The Wilson Beacon

Wilson budget set to increase

Nate Belman and Max Karp

March 10, 2020

DCPS Central Office released the budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. Wilson’s proposed budget included a $1.6 million funding increase, accounting for a projected growth in enrollment by 151 students. The budget is eight percent larger than last year and includes a pledge to bring computers to students ...

Sports teams cope with funding losses

Alex Holmes

March 10, 2020

After suffering two successive blows to their financing last fall, Wilson athletic teams are ramping up fundraising efforts and spending more conservatively. In October, Wilson lost access to over $170,000 in funds because the school was no longer allowed to use the money it raised from renting out its ...

Martin proposes extra special education staff to manage 504 plans

Anna Dueholm

March 10, 2020

The number of Wilson students with 504 plans has increased significantly, from 45 plans in 2015 to 167 as of this February. In response, Principal Kimberly Martin has included new special education staff members in the budget for the next school year, which was approved on February 24. 504 plans ar...

Wilson to become No Place for Hate school

Wilson to become No Place for Hate school

Andrew Dong

March 10, 2020

Wilson is slated to become a No Place for Hate school, which comes as a part of an SGA attempt to combat hate speech at Wilson. They are also figuring out other actions such as creating posters and videos to discourage hate speech and remind students of existing Wilson policies against it. These i...

DCPS changes Naviance login to Clever, with a glitch

DCPS changes Naviance login to Clever, with a glitch

Anna Arnsberger

March 10, 2020

DCPS is requiring students to use the website Clever for log-on access to the college and career readiness software, Naviance. Central Office’s College and Career Programs made the switch on January 16 to improve security but a glitch allowed students to override this new system. Noa Maltzman, DC...

Two DC high schools closed following coronavirus concern

Two DC high schools closed following coronavirus concern

Sophia Ibrahim

March 8, 2020

School Without Walls and District of Columbia International School closed on Monday, March 9th to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. A School Without Walls teacher was in contact with a coronavirus patient from Nigeria who stayed overnight at her home. While the teacher tested negative for co...

22 metrobus lines could be “eliminated”, affecting Wilson students’ commutes

22 metrobus lines could be “eliminated”, affecting Wilson students' commutes

Ethan Leifman and Jaden Morgan

February 26, 2020

22 metrobus lines are currently being considered by Metro for “elimination,” meaning bus routes will be either discontinued or absorbed into other bus lines on a similar corridor. With many Wilson students commuting to school on the bus, some will be affected if the proposed changes go into effect...

First exchange trip to Spain announced for February break

First exchange trip to Spain announced for February break

Chiara Purificato

February 5, 2020

Wilson will have its first-ever exchange trip to Spain this February break. Organized by Spanish teacher Victor Vela, the trip will make Spain the third destination students can travel to, along with trips already offered to Italy and Denmark.  Vela originally began considering the idea of organizing an exch...

Wilson students attend GDS Summit on Sexual Assault, debrief with Principal Martin

Emily Mulderig

February 5, 2020

A group of Wilson students and faculty attended Georgetown Day School’s (GDS) annual Summit on Sexual Assault and Consent on November 23. Since the event, they have met with Principal Kimberly Martin and are planning to start a committee to confront these issues at Wilson.  Founded in 2016 by GDS students, the summit ...

Eight period schedule unlikely to change

Chloe Fatsis

February 5, 2020

Wilson is pushing for a switch to a seven-period day. DCPS is unlikely to approve the change, but they have not made an official decision. The Wilson Teachers’ Union and Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) have both advocated for reverting to the seven-period schedule, which Wilson had up until the ...

Off campus food policy cuts litter in half in past months

Anna Dueholm

January 30, 2020

Science teacher Dani Moore measured a 50 percent decrease in litter around Wilson between October and November, though she has noticed an uptick since winter break. The decrease came after the outside food ban was reemphasized.  Moore has been weighing trash left around the building after STEP since Octo...

Freshman computers delayed until February

Freshman computers delayed until February

Benjamin Chait and Diedre de Leeuw

January 30, 2020

Freshmen are going to have to wait until at least February to receive personal computers from DCPS. Despite plans to issue the laptops in the fall of 2019, implementation problems and a lack of funding from the DC Council have delayed the distribution. The initiative, named the One-to-One initiat...

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