Archive of ‘Penguin Pride’

Trip to Rome! November 2014

Mr. Ackerman and Magistra Brinley invite Walls students to join them on a 10-day study trip to Rome in November of 2014 over the Thanksgiving holiday. While in the Eternal City, trip highlights will include cycling on the Appian Way, climbing the Dome of St. Peters, touring subterranean Rome, picking olives, and visiting an olive Read more »

NFHS – French Cultural Newsletter

Dear Readers, Our membership of the National French Honor Society led us to complete a service learning project. This feature was composed as our project, by three sophomore members: Theodore Bilski, Sebastian Corrales, and Yared Lingo.  We first planned on doing these postings only for our service project, but we have decided to continue this Read more »

Boys LAX – Qualify for WILL playoffs!

The Walls Fighting Penguins Lacrosse team have finished their regular season with the first winning record in program history! On Tuesday, May 6th, the SWW Boys Fighting Penguin Lacrosse Team won their second-in-a-series game against The Lab School Dragons, and sealed their berth in the Washington Interscholastic Lacrosse League (WILL) playoffs. They will play St. Anselm’s in Read more »

Nicholas Bennett selected as Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

Nicholas Bennett of School Without Walls High School was selected as Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars  (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, he was nominated by student Kathya Soto for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. Read more: Bennett_Educator of Distinction Award     Read more »

Ad Astra to Our Star Latin Scholars

Latin students at Walls won 18 gold and 7 silver medals in the recent National Latin Exam, as well as 27 other awards at the Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude levels. More than 50% of Walls students received honors. And for the second year in a row, a Walls student earned a perfect score! Read more »

Model UN Team Continues Winning Streak

Walls’ young internationalists have once again picked up top awards, this time at the Tech Model UN (TechMUN) competition hosted by Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. At the April 25-26 meet, Max Mellott, Nico Stauffer-Mason, Jonathan Wood, Ezra Wright, and Adriana Uy (attending her first competition) won individual awards, including best delegate, outstanding Read more »

SWWHS Stars Shine Bright : Fame The Musical

  The School Without Walls Arts Department including performers, musicians and stage crew, starred in Fame The Musical on May 1 and 2. The talented ensemble, led by Mr. Alberts, Mr. Lewis, and Ms. Maith, had been rehearsing together for many months and put on a great show! Congratulations on two fantastic performances! Check out Read more »

DC Citywide STEM Fair: Top Honors for SWWHS

For the fourth consecutive year, a School Without Walls High School student won the grand award from the DC Citywide STEM Fair, the district’s largest STEM competition, on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  In fact, three students from School Without Walls HS swept the grand awards, coming in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and winning an Read more »

2014 Walls Debate Club Update

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said: “I love argument, I love debate.  I don’t expect anyone to just sit there and agree with me.”  Thatcher’s quote describes exactly why debate is such an enriching extra-curricular activity at School Without Walls. Debate offers students an opportunity to articulate their thoughts about controversial issues and Read more »

SWW LAX Bolstered by Major Grant

When School Without Walls launched its boys lacrosse program in 2013, just four students turned up for the initial interest meeting. But coach Michael Collins saw a major shift a few weeks ago when this year’s gathering attracted more than 30 interested players. Read more in the recent story by Brian Kapur in The Current. Read more »

SWWHS Sweeps Top Spots of JA Essay Competition

We are delighted to share this BIG win for our SWWHS writers! Last fall, Junior Achievement invited high school students to compete in the 2013 Junior Achievement Essay Competition, which asked applicants to write an essay on the topic “Which will do more to improve life in the United States over the next decade, business Read more »

Those Penguins Sure Can March!!! (photos too!)

The Rally and March of the Penguins today was amazing. Thank you to all of the organizers, sign makers, and especially the students who stood up and spoke about saving Walls. You demanded to be heard, demanded your education, demanded a dedicated principal, and a transparent budget. You made it very clear that not one Read more »