Archive of ‘Penguin Pride’

Walls Scores Well in PARCC Testing for DCPS

SWW showed exceptional performance on last year’s PARCC Testing for DCPS. Details in the post.

Four Walls Seniors Nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

School Without Walls is proud to announce that four seniors (Brian Contreras, Nicholas Stauffer-Mason, Johanna Siegal, and Samantha Mehring) have been nominated by OSSE for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Students share their views of SWWHS

Results from a student surveyed conducted in 2015 provide information about the climate at SWW and its effect on student well-being. All students took the 10-question test, which will inform the school’s mental health team as they work to continue support and address concerns. Survey results are in the post.

SWW Student Creativity Featured at Dept. of Ed

The work of Walls artists and filmmakers was on display at the annual Department of Education Student Art Exhibit Program, which opened on March 4 and closes at the end of April. DC public schools were in the limelight this year, featuring schools with special partnerships, such as ours with GWU. One of Walls’ contributions Read more »

Students Reflect on Selma

In conjunction with Black History Month, Walls students took a field trip to see the film Selma. Our A.P. U.S. History students reflected on how the film connected to their curriculum. Selma connected really well with AP US History (APUSH), especially in regards to the South and what it was like during the Civil Rights Read more »

Walls Rates as #1 DC Public High School

Once again, SWW has gotten tip-top grades from the review of public high schools conducted annually by US News and World Report. Bravo to teachers, staff, and students! Our school rates first among all DC public and charter high schools–Banneker is #2–and has been designated a Gold Medal School. Among all public high schools in Read more »

Walls Vocalists in Top 10 at City Arts Competition

Senior Jadian Headly has been selected as one of the 10 finalists to perform at the DC-Capitals Stars gala for the performing arts for 2015! Jadian will compete for a $10,000 college scholarship at the 7th annual showcase at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm. Click here for more information. Read more »

Debate Team Starts 2015 at the Top

January was a winning month for the Walls debate team! At the Jan. 17 debate tournament of the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League Public Forum, students from 18 regional schools debated the topic, “Resolved: UN peacekeepers should have the power to engage in offensive operations.” Seven Walls teams competed including: Mahler Revsine and Noa RosinPlot placed Read more »

Ethics Team Headed to National Meet

For the third year in a row, the SWW Ethics Team took first place in the DC Area Ethics Bowl held in January. Team members Rachel Bowanko, Calissa Leslie-Miller, Sydney Sloan, and Molly Weiner competed against students from other DC-area public, private, and charter schools. Students debated such political and ethical issues as medical ethics, Read more »

Ms. Bergman Wins Top Teaching Award

Walls biology teacher Sydney Bergman has won a 2014 Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching, which honors DCPS teachers who excel in the classroom. The announcement of this year’s Rubinstein Award winners includes a profile of Ms. Bergman that describes the many ways she has contributed to furthering science education both at Walls and within Read more »

Inventor-Entrepreneurs Win Funding to Develop New Products

SWW students won 2nd and 3rd place awards in the high school division of the Nov. 15 Pitch George Elevator Pitch Competition, sponsored by GW’s business school. With little advance notice, our winning students prepared and delivered persuasive short pitches to a panel of judges for products they’re developing. Junior Deanna Moore’s pitch won 2nd Read more »

Vote for Our Performing Stars!

Voting for the 2015 DC-CAPital Stars Talent Competition is officially open! Across the city, there are 40 student semi-finalists, and 6 are from School Without Walls! Nora Douglas, 11th Grade – Vocal Jadian Headly, 12th Grade – Vocal Kiana Livingston, 12th Grade – Vocal Zahria Roundtree, 12th Grade – Dance Sarah Ruiz, 10th Grade – Dance Demetri Wolfe-Maris, 11th Grade – Instrument Let’s try to get all 6 of our students into the Read more »