Thursday, November 6, 2008


Message from Wilson HS Principal Pete Cahall:

We have completed our first advisory and I am pleased to inform you that the state of Wilson is strong but needs to improve even more.

Our biggest problem right now is getting students to school and to each of their classes on time. When students are late to school or to class, they are missing valuable instruction and it is a disruption to our learning climate. Our school day begins at 8:45 am and we need students to be at school on time. Students also have five minutes to transition from one class to the next. I have found this to be enough time to from any point in the building however students stop to socialize and do not move to their next class until the bell rings to begin class.

Therefore, beginning Thursday, November 6, we will institute random daily hall sweeps. Any student found in the hall after the bell rings will be escorted to a holding room where we will assign a consequence ranging from lunch detention to suspension for repeat offenders. I know that we may think that this is a drastic step but please trust me when I say that we need to do this to maintain control and order in our school.

I hope that you will assist us in talking with your student about the need to be on time to school and to each class. I hope that you will support us in our effort to provide a safe and conducive learning climate for all of our students. I believe that if we can successfully eliminate this problem that we will find that many of the other problems that we encounter disappear. Thank you. I sincerely appreciate your continued support of our students, staff, and school.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"Wilson High School Daily Bulletin"

"Creating the Model Urban High School in the United States”

Monday, Novembe 3, 2008

Weekly Calendar:

Monday Faculty Meeting in the Library 3:30-4:30

Tuesday Election Day - School is in Session

Wednesday Address to the Wilson High School Community by Mr. Cahall
Senior Class Parent and Student PTSA Meeting 7:00-9:00 pm


Friday During Homeroom - First Advisory Reports Cards Issued

Back to Normal - With homecoming two weeks ago and having three advisory periods last week due to the DCBAS and enrollment audit, we will have a regular schedule this week and hopefully get back to the basics in adhering to the our established expectations.

Refocus, Remind, Reinforce - We have completed our first advisory and I want to share with you my assessment of our performance. Therefore, I will be addressing the Wilson student-body and staff on Wednesday via closed circuit TV. During this time, I will share what is working and what needs to be changed or improved. This is the beginning of phase two of the year one plan in making Wilson the Model Urban High School in the United States of America.

ACE Mentor Program - We will be meeting this Thursday (11/6) after school in Room 320 for our field trip. Please see Mr. O'Steen if you need to get the permission slip forms for touring the pool construction site. These forms must be turned in for you to take part in the hard hat tour. Please be sure to wear durable, close-toed shoes that you wouldn't mind getting dirty/muddy. See you then!

Report Cards - To be distributed to students in homeroom on Friday (15 minutes). A schedule will be created and announced. A copy of the report card will be mailed home also.

Historic Election - The general election will be this Tuesday, November 4, 2008 and school is open for students. It is the first election where a female will be elected as the Vice President or the first African American elected as president. I have requested that teachers participate in the "Homework Free" night on Tuesday so that students can follow the election results. Please understand that this request is only that a request and a teacher has the option of assigning homework. We expect all students to be in school on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you are 18 or older, I encourage you to vote.

Community Service Hours - Students, who have community service hours, please turn them into Ms. Spinner in the Counseling Office.

Emerging Leaders Intern Program - Students who signed up for "The Mayor's Emerging Leaders Intern Program," please see Ms. Spinner the Counseling Office.

Miss District of Columbia - If you are interested in participating in this year's Miss District of Columbia USA and Miss District of Columbia Teen USA pageants, you can pick up information and an application from Ms. Spinner in the Counseling Office. To be eligible, you must be single, never given birth to a child, a United States citizen, a resident of or attending school in the District of Columbia, and between the ages of 15 and 26.

United Nations Association Essay Contest - If you are interested in submitting an essay for the United Nations Essay Contest, please see Ms. Spinner in the Counseling Office for additional information. Winners will receive up to $500 in prize money. The deadline for submission is November 14, 2008.

National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program - The American Legion will sponsor the National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, a Constitutional Speech Contest, with scholarship prizes up to $18,000 for first place. The District of Columbia Contest will be held on February 18-20, 2009. Please see Ms. Spinner in the Counseling Office for additional information.

College Visits this Week: Seniors, please pick up a pass from Ms. Bean in the College and Career Center 24 hours prior to the visit if you would like to talk with representatives from any of these colleges. All college visits will occur in room 108 unless otherwise noted.

November 3, 2008
10:00 AM Cal Arts
11:00 AM Occidental
STEP Fairleigh-Dickinson

November 4, 2008
STEP Guilford

November 6, 2008
10:15 AM Johns Hopkins University
11:15 AM Virginia Tech University
STEP Bowie State University

“Make It a Great Day or Not, the Choice is YOURS”

Senior Parents and Students Meeting

Senior Families!

The 2nd Senior Family Meeting will take place on
Wednesday, November 4, 2008
7:00 pm
Wilson Library

Scheduled Speakers
- Representative from DC CAP (scholarship office)
- Representative from Sun Trust Bank to talk about student loans
- Sandy Bean from Wilson's College and Career Office
- Information on Senior expenses and important dates
- John Snoddy and other Wilson Counselors

There will be time for questions and answers

Last year's college placements: Per request of the first senior parent meeting, a list of last year's seniors and the colleges/universities they are attending is posted on the Wilson website,
under the section titled "College and Career Center."

- Get in request for transcripts
- You must send the SAT/ACT scores to the schools your child is applying to
- "Brag Sheet" should be sent in to counselor completing recommendation as soon as possible.

For more information on the meeting
contact: Beth Perry-202-291-3737

Saturday, November 1, 2008


The Wilson community has lost one of its own.

Wilson Senior, Franklin Fantroy was shot and killed as a result of senseless violence.

He was the victim of an armed robbery as he walked home from the neighborhood recreation center.

His family and friends are in our prayers.

Funeral arrangements for Franklin are as follows:

Monday, November 3, 2008
Viewing 8:30-10:30
Mass 10:30

St. Peter Catholic Church
313 2nd Street S.E.
Washington, DC

Franklin You Will Be Missed