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DCPS adopts a new attendance policy for online learning

DCPS adopts a new attendance policy for online learning

Madison Dias

September 20, 2020

On August 31, DCPS adopted a new way of recording attendance through Canvas for the duration of online learning. Some teachers are also taking attendance during their synchronous classes.  Students must log into Canvas every school day including Wednesdays in order to be counted as present. According ...

DCPS announces plan for Wilson name change in Council hearing

DCPS announces plan for Wilson name change in Council hearing

Anna Arnsberger

September 17, 2020

In a DC Council hearing on September 15, a DCPS representative announced a plan to begin the process of renaming Wilson. The hearing was on a resolution in which the council expressed broad support for the name to be changed. The joint resolution, authored by Ward Three Councilmember Mary Cheh, had ...

DCPS students face immediate technical difficulties as the new school year begins

DCPS students face immediate technical difficulties as the new school year begins

Madison Dias

September 15, 2020

On August 31, the first day of school for DCPS, around 3,000 calls were made by parents to the DCPS tech support department hotline. These calls concerned technological issues occurring with students’ devices and school platforms malfunctioning. Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said that the majority o...

DCPS makes Canvas and Microsoft Teams mandatory for distance learning

DCPS makes Canvas and Microsoft Teams mandatory for distance learning

Winston Botts

September 12, 2020

DCPS has enlisted the help of multiple online platforms to facilitate distance learning this school year. Using Canvas and Microsoft Teams as an alternative to in-person school has presented numerous changes in both teaching and learning at DCPS. Despite Canvas becoming the standard for distance learning in DC...

DCPS to adopt a 4×4 schedule for the upcoming school year

Madison Dias

August 23, 2020

All DCPS high schools will use a new four by four schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. This schedule is being implemented in order to accommodate all students during the at-home learning period for term one. This arrangement was chosen based on feedback that was received from parents in online surveys...

DCPS to be all virtual for beginning of 2020 school year

Anna Arnsberger

July 30, 2020

In a press conference held on Thursday, July 30, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that DCPS will be all online for the first term of the school year.  After hoping to release an arrangement for hybrid learning on July 16, Bowser delayed that decision to further monitor health metrics and community ...

Mayor Bowser calls to rename Wilson

Chau Nguyen

July 16, 2020

During a live press conference on June 30, Mayor Muriel Bowser stated that Woodrow Wilson High School should be renamed. In light of the 28th U.S. President’s critically reevaluated actions towards the African American community, Bowser’s statement is among the increasing number of voices advocat...

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...

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