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Modern media bias

Students taking Media and Literature, a senior English elective, visited the Newseum last week. They began their morning with a class in media ethics, taught by a member of the Newseum teaching staff. The group then considered several case studies through the lens of the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics. Afterward, the class was given time to explore the Newseum on their own, which allowed them to learn more about topics like the Berlin Wall, September 11, Jon Stewart, and the Stonewall riots. The field trip was an engaging experience for all and laid the foundation for the class’s upcoming unit on modern media bias.

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Lunar New Year Celebration

Tuesday brought a variety of performances, games, and opportunities for students to learn about and celebrate the Lunar New Year. From a professional Chinese opera performance to student-led performances arranged by US Chinese teacher Carol Jia, the assembly showcased some of the ways people around the world ring in the Lunar New Year. Afterward, the Crossroads was abuzz, with a calligraphy station, a chopstick competition, and a masterclass in making (and eating) dumplings, thanks to a crew of parent volunteers. Appreciation and applause to the students who modeled tremendous courage in getting up on stage and performing in a non-native tongue. Happy Year of the Rabbit!

A Great Student Diversity Leadership Conference

Six Potomac juniors recently attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in San Antonio, TX, held in conjunction with the National Association of Independent Schools' annual People of Color Conference (PoCC). Potomac faculty and staff participated in PoCC while the students were taking part in SDLC.

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Junior Ella Adamec organized and led a student and faculty walkout against gun violence this week. Following the tragic events in Uvalde, Texas, Ella hoped to bring together fellow students eager to discuss ways they can channel their energy and fight for change. After a moment of silence, Ella shared a brief reflection and encouraged the nearly 200 attendees to sign up to receive information about future opportunities to come together and help make a difference, including using their voices to contact their elected officials.