At last week’s faculty meeting, several students, ranging in age from ninth through twelfth grade addressed teachers in a panel moderated by Ms. Grant. The event, the first of its kind, brought together a wide variety of students to share their experiences at Washington Latin, including the triumphs and challenges of being a student in the middle and upper school. Students reflected on school policies, issues of peer pressure, bullying, and ethnic identity.  Students spoke with poise, sophistication, and honesty that was stunning, showcasing the impressive public speaking skills that our school prides itself on.  Later in May, interested staff members will continue in an after school dialogue with the students and to begin to collaboratively brainstorm ways to continue to improve our school. This commitment on the part of teachers and students to work together to endlessly build our community through dialogue is central to our school’s values.