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7th Grader Quoted in WaPo

Seventh grader Ruby Churches was quoted in a Washington Post story over break about women in baseball. Ruby is a member of DC Girls Baseball and was interviewed for her reaction to the news that Kim Ng would be the next general manager of the Miami Marlins, as Major League Baseball’s first general manager. Ruby,  is a utility player who prefers the middle infield or pitching. The article reads, “Ruby, a seventh-grader at Washington Latin, planned to try middle school baseball this past spring. Then the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the season. She has considered switching to softball but is wary of learning new rules and equipment, which would change her swing and the way she throws. Plus, the strategy of baseball is her favorite part. She’s not ready to give that up.”

Poetic Journeys to Justice

Poetic Journeys to Justice

Eighth graders worked on poetry in English class this week as the students wrap up their justice unit. Students have read various texts on standing up to injustice, from the Holocaust, the Salem Witch Trials, food justice, coerced confessions, police brutality. Students wrote poems from the point of view of characters in the book who they  believe stood up for justice, either through political protest, marches, disseminating information, leading court cases or legal appeals against unfair decisions. 

New Electives Light Up the Spring!

Teachers will be offering new and exciting electives for the spring semester in the upper school. Offerings include Studio Art, Government, Financial Literacy, Introduction to World Literacy, Creative Writing, Community Art, Mindfulness and Meditation, Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Economics and Performance Studies for Theater. One brand new course is the co-taught interdisciplinary class Trials of Odysseus and Invisible Man, which looks at the works of Ralph Ellison and Homer to understand the classic concept of the literal and metaphorical journeys involved in an Odyssey.  While many of these electives fulfill requirements, others are offered for further academic adventure, investigation, and creativity. 

STEM Sisters

Several weeks ago, an all-female STEM team consisting of sophomores Adelaide Pfeuffer, Genet Tewalt, Elizabeth Campbell and Katherine Reyes-Hernandez competed against teams from all around the US by presenting to Audi executives. The challenge was to improve the car buying process for women and their strategy was the creation of a Women’s History Month event in March where women would lead all components of the experience from car sales and virtual vehicle tours to women showing women how to change a tire. It earned them 2nd place prize in the Audi contest.  

What’s All the Buzz About?

This year the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee will use an online testing platform. Students in the middle school can take part in next week’s bee by registering online at  https://online-test.spellingbee.com by Monday the 11th. We encourage you to watch this video tutorial that will walk you through the registration process. Students must take the test next week if they want to participate in the Middle School Bee and be eligible for the cluster bee or Citywide Bee later on.  The students from each grade with the highest scores will move to compete at the school level. 

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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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    01/25/2021  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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