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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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A look into JR and UDC’s new Writing Center

Cole Zich, Section Copy Editor April 15, 2024

The English department at Jackson-Reed has established a new Writing Center that provides tutoring services for struggling students in English classes. This new initiative is spearheaded by students from...

TIGER PRIDE - Jackson-Reed students cheer on the boys varsity basketball team at the DCSAA semifinals. This is an uncommon display of senior involvement in school activities this year.

Seniors slacking on their engagement in class and clubs

Natalie Gordon, News Editor March 29, 2024

The four-year anniversary of the start of COVID-19 is now in the rearview mirror and some teachers believe the class of 2024 has not fully recovered. This is prevalent in both their engagement in academics...

Israeli students report feeling isolated, seek to form safe space

Natalie Gordon and Isadora Groves March 29, 2024

A group of students seeking to promote Israeli culture and discuss the Israel-Gaza War said they have felt uncomfortable and isolated at Jackson-Reed after the attacks on October 7. The students attempted...

Social studies department creates lesson on history of Israel-Palestine

Lila Chesser and Francesca Purificato March 29, 2024

In light of recent events, teachers in the JR social studies department have developed a lesson on the Israel-Gaza conflict that is being taught during the current term.  The goal of the lesson was...

Sophomores take field trip to the Holocaust Museum

Alice Patterson and Ben Holland March 29, 2024

Throughout the weeks of March 6 and March 13, sophomore students in English II classes took field trips to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. These trips were taken in preparation for an English...

Changes in school budget will impact students and staff

Dani Wallace, Features Editor March 29, 2024

Jackson-Reed’s initial budget allocation for the 2024-25 school year increased 3 percent to $29.5 million but falls over $2 million short of supporting the current school arrangement.  According...

JR union representative and teacher Rebecca Bradshaw-Smith rallies teachers at the March 8 demonstration. The Washington Teachers’ Union is pushing for an updated contract to provide teachers with better working conditions.

Teachers walk out

On March 8, teachers from multiple DCPS schools including Jackson-Reed, Alice Deal Middle School, Janney Elementary School, and Murch Elementary School, met at Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street at...

Severe overcrowding and delays on Columbia Heights buses affects student commuters

Margo Lewis, Contributor March 3, 2024

Students report that infrequent, delayed, and overcrowded H2 and H4 buses are negatively impacting their commutes to and from school. And, while less severe, the M4 bus service is also posing challenges...

Israel-Gaza War rallies and divides community

Israel-Gaza War rallies and divides community

Simon Holland, Isadora Groves, and Rohini Kieffer February 13, 2024

Jackson-Reed students and staff are dealing with controversy surrounding discussion of the current Israel-Gaza War with accusations of censorship, threats of litigation, and complaints about curriculum. In...

Mandatory PD day struggles to address controversial topics

Jessica McCallum and Greta Bradley-Meal February 13, 2024

On January 2, Jackson-Reed hosted a mandatory Professional Development (PD) Day focused on having “courageous conversations” between students and teachers. The sessions were a joint effort between...

SAFETY FIRST - A sign in front of JR reminds the community that DC prohibits bringing guns into public
schools. This policy was implemented to ensure student safety.

Visitor’s handgun confiscated at security

Rebecca Green and Edith Corrigan Conaty February 13, 2024

Questions concerning communication throughout the building have come to light after an expected visitor attempted to bring a handgun into the building on Monday, January 8. The visitor who brought the...

New literacy initiative introduces CER writing to be implemented all classes

New literacy initiative introduces CER writing to be implemented all classes

Devan Mehta, Opinions Editor February 13, 2024

For the 2023-2024 school year, Jackson-Reed has introduced a new initiative that requires all students to write under the claim, evidence, reasoning (CER) format. This mandate states that all teachers...

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