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Wilson mourns beloved custodian Derick Davis

Wilson mourns beloved custodian Derick Davis

Ethan Leifman

May 5, 2019

Derick Davis, who worked at Wilson as a night custodian since June 2016, died last weekend. He was 36 years old. His untimely death shocked Wilson’s close-knit custodial staff. Davis lived in Northeast DC and grew up in nearby Capitol Heights, Maryland. He was a graduate of Gwynn Park High School...

SGA changes officer election process

SGA changes officer election process

Andrew Dong

May 5, 2019

The Student Government Association (SGA) is removing certain grade level positions and requiring members to take a SGA class in an effort to increase productivity and bolster qualifications for office. Natalie Zuravleff, SGA sponsor and future SGA class teacher, pushed for the class requirement after s...

Wilson to expand special education support team

Wilson to expand special education support team

Meredith Simon

May 5, 2019

Wilson will add two staff members to the special education department for the 2019-20 school year. They will specialize in working with students on the autism spectrum. DCPS mandated the new positions due to increasing number of students with autism at Wilson. The Wilson special education program current...

LSAT votes in favor of a seven period schedule; change is unlikely

LSAT votes in favor of a seven period schedule; change is unlikely

Hannah Bocian and Joanna Chait

May 5, 2019

The Wilson Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) has proposed to switch to a seven period school day, most recently used prior to the 2015-16 school year. The vote, which was held on April 9, overcame the two-thirds threshold needed to pass the petition with a overwhelming 73 percent in favor. After b...

Wilson hosts “Earth Week” in recognition of climate change

Wilson hosts “Earth Week” in recognition of climate change

Alex Holmes

May 5, 2019

The Wilson Climate Committee celebrated Earth Day last week with a variety of environment-related activities every day at STEP. Spearheaded by science teacher Angela Benjamin and world languages teacher Simona Spicciani-Gerhardt, the week was focused on raising awareness about environmental issues. ...

Wilson considers implementation of seven-period day

Max Karp and Sophia Hosford

April 1, 2019

The administration is considering returning to the seven-period schedule next school year. Under the proposed schedule, first-period classes would take place every day for 45 minutes. The remaining three classes of the day would be 90 minutes, alternating daily between even-period classes and odd-per...

Wilson adds new classes to next year’s curriculum

Wilson adds new classes to next year’s curriculum

Ellen Carrier

April 1, 2019

Wilson is set to add eight new classes next school year, including playwriting, play analysis, African-American experience in American Literature, Women in African-American Literature, Writing Research Skills, AP Seminar, Computer Science, and a class for members of the Student Government Association ...

Poor logistical and financial supports leave Wilson instruments in critical condition

Poor logistical and financial supports leave Wilson instruments in critical condition

Baraka Aboul-Magd and Meredith Simon

March 31, 2019

Musical instruments at Wilson are severely in need of repairs, due primarily to a lack of funding from administration and logistical support from DCPS. Nearly a hundred students use the instruments for concert band, jazz band, piano lab, and general music classes. According to Manager of Strategy and Logisti...

Relationship between Honors for All and AP enrollment inconclusive

Relationship between Honors for All and AP enrollment inconclusive

Nate Belman

March 30, 2019

Honors for All, an initiative introduced two years ago by Principal Kimberly Martin, will extend to junior year science classes next year. While administration believes Honors for All increases AP participation and reduces the minority gap, data of AP enrollment in the past two years and discussions ...

Survey finds widespread minority male discontent

Baraka Aboul-Magd

March 30, 2019

The School Climate Committee held a discussion with focus groups of Black and Latino male Wilson students on February 28, after results from the DCPS Panorama Survey of all Wilson students found that only 66 percent of Black male students showed satisfaction toward Wilson and only 51 percent expressed a...

Widespread copier issues undermine teacher planning

Widespread copier issues undermine teacher planning

Margot Durfee

March 30, 2019

Wilson English teacher Joseph Welch stood in front of the copy machine, exasperated. What should’ve been a two-minute process had ended up taking over fifteen minutes. It was a Monday morning, and he had arrived early to print the week’s work, only to find the copying room filled with fuming te...

DCPS terminates new School Without Walls admissions policy that promoted diversity

DCPS terminates new School Without Walls admissions policy that promoted diversity

Anna Dueholm

March 26, 2019

In an effort to increase diversity at the selective School Without Walls High School (SWW), the school’s administration proposed a policy last fall that would allow the top 15 students of each middle school, in terms of GPA, to take the qualifying test. However, proper protocol was not followed, and ...

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