 18, 2016

Junior Alex Ozbolt wasn’t surprised that the Griffin’s anonymous survey in English classes found 66 percent of students here find their classes harder thanks to Baltimore County Public Schools’ new mastery grading system. “On paper, the theory that students would be able to master their scores...