June 2013
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Sister Mary Bourdon, RJM
Head of School
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The Washington Middle School for Girls
1901 Mississippi Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20020
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Brianne Wetzel
Campus Administrator, THEARC Campus 
(grades 6-8) 
1901 Mississippi Ave., SE 
Washington, DC 20020 

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Charlene Hursey
Campus Administrator,
TheVIEW Campus 
(grades 4&5)
2683 Douglass Rd., SE
Washington, DC 20020
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Dear Friends,

We have been so lucky to have our graduates returning to WMSG to visit us over the past few weeks.  We captured some of their reminiscences on video, and I hope you will enjoy hearing about their success and their hopes for the future- I am so proud of these courageous young women. Visit our website to see the full collection. It costs us $1,230 per year to support one graduate as she navigates through high school.  I hope you will consider supporting a graduate today.

Seeing WMSG graduates live out our mission is immensely inspiring to me. Since the inception of the school, I have always hoped to expand our program so that more girls could benefit from the unique program we offer. Last week, we started renovations at a school facility nearby that will allow us to pursue that goal. You can read more about the new facility and expansion plan in this newsletter. 

Finally, our summer program is nearing conclusion after weeks filled with academic and enrichment activities, from ice skating to a visit from a prominent female judge in the DC court system. Read more about their activities below!

This newsletter includes just the highlights of our busy calendar. As always, you can find us at www.facebook.com/wmsgdc to see more!

In the spirit of courageous women,
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Graduate Support 

The WMSG Graduate Support Program is a key part of our students' extraordinary graduation rate: currently 99% of graduates complete high school.  To learn more about the program from Kim Hopwood, Director of Graduate Support, you can read her interview with Board President Pam Johnson here. 


TreAndria is now a rising senior at Forestville High School, which she selected because of their Junior ROTC Program. TreAndria hopes to continue ROTC in college before joining the Air Force. Find out more by clicking on the video. 

Diamond is also a rising senior, and she attends Elizabeth Seton High School. Diamond was inspired by her teachers at WMSG, and plans to pursue a legal career. Find out more by watching her video interview!
Construction Begins at The New VIEW
After months of preparation, WMSG is pleased to share that construction has started at The New VIEW! Students in the 4th and 5th grades will be moving to the currently under-used school space at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, a few minutes away from the current VIEW campus. 
After many years of success at The VIEW, WMSG is excited to bring the 4th and 5th grades to the new location, which will have integrated classroom technology, safe outdoor space for recess and activities, and room for growth in the coming years. Improvements are anticipated to be completed by the start of the school year, thanks to the expert guidance and work of HITT Contracting, Karchem Properties, and many others who have made this possible. 
Charlene Hursey, Joe Horning, and Sister Mary look on as workers begin construction at "The New VIEW" campus. 
Students Discuss Important Issues with Local Judge
DC Court of Appeals Associate Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and members of her staff had an engaging conversation with our sixth graders today about life on the DC Court of Appeals.  The girls were eager to ask questions about important issues in their life including the recent Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, DC gun laws, the death penalty, and how much education it takes to be a judge.


Summer Fun Continues

The summer program has been incredible this year! Students beat the heat by going ice skating, stretched out by learning yoga, explored their creativity through art projects, and of course, spent plenty of time reading! Enjoy the photos below, and you can find even more on Facebook!  All summer camp photos were taken by our students!


Students learn how to ice skate at Fort Dupont Ice Rink

Campers enjoyed meeting student volunteers from Connelly School of the Holy Child (Potomac, MD)

Junior Counselors learn valuable leadership skills by guiding younger campers each day.