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AP program sees more students, better scores

AP program sees more students, better scores

Alex Holmes

September 8, 2019

The percentage of students who achieved a passing score of a three, four, or five on their AP exams at Wilson rose from 52 percent to 54 percent over the last school year.  While a two percent increase may seem insignificant, Principal Kimberly Martin believes it is a marked sign of progress, given ...

Tiger Cafe replaced by work center for seniors

Tiger Cafe replaced by work center for seniors

Alex Holmes

September 8, 2019

Wilson’s Tiger Cafe is being replaced by a brand new work facility for seniors. It will be located in the room right next to the College and Career Center. Twelfth grade Assistant Principal Gregory Bargeman confirmed that the new resource will be called the printing and writing center. The Tige...

Mental health PSAs offer acting opportunities to students

Sadie Wyatt

September 8, 2019

Last fall, Wilson students were presented with an opportunity like no other: to star in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that would be aired nationwide. It came to Wilson through Karen Harris, the current theatre director at Wilson. The PSA was produced by Boys Town, a national organization that ...

Wilson renovates office amid flooding

Wilson renovates office amid flooding

Max Karp

September 8, 2019

Wilson’s front office and entire first floor flooded after a large storm in July. Flooding was caused by damaged water pipes that couldn’t hold the excessive amount of rain that the month saw. Main office staffers had to relocate and some experienced adverse effects stemming from the floodwater. C...

Freshman class projected to be largest ever

Freshman class projected to be largest ever

Nate Belman

September 8, 2019

Six hundred and fifty-seven students are enrolled in this year’s freshman class. This is significantly more students than last year’s class of 450. Early enrollment data is often misleading, however, as students from feeder schools are automatically enrolled at Wilson even if they aren’t going to ...

Freshmen await personal laptops

Freshmen await personal laptops

Michaela Bauman

September 8, 2019

DCPS plans to provide its students with laptops within the next three years, starting with all third, sixth, and ninth graders this school year. The computers are not expected to be distributed to students until December at the earliest, though DCPS has budgeted $4.3 million for purchase. Each freshman ...

DCPS in $23 million budget deficit

DCPS in $23 million budget deficit

Joanna Chait and Emily Mulderig

September 8, 2019

DCPS’s budget for this year is on track to be overspent by more than $23 million. They have until September 30th (the end of the fiscal year) to make up that money. When the situation became public over the summer, it was heavily criticized by DC  education council chairman.  The loss was cre...

Wilson aims to create college prep program from $172,000 donation

Wilson aims to create college prep program from $172,000 donation

Sophie Ludgin

June 9, 2019

Wilson alumni John Scott left his alma mater $172,000 in his will. A PTSO committee has decided to use the funds to create a college preparatory program. The committee, led by member Jennie Bonney, has plans to form a week-long program aiming to “provide intensive support to a group of students ...

DCPS fails to prioritize at-risk student funds

DCPS fails to prioritize at-risk student funds

Hannah Bocian and Joanna Chait

June 9, 2019

A new report done by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute shows that about 40% of the funding designated for at-risk students in DCPS hasn’t been targeted to help them but has instead been used for other needs of the schools. The at-risk category for education funding was added to the DCPS budget in 2013 wh...

The Beacon talks to newly elected SGA officers

The Beacon talks to newly elected SGA officers

Joanna Chait

June 9, 2019

Next year’s Student Government Association (SGA) is the first to be elected under a new voting procedure which requires members to take a specialized class, cuts down on the number of positions, only allows rising seniors to vote for the student body president, and requires members to take a specialized c...

New Wilson club aims to combat mental health stigma

New Wilson club aims to combat mental health stigma

Andrew Dong

June 9, 2019

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month for the first time, Wilson’s new Mental Health Awareness Club (MHAC) organized a variety of fun, charitable, and informative activities. The activities were centered on creating awareness around mental health. MHAC sponsor English teacher Natalie Zuravle...

Yondr discontinued for next school year

Yondr discontinued for next school year

Max Karp

June 9, 2019

Yondr bags will not be returning to Wilson next year after the PTSO discontinued funding. Wilson could have used their own funds to continue the program, but chose not to. At the beginning of the school year, Principal Kimberly Martin announced that Wilson was instituting the Yondr bag system at t...

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