Mecole Hardman Jr. catches the winning touchdown for the Kansas City Chiefs.
RCMS students and staff react to Super Bowl
Karina Haile February 21, 2024

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 25-22, on Feb. 11, for the second time since 2020, during Super Bowl LVIII, this time, though, at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada. This year many believed...

Sienna Baltrym, seventh-grade, Trailblazer, sleeping at night before a typical school day.
FCPS middle schools' start time could change for 2025-2026
Jiwon Yang and Avery Roshelli February 8, 2024

Middle school students around the U.S.  wake up early in the morning to go to school with lack of sleep and low energy, but things might change for 2025-2026 students in FCPS district. FCPS is considering to push back...

Ms. Adams, English teacher, on the Champions team, is enjoying the book The Outsiders in her classroom.
After 40+ years, students and teachers still connect with 'The Outsiders'
Allison Cai and Mouktika Kamarupalle January 31, 2024

Although "The Outsiders" was published in 1967, many modern people can still connect with the tragic yet action packed book. The author of this book, S.E. Hinton, published this book at 18 years old. The system of gangs...

Naomi Varkey, 13, from the All Stars team, smiles while looking at her schedule for the next semester.
Upcoming semester change leaves some RCMS staff and students excited and some anxious
Radhika Deshpande and Sai Adithi Adusumilli January 24, 2024

The chatter of RCMS students fills the cafeteria as they share their schedules for the upcoming semester with their friends. According to a poll of RCMS students, many students are excited for the new semester but some...

Emma Speckhardt making a heart in the snow.
Valentine's day: love, candy, and fun!
Genevieve Anderson, Telmen Gersenz, and Mahsa Raheen January 24, 2024

This year, RCMS students  are planning to give out candy and notes to family and friends for Valentines Day. “Valentines is a cute holiday and i think the morals are good,” said Collins Han, 13-year-old, of the eighth-grade...

Anne Park, 12, Majestics team, gets ready at her house for the Lunar New Year festival wearing traditional Korean clothing on Jan. 25.
Students and teachers celebrate Lunar New Year with diverse traditions
Jiya Bharathi and Jasmina Azimova January 24, 2024

On February 10, 2024, RCMS will celebrate the Lunar New Year with Chinese traditions, like dragon dances and shared meals. The event showcased cultural unity, emphasizing the institution's commitment to global diversity and...

RCMS students and staff stress and empathize for the Israel and Hamas Conflict
Allison Cai and Mouktika Kamarupalle January 23, 2024

RCMS students and teachers have been empathizing and stressing for the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. According to, the current Israel and Hamas war started in 2023, but Israel and Palestinians...

Shwetal Sudhakar, 12, of the Champions team, looks into the B pod’s lost and found bin.
Students and staff’s experiences with Carson’s lost and found
Shwetal Sudhakar and Glorimelle Cunanan January 23, 2024

Many students at RCMS have been losing their belongings these past few months. The lost and found bins are one of the most recommended places to check. But how did these lost items actually get there? There are many items...

Exciting twists and turns happen in the 2023/2024 soccer season
TJ Kim January 23, 2024

The 23/24 soccer season this year has been one of many twists and turns. Many teams are unexpectedly sitting at the top of the multiple leagues. Jacob Meade, 13, Wolves, is a Liverpool fan. Liverpool are on top of the...

Student's opinions on the NBA In-season tournament
Tate Sheehan and Alex Lin January 23, 2024

The NBA has recently been adding a lot of changes to its league but the one most people are talking about is the In-Season Tournament.  The NBA In-Season Tournament is sort of like a mini playoffs but instead of after...

TJ Kim, a eighth-grader on the  Voyagers team,  being nice to Colin Yun, a seventh-grader of the All Stars team, for his New Years Resolution
The New Year’s resolutions of RCMS
Henry Jiang and Colin Yun January 22, 2024

As the year of 2023 ended on Dec. 31, over one-third of the nation created New Year’s resolutions, including many people of Rachel Carson Middle School. Luke Bozlinski, 12, of the seventh grade Legacy team is one of...

RCMS student Collins Han enjoys a Parker McCollum concert at FedEx Field in September 2023.
RCMS students and staff get hyped for upcoming concerts
Karina Haile and Collins Han January 22, 2024

With a little over a thousand concerts coming to the DMV this year according to Songkick, RCMS students and staff are looking forward forward to seeing their favorite artists. “I love the energy and the crowd,” said...

Ms. Wilcox in front of her doorway with her Outstanding String Teacher of the Year Award.
RCMS strings teacher wins a statewide award
Anjali Mallangi January 21, 2024

Every year, a special teacher wins an award: the Virginia String Teachers Association's Outstanding Orchestra Teacher of the Year. This year, our own Ms. Devyn Wilcox won the award. Ms. Wilcox received her award on Nov....

Ms. Ghafori counselor and Mrs. Ryder counselor  stand by student services door
The big rush of academic advising
Jocelyn Goodwin and Emma Speckhardt January 21, 2024

Jan. 25 is coming fast for the RCMS counselors who run academic advising. “The big rush is typical at the beginning of the school year,” said Mrs. Christy Ryder, a RCMS counselor of the Voyagers and All Stars team. The...

Competitive clubs of Rachel Carson continue strong
Anish Tiwari, Writer • January 16, 2024

With the first semester coming to an end, competitive clubs are going strong with tournament wins and students feel great about their clubs while learning a lot. Clubs such as the debate club have already participated in...

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