Councilmember Evans Introduces Bill Drafted by Senior Nico Stauffer-Mason 

Walls senior Nico Stauffer-Mason’s final project might become a law to help combat voter disenfranchisement in D.C. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans yesterday introduced the D.C. Voting Rights Notification Act of 2016, which would require the District to give oral and written notification to returning citizens of their renewed right to vote.

Walls Team Takes Top Prize at Washington Area Model U.N. Conference

Congratulations to the Walls’ Model UN Team, which won the coveted Best Small Delegation award at the April 3 Washington Area Model U.N. Conference. What a great way to end the Model U.N. season for the school year!

LCBIG’s 8th Annual Youth Oratorical Competition

The Library of Congress chapter of Blacks In Government (LCBIG) announces its 8th annual youth oratorical competition, open to students in grades 9-12. The oratorical competition was formed to give students a chance to showcase their oral and written communication skills. Students will compete for scholarships and prizes awarded at the local and regional levels.

Stellar Results at March STEM Fair

Congrats to the 13 SWW students who participated in the DC STEM Fair last weekend! SWW students competed in 5 categories and won every category they were in. Congrats in particular to Sam Lossef and Sylvia Gisler, who won Grand Awards and will be representing SWW and DCPS at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, in May.

Varsity Debate Team Heading to May 2016 Nationals

Congratulations to the Walls debate team for an amazing showing! Earlier in March three teams from SWW debated at the metrofinals, which invites only the best teams from the region to vie for a spot in the National tournament in May. One of our varsity teams (Noa Rosinplotz and Mahler Revsine) came in second which means they’ll be heading to Sacramento in May.

SWW Art Teacher James Cunningham Honored by DCPS, OSSE, and LearnServe as Outstanding Educator

Most of the Walls family knows by now that Mr. James Cunningham, Walls art teacher, was named DCPS Teacher of the Year. We recently received further congratulations from DC-based service-learning organization LearnServe—of which Mr. Cunningham has been an avid supporter.

SWW Robotics Team advances to FIRST semifinals

Our congratulations go out to the SWW Robotics Team for making it to the semi-finals after the FIRST Robotics district competition! The team—which has more than a dozen members this year—showed creativity and grit in competing against 38 other teams, many with much more experience and equipment.

Walls Students Compete and Win at NAIMUN in February

Congratulations to the School Without Walls Model United Nations team, which continues to represent our school well on the collegiate Model U.N. circuit! In mid-February, 18 Walls students attended the North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN), hosted by Georgetown University. More than 3,500 delegates attended NAIMUN, one of the largest and most competitive conferences in the world.

Support SWW Robotics!

An appeal from Ms Bergman: SWWHS Robotics will be competing in various robotics competitions in March. Please support the team any way you can to help raise funds for team T-shirts.

DPR Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Employment

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for Summer 2016 jobs. They’re looking for talented people to work as summer camp staff, summer aquatics staff, and summer support services staff. More details and contact information are in the post.

DCPS Hoverboard Ban

Due to numerous safety concerns, DCPS has issued a policy banning hoverboards in schools. If a student brings a hoverboard to campus, it will be confiscated. The student’s parent or guardian will be contacted immediately to remove it from school. If you have any questions about the policy, please email

Support DC Tuition Assistance Grant increase

As part of its campaign to raise awareness and show Congress strong public support for increasing the DC TAG assistance grant, the Raise DC TAG team asks SWWHS parents and supporters for their assistance.