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  • Woodrow Wilson will officially be renamed Jackson-Reed
  • Community receives delayed notification of COVID cases amidst Omicron wave
  • Wilson, St. Albans fans clash at basketball game
The Student News Site of Woodrow Wilson Senior High School

The Wilson Beacon

The Student News Site of Woodrow Wilson Senior High School

The Wilson Beacon

Wilson students and staff required to submit negative test result before returning to school

Wilson students and staff required to submit negative test result before returning to school

Joanna Chait and Charlotte Guy January 8, 2022

DCPS students and teachers were required to submit a picture of a negative COVID-19 test to a database prior to returning to school this past Thursday amidst a national Omicron wave. However, the validity...

AP Language and Composition students had their class from the atrium on Tuesday, December 21, because their teacher was absent. Wilson closed for virtual instruction on Wednesday.

Chancellor adapts COVID notification system in response to rising cases

Joanna Chait and Emily Mulderig December 22, 2021

  Wednesday afternoon, the Chancellor announced that DCPS is making adjustments to expedite the notification process after a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.  Emails sent...

DC Council approves Jackson-Reed in final name change vote

DC Council approves Jackson-Reed in final name change vote

Hadley Carr December 21, 2021

DC Council voted 11-1 in the final vote needed to rename Woodrow Wilson High School to Jackson-Reed High School, in honor of two pioneering Black educators.  The legislation will be sent to Mayor Muriel...

Community receives delayed notification of COVID cases amidst Omicron wave

Community receives delayed notification of COVID cases amidst Omicron wave

Hadley Carr, Sophia Ibrahim, and Joanna Chait December 20, 2021

Wilson will be closed for virtual instruction on Wednesday, December 22.  In the past week, over 50 Wilson students have tested positive for COVID-19, however, the school community has only been notified...

DC Council to hold final vote on Wilson name change

Hadley Carr, News Editor December 20, 2021

Tomorrow, The DC Council will hold the final vote needed to rename Woodrow Wilson High School to Jackson-Reed High School, in honor of two pioneering Black educators. However, a movement to name the school...

Water dispensers gone, fountains return

Water dispensers gone, fountains return

Alice Stillerman December 18, 2021

Four months into the school year, water fountains are re-entering the picture. The transition away from water dispensers is a welcome change for many, as empty dispensers have caused frustration among...

Council votes in favor of Jackson-Reed

Hadley Carr December 17, 2021

After years of community debate, the DC Council this month voted to rename Wilson “Jackson-Reed High School.” The name honors two pioneering Black educators at Wilson: Edna B. Jackson, the first Black...

Hate symbols found in bathroom

Hate symbols found in bathroom

Four swastikas, the “n-word,” and the words “white power” were written in the fourth-floor men’s bathroom earlier this month.  And just this past Friday, a student reported seeing the phrases...

DCPS evaluation system frustrates teachers

Gil Leifman and Maya Roskes December 17, 2021

With impending teacher evaluations, Wilson staff members have expressed mixed opinions regarding “IMPACT: the DCPS Evaluation and Feedback System for School Based Personnel.” Evaluations are conducted...

Council hears bill addressing period poverty

Council hears bill addressing period poverty

Camila Reinoso and Nina Fernandez December 17, 2021

A bill to require free menstrual products in DC schools was introduced to the city council last spring. Called “Expanding Student Access to Period Products Act of 2021,” the bill extends to all DC...

Mask mandates lifted for indoor student athletes

Ellen Carrier December 17, 2021

In accordance with updated DCSAA guidelines, fully-vaccinated athletes are no longer required to wear a mask when participating in sports.   This update was approved by District’s Local Education...

Administration rolls out digital hall pass system

Administration rolls out digital hall pass system

Ava Serafino , Benjamin Chait, and Rohini Kieffer December 17, 2021

The Wilson administration has started using online hall passes to replace standard paper passes. CTE teacher Anthony Evans and PE/Health teacher Tia Clemmons are piloting the program. Instructional...

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