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Name change reactions

Name change reactions

I'm proud of our new name  By: Amera Alsarhan Before I attended Woodrow Wilson High School, I’d heard about it from my older brother. Now a current student, I’ve noticed how diverse the school...

DC's budget surplus should be used to rebuild after the pandemic

DC’s budget surplus should be used to rebuild after the pandemic

Francesca Purificato April 30, 2021

After a year of cautious spending, the DC government is rolling in an extra $526 million. Considering the circumstances of the pandemic, managing vaccine distribution, strengthening the economy, and preparing...

Home Base: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Home Base: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Emma Ludgin April 27, 2021

Home Base: a student-run, 15-20 minute Teams meeting, in which students can express similarities, differences, and thoughts in a covid-friendly way which has sparked controversy in the Wilson community....

Let’s make the 4×4 schedule a bad memory

The Beacon Staff April 27, 2021

Wilson is almost certainly going to have a 4x4 schedule next year. The Beacon Staff strongly encourages DCPS to rethink their decision in order to improve both the quality of education and the mental health...

Good but not great: Wilson’s proposed name doesn’t do justice to the community

Good but not great: Wilson’s proposed name doesn’t do justice to the community

Sarah Ghirmay-Morgan April 21, 2021

The students and staff at Wilson, as well as community members and alumni, have waited three months past the expected announcement date for our school’s new name. While I am gratified that the chosen...

Pandemic anniversary reflections

Pandemic anniversary reflections

Liberty Kessler, Isabelle Pala, and Julia Weinrod April 8, 2021

A new normal By: Liberty Kessler During the early days of the pandemic, it took me a bit of time to adapt to the transition into quarantine and the abruptness of losing everything I once thought...

Shirah and Sarah’s Guide to handling the warm weather

Shirah and Sarah’s Guide to handling the warm weather

Sarah Lorgan April 5, 2021

Oh hello Beacon readers! If you live under a rock like Sharah Lorgan, you would not have seen the beautiful warm weather DC has been blessed with. If you do not live under a rock, lucky you. We may have...

Bring back private messaging on Teams

Bring back private messaging on Teams

Benjy Chait March 28, 2021

What do I miss most about in-person learning? Organic social interaction. Cracking a joke to your partner and having conversations with ‘school friends’ or acquaintances who you enjoy, but aren’t...

Our education erases Asian Americans

Our education erases Asian Americans

Anna Arnsberger March 23, 2021

Though this year’s attacks on the Asian-American community have been particularly appalling, they are just another chapter in a long history of anti-Asian racism. Anyone with a DCPS education is likely...

New grading system benefits education

New grading system benefits education

Deirdre de Leeuw den Bouter March 21, 2021

As the pandemic rolls on, school can feel increasingly useless and monotonous. DCPS has done a lot to assist students during this drudgery, including changing the grading policy. The new grading system,...

Virtual learning is better for the environment

Virtual learning is better for the environment

Julia Weinrod March 12, 2021

Wilson has converted to hybrid learning, and while the students might not be better off, the environment certainly is. With less trash and more Teams, Wilson’s environmental footprint has decreased....

Online AP exams are still a necessity

Online AP exams are still a necessity

Sophia Hosford and Annette Leber February 26, 2021

With the pandemic in full swing, the idea of in-person Advanced Placement exams seems inconceivable. As cases continue to skyrocket globally, rooms of high schoolers in close quarters is certainly not...

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