The Wilson Beacon

First exchange trip to Spain announced for February break

First exchange trip to Spain announced for February break

Chiara Purificato

February 5, 2020

Wilson will have its first-ever exchange trip to Spain this February break. Organized by Spanish teacher Victor Vela, the trip will make Spain the third destination students can travel to, along with trips already offered to Italy and Denmark.  Vela originally began considering the idea of organizing an exch...

Wilson students attend GDS Summit on Sexual Assault, debrief with Principal Martin

Emily Mulderig

February 5, 2020

A group of Wilson students and faculty attended Georgetown Day School’s (GDS) annual Summit on Sexual Assault and Consent on November 23. Since the event, they have met with Principal Kimberly Martin and are planning to start a committee to confront these issues at Wilson.  Founded in 2016 by GDS students, the summit ...

Eight period schedule unlikely to change

Chloe Fatsis

February 5, 2020

Wilson is pushing for a switch to a seven-period day. DCPS is unlikely to approve the change, but they have not made an official decision. The Wilson Teachers’ Union and Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) have both advocated for reverting to the seven-period schedule, which Wilson had up until the ...

Off campus food policy cuts litter in half in past months

Anna Dueholm

January 30, 2020

Science teacher Dani Moore measured a 50 percent decrease in litter around Wilson between October and November, though she has noticed an uptick since winter break. The decrease came after the outside food ban was reemphasized.  Moore has been weighing trash left around the building after STEP since Octo...

Freshman computers delayed until February

Freshman computers delayed until February

Benjamin Chait and Diedre de Leeuw

January 30, 2020

Freshmen are going to have to wait until at least February to receive personal computers from DCPS. Despite plans to issue the laptops in the fall of 2019, implementation problems and a lack of funding from the DC Council have delayed the distribution. The initiative, named the One-to-One initiat...

Swastikas found in bathrooms

Nate Belman and Max Karp

December 17, 2019

Two swastikas were found in Wilson bathrooms this past month. Principal Kimberly Martin condemned the acts of vandalism, deeming them “unacceptable.” Both swastikas were found by students and subsequently reported to the administration. One student took a picture of the symbol and sent it to Martin who ins...

Freshman seminar program aims to prepare ninth graders for high school

Freshman seminar program aims to prepare ninth graders for high school

Anna Arnsberger

November 20, 2019

The ninth-grade counselor team is piloting a series of seminars this fall to guide students through their freshman year. The weekly meetings cover a number of topics to help facilitate a smooth transition to high school, but have yet to gain traction. Ninth-grade counselors Ramona Singletary-Robertson and Wanda Flo...

Small group of teachers continue to use Yondr bags

Small group of teachers continue to use Yondr bags

Shirah Lister

November 20, 2019

Last spring, Principal Kimberly Martin announced the end of the Yondr bag policy at Wilson. However, some teachers have decided to continue using the bags due to the positive impact they’ve seen in their classrooms. Many teachers have noticed fewer distractions and an easier time managing phone usag...

Wilson bans food from Tenley eateries

Wilson bans food from Tenley eateries

Max Karp and Nate Belman

November 20, 2019

Wilson administration reintroduced a policy in which students are not allowed to bring food from outside establishments into the school. Security officers started to enforce the policy strictly amid growing trash concerns and an intensifying rodent problem in the school. Administration noted that the p...

New DCPS food policy prohibits sale of Pizza Boli’s, Krispy Kreme

New DCPS food policy prohibits sale of Pizza Boli’s, Krispy Kreme

Margaret Heffernan

November 20, 2019

Wilson is no longer allowed to sell “unhealthy foods” during school hours, including pizza, Krispy Kreme fundraising doughnuts, and bake sale goods. The sale of pizza and donuts is in violation of the DCPS food contract signed with SodexoMAGIC and goes against the 2010 DC Healthy Schools Act tha...

Copier problems persist, frustrating staff members

Copier problems persist, frustrating staff members

Zoe Friedman

November 20, 2019

Teachers and staff are frustrated with copying and printing issues, which range from lack of toner to break downs from overuse.  “This is a continuous problem; we have 177 staff members who use nine machines throughout the building, so the constant use of the machines can potentially, over time, wear t...

Principals, activists meet to discuss new vape shops

Principals, activists meet to discuss new vape shops

Shirah Lister and Sarah Morgan

November 20, 2019

Principals of Wilson, Deal, and Georgetown Day School (GDS) met on October 24 to discuss the proximity of Wawa and Smoke Island, which sell vaping devices. The meeting is partly in response to concerns from parents, who organized in opposition to the opening of Smoke Island.  Matt Myers, President of the Campaign for To...

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