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Students Roll Past Competition in “Drive Like a Girl” hosted by STEM For Her and Audi

Four W-L senior Technology & Engineering ladies have been participating in a new program, “Drive Like a Girl” hosted by STEM For Her and Audi. The girls; Annabelle Bailey, Isabella Corry, Colette McCord-Snook, and Livia Polise met for six two-hour sessions after school with an Audi Mentor, Ava Kingsley and Ms. Meyer, Technology & Engineering Teacher […]

14th Annual “Poetry Out Loud” Winners Announced

Our school-wide competition for the nationally based competition: “Poetry Out Loud” was held last night in the Library. This year’s placement of winners for Washington – Lee HS were: Kristen Alleyne (1st), Sabrina Shuster (2nd), and Rai Gilpin (3rd). “Poetry Out Loud” requires students to recite prominent poems from memory. Competitors are heavily evaluated in their ability […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a trio of poems, each focusing on one type of sensory input. Select an element—setting, narrator’s voice, repeated words, or a specific object—that stays constant through all three, tying them together. Submit your pieces to: wlpenman@gmail.com

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a personal essay that attempts to grapple with death and starts with the end, but then circles around to hope and beginnings. You might choose to write about a loved one you have lost, the end of a relationship, or explore your beliefs and questions about your own mortality. Search for the story of […]

Several Students Bring Home State-wide Music Honors

Several students were selected to All Virginia and regional music ensembles: All Virginia Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble Sam Colaccino (Trumpet- Jazz Ensemble) is one of three APS high school students accepted into the All-Virginia Jazz groups. A performance was given at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia on Nov. […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a short story that revolves around this notion that the phrase “happily ever after” can involve something more complex, or even ruinous, than what’s seen at first glance. You might choose to write a continuation from the established ending of a well-known fairy tale, or concoct a brand new story in which the idea […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a short essay about a particularly resonant memory. Then try rewriting the same memory either in another language, even if you only have a basic knowledge of it or in a style of English that has been “torn apart” and defamiliarized. Do you find this practice freeing or limiting? Which elements of the memory […]

Weekly Writing Prompt

Write a story that takes place in a setting where a similarly surprising and perhaps inexplicable phenomenon exists year after year. Does your main character fall on the side of science or superstition? Does she (or he) respond with skepticism, wonder, or indifference? How does this experience affect her (or his) life? Submit your pieces […]

Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free

RED RIBBON WEEK is a drug prevention awareness event that allows young people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. This year’s theme is “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” During this week, parents, educators, and the community are encouraged to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by starting a […]