June 2013
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Sister Mary Bourdon, RJM
Head of School
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The Washington Middle School for Girls
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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,

It is with great pride and a touch of bittersweetness that I announce the graduation of the Class of 2013. Today, our young women crossed the stage to receive their certificates with poise and grace. I am so pleased with their success, but I will miss seeing their faces each morning next year.  Please join me in wishing them the brightest of futures as the move on to high school. 

Since I last shared with you, so many wonderful blessings have come upon our school. Please read on to hear about our students meeting the Secretary of the Interior, Career Day, and other great events that helped us conclude our best year ever. 

Finally, be sure to visit our page on Facebook to see some phenomenal student work as well as other news. You can find us at www.facebook.com/wmsgdc

In the spirit of courageous women,
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Graduation of the Class of 2013


WMSG is pleased to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2013. We are proud of each student's accomplishments and look forward to hearing of their future success! The graduation ceremony featured Maritha Gay, Senior Director of External Affairs at Kaiser Permanente, who shared words of wisdom and courage with the graduates and their families. She stressed a healthy life as the basis for reaching goals. She also generously presented a check to support the school's health program. 

Promotion of the 5th Grade

On Thursday, June 6, WMSG recognized the accomplishments of the 5th Grade Class and celebrated their advancement from The VIEW Campus to THEARC Campus. The program featured WMSG graduate Kaylah Simmons, who encouraged the rising 6th graders to continue to work hard and grow into courageous young women. 
WMSG Featured Beneficiary of Janney Montgomery Scott's Panel, "Lighting the Way: Inspiring Stories From Accomplished Women."   
WMSG was thrilled to participate in Janney Montgomery Scott's first professional panel on May 2nd. The program, "Lighting the Way," featured two prominent female executives, Eileen McDonnell, President and CEO of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, and Deborah Harmon, Co-founder and CEO of Artemis Real Estate Partners. The panel was moderated by Susan Goldberg, Executive Editor, Government News at Bloomberg News. The women discussed many of the challenges faced by women in the workplace, from balancing work and family to overcoming gender stereotypes. Each panelist shared their unique experiences with the crowd and WMSG students, who learned that hard work and perseverance are key to success. 

The event took place at the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Janney Montgomery Scott is very generously sponsoring an arts initiative for WMSG based on the NMWA "Arts, Books, and Creativity" curriculum, which will be introduced in grades 4 and 5 this fall. We are grateful for their continued partnership!
School News:

Kirkland and Ellis Career Day
WMSG was pleased to welcome Kirkland and Ellis for the annual "Dream, Dare, Do" Career Day in May. Trustee Karen DeSantis and her colleagues at Kirkland and Ellis, LLP organized women in a variety of careers, including: a journalist for a national newspaper, an architect, an opera singer, an FBI agent, and many more talented and courageous professional women. Students had the opportunity to meet each woman and ask questions about her career and education. 

A DEA agent explains her work to a 5th grade student

Buddy Bison and the National Park Trust
 Students have enjoyed numerous field trips through the Buddy Bison Program, run by the National Park Trust. Recently, students celebrated National Fishing and Boating Week on the Anacostia river with Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior. 
Sally Jewell gives a 6th grade student her bait
The National Park Trust invited two 6th grade students to deliver speeches at the annual Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Reception, this year honoring Congressman Mike Simpson (Idaho) for his dedication to protecting National Parks throughout his career. Students reflected on their experiences exploring the parks with Buddy Bison. 

White and Case Color of Justice
In coordination with the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), 7th and 8th grade students participated in White and Case, LLC's "Color of Justice" program. Students heard from lawyers, judges, and other women in the legal profession about their careers and experiences. 
Students learn about the many career options within the justice system. 

National Symphony Orchestra
Members of the National Symphony Orchestra visited The VIEW campus just before the end of the year to play for the 4th and 5th graders.