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Posts published by Nicholas Steinman

Preparation Rewards at DTASC Competitions

Students seeking to showcase their talents don’t always look to competitive environments as the most supportive places to get started—but perhaps they should, according to many of the young actors, singers, and costume and set designers who’ve represented WISH Academy at the Drama Teachers’ Association of Southern California (DTASC)’s theater competitions.

Month in Review: The Final Weeks of School

With the conclusion of classes, the culmination of extracurricular activities, and the rush of final exams and projects, May and June are often some of the most frenetic, busy months for students at WISH Academy. But as the end of the year approaches, there is also time for celebration and reflection on the memories and achievements of another year gone by and another grade completed. Here’s a look back at some of the events that have wrapped up the 2023-2024 school year.

Charter Schools Sue Over New Campus-Sharing Limits

On Tuesday, March 19th, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education voted 4-3 to restrict new and modified charter school co-locations (or agreements to share space on one campus) on many of the district’s campuses across the Los Angeles region starting in 2025. Weeks later, the California Charter School Association sued to block the policy in court.

Library Grows Despite Logistical Challenges

On the morning of Monday, March 18th, the seniors of Ms. Phillips’s AP English Literature class returned to the WISH Academy library. A quiet murmur filled the space as students spent the last half-hour of a shortened class conversing, studying, and perusing the expanding collection of about 2,500 titles laid out on WISH’s solitary, room-spanning book wall. It was this class’s second visit to the library in the school year, and perhaps the seniors’ third class visit at WISH Academy overall, despite hopes at the beginning of this year for English classes to access the library at least once a month. WISH staff librarian Allison Grover-Khoury was there to welcome the students and reflect on the library’s challenges and successes as it has striven to better serve high-schoolers in recent months.