The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

The downsides of daylight savings

Greta Bradley-Meal and Jessica McCallum March 31, 2023

Every time November rolls around I have mixed feelings. The weather is nice, there are plenty of short weeks, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. But there’s this ever-looming event on my mind:...

Top eight icks

March 25, 2023

Buzz cuts Hitting fruit-flavored vapes Unironically using the laughing emoji Sports betting Being on the beacon staff (but pu next interest meeting room 205 on 3/24) Wannabe Sound Cloud...

Graphic by Innea Kersey

Senioritis is a rite of passage that every senior deserves to experience

Daniel Whitley, Junior Editor March 24, 2023

For those who don’t know, senioritis is a crippling condition in which second semester seniors no longer feel obligated to arrive on time, let alone attend class. They often make up excuses about being...

Don’t fumble the bag: senioritis isn’t worth it

Dante Chinni, Contributor March 24, 2023

First off, I get it, ok? You’ve gone through eleven and a half years of school, it’s easy for the last five or six months to feel pointless. I mean, who can blame you for your missing assignments once...

Did COVID kill school spirit?

Josephine Caplan and Willa Marks March 23, 2023

After years of sports titles and academic achievements, you’d think that our school would be more spirited than it is. As a high school that dominates in pretty much every field, where is our enthusiasm? Before...

With hopes to open next fall, DCPS struggles to make MacArthur accessible city-wide

Deirdre de Leeuw den Bouter, Managing Editor March 23, 2023

Whenever DCPS tries to solve a problem, they always seem to go about it in the strangest ways. The most recent example of this is the new MacArthur school, which is an attempt to reduce the student...

The truth about the trailers

Francesca Purificato, Features Editor March 23, 2023

For those members of the Jackson-Reed community that haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing our new trailers, I’m here to paint you a picture.  After hearing so much commotion over the new trailers...

Graphic by Ellenia Paty

Teaching to the test: how College Board corrupts public education

Louise Reyes-Gavilan, Contributor March 23, 2023

Going into junior year, I did not know what to expect from the Advanced Placement (AP) courses I had chosen to take. Before then, my experience with the College Board had been limited to the practice SAT...

100 word rants: Grammys, ticket sales, google games

The Grammys have been running for almost seven decades and still have 12.4 million viewers. They clearly need to cater to as many audiences as possible—but this year, very few viewers were left satisfied....

Changes to digital systems are invasive

The Beacon Staff March 23, 2023

Jackson-Reed’s recent network change from the previous system, iBoss and Gaggle, to Lightspeed Systems frightens us.  Like Gaggle, Lightspeed filters the content that devices on the network can search...

Deconstructing the white paradigm at Jackson Reed

Isaac Yebio and Vivian Parker March 22, 2023

Jackson-Reed is just one of the thousands of schools in this country that caters to white students. Its issues are not unique, but that does not mean they aren’t urgent.  Many of the spaces at these...

Juniors need a break too

Lolera Tesema, Junior Editor March 18, 2023

What a year it's been. Many of us spent our first year of high school glued to a screen. I can still recall the tiresome feeling of getting up at 9 a.m. every day, opening my laptop, clicking "Join meeting,"...

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