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Librarian position eliminated

Librarian position eliminated

Joanna Chait, Sophia Hosford, and Annette Leber April 26, 2021

Next year’s budget eliminates a full-time librarian position from the Wilson staff, but the change is receiving pushback. Pamela Gardner has been Wilson’s librarian for 15 years. Aside from her...

Graduation to be held at Audi Field this June

Graduation to be held at Audi Field this June

Chau Nguyen April 26, 2021

The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 will be in-person at Audi Field on June 22 at 10 a.m.  On March 31, DC Health granted Wilson permission to host the event in-person. According to 12th...

SAC advocates for quality of learning in DCPS high schools

SAC advocates for quality of learning in DCPS high schools

Hadley Carr April 25, 2021

The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) has continued to meet virtually this year to address the mental health and educational concerns created by the online learning environment.  Founded by former state...

Students complete virtual course selections

Students complete virtual course selections

Sophie Reeves April 25, 2021

The virtual course selection process for the 2021-22 school year has been completed. Through the Canvas Global Announcement feature, students received a link to the course request page on the Wilson...

PARCC test postponed for the second year in a row

PARCC test postponed for the second year in a row

Hadley Carr April 21, 2021

For the second year in the row, PARCC testing has been cancelled for DCPS Students. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) requested a one-year waiver to the annual testing requirements....

DCPS proposes August Wilson for new name

DCPS proposes August Wilson for new name

Anna Arnsberger April 20, 2021

DCPS has proposed to rename Woodrow Wilson High School after August Wilson. Many support August Wilson, a distinguished Black playwright, as the new namesake because it allows for the school to still...

Federal stimulus money to be used for summer academy

Federal stimulus money to be used for summer academy

Charlotte Guy March 30, 2021

Wilson is using around $180,000 from President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package to develop a Summer Acceleration Academy. The Academy offers a two-week in-person program that offers classes created...

Three staff positions lost due to budget limitations

Three staff positions lost due to budget limitations

Joanna Chait March 30, 2021

Wilson’s annual budget only increased by one and a half percent, resulting in a $1 million deficit for the upcoming school year. The change resulted in Principal Kimberly Martin cutting three non-instructional...

Children’s Hospital vaccinates thousands of DCPS staff members

Children’s Hospital vaccinates thousands of DCPS staff members

Madison Dias March 30, 2021

Through a partnership with Children’s National Hospital (CNH), over 3,200 DCPS employees are now fully vaccinated.  Over 6,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were set aside from DCPS’s vaccination...

DC Council terminates Education Committee

DC Council terminates Education Committee

Mary Harney March 24, 2021

The DC Council has dissolved the Education Committee, a decision that has come under criticism from The Washington Teachers Union (WTU) and the Action Network.  Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and...

Minorities in AP returns to support students of color

Minorities in AP returns to support students of color

Madison Dias March 24, 2021

Minorities in AP (MAP) is returning to Wilson after being discontinued a few years ago. The program encourages inclusivity and equity in advanced courses by offering peer tutoring for all students, specifically...

4x4 schedule to continue next year

4×4 schedule to continue next year

Hannah Lahey March 21, 2021

DCPS high school students will continue to follow a 4x4 schedule in the upcoming school year. However, Wednesdays will no longer be asynchronous.  DCPS mandated the continuation of the 4x4 schedule...

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