Tagged: Renay Johnson

Blair gets four new portables

By Nobline Yoo | Aug. 9, 2017, 6:41 p.m. | In ‎Latest »

For the 2017-2018 school year, Montgomery County Public School's (MCPS) Department of Facilities Management added four new portables and changed two computer labs into classrooms. The expansion occurred after school administration ran a simulation that revealed Blair had more students than space. Construction of the portables began in June 2017 and ended in July, several weeks ahead of schedule.

Class of 2016 SAT scores increase

By Zoe Friedman | Nov. 10, 2016, 12:14 p.m. | In Local »

The Montgomery Blair High School Class of 2016 raised its SAT score by five points from 2015. However, the Class of 2016's SAT participation rate dropped both in MCPS and at Blair, and the decrease was even greater among Hispanic/Latino students.

Students no longer permitted to sit by tennis courts at lunch

By Alyssa Berrios | Oct. 31, 2016, 1:36 p.m. | In Local »

Blair administration implemented a new rule on October 11 prohibiting Blazers from sitting near the tennis and basketball courts near Colesville Rd. during lunch due to safety regulations.

A day in the life of Blair's principal

By Neva Taylor, Charles Lott | Oct. 19, 2016, 1:17 p.m. | In Features »

Ms. Renay Johnson is the principal of Blair, but her daily activities are something of a mystery for Blair's Blazers. What really goes into a day in the life of Blair's principal?

Bomb threat forces Blair to evacuate

By Eleanor Cook, Randima Herath | Sept. 20, 2016, 2:53 p.m. | In Local »

Students and staff at Montgomery Blair High School were evacuated out of the school building during sixth period on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The evacuation, which occurred at 12:28 p.m. was prompted after an anonymous call to Montgomery County 911 warned of a bomb in the school building.

County announces elevated concentrations of radon in 28 facilities

By Eleanor Cook | Jan. 7, 2016, 7:58 p.m. | In Local »

In 26 schools, as well as the Rocking Horse Road Center daycare and the Lathrop Smith Environmental Education Center, where many students go for Outdoor Education in middle school, the levels of radon in one or more rooms were above the recommended 4 pCi/L.

Blair administration implements new cell phone charging policy

By Sandeep David | Nov. 24, 2015, 1:43 p.m. | In Local »

Principal Renay Johnson and the Blair administration implemented a new policy on Oct. 25 banning students from plugging in their phones into outlets during class.

Students trespass onto Blair property

By Maximillian Foley-Keene, Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 10, 2015, 1:10 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery Blair experienced three security breaches by students who attend other Montgomery County high schools between Oct. 7 and Oct. 12. Two of these breaches led to physical confrontations between the Blazers and the outside students.

Blair opens cap and gown color options to all genders

By Eleanor Cook | Oct. 21, 2015, 6:46 p.m. | In Local »

The class of 2016 voted on Thursday, Oct. 8 that they will continue to have both red and white caps and gowns at graduation. Principal Renay Johnson announced the outcome of the vote later that day, but decided students will be able to choose whether they want to wear red or white.

Girls' basketball without coach

By Zewde Ingram | Oct. 13, 2015, 2:04 p.m. | In Local »

Blair teacher Erin Conley stepped down as the varsity girls' basketball coach and the team is currently in search of a coach for the 2015-2016 winter season.

Blair bathrooms upgraded

By Neida Mbuia Joao | Sept. 22, 2015, 7:29 p.m. | In Local »

Blair student bathrooms were renovated the summer before the 2015-2016 school year. The school replaced the sinks, toilets, stall partitions and bathroom door locks throughout the building and updated the locker room and health room facilities.

Blair principal wins Washington Post award

By Ellie Struewing | April 27, 2015, 1:08 p.m. | In Local »

The Washington Post named Blair principal Renay Johnson a Distinguished Educational Leader for Montgomery County earlier this month.

Blazers report racial profiling by staff

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 21, 2015, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

While it's true that racism is much more prevalent in other areas of the country than at Blair, Dahal's story is still just one of many incidents where a member of Blair staff has racially profiled a student.

Blair on lockdown following gas station robbery

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev, Zoe Johnson | April 17, 2015, 2:33 p.m. | In Local »

Today, school security guards put Montgomery Blair High School on lockdown beginning at the start of the school day following an attempted robbery at the Shell gas station on the corner of University Blvd. and Colesville Rd.

As PARCC testing approaches, teachers voice frustration

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Feb. 10, 2015, 1 p.m. | In Local »

As Blair prepares for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests, Blair teachers expressed frustration and anger at a test they view as overly difficult, time-onsuming and representative of educational policies that delegitimize public education.

Blair holds breast cancer awareness assembly

By Harini Salgado | Feb. 2, 2015, 12:45 p.m. | In Local »

On Jan. 30, female eleventh and twelfth grade Blazers attended a breast cancer awareness assembly in the auditorium during fourth period.

The First Lady of Blair

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 13, 2014, 11:35 a.m. | In Features »

"Exciting, challenging, rewarding, stressful and beneficial." These are just five words Renay Johnson uses to describe her job as the principal of Blair.

80th Anniversary Celebrations: Wayne Ave. Nostalgia Tours, University Blvd. Open House

By Divya Rajagopal | Oct. 13, 2014, 11:31 a.m. | In Local »

On a chilly Saturday morning, Blazer alumni found themselves making their way to 313 Wayne Ave: the site of the 'old Blair,' which housed Blair for 63 years, from 1935 to 1998. The Blair graduates entered, looking around at the hallways that they had traversed in their teenage years.

MCPS sees biggest growth in years

By James Sleigh | Sept. 13, 2014, 2:18 p.m. | In Local »

MCPS saw an increase of over 2,000 students entering the county's elementary, middle and high schools since last school year, which prompted a county-wide school expansion and renovation of its schools.

Blair evacuated due to microwave fire

By Jack Estrin, Aanchal Johri | Oct. 10, 2013, 8:51 p.m. | In Local »

Today, around 8:40 a.m., students were evacuated from Montgomery Blair High School after a staff member accidentally left food heating in the microwave unattended, causing a small fire.

Clubs required to renew charters due to liability concerns

By Sarah Trunk | Sept. 30, 2013, 9:04 p.m. | In Local »

Blair administration called for all clubs to renew their charters before the activity fair on October 24 in order to remain active because of liability concerns.

New cell phone policy at Blair 2013

By Birhan Alemayehu | Sept. 30, 2013, 1:59 p.m. | In Local »

On Aug. 27, 2013 Principal Renay Johnson announced that Blair welcomed a new, less strict, cellphone policy for this school year that will allow Blazers to use their cellphones in the hallways before any of their classes.

Latest on Blair technology

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Sept. 20, 2013, 9:10 p.m. | In Local »

As part of Montgomery County Public School's technology modernization program, schools in the county get to replace their computers every seven years. Last summer it was Blair's turn.

William Currence becomes Blair's new Assistant Principal

By Martha Morganstein | Aug. 25, 2013, 11:30 a.m. | In Local »

William Currence, a former biology teacher and testing coordinator, is Blair's new Assistant Principal as of the 2013-2014 school year.

Derek McGinty to speak at Blair graduation

By Emma Yeager | May 28, 2013, 1:33 p.m. | In Local »

WUSA9 News Anchor Derek McGinty will speak at Blair's Class of 2013 graduation ceremony at Constitution Hall on June 3.

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