The Wilson Beacon

Wilson white population continues to increase

Wilson white population continues to increase

Elie Salem

October 14, 2019

New enrollment data found that Wilson is getting more white and less Black, with a relatively constant proportion of Hispanics and students of other races. While the yearly change is small, it is part of a dramatic demographic shift from the 2013-14 school year, when Black students comprised about half t...

DCPS releases 2019-20 school calendar

Andrew Dong

October 14, 2019

For the 2019-2020 school year, DCPS has eliminated the extended school year plan and moved the parent-teacher conferences around to allow for more time before the end of the terms.  With the previous model, 13 extended-year schools started their first term a week earlier and ended a week later than tr...

Administration orders seniors off-campus for free periods

Nate Belman

October 14, 2019

Wilson is requiring seniors with free periods to go off campus if they are not engaged in school-related activities. If seniors need to work on anything they must go to either the new Writing Center in the College and Career Center, the library, or a classroom, instead of the atrium. The new rule ...

DCPS to allow Medical Marijuana

DCPS to allow Medical Marijuana

Alex Metzger

October 14, 2019

DCPS has always had a strenuous relationship with marijuana, medical or otherwise, and this month the tides may be shifting in favor of the green plant. As a result of a national news story, DCPS is making another push at allowing students with the necessary accommodations to receive inhale based, non TH...

Graduation moved back to original date

Graduation moved back to original date

Zoe Friedman

October 14, 2019

After being moved up to June 23, DCPS is moving senior graduation back to its original time window from June 16 to June 20. Graduation is currently scheduled to be held at Bender Arena of American University instead of DAR Constitution Hall like past years. The last day for seniors will be June 10. ...

Many students caught drunk at homecoming

Nate Belman and Max Karp

October 14, 2019

Wilson plans to make significant logistical changes to the homecoming dance after an abnormally high number of students were caught under the influence this year. A number of students were kicked out of the event for intoxication or drug use, and some were taken to ambulances. “There has always been an issue with stude...

Chesapeake House to be rehabilitated as a community center

Chesapeake House to be rehabilitated as a community center

Emily Mulderig

October 14, 2019

The Chesapeake House, an abandoned brick building located on the corner of Chesapeake Street and Belt Road on the Southwest corner of Fort Reno, is often overlooked by passerby. But members of the Coalition for Chesapeake Community Center, comprised of Wilson students and Wilson ELA teacher Marc Min...

Fundraising efforts robust following funding loss

Chloe Fatsis

October 14, 2019

The wrestling team needs new mats. The price tag? $8,000 The new volleyball net cranks? $14,000. Football uniforms, not including pads and helmets? $18,000.  Wilson used to be able to afford things like these, but now, after losing access to over $170,000 in funds, teams must find a way to pay for nea...

PARCC score breakdown by race released

Anna Dueholm

October 14, 2019

Wilson saw a slight improvement in PARCC scores last school year. Score reports, separated by race, were recently released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). PARCC tests serve as an evaluation of math and English language arts (ELA) skills for freshmen and sophomores, gi...

DCPS limits out-of-school suspensions with new policy

Mattias Rolett

October 14, 2019

The DC Council is setting limits on out-of-school suspension for the coming school year. The policy, which was spearheaded by DC Councilmember David Grosso, encourages more suspensions to be held in-school where educational guidance is available. The policy stipulates that suspensions exceeding 10 days in a ro...

Krafft spearheads hurricane drive

Alex Holmes

October 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian’s path of destruction left thousands of people displaced, without power, or dead, while carving an infamous place for itself in the hurricane record books. Among those affected were family and friends of Wilson science department chair Danielle Krafft. Her immediate connection to the...

Wilson loses over $170,000

Chloe Fatsis and Max Karp

September 8, 2019

Wilson is scrambling to make up for more than $170,000 in funding after losing access to an account that for years collected money from renting out the school’s field, gymnasiums, and auditorium. The funding shortfall will affect everything from club sports teams to classroom supplies to building re...

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