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The middle schoolers had their first full-school Spirit Week, just in time for Halloween. Students wore all kinds of funny and creative Halloween costumes, from food items to superheroes, to animals, and literary heroes. On Tuesday, students got comfy in their pajamas, to make the early morning after a night of Halloween hijinks easier to swallow! On Wednesday everyone was seeing double for Twin Day, as students and teachers matched their ensembles. Thursday the hallways exploded with class pride, with fifth graders in red, sixth graders in blue, seventh graders in green, and eighth graders in purple. Students celebrated with a pep rally in the afternoon, including kudos for the sports teams and an epic dance battle.
This was a week of wins for girls’ soccer. The middle school team triumphed over Capital City on Thursday 4-0. The team is coached by Ms. Griffith and Ms. D’Angelo. The varsity girls’ team also beat Capital City, advancing to the PCSAA championship game Friday at 5:30 at RFK. That team is coached by Ms. McBride and Mr. Keller. Kudos to the swift and strong girls’ soccer teams!
Students in 8th grade enjoyed a busy day of visiting the National Mall for Friday’s Field Trip. This trip included scavenging exhibits on natural science, Latin, and history at the American History, Native American, and other museums to answer questions that the teachers had generated. This is the first field trip of the year for the 8th grade, but students will also visit the Shakespeare Theatre in December to see Much Ado About Nothing.
Students in the Jazz Band, Honors Choir, Latin Voices, and Eighth Grade Choir will have a concert on Wednesday, November 9th at 7pm. The event is coordinated by Ms. VerCammen and the Arts Department.
The Middle School Cross Country team competed in the charter school championship meet last Saturday, and the kids ran remarkably well. Sixth grader Tori Starace finished 3rd overall, eighth grader Lyla Kramer finished 6th, and eighth grader Madelyn Zeller finished 9th. The team is coached by Mr. Green and Mr. O’Brien. All runners improved their 4K times by nearly 3 minutes in the championship race. Those improved times, along with Lia Simone Valentine finishing 12th overall in her very first 4K meet, helped put their team into position to beat out DCI and win second place to bring home a runner-up trophy. Five runners won individual medals for their races: sixth grader Sienna Kepner, seventh grader Avery Park, and sixth grader Liam Pittard, as well as Tori Starace and Lyla Kramer. Go Lions!
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Who Should Provide Care For Students With COVID Symptoms In D.C. Schools?
Martita Fleming keeps things running at Washington Latin Public Charter School. As director of operations, her job encompasses a lot — she makes sure classes have textbooks, that lights stay on, and the copier is running.
Fleming’s responsibilities expanded further when Washington Latin fully reopened for in-person learning last month. She and a small team of school deans and teachers oversee coronavirus testing and screening of students, and they monitor students who are isolating.
In short, Fleming is managing the school’s COVID-19 response almost entirely without help from a school nurse.
“It’s definitely a lot of effort and hours,” she said.
That’s because school nurses hired by the city are not allowed to monitor or treat students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, according to accounts from several school leaders. It has put administrators in the difficult position of deciding who should respond to students with symptoms inside their buildings. READ MORE