The Wilson Beacon

Beloved former principal passes away

Beloved former principal passes away

Nate Belman and Max Karp

May 14, 2019

Peter Cahall, Wilson principal from 2008 to 2014, died suddenly on Sunday, May 5 of a heart attack. He will be remembered for his dedicated leadership to the Wilson community. Cahall oversaw Wilson’s massive renovation in 2011 and worked to reduce the achievement gap in student grades and test sc...

Wards 7 and 8 schools lose $13.6 million in new budget

Wards 7 and 8 schools lose $13.6 million in new budget

Amanda McHugh and Elie Salem

May 5, 2019

DCPS has drastically reduced the budgets of schools in Wards 7 and 8 due mainly to a significant decline in enrollment projections. Schools in that area make up just one third of DCPS schools, but face two-thirds of the school district’s total budget cuts. While this year’s budget appeared to be $5...

DCPS rejects Wilson online enrollment idea for next school year

DCPS rejects Wilson online enrollment idea for next school year

Zach Kaplan and Max Karp

May 5, 2019

DCPS rejected Wilson’s plan to pilot a new online enrollment system for next school year. The program sought to provide returning Wilson families with the option to enroll their children through the DCPS website rather than in person. Wilson Registrar Tasha Bishop proposed the idea in an effort to ...

Wilson alumni oppose proposed name change

Wilson alumni oppose proposed name change

Zoe Friedman

May 5, 2019

Wilson alumni Damon Cordom created a survey in March on the Facebook group of Wilson alumni to gauge alumni support for changing Wilson’s name. While the survey is still collecting responses, a majority of alumni oppose the name change so far based on comments in the Alumni Beacon, a publication pr...

Remembering Breon Austin

Remembering Breon Austin

Keymiah Armstrong

May 5, 2019

Exactly a week before Breon left us, he was telling me that his mom was making him go to military school. He didn’t really want to go, but I just laughed at him. I told him that it was going to be good for him and that it would be nice to take a break from DC. He was worried about his clothing line...

PTSO seeks to eliminate class rank

PTSO seeks to eliminate class rank

Molly Goldwasser and Charlotte Guy

May 5, 2019

Parents proposed eliminating class rank at a recent Parent Teacher Student Organisation (PTSO) meeting, and the proposal has since been discussed by the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT). So far, no moves have been made to actually eliminate the ranking system. Currently, students are ranked based on thei...

Administration’s response to tragedy met with criticism

Administration’s response to tragedy met with criticism

Max Karp and Ellida Parker

May 5, 2019

Principal Kimberly Martin led an open meeting with students in the library last Friday during STEP to address student concerns surrounding the administration's response to the murder of Wilson sophomore Breon Austin. The meeting developed into a tense dialogue between students who felt that the scho...

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. ...

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