Meet Walls’ 2016 GW Early College Program Graduates

Our 2016 GW ECP class participated in the graduation ceremonies of The George Washington University on May 15, 2016, on the National Mall. The GW ECP graduates were awarded an Associate of Arts degree by GWU’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. This is the sixth cohort of School Without Walls students to graduate from GW with an Associate of Arts degree. Congratulations, graduates!

2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Volunteers Needed

Assist stage managers, help with audiovisual recording of performances, work with participants, provide general administrative support, and much more. Volunteers may also be asked to assist with participants’ arrivals and departures in the days leading up to and following the Festival. You must be 16 years or older to apply.

SWW Street Law Class Wins First Place City-Wide

Congratulations to SWW Street Law class members Claire Contreras, Savannah Toure, Annie Brennan, Jonah Merriam, Destinee Perry, and Fatima Yansane for their first-place win in the 44th Annual City-Wide Mock Trial Competition!

WMATA 2016 Youth Empowerment Summit, May 21

WMATA invites students from around the region to participate in their 2016 Summit, an opportunity to gather the ideas, opinions and needs of youth riders to improve safety on Metro. There will be workshops, group activities, panels and discussions about civility, respect, and diffusing conflict, that invite and encourage students to be part of the solution.

SWW Siblings Win First Place in White House At Bat Challenge

Congratulations to brother-sister team, senior Philip and sophomore Samantha O’Sullivan. Sam and Philip won first place in the White House Historical Association, White House At Bat Challenge. Their submission will be developed into a video that will be shown at Nationals Park!

Host families needed for AFS Summer Program

AFS-USA is looking for two families to host Finnish students during the 2016 AFS summer leadership program. They are looking to place two students for six-week stays, and two students for three-week stays. Contact information is in the post.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and Rally, May 14

Support children’s mental health awareness by attending a walk and rally on Saturday May 14. The walk begins at 10:00am at Eastern High School and concludes with a rally at noon. Students can receive community service hours for their attendance, and the first 50 youth to register will receive a $10 iTunes gift card (to be picked up when they arrive at the walk).

Naval STEM Exposition | May 15

The Navy League STEM Institute will once again host the Naval STEM Exposition in partnership with the Office of Naval Research at the Gaylord National Conference Center. All D.C middle- and high-school students are invited to attend.

DCPS 2015-16 Snow Day Policy (Translation Available), 2016-17 Calendar Released

In mid-April DCPS released a letter to all families clarifying the snow day policy for SY15-16 and announcing the SY16-17 calendar. Translations are now available online in English, Spanish, French, Amharic, Chinese, and Vietnamese. For questions, please contact

Walls Seniors Win B.I.G. Youth Oratorical Contests

Congratulations to seniors Daniella Butler and Philip O’Sullivan for their performance in the Blacks In Government 2016 Youth Oratorical Competition.

Mayor Bowser bans official travel to North Carolina, DCPS includes field trips

In accordance with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s ban on official travel to North Carolina, DCPS has mandated that all school-related field trips to North Carolina must be cancelled — or must find new destinations. Any Walls club or group affected by the ban should contact the front office for more detail.

Help Send Walls’ Ensemble Concert Choir to Cuba

Walls’ concert choir has been invited by the Cuban Ministry of Culture to learn and perform in Havana at the end of May. The choir is soliciting funding to help cover the cost of visas, travel, lodging and tour costs so that all of our performers can make this one-of-a-kind trip. Support is welcome on any level—can you help?