April 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,

I invite you to help us celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2013 on Friday, June 7, 2013 at THEARC Theater.  Each 8th grade student has the opportunity to briefly share some of the highlights of their time at WMSG before they move on to the next phase of their educational journey. The ceremony begins at 10:00am, but I hope you will join us for a pre-graduation breakfast reception at 8:30. All are welcome to the reception and graduation ceremony- please let Susan Rockwell (srockwell@wmsgdc.org) know if you plan to attend. 

In this issue, you will read about the tremendous support of our community and learn about how history and faith inspire our girls each day. You will also see how students explore their environment and envision healthy futures for themselves and their communities.
See you at Graduation! 

Thank you for being part of the WMSG family!
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2nd Annual Hoops for Hope Tournament Raises $12,000 for the WMSG

WMSG was pleased to host members of the commercial real estate industry for the 2nd Annual Hoops for Hope Basketball Tournament on April 5. After several rounds of games, the team from HITT Contracting took home the trophy! 

The tournament raised $12,000 for the Washington Middle School for Girls, thanks to our exceptional sponsors: 

Slam Dunk: CB Richard Ellis and Studley, Inc.

Three Pointer: Boston Properties and HITT Contracting, Inc
Free Throw: Cassidy Turley Washington, LLC
Layup:  CARR Workplaces, JK Moving and Storage, Inc.,  Regus, Vornado/Charles E Smith,  and the Friends of Rafael Notario. 
Special thanks to our generous host,  Gonzaga College High School. 

School News:

African American Women on the Hill Network
As part of the year-long program with the African American Women on the Hill Network, 7th grade students visited the historic Mary McLeod Bethune House in Northwest DC. Bethune is one of the three inspirations for our school, chosen by the founders because of her lifetime achievements in civil activism. 

7th Grade Student at the Mary McCleod Bethune House

4th and 5th Grade Students Attend Retreat on Finding Hope
This year the theme of The VIEW Campus retreat was "Let Your Light Shine." Students did activities to find hope in dark times and share one's light with the world around them. Each student made their own lighthouse to symbolize hope and light. 
Students show off their lighthouses

7th Grade Environmental Education Trip
Each year, the 7th grade travels to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to visit the Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center. The trip is a cornerstone of the WMSG Science curriculum. For many students, it is the first time they have been canoeing, seen the full brilliance of a starry night sky, and encountered such a wide range of wildlife. The class bonds through teamwork by cooking meals together, responding to challenges presented by the wonderful educators on staff, and learning about the Chesapeake Bay.
Students begin the trek through the swamp

8th Grade Students Graduate from the Grassroot Project
As part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum, WMSG partners with the Grassroot Project, a non-profit that seeks to educate at risk youth about healthy lifestyles and the prevention of HIV. Division I student athletes from Georgetown University, the George Washington University, and Howard University visited WMSG throughout the year, leading six class sessions using athletic games to interact with students and encourage participatory learning. In addition to learning about healthy choices, students also have the opportunity to meet young adults who are actively engaged in both their education, their sport, and their community.