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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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Guthrie Wright works to keep commutes to school safe

Eva Solomon and Padget Bowers-Shreve April 15, 2024

Meet Guthrie Wright, or as most people call him, Sunny, the Safe Passage worker between Alice Deal Middle School and Jackson-Reed High School. Anyone who walks through the cow path knows that he’s one...

Celebrating Women’s History Month!

Henley Kaminskas, Section Copy Editor April 15, 2024

Now that it is March, it is officially Women’s History Month! Women’s History Month is a dedicated time to celebrate the women from the past. It is with their achievements and dedication that women’s...

The Young Woman’s Project: empowering and educating DC youth

Dani Wallace, Features Editor April 15, 2024

During Women’s History Month, it remains crucial to recognize that young women are the future of womanhood. One of Jackson-Reed’s Community Based Organization connections, the Young Women’s Project...

‘Killer meals’ at The Heights

Devan Mehta, Opinions Editor March 29, 2024

Late last year, a new food hall opened less than a mile from Jackson-Reed in Friendship Heights. With exactly ten “concept” restaurants, The Heights features cuisines from all around the globe. Recently,...

DOUBLE TROUBLE– Jackson-Reed English teach-
ers Ms. Postler and Ms. Conroy finally get Beacon

recognition. The two have been a power teaching
pair at JR for five years.

The English-teaching icons : Postler and Conroy

Rebecca Green, Editor-in-Chief March 29, 2024

This year, English teachers Allison Conroy and Jenna Postler celebrate their five-year anniversary working at Jackson-Reed, so it’s only fair they finally get the recognition they deserve via a Beacon...

AMAZING AVANT-GARDE - Junior Zaila Avant-garde
transferred to JR at the end of semester one. In 2021, she won the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Spelling history on and off the court: Zaila Avant-garde

Edith Corrigan Conaty, Spread Editor March 29, 2024

Internationally acclaimed junior Zaila Avant-garde transferred to Jackson-Reed at the end of the first semester. Pushing the limits in both notoriety and achievement, Avant-garde is the author of three...

A look into the lack of female voices in English II

Alice Patterson and Clara Doyle March 29, 2024

Jackson-Reed prides itself on its diversity, both in its student body and curriculum. However, there is a serious failure to showcase female voices in English classes. This is most apparent in the English...

Investigating the DCPS Calendar

Investigating the DCPS Calendar

Daniel Kaye, Contributor March 29, 2024

As DCPS students, we have all experienced annoyance and confusion towards our seemingly random schedule. Whether that means guessing if it is an A or B week or trying to plan spring breaks with private...

OUR OWN GRAMMY NOMINEE - Academy acclaimed Mr. Petillo joins the JR social studies department.

JR’s own Grammy nominee: Mr. Petillo’s musical past

Cole Zich, Section Copy Editor March 29, 2024

When History teacher Matthew Burgoyne left for paternity leave on March 13, famed and Grammy-nominated student teacher Michael Petillo took over his classes. Petillo has come to Jackson-Reed after spending...

GOING ROGUE - Rival reviewers Becca Green and Francesca Purificato wallow in rejection. The columnists have recently had trouble going to neighboring schools, and they are not happy about it.

Rival Reviews: A hate letter to our opps

Rebecca Green and Francesca Purificato March 29, 2024

We have some bones to pick. To all of the schools that have rejected our wonderful and world-renowned requests to visit, what the heck? While our stories may be harsh, we are simply just reporting the...

ROX club seeks to uplift girls at JR

ROX club seeks to uplift girls at JR

Henley Kaminskas and Alice Patterson March 29, 2024

As of this year, JR is home to the first DC chapter of the nationwide organization, Ruling Our Experiences (ROX). The club’s mission is to create generations of confident girls who control their own...

DCPS tardy policy creates challenges for students and teachers alike

DCPS tardy policy creates challenges for students and teachers alike

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor March 29, 2024

At Jackson-Reed, no matter what time students enter the classroom, there are no official consequences for being late. While the lack of a tardiness policy has advantages for students, both students and...

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