Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wilson Modernization Funding

(from The Northwest Current, Wednesday, April 8, 2009)


Mayor Adrian Fenty has often emphasized his wish that neighborhood schools become centers of community activity. Those of us in leadership positions at Wilson High School believe that the upcoming modernization of Wilson provides the perfect opportunity to create an incredible community resource.

However, the current D.C. Public Schools Master Facilities Plan shows a funding level for Wilson that is obviously inadequate. For instance, the funds allocated are roughly the same as being spent for the modernization of Deal Middle School, which will open this fall with an enrollment about half of Wilson's -- and with 105,000 less square feet than Wilson’s proposed 286,000.

At the proposed level of funding, the city would squander an opportunity to make Wilson a great school and a great community resource. That would be a loss for our kids, for our community, for the city that our school serves and for taxpayers.

Woodrow Wilson High School was built during the Great Depression, opening in September 1935. When funds ran low, cost-cutting measures left Wilson with a building on 11 levels -- resulting in useless corridors taking up space in a constrained building area and limited accessibility for disabled students and faculty (of course, this was prior to federal disability laws). It is the D.C. Public Schools system’s only high school with this daunting and potentially costly modernization challenge. Wilson's gymnasium was built in the 1970s; the corners cut then meant that it was substandard on the day it opened. We cannot allow our students and our community to be shortchanged again.

A conceptual design developed for Wilson over the past year showed how a modernization could create a model school and provide the following in community enhancements:
• a gymnasium built beside the new Wilson pool to provide a neighborhood recreation complex that would provide sorely needed services while achieving long-term economies of scale in operating costs related to management, maintenance, utilities and security;
• a media center accessible to the public during non-school hours for workshops and meetings;
• a new state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center also available during non-school hours;
• new underground parking available after-hours for pool users and attendees of community events.

We believe the existing plan could be implemented comfortably if Wilson’s allocation were equal to at least the average per-pupil level proposed for the other D.C. Public Schools high schools. Instead, what is contained in the plan put forward by the mayor and the Office of Public Education Facilities and Modernization is a funding level that, in the opinion of both architecture and education professionals, would make it very difficult to meet the educational program requirements for a 21st-century school.
Among the city’s comprehensive high schools, Wilson is the largest and most diverse, with a current enrollment of 1,500 (projected at 1,600) students from all wards and all 22 Zip codes. Based on projected enrollment for modernized schools, Wilson’s per-pupil spending is the lowest in the facilities plan for all high schools. Its per-pupil spending is $40,088 vs. an average of $62,029 for the other 12 high schools. What is fair about that? Wilson’s overall budget of $64 million compares unfavorably with recent similar projects in Arlington -- that is, schools that were a combination of rehabilitation and new construction: Washington-Lee High School at $95.2 million (1,500 students at $63,467 per pupil) and Yorktown at $92 million (1,600 students at $57,500 per pupil).

Mayor Fenty campaigned on a promise to make our schools the best in the country. A first-class school needs a first-class building. A fully modernized building, properly designed and built, could provide a top facility for our students, as well as our whole community, and serve the city for the next 75 years. This will be the most important investment made in our community in decades.

We need to work together to make sure that when the final budget is approved, the mayor and the D.C. Council properly fund a modernization of Woodrow Wilson that will provide a vital anchor for our community.

Mary Giffin and Susan Carter are co-presidents of the Wilson High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association, and Mary Froning is chair of the Wilson Local School Restructuring Team.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Here's a summer program for young men.

Morehouse Summer Program @ Morehouse College in Atlanta , GA - will be offering a Summer Institute (Project Identity) for African-American males entering the 10th and 11th grades.

Three weeks at Morehouse - June 7 - 28

Creative Writing - SAT Prep - Debate - Pre-Calculus - Leadership Development - Enrichment

$400 fee (includes meals, housingand activities).


Historial Black College


Minority Internship Programs

Seek Candidates For 2009

Several minority internship programs targeting African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans are now welcoming applications for 2009. The internships will take place in various cities across the country during the spring, summer, fall, and winter seasons.
The programs are being administered by a combination of major corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Many of the opportunities offer compensation for students, and some will even pay for=2 0a student's travel needs.

Applicable majors include business, computer science, engineering, psychology, communications, marketing, advertising, and many more. Students are encouraged to apply right away, as many of the programs have early deadlines. Here are just a few of the opportunities that are available:

· AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
· IBM Minority Research Internship
· Louis Carr Internship
· Google Diversity Internship
· NASCAR Diversity Internship
· Nationwide/Tom Joyner Foundation Internship Program
· Minority Access Internship Program
· American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Minority Internship
· INROADS Internship

For the complete list and for more details on how to apply for the opportunities,


FAA Hiring Notice

If you have or know children between the ages of 18-31 with a high school diploma, the Federal Aviation Association is taking applications for airtraffic controller school.

With some effort they could reach a salary of over $100,000 with benefits in about 3 years.

You need only a high school diploma to apply and credit is given for college on the exam.

Nursing Program/Free Tuition

If you know of anyone between 18-28 years old, interested in the Nursing field, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is offering FREE tuition, FREE books, a $250 monthly stipend, and guaranteed job placement as a nurse at Providence Hospital upon graduation (it's a 3 year program) with a starting salary of $40,000.

Contact Ms. Beshon Smith (202) 266-5481

Scholarship Money Possibilities

No one is going to knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship. Take the initiative to get your children involved. Money shouldn't be returned to donating companies because we fail to apply for it. If you are a college student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful additional money can be. Here's a list of potential scholarship money possibilities.


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8) Gates Millennlum Scholarships (major)

9) Xerox Scholarships for Students

10) Sports Scholarships and Internships

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12) Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary)

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18) Hope Scholarships &Lifetime Credits

19) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students

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22) BOEING scholarships (som e HBCU connects)

23) Easley National Scholarship Program

24)MarylandArtists Scholarships

25) Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students inSouth Florida)

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Monday, February 23, 2009

U.S. House of Representatives Page

This is directed to students who are 16-years-old and have at least a 3.0 GPA who might be interested in serving in the Obama Administration as a page.
Serving as a page can be an invaluable experience and boost the impression of a college admissions application.
To learn more about this enlightening educational opportunity, click the link below for details.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund

3950 Chesapeake Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 282-0120

February 17, 2009

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents,

The Wilson community is mourning the death of Ms. Sarah Tilman, an exceptional young teacher whose death following a short illness was a devastating loss. Ms. Tilman passed away on Monday, February 9, 2009. Ms. Tilman was in her third year at Wilson and already had made her mark on the school. Her fellow teachers and other members of the Wilson staff knew her as a radiant, quick-witted, caring and generous colleague. Her students knew her as someone who loved her subject and was able to engage them in her enthusiasm for it. Finally, the parents of her students knew her as someone who cared about their children and worked hard to ensure their success.

We are writing to let you know that a scholarship fund has been established in Ms. Tilman's memory. The Sarah Tilman scholarship will be awarded each year to a student distinguished by his or her love of science. The faculty of the Wilson science department will be responsible for developing the guidelines to be applied in making the award and selecting the annual award recipients. The committee that is working to raise money for the scholarship would like to build a fund of approximately $16,000 to support an annual award of $500 in perpetuity.

If you would like to contribute to the Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund, your gift of any amount will be gratefully accepted. All contributions to the fund are tax deductible. Checks should be written to the Wilson High School PTSA; on the memo line of the check, please write "Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund" to ensure that your gift is directed properly. Checks may be mailed to PTSA Treasurer, Wilson Senior High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20016, or placed your contribution in the PTSA box in the main office at the school in an enveloped marked to the attention of the PTSA treasurer.

Ms. Sarah Tilman is someone who should not be forgotten and the scholarship fund that is being established in her honor will help to ensure that she is long remembered by the Wilson community.

Yours sincerely,

Peter J. Cahall Susan Carter Mary GiffinPrincipal PTSA Co-President PTSA Co-President

Sarah Tilman Memorial

Friday, February 20, 2009
Woodrow Wilson High School Library

Obituary for Sarah Tilman

The following obituary for Sarah Louise Tilman was published in the MinneapolispSt. Paul Star Tribune Also, please NOTE that the url for the article is included at the end of the obituary. You can cut and paste this to go to the original, which includes a photo as well as other links.
Tilman, Sarah Louise 27, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 10, 2009, after the flu. Sarah will be remembered by family, friends and students for her enthusiasm for life and her strong, caring and giving personality. She is deeply missed.

Sarah attended St. Louis Park High School and Carleton College. A gifted student, Sarah was driven to help others. She chose a career in education because she thought that all students should have teachers like those who inspired her. Sarah taught at North High School in Minneapolis, then at Woodrow Wilson Public High School in Washington DC. She earned a Masters in Education from American University. She challenged, inspired and loved her students, and the feeling was mutual. Sarah adored her family, and they her. Sarah will be forever loved by her parents, David and Cathie Tilman; sisters, Lisa (Adam and Aimee Strand) Tilman and Margaret (Per) Nelson; brother, Andrew Tilman; nephew, George Nelson; grandmothers, Lauretta Titman and Bertha Baxter; and her many other relatives and friends.

Funeral 11AM Monday 2/16 at WOODDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4003 Wooddale Ave., St. Louis Park with Visitation 3-7PM Sunday 2/15 at the THOMSON-DOUGHERTY MANSION, 2535 Park Avenue, Minneapolis and one hour prior to service at church. Interment Lakewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations that will be distributed to Sarah's favorite educational institutions.

URL for original source:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Parents of Teacher Sarah Tilman

Mailing Address

For those who would like to send a card, the mailing address for Sarah Tilman's parents is:

Dave and Cathy Tilman

3710 Glenhurst St Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55416

Also, as the school determines how it will respond collectively, we will keep you informed.

Principal Cahall on Ms. Tilman's Death

Good morning students and staff…there is never a good way to have to communicate the news that I must share with you this morning…it is with great sadness and sorrow that I share with you the loss of one our school community members. We were informed yesterday that Ms. Sarah Tilman passed away suddenly. Ms. Tilman was one of our teachers who taught biology for the last three years in our school. On Monday, Ms. Tilman left school early with “flu-like” symptoms. Yesterday, we received a call from her parents informing us that she had passed away Monday evening. In talking with her parents, their first concern was for her daughter’s students. They were concerned about who would be there to teach her students and how they would handle the loss of one of their teachers. Ms. Tilman was a dynamic and dedicated teacher and person. She had the gift of sharing her love of science while building relationships with the students that she served. She made learning about science and biology fun, exciting, and with a practical application to the lives of the students that she taught. Although Ms. Tilman’s life was short in terms of years, she had a tremendous impact on hundreds of student’s lives that far out weigh the time that she spent on this earth. It is not necessarily the amount of time that one has on earth but what ones does with the time. I can tell you today that Ms. Tilman had a full and productive life. As we mourn the loss of one of our teachers, colleagues, and friends, I believe that Ms. Tilman is in a better place today. I want our students to know that many of our teachers and staff are hurting today because we lost someone that we respected and cared for. Students, I would ask that you be sensitive and compassionate to the adults that you serve you today. For all of us, this is a time of loss in our school community. Whether you knew Ms. Tilman or not, you may be having some feelings of sadness and grief. I want you to know that we are here to support you, to assist you, and to comfort you. We will have available a team of counselors with us today. If you are in need of someone to talk to or just need some time to reflect, we have identified rooms that you can go to. If your classroom is in the lower level or main level, we will have counselors in room 108. On the second floor, you can go to room 200. On the third floor, you can go to room 327. And if you are in the L-wing, you can go to the library.

I want to reassure you that together we will get through this very difficult period. I know that the caring and compassionate spirit that lies within each of us will shine through in the days and weeks to come as we celebrate the life of Ms. Sarah Tilman who touched so many of our lives. Even though we may be feeling sad right now, it is important to remember all the wonderful and extraordinary things that Ms. Tilman accomplished and what she stood for. Today, you can use this opportunity and dedicate yourself to being the best student or teacher that you can because that is what Ms. Tilman exemplified and lived each day. I have asked your teachers to use part of today’s lesson to allow you to talk and to share how this situation may be affecting you. But it will be important to also focus and continue with the work, learning, and the state of living because I know that is what Ms. Tilman would want us to do.

At this time, I would ask that you would observe a moment of silence in memory of a Ms. Sarah Tilman.

As your principal, I want to reassure you that we care about each of you in a very special way and I will ensure that we will survive this tragedy together. Thank you for taking the time to listen and understand my message today.

Teacher Sarah Tilman Passes

Teacher Sarah Tilman
Died Monday Evening

Sarah Tilman, Advanced Placement and 9th grade Biology Teacher at Wilson, passed away on Monday due to sudden illness. The school's administration and support services will provide information, support and grief counseling on Wednesday when students arrive at school.

Once we have additional information from the family, we will provide it to Wilson families via mail and list-serv.

Our deepest sympathies go to her family, her friends, and the students, teachers and staff at Wilson.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tour U.S. Naval Academy

Cyber World Educational Foundation


The Village Connection

Presents a Tour of:
“The United States Naval Academy”

in Annapolis, Maryland

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Departs: Prince Georges Community College

(parking lot in the rear)


7:30 AM

Cost of Tour: $55.00

Make Payments to: Cyber World Educational Foundation
Mail Payments to:

12806 Odens Bequest Drive

Bowie, Maryland 20720

NOTE: Cash payment due after January 20, 2009

Tour Director: Jamil Hameed 216-849-9400 (or) Avis Thomas 202-657-1235

Tour includes:

Transportation on Luxury Motor Coach,

Lunch at Blue Jacket Café,
Meet and Greet with Lieutenant Sam McClanahan, Admissions Counselor

Meet Midshipmen
View Presentation: Understand the “U.S. Naval Academy” (requirements for Admissions)
“We as Parents must prepare our Sons and Daughters today,

for positions of Leadership Tomorrow”

Tour Available For: Students from the 7th grade to the 10th grade

Limited seats are available

Visit our web site for College Tours in 2009 at:

Let the journey begin ... The Naval Academy is seeking highly motivated, well-rounded applicants who excel not only academically but also in athletics, leadership and service. If you have a strong will to achieve, desire a real challenge, and want to be a leader serving your country, the opportunity of a lifetime could begin for you at the United States Naval Academy. It could be one of the greatest adventures you could possibly imagine.

FAA Hiring Notice

If you have or know kids between the ages of 18-31 with a high school diploma, the Federal Aviation Association is taking applications for air traffic controller school. With some effort they could reach a salary of over $100,000 with benefits in about 3 years!

Only a high school diploma is needed to apply and credit is given for college on the exam.

Fill out the application immediately. Time is of the essence in getting your information in for consideration.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wilson PTSA Meeting Reminder

Two Meetings for Parents Tonight! (Wed, Jan 14th)

PSAT Test Scores: What they mean and how to use them!
6:30 - 7:00 in the Library/Media Center with the Wilson Counseling Staff

Teens and Mental Health Issues
7:00 - 8:30 in the Library/Medicaid Center

Join us at 7:00 to learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges facing our adolescents. Guest speaker Karen Marshall will provide information on teens and mental health issues. Karen is a career journalist with extensive experience in print, broadcast and web-based reporting. After losing her father and an uncle to suicide, she became involved in suicide prevention efforts nearly 20 years ago, first as a volunteer and later in professional capacities. She conducts suicide prevention and healing workshops and seminars in the US and internationally. Currently, Karen is the Program Development Director for the Washington, DC-based American Association of Suicidology (AAS). She is a National Advisory Board member of the University of Michigan's DepressionCenter.

- Following her presentation the meeting will be open to discussion, questions and ideas from parents and others attending.

- In addition, Wilson staff involved with students and mental health issues will introduce themselves and offer opportunities for parents to get additional information and support.

Summer Leadership Retreat for Girls

Young Women's Political Leadership Retreat
Washington, DC
July 15-19, 2009

Running Start is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our third annual Young Women's Political Leadership Retreat this summer to train high school girls in political leadership skills and advocacy. Fifty girls from across the United States, who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, will be chosen to participate in this exciting program. The retreat, which will take place at American University in Washington, DC over 4 days and203 nights, will allow the participants to meet extraordinary women leaders of diverse backgrounds and learn about the importance of having more women in political leadership, and the importance of running for office themselves.
Just as we strive for diversity in leadership in government, Running Start also strives for diversity in our summer program. We extend the opportunity to participate in the program to girls from all different backgrounds, from public, private and charter schools, and from all 50 States.
Summer Leadership Retreat

The Leadership Retreat will train the girls in important leadership skills including:
- Public speaking
- Advocacy
- Role-playing and debate
- Collaboration
- Persuasive writing

The girls will learn about political leadership by working with inspirational women leaders, including Congresswomen and other elected officials and leaders in business, media and law. Experts in public speaking and advocacy will train them. We will put their own leadership in the context of the history of women in politics, and show them how vital their participation is. The girls will have the chance to practice their own leadership skills with both their peers and experts in the political field. They will learn by doing, and most of the sessions will be highly interactive. By the end of the summer retreat they will have gained confidence in their own leadership abilities, and be ready to bring their leadership to their schools and communities.

Our Goals

Ultimately, the goal is to equip these young women with the skills, knowledge, and sense of leadership necessary to make informed, compassionate, and powerful change wherever they choose to go. The program will give the girls the tools necessary to actively engage on issues in their communities and abroad. We hope that these early leadership lessons will show the girls that political leadership is an excellent way to be an agent of change, and that they have the power to lead.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and no applications will be accepted after February 16, 2009. The girls will be chosen based on their leadership potential, demonstrated commitment to improvement or excellence in academics, and passion for community, government, service, and peer mentoring. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and no applications will be accepted after February 16, 2009. The girls will be chosen based on their leadership potential, demonstrated commitment to improvement or excellence in academics, and passion for community, government, service, and peer mentoring.

Overnight accommodations will be at the American University dormitories, located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC. Meals, accommodations, and program costs will be paid for by Running Start. However, students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program. Need-based scholarships are available. Please apply online at:

Applicants will be contacted by a member of the Running Start staff within 2-3 weeks of the receipt of their application for a phone interview.

For more information, please call Susannah Shakow at 202-421-4102 or e-mail

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Paid Internship for Black Males


The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is currently accepting applications for its summer leadership program in Washington, DC. The Institute provides America's best and brightest African American male college students with unparalleled networking opportunities, leadership development, and life-long mentorship.

Through the focused and intimate structure of our program, the Institute equips these young men with the tools required for successful careers in business, education, journalism, law, government, the sciences, public policy, ministry, medicine, public service, and the arts.

Program Highlights

Meet with influential leaders such as General Colin Powell, Congressman John Lewis,
Justice Clarence Thomas, and Dr. Sheila C. Johnson

* Take rigorous academic courses on constitutional and economic principles
* Participate in roundtable discussions, including seminars on career development
* Work at high-level internships around Washington, DC
* Enjoy a host of social activities that help participants to build strong bonds with each other.

For more information about our program, please read the details below and visit our website at

Program Details

* The 2009 program will run from Saturday, June 6 to Saturday, August 1.
* Students must commit to two summers.
* Tuition and housing are paid for by the Institute.
* Students will be placed at paid internships based on their career interest (a stipend of $3000 will be provided for those placed at unpaid internships)

You should be a sophomore to apply. Although the Institute does not have a GPA requirement, the average GPA for participants is a 3.65. An applicant's GPA is not the only criterion that is considered during the admissions process. Other achievements such as campus involvement, honors and awards earned, athletics, and volunteer work are looked upon favorably.

The application can be found on the web at

The deadline for admission into the 2009-2010 class is January 15, 2009.

Inquiries should be directed to or (202) 659-2831. Those considering applying are highly encouraged to review the website in detail and contact our office with any questions before submitting an application.