The Wilson Beacon

DCPS to allow Medical Marijuana

DCPS to allow Medical Marijuana

Alex Metzger

October 14, 2019

DCPS has always had a strenuous relationship with marijuana, medical or otherwise, and this month the tides may be shifting in favor of the green plant. As a result of a national news story, DCPS is making another push at allowing students with the necessary accommodations to receive inhale based, non TH...

Graduation moved back to original date

Graduation moved back to original date

Zoe Friedman

October 14, 2019

After being moved up to June 23, DCPS is moving senior graduation back to its original time window from June 16 to June 20. Graduation is currently scheduled to be held at Bender Arena of American University instead of DAR Constitution Hall like past years. The last day for seniors will be June 10. ...

Many students caught drunk at homecoming

Nate Belman and Max Karp

October 14, 2019

Wilson plans to make significant logistical changes to the homecoming dance after an abnormally high number of students were caught under the influence this year. A number of students were kicked out of the event for intoxication or drug use, and some were taken to ambulances. “There has always been an issue with stude...

Chesapeake House to be rehabilitated as a community center

Chesapeake House to be rehabilitated as a community center

Emily Mulderig

October 14, 2019

The Chesapeake House, an abandoned brick building located on the corner of Chesapeake Street and Belt Road on the Southwest corner of Fort Reno, is often overlooked by passerby. But members of the Coalition for Chesapeake Community Center, comprised of Wilson students and Wilson ELA teacher Marc Min...

Fundraising efforts robust following funding loss

Chloe Fatsis

October 14, 2019

The wrestling team needs new mats. The price tag? $8,000 The new volleyball net cranks? $14,000. Football uniforms, not including pads and helmets? $18,000.  Wilson used to be able to afford things like these, but now, after losing access to over $170,000 in funds, teams must find a way to pay for nea...

PARCC score breakdown by race released

Anna Dueholm

October 14, 2019

Wilson saw a slight improvement in PARCC scores last school year. Score reports, separated by race, were recently released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). PARCC tests serve as an evaluation of math and English language arts (ELA) skills for freshmen and sophomores, gi...

DCPS limits out-of-school suspensions with new policy

Mattias Rolett

October 14, 2019

The DC Council is setting limits on out-of-school suspension for the coming school year. The policy, which was spearheaded by DC Councilmember David Grosso, encourages more suspensions to be held in-school where educational guidance is available. The policy stipulates that suspensions exceeding 10 days in a ro...

Krafft spearheads hurricane drive

Alex Holmes

October 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian’s path of destruction left thousands of people displaced, without power, or dead, while carving an infamous place for itself in the hurricane record books. Among those affected were family and friends of Wilson science department chair Danielle Krafft. Her immediate connection to the...

Wilson loses over $170,000

Chloe Fatsis and Max Karp

September 8, 2019

Wilson is scrambling to make up for more than $170,000 in funding after losing access to an account that for years collected money from renting out the school’s field, gymnasiums, and auditorium. The funding shortfall will affect everything from club sports teams to classroom supplies to building re...

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 ...

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