We The People

Upper schoolers went on a government class field trip through the DC Circuit Court Historical Society on Friday. They presented oral arguments in a mock Fourth Amendment case before a real federal judge at a federal courthouse downtown. The class is taught by Mr. Liu, who previously worked as a lawyer and policy advisor.

Where in the World

Washington Latin seventh grader Michael, who won the Middle School Geography Bee in January took an online test to qualify for the State level Geography Bee. He will be competing at the State-level GeoBee on March 27 at the National Geographic building.

Muchas Palabras

Ms. Richardson’s  Mi Herencia Multilingual Spanish Heritage class had a  Latino Coffee House on Tuesday.  The class showcased research projects highlighting the Latino population in four neighborhoods in DC. Presentations were in English for the first 45 minutes and Spanish for the second 45. Students also enjoyed various foods including tamales, sweet bread, coffee, tea, jugo de durazno (peach juice), and mango bonbons.

Blonde Ambition

The annual school musical premiered this week, with sold out performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The production of “Legally Blonde” features middle and upper schoolers in a comedic performance of a 2007 musical written by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach based on the novel and film Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown. The arts department worked hard on this production with numerous late night practices and months of planning.

All Assembled

Students in the upper school assembled Wednesday to honor Black History Month.  The Jazz Band played an interlude and later performed the song “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway, with a solo by senior Owen Fox-Whelpton.  Mr. Torrence gave an introductory speech and Ms. Richardson was the main adult speaker this month. Senior Trinity Rich read the poem “Oluwa Seun.” Students including Charlotte Krisetya, Kayla Schifferle, Jelani Massey, Asseyah Walker, Ben Southworth, Essah Goumou, and Zoe Edelman shared the stories of significant figures from history.  Senior Ryann Mellion and junior Hawa Sturr sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” by James Weldon Johnson. The Honors choice also performed the song “Chile Con Carne” by The Real Group and freshman Brandon Souverain performed  “Harlem Shadows” by Claude McKay. The stage was adorned with artwork by art teacher Ms. Coleman of historical figures, musicians and leaders like Malcolm X, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, and Angela Davis, and Adinkra Artwork created by Ms. Richardson. The event was a collaborative chance to celebrate and honor culture as a school community through art, music, philosophy, and spoken word.