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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

Nicole Dickinson

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor

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Students reflect on COVID’s impacts four years later

Students reflect on COVID’s impacts four years later

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor May 3, 2024

This March marks four years since the beginning of COVID and the transition of many schools  to online learning. The graduating class of 2024 is the last class to have endured the pandemic during high...

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...

Important factors to consider when navigating the college process

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor March 3, 2024

There are a multitude of factors to consider when applying to college, which is part of why the process is so difficult. Of course, these factors undoubtedly depend on the person and their preferences. One...

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...

From wedding DJ to physics teacher: meet the multitalented Martineau

From wedding DJ to physics teacher: meet the multitalented Martineau

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor December 18, 2023

Students that have taken an AP Physics class with Christopher Martineau are very likely to have heard recollections of his previous jobs, or are at least aware that he has had some bizarre life experiences....

Why academy classes should be open to all

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor December 18, 2023

At Jackson-Reed, only students in a given academy are allowed to take the classes within the pathway. This policy should be revoked because it forces students to commit to an area of study too early. More...

Bach Chat: the best club at JR?

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor November 7, 2023

Jackson-Reed is home to many clubs, including the Pop Culture club, unofficially given the name Bach Chat. . Bach Chat is exactly what it sounds like: chatting about The Bachelor. While I don’t quite...

Go-to movies for the last week of school

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor July 3, 2023

It’s the last week of school and you’re finally in the home stretch. At this point, you’re begging for summer and are praying that you aren’t assigned any more work. Your eyes light up when your...

Movie Review: “All Of Those Voices”

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor May 21, 2023

“All of Those Voices” is a self-produced documentary that explores Louis Tomlinson’s journey of navigating his music career and personal life in an authentic and vulnerable way. As a huge fan of...

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JRHS tennis team serves the start of the season

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor May 21, 2023

Two months into their season and with multiple wins under their belt, the tennis team is off to a hot start.  Since tryouts at the end of February, the team has competed in 10 matches. They practice...

Album Review: SOS by SZA 

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor March 10, 2023

Rating: 9/10   After releasing Ctrl in 2017, the release of SZA’s sophomore studio album, SOS, was highly anticipated. Let’s just say it was worth the wait! Starting off strong with the...

Album Review: Midnights by Taylor Swift, 8/10

Album Review: Midnights by Taylor Swift, 8/10

Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor November 27, 2022

Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album, Midnights, is a collection of her deepest insecurities, encounters with love, and sources of vengeance. At midnight on October 21, Swift shared the thoughts that kept...

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