The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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No Friday Night Lights At Jackson-Reed

Simon Holland and Justin Glenn September 8, 2023

Friday night’s football game against Paul Public Charter School was moved from the Jackson-Reed field after the stadium lights and scoreboard malfunctioned earlier in the week. The game was relocated...

No Place for Hate contract canceled

Isadora Groves, News Editor September 7, 2023

Jackson-Reed will not be renewing its formal commitment to the No Place for Hate Initiative for a second year. Staff sponsors and the Student Government Association (SGA) are electing to instead increase...

Cap-and-gown exchange

Cap-and-gown exchange

Isadora Groves, News Editor June 28, 2023

This year’s graduating class of 2023 will have the opportunity to partake in a new cap-and-gown exchange organized by the PTSO. After graduation, seniors are encouraged to donate their attire to next...

Students preparing for the next school year grapple with class sign-up changes

Students preparing for the next school year grapple with class sign-up changes

Cole Zich, Junior Editor June 21, 2023

This year a new course selection process has been implemented at Jackson-Reed to alleviate stress on counselors at the start of the next school year. Students select their classes and receive a copy of...

Further AP African American Studies changes announced by College Board

Simon Holland, Editor-in-Chief June 21, 2023

On April 24th, College Board announced that the AP African American Studies framework was to be reevaluated by a board of teachers and scholars due to scrutiny facing the course. This scrutiny arose after...

AP Chinese test crashes

Lila Chesser, Managing Editor June 21, 2023

On May 2, 2023, AP Chinese Language and Culture test-takers around the nation faced a system failure that hindered them from completing their exams. Throughout the year, students were prepared to complete...

AP Seminar struggles to meet expectations

Addison Childre and Luther Hoy June 21, 2023

AP Seminar has one of the highest nationwide pass rates of 88.3%. However, the exam scores at Jackson-Reed this year may contradict the status quo.  Students in all three Seminar classes experienced...

BLASPHEMOUS BATHROOMS - Bathrooms throughout Jackson-Reed flooded due to a blockage within the citys sewage system. Improper use of products such as toilet paper have been left on the floors.

Flooding pushes for bathroom repairs

Natalie Gordon and Isadora Groves June 21, 2023

Despite recent improvements to Jackson-Reed bathrooms, a blockage of the main city sewage pipeline led to flooding throughout areas of the building.  On Friday, May 12, flooding occurred in the first...

DGS gets ready for yearly summer renovations

Jessica McCallum and Greta Bradley-Meal June 21, 2023

As the school year draws to a close, the summer renovation process begins in the hope that repairs will be completed before the start of the 2023-24 school year.  Jackson-Reed’s renovations and maintenance,...

DCPS hires a significant number of permanent substitutes

Cole Zich, Junior Editor June 12, 2023

As of July 26, DCPS announced that it would move workers from Central Office to schools to serve as substitute teachers. The substitutes are supposed to fill spots while permanent teachers are searched...

Highlighting changes made to AP African American Studies

Addison Childre, Spread Editor June 12, 2023

The AP African American Studies (AP AAS) changed to remove the names of many important Black figures, and critical race theory from the curriculum. The changes also made more contemporary topics, like...

Inside PTSO funding

Alice Stillerman, Junior Editor May 25, 2023

The Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is one of the main funders of many Jackson-Reed programs, clubs, and extracurriculars. “The Jackson-Reed Parent Teacher Student Organization embraces...

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