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Whodunit?

Whodunit?

The 8th graders are wrapping up an English unit on mystery stories right now. Friday students are turning in the final drafts of original mystery stories that are 3-19 pages long! These stories include a setting, characters, crime, motive, red herring, and surprise twist ending. Students are also finishing The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer and a choice mystery book by Agatha Christie, Varian Johnson, Caroline B. Cooney, Jason Lethcoe, or James Ponti. Next week students will come to class dressed as a character from the shared text, and take a test on the unit the following week. The unit helps students grasp the elements of mystery and how the authors weave together a complex plot and unravel an unexpected solution. 

The Game is Afoot!

The Game is Afoot!

Asynchronous Wednesdays may be filled with work assignments, but there is also a fair amount of time for playfulness and clubs. In Mr. Coleman’s Video Game club there are 12 members who meet regularly on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30 to play games like Fortnite, and NBA 2K21. In between playing, we talk about current events and what’s happening at home/school.  Also on Wednesday, Mr. Staten’s Dungeons and Dragons club has 8 kids, with Harvey Craig serving as dungeon master. He helps everyone create their characters.

LatinX History Club

LatinX History Club

Students in the LatinX History Club with help from fifth grade math teacher Ms. Figueroa has worked together with students in the club to compile the Hispanic Heritage Month Facts of the Day for the Daily Bulletin. They also researched and highlighted some Indigenous leaders throughout Latin America for this week’s bulletin and discussed current events taking place in Latin America, such as Maduro’s regime in Venezuela. The club is also planning a discussion of the movie West Side Story. In previous years, the club has also taken field trips, including a 2018 trip to the Smithsonian Community Museum and a 2019 trip to the National Museum of the American Indian. Picture from previous year.

Personal Touch on Personal Statements

Personal Touch on Personal Statements

Seniors kept busy on their day off on Monday, working to prepare their college essays. Ms. Latham and Mr. O’Brien, the college counselors, set the day aside for students to work one-on-one in virtual conferences with the two of them, Ms. Foley, Mr. Day, Ms. Breitman, and Ms. Seid to receive feedback on their college essays and personal statements. Students signed up for half-hour shifts throughout the day. Along with Financial Aid Night, and evenings devoted to preparing Juniors and Seniors for the college search, these conferences have allowed students to continue to have the close attention of teachers, advisors, and college counselors as they work to plan their futures.

Similar Themes, Many Voices

Similar Themes, Many Voices

Ninth graders in Mr. Baum’s English class started Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart last week and are continuing their studies of Indigenous groups. The book covers life in Nigeria before colonialism and the arrival of the Europeans and religious missionaries. Over the summer the ninth graders also read books from the Binti series. This science fiction novella by Nnedi Okorafor tells the story of the intergalactic Himba ethnic group, based on the Himba people, an indigenous group for Namibia. As the grade will proceed with other books about societies and rebellion, they will evaluate classical Greek texts like Antigone and science fiction stories Fahrenheit 451. Evaluating common themes through different lenses in English class allows students to broaden their critical thinking skills and make cross-cultural connections to see how history repeats itself through various writings.

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Good Morning, Washington visits Latin

Good Morning, Washington visits Latin

Reporter Kidd O'Shea dropped by to appreciate our teachers on Thursday of Teacher Appreciation Week. He brought coffee and breakfast, we shared why we teach. A few early-rising students also shared what they love about teachers at Latin. Diana Smith also introduced...

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WJLA Features Senior Jonathan Benitez

Senior Jonathan Benitez was featured as part of ABC7's Michelle Marsh's Inspire series over the winter break. Benitez is the recipient of a Beat the Odds scholarship from the Children's Defense Fund. You can watch the story below.

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Latin Featured in Article on Charter School Diversity

Latin Featured in Article on Charter School Diversity

A Bright Spot in School Diversity Diverse public charter schools are in demand and growing. By David Osborne and Emily Langhorne | Nov. 29, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The Albert Shanker Institute recently released a report that analyzed the negative effects of private schools...

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WJLA Features No Tech Challenge

WJLA Features No Tech Challenge

Is there an appropriate age for kids to get their first cell phone? by Amy Aubert/ABC7, Wednesday, November 15th 2017 WASHINGTON (ABC7) — “If I let them be on these devices all the time, they would be,” said Diana Smith, Principal at the Washington Latin Public...

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Blog Post Q&A with Diana Smith about Latin

Blog Post Q&A with Diana Smith about Latin

Q&A: At D.C.’s Washington Latin Public Charter School, ‘the Greatest Success Is the Culture’ By Emily Langhorne, Reinventing America's Schools Diana Smith, principal of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., received a lot of press this summer...

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