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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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All content by Rebecca Green
BREAKING NEWS - A group dances at Palestinian culture night in the atrium hosted by the Arab Student Union. The event took place the night after the ASU filed a lawsuit against Principal Brown and the city.

Arab Student Union accuses Brown, DC of censorship in new lawsuit

Jackson-Reed’s Arab Student Union filed a lawsuit in federal court last Wednesday accusing Principal Sah Brown and the District of Columbia of censoring pro-Palestinian speech, including the school’s...

A poster by the Arab Student Union advertising the lunch-and-learn event on December 14th and 15th, before the posters were removed by Principal Brown.

Arab Student Union files lawsuit against DC and Principal Sah Brown, alleging censorship of pro-Palestine speech

Jackson-Reed’s Arab Student Union filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday accusing Principal Sah Brown and the District of Columbia of censoring pro-Palestinian speech, including the school’s...

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...

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...

REVIEWERS STRANDED - Renowned Rival Reviewers Becca and Francesca were trapped at Walt Whitman when their car broke down. Fortunately, they were saved.

Rival Reviews: Walt Whitman

Rebecca Green and Francesca Purificato February 13, 2024

Upon reading the title, readers may be starting to think our beloved column name is turning into a lie, as Whitman is no rival of ours. While admittedly this is true, after trotting around all of DC things...

UNION UNITES - The Arab Student Union held a Palestinian culture night at Busboys and Poets. The union had to relocate after the event was shut down at JR during the planning period.

ASU celebrates Palestinian culture in Takoma

Rebecca Green, Editor-in-Chief February 13, 2024

Last month, the Arab Student Union (ASU) hosted a Palestinian Culture Night at Busboys and Poets in Takoma. The event was originally supposed to be held at Jackson-Reed, however Principal Sah Brown rejected...

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...

Jackson-Reed visitor’s handgun confiscated at security

Jackson-Reed visitor’s handgun confiscated at security

Rebecca Green, Editor-in-Chief January 15, 2024

Last Monday, January 8, an expected visitor to Jackson-Reed High School attempted to bring a handgun into the building. The gun was confiscated by security and no one was harmed.  Per protocol, when...

WHY AREN’T YOU IN UNIFORM? - Revered Rival Reviewers Francesca Purificado and Rebecca Green pose outside St. John’s College High School.

Rival reviews: St. John’s

Rebecca Green and Francesca Purificato December 18, 2023

We know our fans have probably been asking themselves why we have yet to review arguably our biggest rival? To that we say, stop asking questions. Luckily for you folks, the time has come. Infamous for...

DC residents have a skewed perception of the JR community

Rebecca Green and Rohini Kieffer November 21, 2023

After a football game last month, police dispersed students from Jackson-Reed and Dunbar High School outside of the Tenleytown Wawa. Within days, local listservs and chat rooms buzzed with Tenleytown residents...

ARTSY MUCH? - Revered rival reviewers Rebecca Green and
Francesca Purificato are all smiles in front of the daunting Duke
Ellington School of the Arts.

Rival Reviews: Duke Ellington

Rebecca Green and Francesca Purificato November 21, 2023

After our last review, we didn’t know if we could return. Sike. We didn’t flinch and we’re back for more. Put down your algebraic equations and sentence starters, today’s warmups involve solfege...

Rival Review: Maret!

Francesca Purificato and Rebecca Green March 10, 2023

Welcome back loyal fans and followers. For this edition we took our superb reviewing skills to Maret. Now we know what you may be thinking––Maret isn’t that interesting, this column is getting repetitive....

Rival Reviews: Maret

Rival Reviews: Maret

Rebecca Green and Francesca Purificato February 13, 2023

Welcome back loyal fans and followers. For this edition we took our superb reviewing skills to Maret. Now we know what you may be thinking––Maret isn’t that interesting, this column is getting repetitive....

Rival Review! GDS

Francesca Purificato and Rebecca Green October 16, 2022

  With a quick drive down Wisconsin, we crossed the threshold into a completely different world: private school. Well-known for being a rival and also a neighbor, Georgetown Day School (GDS) was...

As first school year with new name begins, construction to make it official continues

As first school year with new name begins, construction to make it official continues

Rebecca Green, Editor-in-Chief October 9, 2022

Name change construction was originally planned to take place over the summer and be completed in time for student arrival. However, due to the delay in the signing of contracts, many construction projects...

Girls Who Code: breaking the glass ceiling for women in STEM

Girls Who Code: breaking the glass ceiling for women in STEM

Rebecca Green, Editor-in-Chief March 30, 2021

Math teacher Mariah Green recalls feeling lonely as one of few girls in her high school computer science class. So, when Junior Maria House approached her with the idea of starting a chapter of Girls Who...

The hypocrisy of the attack on the U.S. Capitol

The hypocrisy of the attack on the U.S. Capitol

Lila Chesser and Rebecca Green January 20, 2021

Growing up in DC, we know first hand that it is unacceptable to display any sort of shenanigans at all near federal buildings. As little kids we were screamed at for simply running or yelling near the...

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