Before the holiday vacation, both the middle and upper school had assemblies to celebrate teachers, students, and administrators who had earned kudos from their peers for achievement. The monthly assemblies allow students a chance to gather, work on public speaking and listening skills and celebrate one another’s achievements. Ms. Chall also honored student participants in a national math exam, and teachers and students read aloud merits they had written to honor one another. Ms. Nevola’s Honors Choir opened the assembly with a rousing performance of holiday carols. At the upper school performance several teachers joined in the fun with some pre-vacation talent performances and songs. It was a merry start to the vacation!
Students from the middle and upper school as well as many teachers gathered in the library before break for the annual reading aloud of excerpts from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 2016 graduate Mica Carroll joined in the fun, alongside 2018 graduates Sophie Healy and Annelise Claire.
Washington Latin 2014 graduate Vanessa Rodriguez has now started as Program Assistant at the International Center for Journalists. She will be working in the organization’s Latin American programs. Rodriguez recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2018. In Seville, Spain where she spent a semester studying journalism and communication. During her time abroad, she wrote the leading cover story for the student led Spanish magazine Mas + Menos. Inspired by this work, she joined a summer travel project called Podcasts for Peace to empower youth through storytelling in Managua, Nicaragua. Prior to joining the ICFJ team in 2018, Rodriguez interned as a production assistant at the local PBS station in Western New England (WGBY) under their first bilingual show Presencia.
Eighth graders took a tour this week of the D.C. Superior Court and several monuments this week. The courts trip is part of the eighth grade English class’s Justice Unit, which includes several historical fiction and nonfiction stories related to famous court cases like the Scopes trial and the Salem witch trials. Students observed trials and got to speak to a judge about the challenges in his job, and maintaining a fair and unbiased courtroom. The students have been studying the signing of the Constitution and founding of the government in eighth grade history. While the government shutdown threw a wrench into some of the plans, limiting access to the National Archives, students got an insight into how the three branches of government work through trips to the Jefferson Memorial and the Supreme Court, as well as a visit with D.C. shadow senator Michael Brown.