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DCPS invests three million dollars in disenfranchised schools

DCPS invests three million dollars in disenfranchised schools

Talya Lehrich

January 14, 2019

Former interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander announced a new funding initiative that will invest three million dollars in schools around the city. The money will bankroll new courses and programs as well as retain previous initiatives, primarily in schools that are located in lower income parts o...

November/December News of the Month

Elie Salem

December 17, 2018

ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer visited Wilson and interviewed administrators, teachers, and staff on Wednesday as part of an upcoming news segment about Yondr bags. Wilson JV boys and girls basketball teams both trounced Roosevelt High School on Monday in their DCIAA opener. DCPS is opening a new ...

Mayor selects new DCPS chancellor

Mayor selects new DCPS chancellor

Ellida Parker

December 16, 2018

Mayor Muriel Bowser selected Dr. Lewis Ferebee to be the next DCPS Chancellor, ending a nine-month long search for the District’s sixth permanent chancellor since 2000. Ferebee, currently the Superintendent of Indianapolis public schools, will begin his position on January 31, 2019 if he is confirmed by ...

Deputy Mayor of Education sets sights on reform

Deputy Mayor of Education sets sights on reform

Zara Hall and Elie Salem

December 16, 2018

Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed prominent education consultant and administrator Paul Kihn to the position of Deputy Mayor of Education in October. Bowser has asked Kihn to focus on two specific goals: narrowing the achievement gap across all DCPS schools and building public confidence in the system. ...

New “Clean and Green Campaign” aims to reduce litter around Wilson

Sophie Ludgin

December 16, 2018

Wilson’s newly-created ‘Clean and Green Campaign’ is aiming to reduce litter and raise student pride in Wilson’s school environment. The campaign was formed after a survey found that Wilson students did not take ownership of the school’s appearance. The School Climate Committee was founded by ...

Amazon selects Arlington for HQ2; DC anticipates economic shift

Amazon selects Arlington for HQ2; DC anticipates economic shift

Zara Hall

December 16, 2018

After more than a year of efforts from different cities to secure Amazon, the company announced its second headquarters will be split between Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia, newly branded as National Landing by Virginia officials. Amazon first announced its decision to open ...

Stressed out: survey finds DCPS principals face more pressure than others nationally

Stressed out: survey finds DCPS principals face more pressure than others nationally

Chloe Fatsis and Hannah Masling

December 15, 2018

Since Principal Kimberly Martin started at Wilson, she’s become increasingly on edge. Her heart beats quicker and her stress hormone levels are higher. She said some of her principal friends who transitioned from DCPS to other school districts “think they have PTSD from being here, just because o...

Roadblocks prevented SGA from using surplus funds

Roadblocks prevented SGA from using surplus funds

Elie Salem and Ethan Leifman

December 15, 2018

Wilson’s Student Government Association (SGA) made over $10,000 from ticket sales for the Homecoming dance and spent less than $1,000 on decorations and entertainment for the event. The organization regularly finds itself with a comfortable surplus of funds, but a combination of miscommunication with Wilson...

Wilson cuts social-emotional learning class

Wilson cuts social-emotional learning class

Joanna Chait

December 15, 2018

Wilson did not renew the social-emotional learning (SEL) class, for this school year. The removal is a reflection of shifting priorities in DCPS. Last year, Wilson introduced the SEL class and shorter social-emotional programs such as the one-day “digital zombie” lesson following prompting fr...

SGA unveils new initiative to combat sexual misconduct

SGA unveils new initiative to combat sexual misconduct

Maya Bravo and Oliver VanArsdale

December 8, 2018

The Student Government Association (SGA) plans to introduce a sexual harassment awareness initiative this January. As part of the initiative, the SGA is organizing three activities to educate the Wilson student body. Junior Secretary Rachel Wallach says SGA action was sparked by an Instagram post made i...

District adds third gender option on school enrollment forms

District adds third gender option on school enrollment forms

Meredith Simon

December 5, 2018

DCPS provided a third gender choice on enrollment forms for the next school year. The new option, denoted as an “X” rather than the traditional “M” or “F,” is for non-binary students or those who do not strictly identify with one gender.  DC is among the first school districts in the country...

DC Council suspends bill to lower voting age to 16

DC Council suspends bill to lower voting age to 16

Elie Salem

December 3, 2018

The DC Council voted seven to six to table the bill that would have lowered the voting age in DC to 16. The Vote16 activists vowed to continue to push for the legislation despite the setback. The bill, titled the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018, would have made DC the first state or city to enfranchise...

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