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Top ten things to do on Valentines day when you don’t have a date

The Beacon Staff February 13, 2024

APUSH revisions Third wheel Touch grass Binge Love Island Do The Beacon crossword Ask out a crew kid Call your nana Snap your AI Listen to MGK Hide

Cultural studies should be a required elective

The Beacon Staff February 13, 2024

Jackson-Reed prides itself on its diversity, and its required courses should reflect that. All students must fulfill physical education, music, and art requirements, but there is one type of elective missing:...

As AI grows, we should learn to utilize it productively

As AI grows, we should learn to utilize it productively

Devan Mehta, Opinions Editor February 13, 2024

As high school students, we are immersed in a constantly evolving world. Our generation has been the first to grow up in the era of social media and widespread internet use, which we have come to deeply...

Why Im done with DC

Why I’m done with DC

Vivian Parker, Written Content Editor February 13, 2024

While I admire students who found their dream colleges in the DC area, I have a hard time relating to their choice to stay in such a familiar city.  I am not hating on people who want to live in DC....

A relaxed dress code promotes self-expression

A relaxed dress code promotes self-expression

Henley Kaminskas and Maddie Nusbaum February 13, 2024

At Jackson-Reed, most students understand that dress codes are unconventional. Students have the opportunity to arrive at school in any clothing of their choice, allowing them to display their unique personalities...

Finances weigh heavily on college admissions

Clara Doyle, Junior Editor February 13, 2024

The college admissions process is biased and rigged. It favors wealthier students and leaves everyone else on the outside wondering how to get in. The lack of clarity on the admissions process, along with...

100 word rants: Break, class sizes, tatte

Nicole Dickinson, Eva Solomon, and Simon Holland February 13, 2024

Break Uncontroversial take: I miss winter break. I miss not having school. I miss having no additional work being assigned. I miss having an excuse to stay inside for a week. What do I not miss? Crowded...

Community service: daunting yet instrumental

Josephine Caplan, Style Editor February 13, 2024

If you go to Jackson-Reed, you know about the mandatory 100-hour community service requirement that hangs over students’ heads every year. Though the hours have been cut for upperclassmen due to COVID-19,...

Discussions of politics have a place in schools

Adrian Belmonte, Contributor February 13, 2024

Censorship is a fragile and regressive line to pass. History has taught us through the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and COVID-19, that our governments and administrations unhesitatingly failed...

A hate letter to Christmas

Norah Caplan and Josephine Caplan December 19, 2023

Dear Christmas, We always knew this letter would happen. As children born on your eve, it has been utter chaos to disclose our birthday to anyone on the street. Who else has to endure a stranger screaming...

Juniors should get excused absences for visiting prospective college campuses

Juniors should get excused absences for visiting prospective college campuses

Rohini Kieffer, Features Editor December 18, 2023

At Jackson-Reed, there are seven reasons for an absence to be excused, one of those being college visits. Yet, they are only excused for seniors. As a junior, I believe this sets students up for avoidable...

Student transit still needs awareness

The Beacon Staff December 18, 2023

Whether it be just a five-minute drive or an hour-long ride on the Metro, every student at Jackson-Reed makes their journey to school each morning. DCPS has done an effective job at providing low-cost...

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