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Wilson’s new name to be announced by January

Wilson's new name to be announced by January
November 14, 2020

Eighty-five years after opening only to white students, and honoring a president whose racist policies later would be condemned, Woodrow Wilson High School is undergoing a historic change: by the end of...

DCPS implements a new grading policy for the 2020-2021 school year

DCPS implements a new grading policy for the 2020-2021 school year
November 8, 2020

A new grading policy has been embraced by DC Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Inspired by stakeholder feedback and maintaining a goal of equity, the grading policy was adopted in an effort...

Teacher mental health day halts DCPS reopening plan

Teacher mental health day halts DCPS reopening plan
November 7, 2020

DCPS chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced that DCPS will be cancelling plans to begin limited in-person learning for elementary schools on November 9. This decision follows teachers across the district opting...

Teachers rally at Ft. Reno to protest DCPS reopening plans

Teachers rally at Ft. Reno to protest DCPS reopening plans
October 28, 2020

DCPS Ward Three teachers, staff, and families rallied together at Fort Reno on Saturday October 17 to demand transparency and accountability from DCPS with elementary schools set to reopen within the next...

DCPS releases Wilson name-change survey following council resolution

DCPS releases Wilson name-change survey following council resolution
October 27, 2020

DC’s City Council passed a resolution on October 21 to rename Woodrow Wilson High School after 85 years of the school being named after the 28th president of the United States. As a result, DCPS has...

Mayor Bowser updates DCPS families on reopening plans

Mayor Bowser updates DCPS families on reopening plans
October 25, 2020

On October 5, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DCPS Chancellor Dr. Lewis Ferebee hosted a COVID-19 situational update regarding the reopening of DC Public Schools. Elementary schools, with grades Pre-K through...

Wilson students create Homebase initiative to bridge connectivity gap

Wilson students create Homebase initiative to bridge connectivity gap
October 21, 2020

The Wilson Peer Mediators and Student Government Association (SGA) have established the program Home Base which offers 15-minute meetings during asynchronous time on Wednesdays. Homebase aims to bridge...

New Covid-19 tracing app created the for DC region

New Covid-19 tracing app created the for DC region
October 21, 2020

Apple and Google recently partnered with the DC government to produce the DC COVID Alert Notice system (CAN). This contact tracing software enables public health authorities to contact and give guidance...

Wilson enrollment lower than expected this fall

Wilson enrollment lower than expected this fall
October 14, 2020

Last school year, Wilson projected that there would be an annual student attendance of 2,015 students, the highest in Wilson’s history. However, the current count of students attending Wilson is 1,794,...

Special ed students receive new IEPs for distance learning

Special ed students receive new IEPs for distance learning
October 13, 2020

Special education teachers have been modifying Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) since last spring to ensure that students with learning differences are set up for success during distance learning....

Teachers’ union opposes prompt school reopenings

Teachers’ union opposes prompt school reopenings
October 9, 2020

As Mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans to begin reopening schools in early November, the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) has asserted that they are not yet ready for in-person learning. The union is...

DC high school students offered the opportunity to serve as election workers

DC high school students offered the opportunity to serve as election workers
October 9, 2020

Short on workers for the upcoming election, the DC Board of Elections (DCBOE) is offering high school students community service hours or a stipend to serve as an Election Day worker. Students may apply...

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