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Shortly after TJ test, Supreme Court confirms current admissions policy

Early on the morning of Feb. 3, hundreds of Carson students packed into the cafeteria to take the admissions test for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ). Meanwhile, the Supreme Court was considering making a decision that could drastically alter their chances of getting in. “TJ is basically the best high school…

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FCPS middle schools’ start time could change for 2025-2026

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 middle schools’ starting time. According to FCPS website, FCPS decided to switch high school and middle…

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Upcoming semester change leaves some RCMS staff and students excited and some anxious

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 aren’t so eager to leave their first semester class behind.  For art teacher Ms. Ruth Furpahs, a new…

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Valentine’s day: love, candy, and fun!

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 Dolphins team. Valentine’s Day holiday where we get to show love and appreciation to the people who…

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Students and teachers celebrate Lunar New Year with diverse traditions

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 joy. The day before Lunar New Year, New Years eve, people have big feasts with their family and spend the day cleaning…

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RCMS students and staff stress and empathize for the Israel and Hamas Conflict

RCMS students and teachers have been empathizing and stressing for the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. According to Crsreports.congress.gov, the current Israel and Hamas war started in 2023, but Israel and Palestinians have already had a long history of conflicts. On Oct 7, 2023, Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel from the Gaza…

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Students and staff’s experiences with Carson’s lost and found

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 in the lost and found. Sometimes students find their lost item within a week or…

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RCMS students and staff get hyped for upcoming concerts

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 Mrs. Lori Molnar, a P.E. teacher at RCMS. For student Ansley Thompson, eighth grade, of the Dolphins team…

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RCMS strings teacher wins a statewide award

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. 16. It was a Friday morning and the email was the first one she saw. “I was surprised!” she…

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The big rush of academic advising

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 big rush is referring to the time when most students change what electives they are…

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RCMS Science Olympiad ranks 2nd in Lake Braddock invitationals

The RCMS Science Olympiad ranked second place overall in the Lake Braddock invitationals tournament on Dec. 9. There were three separate RCMS teams — Arsenic, Manganese, and Cobalt — that scored third, 10th, and 13th respectively out of the 34 total teams that participated. There were also ribbons awarded for 12 students that scored above…

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Competitive clubs of Rachel Carson continue strong

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 two tournaments and dominated. Ms. Olivia Adams, debate team coach, says, “Coming into our first tournament I did…

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