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Ballers in Action

The varsity boys and girls basketball teams were busy this week, taking on the Basis Red Giants on Thursday. In between the game, coaches recognized the senior athletes on the basketball, cheerleading, and track and field teams with a celebration in the annual Winter Senior Night. This is the first Winter Senior Night since 2019, because sadly Covid precautions prevented the last few events from taking place.  This week the boys’ team also played Washington Leadership Academy on Wednesday and Capital City on Friday. 

Track Races Ahead

The Varsity track team visited Liberty University for an invitational meet. The girls 4 X 400 relay, featuring seniors Isabel Charles, Claire Emanuel, junior Dami Akinsanya, and sophomore Lily Williams, ran their season best and qualified for States! Senior Owen Doherty scored a personal best in his 500 meter race, winning his heat and ranking No. 7 in the state. Doherty also has the 3rd fastest time in the state for the 800 meter race! Junior Tyler Davis won his heat as well in the 55 meter dash, scoring his own personal best. The team will travel to Georgetown Prep this weekend for the Private and Independent School Invitational. 

Spellers Ascend

Second Street Students will attend the Cluster Bee for Spelling Bee on February 9th at 12:30 at THEARC Main Theater in Southeast. The team will be lead by eighth graders Imanuel Brandon and Neila Wright and sixth grader Elena Kwon. The Second Street Spelling Bee was coordinated by 7th grade English teacher Ms. Peale.

Hot Off the Presses!

Cooper Campus published its second edition of the school newspaper The Mercury Press, and is hard at work on the third edition. The newspaper is helmed by Ms. Cox, who advised 5th and 6th graders in the club as part of the alternative Wednesday Arts Block. The Second Street Campus has also published two issues of the newspaper, Sumus Leones, and is working on producing a third issue next week. Sumus Leones is open to students in grades 5-12 and meets afterschool on Wednesdays, advised by Ms. Breitman.

New Arts Blocks Premier Soon

The Cooper Campus is gearing up for a new round of Arts Block offerings for Wonderful Wednesdays. Teachers have proposed and planned new classes that students will choose with ranked preferences. The first semester of Arts Block culminated with a showcase. New options include a Band Club, advised by Mr. Starnes and Mr. Evans, Creative Writing advised by Ms. Anderson and Ms. Nunn, Drawing Club, advised by Mr. Rios, Film Making advised by Ms. Maclay and Ms. Helck, a Gardening Club, advised by Mr. Jeremenko and Mr. Mey, Graphic Novels, advised by Mr. Thomas, Zines advised by Ms. Stewart, Sewing advised by Ms. Cox, Songwriting advised by Ms. Dowe, Survey in the Arts of DC, advised by Mr. Davis and Mr. Doyle, Watercolor Painting advised by Ms. Curley, Yoga and Meditation advised by Ms. Cottom and Mr. Della-Croce, and Yog and Wellness, lead by Ms. Gans and Ms. Adeosun. Students took a “gallery walk” to explore the new options for the second semester. In the spring there will be a second showcase for students to share their work from the second semester. 

Latin in the News

Read the latest media stories about our school.

DCist Coverage of COVID in DC Schools (featuring Ms. Fleming)

Who Should Provide Care For Students With COVID Symptoms In D.C. Schools?

SEP 16, 4:08 PM

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

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