The Wilson Beacon

One hundred gather in front of Wilson as support for name change skyrockets

One hundred gather in front of Wilson as support for name change skyrockets

Joanna Chait

July 1, 2020

About 100 Wilson teachers, students, alumni, and community members gathered in front of Wilson on Friday, June 19 to call for the school’s name change because of Woodrow Wilson’s racist legacy. Participants created yard signs with improved name suggestions and planted them in the ground in front of ...

DCPS provides tentative options for reopening

Madison Dias

June 23, 2020

During a press conference on May 23, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the school year of 2020-2021 will begin either in-person or at home on August 31. As DC plans to reopen in a set of four stage beginning May 29, the next school year will be a result of that progress. Specific details on improved sc...

Distance learning forces teachers to alter summer assignments

Benjy Chait

June 23, 2020

With distance learning of the academic year coming to a close, how summer assignments will be coordinated comes into question. Teachers are modifying their summer assignments to fit the new needs of the student body.  Summer assignments for English classes will be shorter and more uniform. English teacher ...

AP World History to be discontinued next school year

AP World History to be discontinued next school year

Harper Dunn and Sophia Hosford

June 23, 2020

The popular sophomore Advanced Placement course AP World History will not be offered at Wilson next year. History Department Head David Heckler spearheaded termination of the course, seeing that it caused poor habits and many students were unprepared for the AP exam. In a proposal to the Parent Teacher Student ...

Wilson class of 2020 to be honored with a photo mural

Madison Dias

June 23, 2020

A Class of 2020 photo mural will be hung at Wilson to acknowledge students whose senior year was cut short. The mural will serve both as a substitute graduation photo and a remembrance of the lost spring, as well as the absence of Wilson senior spirit during the Covid-19 pandemic when the school was ab...

Wilson plans for safe fall reopening

Joanna Chait

June 23, 2020

Principal Kimberly Martin is waiting to see how the school will reopen on August 31. Some ideas have been suggested by Chancellor Lewis Ferebee and Mayor Muriel Bowser has released her guidelines for re-opening the city, so there are a few clear details on how Wilson will look this August. DCPS provi...

Intruders vandalize, steal from Wilson during building’s closure

Anna Arnsberger

June 23, 2020

Unknown suspects broke into the Wilson building three times while it has been closed. The break-ins each occurred between June 2 and June 7, when nobody was present in the school.  The Metropolitan Police Department has been investigating the break-ins and so far identified a few suspects, but has not sha...

Seniors graduate in online ceremony

Seniors graduate in online ceremony

Amelia Bergeron

June 23, 2020

The Wilson Class of 2020 graduated in an online ceremony held via Microsoft Teams on June 17. Lasting for about an hour and a half, the ceremony consisted of musical performances, speeches, guest speakers, and an overarching theme of continued activism.  The commencement ceremony started with pictu...

DCPS makes changes to senior clearance amid pandemic

Winston Botts and Anna Dueholm

June 15, 2020

The DCPS Coronavirus Response Team and Wilson’s administrative team released information clarifying changes to senior clearance policies for the class of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on May 27th. The Wilson “Class of 2020 Update” sent in an email to Wilson’s graduating class con...

English department considering book choice for all classes

Chau Nguyen

May 6, 2020

The English department is considering self-selected book choices for all classes starting next year. The new model serves as an attempt to enhance students’ comprehension and engagement in reading while also introducing a more racially diverse book selection. English teacher Spencer Nissly and English D...

DCPS to remain remote for rest of year

DCPS to remain remote for rest of year

Chloe Fatsis

April 17, 2020

Distance learning will continue through the rest of the school year, which will now end on May 29 instead of June 19. DCPS is also considering starting the 2020-21 school year earlier. “In closing for students on the 29th, we closed by about three weeks, and our hope would be to make up that thr...

Wilson expecting over 2,000 students next year

Winston Botts and Anna Dueholm

April 2, 2020

Wilson is projected to have a student body of 2,015 students in the upcoming school year, roughly a 25 student increase from this year. This is the highest enrollment projection Wilson has seen to date. Each year, DCPS Central Office projects the school’s enrollment for the next school year. ...

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