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Lack of transparency hinders DCPS effectiveness*

Lack of transparency hinders DCPS effectiveness*

The Beacon Staff
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinions

The inner workings of our school system take place behind closed doors. The Beacon needs to contact DCPS officials constantly to collect essential facts, to ensure we have correct information, and to include the DCPS position on controversial issues. Too often we don’t hear back, which impedes our ability to pro...

DMV hosts Trump supporters and Protesters

DMV hosts Trump supporters and Protesters

Anna Cestari
January 22, 2017
Filed under Features

With the estimated one million visitors coming to DC for the 2017 Inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington the day after, the DMV area is tasked with housing them. The Trump supporters and protesters visiting the District have managed to fill up all of the hotels in the area, so many have had t...

Westboro Baptist Church Protests at Sidwell Friends

Westboro Baptist Church Protests at Sidwell Friends

November 11, 2015
Filed under News

BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR Cold silence from about 100 Sidwell students greeted three women from the Westboro Baptist Church as they protested outside Sidwell Friends School from 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. on November 11. The church’s homophobic chants, colorful signs, and parodies of pop songs, all aspe...

A word with Kaya Henderson: Chancellor speaks about DCPS’s state of education

A word with Kaya Henderson: Chancellor  speaks about DCPS’s state of education

October 29, 2015
Filed under News

BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR Six student journalists from Wilson, Woodson, and Anacostia High Schools interviewed DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson on September 30, prior to Henderson’s annual State of the Schools address. The Beacon was allowed to ask two questions, printed below. In the three wee...

Switching Schedules Becomes More Difficult

Switching Schedules Becomes More Difficult

August 23, 2015
Filed under News

  BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR Students will have a hard time changing their schedules in the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. A new scheduling system named Aspen, put in place by former Assistant Principal Marybeth Waits, gives counselors less control over the schedules. Counselors no longer...

School Uniform Rumors Untrue

School Uniform Rumors Untrue

August 20, 2015
Filed under News

BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR Rumors about a school uniform requirement for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year have been denied by Principal Kimberly Martin and Assistant Principal Gregory Bargeman. Martin, new to Wilson this year, acknowledged that she had heard the rumors, but did not believe the...

Teacher Colman McCarthy Leaves Wilson After 30 Years

Teacher Colman McCarthy Leaves Wilson After 30 Years

March 16, 2015
Filed under News

  BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR Social Issues teacher Colman McCarthy ended his 30 years of teaching at Wilson abruptly last December. Midway through the second advisory, he stopped attending his class and was replaced by his son. McCarthy was told by an administrator in December that...

Student Dissatisfaction Disregarded in Teacher Evaluations

Student Dissatisfaction Disregarded in Teacher Evaluations

February 27, 2015
Filed under News

BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR *This article appeared in the February edition of our print issue Anticipation quickly turns to disappointment and frustration when a student gets their new school schedule in late summer and sees the name they’ve been dreading: that terrible teacher cursed by so ma...

Principal Cahall Resigns from Wilson Effective Immediately

Principal Cahall Resigns from Wilson Effective Immediately

December 23, 2014
Filed under News

BY SOPHIE REVEAL AND EMMA BUZBEE Principal Cahall of Woodrow Wilson High School has resigned, effective immediately. According to a letter sent from Chancellor Kaya Henderson on December 23 to the Wilson Senior High School Community, Wilson’s “Assistant Principal Gregory Bargeman will lead Wils...

More than test scores: Wilson community speculates about the real reason behind Cahall’s Termination

More than test scores: Wilson community speculates about the real reason behind Cahall’s Termination

December 23, 2014
Filed under News

BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR, SOPHIE REVEAL, WEB NEWS EDITOR, AND ERIN DOHERTY, SPORTS EDITOR Principal Peter Cahall speculates his contract was discontinued because of his sexual orientation and public coming-out last May, rather than poor test scores, the reason given by DCPS. The Washington Teacher...

Students and Staff Protest Against Police Brutality

Students and Staff Protest Against Police Brutality

December 18, 2014
Filed under News

BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CARL STEWART   For a chilly 30 minutes on the morning of December 17, Wilson students stood outside of their school and protested racial profiling and brutality in the police force. They protested with chants, signs, speeches, poetry, and a...

Mayoral Election Recap

Mayoral Election Recap

November 6, 2014
Filed under News

BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR On November 4th, Democrat Muriel Bowser was elected the new mayor of DC, beating out independent contenders David Catania and Carol Schwartz. Bowser won with 54.5 percent of the vote, the lowest margin in the mayoral race in four decades, by winning all precincts east of...

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