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DC Council proposes Jackson Reed High School

DC Council proposes Jackson Reed High School

Joanna Chait, Ellen Carrier, and Hadley Carr October 18, 2021

DC council members proposed to rename Wilson for Edna B. Jackson and Vincent Reed Monday evening, effectively repealing the Chancellor’s proposal to name the school after playwright August Wilson.  Jackson...

All DCPS students eligible for free lunch

Madeline Motes October 18, 2021

This year all DC Public Schools made free lunch accessible to all students. DCPS qualifies for free lunch under the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, which was applied for by Central Office.The...

Wilson shifts to paperless classwork

Wilson shifts to paperless classwork

August Taylor and Molly Reeder October 15, 2021

In late 2018 and early 2019, a plan to use less paper in day-to-day schoolwork was established to work towards paperless classes. The original plan was to introduce students to using laptops, year by year,...

Mental health services intend to alleviate pandemic stress

Mental health services intend to alleviate pandemic stress

Aida Belay and Cade Watson October 11, 2021

Worries about mental health have been a common argument from opponents of virtual learning, and as Wilson students have returned to the classroom, those issues have become clear.   “When we were...

Enrollment at highest in the last decade

Leah Zerwitz October 8, 2021

This year, Wilson’s enrollment reached 2,216 students, the largest in the last decade. A greater increase in population was expected, but the current enrollment falls below the projected value due...

Council to hold public hearing on name change bill

Council to hold public hearing on name change bill

Joanna Chait and Hadley Carr October 6, 2021

The DC Council will hold a virtual public hearing Wednesday, October 6, regarding Bill B24-0286, which would change the name of the school to August Wilson High School.  As an addition to their petition...

Schedule change requests overwhelm counselors following system errors

Riley Hawkinson October 3, 2021

Although schedule request changes have been closed for the past two weeks, students are still facing immense difficulty trying to get access to the classes they need.  Prior to the first day of school,...

Enrollment in AP classes and tests drop in 2020

Enrollment in AP classes and tests drop in 2020

Hadley Carr October 1, 2021

The number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes—especially students of color—has sharply declined in 2020 from an all-time high in 2019.  Until the past two years, AP enrollment...

Deadlines return as Wilson changes grading policy

Deadlines return as Wilson changes grading policy

Kassiani Anifantis October 1, 2021

With the shift to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, the grading and late work policy has changed to enforce deadlines.  Assignments submitted after the due date and time are considered...

Wilson rolls out asymptomatic testing program

Wilson rolls out asymptomatic testing program

Natalie Gordon October 1, 2021

Every week, 10 percent of the Wilson student population is randomly selected for a DCPS-wide asymptomatic testing program for COVID-19. The program aims to accomplish DCPS’s goal of screening for...

Safety measures aim to mitigate virus spread

Safety measures aim to mitigate virus spread

Joanna Chait and Emily Mulderig October 1, 2021

After a year of closed doors and empty hallways, Wilson has reopened fully for in-person school with a variety of safety measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. As of September 27, the school...

SGA plans ‘Haunted Ball’ homecoming

SGA plans ‘Haunted Ball’ homecoming

Andrew Dong September 20, 2021

Following a year without school dances, Wilson will have an in-person homecoming on October 16 on the field.   “Haunted Ball” is the theme of the event. The current plan is to have the dance from...

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