The Wilson Beacon

Class contracts: Engaging students and building community

Class contracts: Engaging students and building community

Amelia Bergeron

October 11, 2019

It's the first week of school and your class is tasked with creating a set of classroom norms that will drive your learning and success throughout the school year. Only given ten minutes, it’s up to one student to step up into the leadership position and start the discussion. Before deciding on the standard...

Vocal virtuoso takes talents to choir program

Vocal virtuoso takes talents to choir program

Anna Arnsberger

October 11, 2019

On the first day of school this year, Anthony Pierce asked each student in his advanced choir class to sing a snippet of a song. Many students, used to a day of course overviews and expectations, were taken aback by their new teacher’s abrupt welcome to class. But this unexpected diagnostic would set...

Dr. Moore seeks to instill environmental consciousness through mandatory recycling for students

Dr. Moore seeks to instill environmental consciousness through mandatory recycling for students

Hannah Frank

October 11, 2019

Have you ever lingered in the Wilson halls once the school day is over and noticed the small cohort of students taking out the recycling? These students, who meticulously empty the recycling bins room by room, are part of science teacher Dani Moore’s Wilson recycling initiative. Before Moore took o...

The Clean and Green Team’s mission to curb Wilson’s waste

The Clean and Green Team's mission to curb Wilson’s waste

Ethan Leifman

October 11, 2019

If you saw a cartoon telling you to pick up your trash, would you? That’s part of the goal behind Wilson’s Clean and Green Team, which seeks to keep Wilson’s halls clean and promote self-responsibility.  The team was founded last year by 12th-grade Assistant Principal Gregory Bargeman and World...

From serving in Afghanistan to teaching in Brazil: meet Steven Miller

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Hannah Masling

September 8, 2019

Coming back to school is a big transition for just about everybody, but it can be especially tricky if you’ve spent the past three and a half years living in Brazil. New 9th grade Assistant Principal Steven Miller has done just that, and is excited to be back in the District as a member of the Wilson administration. Miller grew u...

World Bank summer transforms attitude, provides valuable experience

World Bank summer transforms attitude, provides valuable experience

Kennedy Whitby, Junior Editor

September 8, 2019

The conference room was filled with suit-wearing professionals, abuzz with curious stories about overseas missions and global efforts. I sat to the side, a mere 17-year-old, overwhelmed by this unknown workplace environment. The professional atmosphere in the Transport Global Practice at the World Ba...

Why, Wilson?

Why, Wilson?

Charlotte Guy, Junior Editor

September 8, 2019

As DCPS students, [email protected] has been ingrained in our heads as a fast and easy way to email your teacher. The process is so seamless, so catchy, the only road bump one might face is having to look up how to spell your teacher’s name. It’s just one of those rare protocols that is ...

Tips and tricks for new teachers

Tips and tricks for new teachers

Sarah Morgan, Opinions Editor

September 8, 2019

Hello, new teachers! The Beacon welcomes you to Wilson and hopes your experience here is enjoyable. To make your transition smoother, here are some dos and don’ts for survival at this beloved institution. DON’T: Drink the fountain water. Please purchase a water bottle, for your mental and physical we...

Accomodations challenge teachers, benefit students

Accomodations challenge teachers, benefit students

Elie Salem, Editor-in-Chief

September 8, 2019

Senior Nick Koryukin is supposed to be given extra time on tests and assignments because of a IEP plan arranged years ago. In some classes, he gets exactly what he needs. In others, teachers either aren’t aware or forget about his accommodation, among a half-dozen other classmates in a similar situati...

Spicciani encourages tigers to R.O.A.R. with teaching philosophy

Spicciani encourages tigers to R.O.A.R. with teaching philosophy

Anna Dueholm, Junior Editor

September 8, 2019

Having just arrived in the U.S. from Italy, Simona Spicciani, a generally avid public speaker, was nervous to say anything at all in English. Fearful of stuttering and not being taken seriously, the Italian teacher kept to herself. It seemed that by the time she had formulated a cohesive thought, translated ...

Inside the process of creating class schedules

Inside the process of creating class schedules

Ellen Carrier, Junior Editor

September 8, 2019

You look down at your schedule on the first day of senior year. Constitutional law takes the place of US Gov, and Marine Science is missing completely. It seems that the hours you spent meticulously curating the perfect course list last August were all done in vain. How does this always happen—is it...

Climate change makes DC even swampier

Climate change makes DC even swampier

Emily Mulderig

September 7, 2019

As a typically hot and sticky DC July came to a close this summer, I learned that it had been the hottest month recorded by humans, ever. Worrying as this fact was, I can’t say I was shocked. Growing up in the twenty-first century, I am unphased by wacky weather, extreme highs and lows, and frequent ne...

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