Pro-Trump rioters gather around the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021.
RCMS teachers and students disagree on Capitol Hill riots
Aadit Gupta, Writer • January 15, 2021

Many RCMS students and staff were shocked while watching the riots at Capitol Hill on Jan. 6.  “I am appalled by the events we witnessed on Wednesday; yet, comforted by the U.S. Constitution at the same time,” says...

Grace Gibbens, seventh grader at RCMS, is attending her Panther Time class while taking notes. Grace is enjoying meeting new people and seeing new faces but can
Online school brings interesting benefits to students
Kate Biedell, Writer • January 9, 2021

Despite the challenges with online school students found a surprising benefit — that students are getting judged on their work instead of their physical appearance.  "I used to get mean looks from people who were judging...

Because of social distancing precautions, students resort to video calling for communication -- with the occasional interruption from pets.
Concern grows as COVID-19 cases climb before holiday season
Claire Zhang, Writer • December 18, 2020

The usual Christmas for some is the smell of pine needles and burning candles, a warm fireplace filled with life and color.  For others, it may mean a vacation to somewhere where it’s warmer, or the tidying of the house...

Anay Bansal exercising on his Stationary bicycle, waiting for a safe environment to play outside once COVID-19 ends.
Exercise essential during quarantine
Yash Date, Writer • December 18, 2020

After a day of staring at a laptop, many people might relax; however, not everybody knows the hidden risks of sitting. “I haven’t been able to play outside as much as I used to,” says Anay Bansal, a seventh-grader...

As someone who loves space, Mr. Moosa Shah, a seventh grade Biology teacher shows off his NASA Air and Space Museum sweatshirt.
SpaceX launch spikes excitement in RCMS students and staff
Aarushi Bommidi December 18, 2020

Astronomy-loving RCMS students and staff watched as NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 team lifted off on Nov. 14th, on their journey to the ISS. In a quest to futurize our technology, several experiments are to be conducted—including...

Eight-grader Vishwa Makesh is optimistic about the future of the NBA.
Students miss fan interactions at NBA games
Advaiit Iyer and Trevor Wolff December 17, 2020

“The NBA bubble will be back and better than ever,” said Vishwa Makesh, eighth-grader at Rachel Carson Middle School. The National Basketball Association Bubble, also known as the Disney Bubble or Orlando Bubble, is...

Seventh and eighth-graders vote for a president in the 2020 mock election.
Students vote in the 2020 school mock election
Yash Karayi, Brielle Long, and Shruthi Gopinath December 17, 2020

RCMS held a mock election for both seventh- and eighth-graders this year. The mock election is held every two years, and this year students were voting on who they wanted to be president. Students could either vote for Joe...

The results of the election. Red States are republican, Blue states are democrats, and Grey states are swing states
Students see hints of unity among election division
Joshua Cheng and Isabella Roselle December 17, 2020

“The country will be shaken and torn about because of the results,” says Alexander Yu, an RCMS student. With all 2020 has brought, the election was more important than ever for the citizens of the United States because...

Ms. Marshall, a qualified teacher for Personal Finance and Economics, “You need to understand how to create a budget to plan your spending for your needs and wants, needs being your rent, food, utilities, things like that.”
Two teachers encourage students to become financially literate
Arnav Gupta, Writer • December 17, 2020

Americans owe a collective $1.54 trillion in student debt in 2020. In a Forbes survey, it was exposed that 73% of adults in the U.S. admitted to living paycheck to paycheck last year. How did this happen? Millions of students...

Organization essential for virtual learning
Pragati Satish and Sara Bhushan December 16, 2020

Keeping track of school assignments without organization can be quite confusing, but there are many ways to stay on track during school and to stay organized.  Every student at the beginning  of the year is given a Daily...

A character in Animal Crossing New Horizons enjoys the day on a bench a player crafted. Animal Crossing New Horizons is
Video games with potential
Veda Jackson, Caelyn Henson • December 15, 2020

The holidays are right around the corner, so consider these video games to be put on your wishlist: Super Mario 3D All Stars, Fall Guys, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Minecraft. These games are a few that people all...

Arnav Bhalla, eighth-grader, said that veterans day was not as interactive as last year.
Students enjoy Veterans Day online
Winston Wang and Parth Dhingra December 15, 2020

Students and teachers at RCMS celebrated Veterans Day Nov. 11 online. “I think that Veterans Day went really successful this year,” said Vishwa Makesh, an eighth-grader. Veterans Day is a day of commemoration, patriotism,...

Rere Akinyemi, eighth-grade, shares a Thanksgiving dinner with immediate family.
Students and staff enjoy a different kind of Thanksgiving break
Jill Li, Writer • December 15, 2020

Covid-19 has caused many Thanksgiving celebrations this year to be very different from prior ones, but the students and teachers at Rachel Carson MS still managed to enjoy the time off in different ways, such as Zoom calls...

Students weigh safety on Halloween
Alvera Khatri, Writer • December 15, 2020

Halloween 2020 led to debates about how to celebrate: Some students thought Halloween was unsafe, others just wanted candy. Covid-19, by making everyone social distance and wear masks, affected Halloween.  The CDC...

The back of Annanya Bitra
Winning T-shirt design represents learning successfully online
Drishti Nishar, Yash Karayi, and Trevor Wolff October 26, 2020

Eighth-grader Annanya Bitra won RCMS’s 2020-2021 T-shirt design contest in October with a design that represents all students learning successfully online. Her art will be printed and distributed on T-shirts that are given...

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