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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...

Martin named DC Principal of the Year

Martin named DC Principal of the Year

Max Karp and Gabe Solomon

June 9, 2019

Principal Kimberly Martin was selected as the 2019 District of Columbia State Principal of the Year. Martin will be honored this fall by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as one of the top principals in the country. The NASSP recognizes outstanding middle and high school principa...

Wilson mourns the loss of coach Horace Fleming

Wilson mourns the loss of coach Horace Fleming

Alex Cirino

June 8, 2019

Wilson football coach Horace Fleming III died on May 13, 2019, at the age of 70. Fleming, who had been ill for a long period of time, left his mark on the Wilson community as a life-changing mentor to many of his students. Fleming was a part of the Wilson community for 31 years as both a coach and a ...

CHAMPS: Boys crew wins national title

CHAMPS: Boys crew wins national title

Chloe Fatsis and Elie Salem

June 8, 2019

Senior Seb Murrell’s heart was pounding and his body ached, but all he could think about was the next stroke. It was the biggest regatta of the year, and everything was on the line. Pausing between breaths, Murrell peeked out of the boat, coming to the exhilarating realization that their boat was ahead. “I...

Fourteen staff members to leave Wilson

Fourteen staff members to leave Wilson

Anna Dueholm

June 8, 2019

Fourteen Wilson teachers and staff members have decided not to return next year. Among those leaving are English teacher and football coach Jacob Williams, choir director Lori Williams, and Assistant Principal Tiffany Mercer. Jacob Williams began teaching English at Wilson in 2014, and his decision to...

Wilson turf undergoes overdue renovations

Wilson turf undergoes overdue renovations

Zoe Friedman

June 8, 2019

After 11 years of constant use, the Wilson field is finally undergoing a significant renovation after DCPS allocated funds to replace the field, and will be closed from May 28 to August. The turf will be replaced, safety netting will be added, and there are plans to repair the storage areas and add...

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