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DCPS to remain remote for rest of year

DCPS to remain remote for rest of year

Chloe Fatsis

April 17, 2020

Distance learning will continue through the rest of the school year, which will now end on May 29 instead of June 19. DCPS is also considering starting the 2020-21 school year earlier. “In closing for students on the 29th, we closed by about three weeks, and our hope would be to make up that thr...

Wilson expecting over 2,000 students next year

Winston Botts and Anna Dueholm

April 2, 2020

Wilson is projected to have a student body of 2,015 students in the upcoming school year, roughly a 25 student increase from this year. This is the highest enrollment projection Wilson has seen to date. Each year, DCPS Central Office projects the school’s enrollment for the next school year. ...

Virginia closes all public schools for rest of school year

Sophia Ibrahim

March 27, 2020

As Virginia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 254, Governor Ralph Northam announced on Monday, March 23, that all public and private schools in Virginia will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year. Initially, Northam announced a two-week closure of all Virginia schools on March ...

DCPS schools closed until April 27

Chloe Fatsis and Max Karp

March 20, 2020

DCPS delayed the return to school to Monday, April 27, according to a DCPS announcement today. In the meantime, students will participate in distance learning. Teachers have been creating lesson plans for remote learning, which will begin on Tuesday, April 24. In an email sent to the DCPS communit...

Coronavirus concerns place a halt on ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Coronavirus concerns place a halt on 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Public Relations

March 15, 2020

‘Peter and the Starcatcher,’ which was set to open Friday, March 13 has been postponed to May in response to coronavirus concerns. Cast members were informed about such a sudden measure Thursday after school, exactly a day before opening night.  The move to postpone the show was followed by a DCPS announcemen...

Mass media competition canceled

Ayomi Wolff

March 15, 2020

The Student Television Network (STN) Competition, set to be hosted in DC on March 12-15th, was canceled on Thursday the 12th due to the recent reports of coronavirus cases within the city. Wilson would have had 49 students across 3 mass media classes participating, with mass media teacher, Kadesha...

DCPS cancels school through March

Photo courtesy of DCPS

Chloe Fatsis and Max Karp

March 13, 2020

DCPS is closing schools for the rest of March to help slow the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. Spring break will now take place from March 17 to 23 instead of its original April date. During the following week, students will engage in remote learning. DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee notified the comm...

Mayor Bowser declares state of emergency in DC amid coronavirus outbreak

Photo courtesy of Mayor Bowser's Instagram account, @mayor_bowser

Max Karp

March 11, 2020

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency in the city during the current spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. The declaration gives the DC government access to increased funding and resources to attempt to contain and prevent the impending coronavirus outbreak in the city. DC Health Official...

DC public schools to close Monday, March 16

Chloe Fatsis

March 11, 2020

DCPS moved a Professional Development Day to Monday March 16 to advance preparation for the possibility of schools closing due to COVID-19. “DCPS is accelerating our planning timeline with teachers and school leaders to ensure that our educators are fully equipped to support distance learning as ...

Latinx in STEM club created to diversify science fields

Winston Botts

March 10, 2020

The Latinx in STEM club held its first meeting on Thursday, February 6 to get more Latinx students to consider a career in science. One of the club’s primary focuses is addressing underrepresentation for Latinx people in areas of STEM and bringing together the Wilson community to have fun and connec...

PARCC ousted in favor of new standardized test

PARCC ousted in favor of new standardized test

Andrew Dong and Caleb Grim

March 10, 2020

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is set to be replaced with new tests with content provided by New Meridian. The tests will be held on the same dates, from April 20 to May 22, although the DCPS assessment calendar still displays the old PARCC name.  Anothe...

New DCPS calendar eliminates February break

New DCPS calendar eliminates February break

Sarah Morgan

March 10, 2020

DCPS removed February break for the 2020-21 school year, adding the vacation days to Inauguration Day weekend and summer break. Deputy Press Secretary for DCPS Ashlynn Profit said that the reasoning for the calendar shift was that “DCPS’ goal is to strike a balance between giving students and sta...

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