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Staff editorial: Year in Review: Wilson Community exhausted by DCPS’ game of broken telephone

Staff editorial: Year in Review: Wilson Community exhausted by DCPS’ game of broken telephone

The Beacon Staff
June 8, 2018
Filed under Opinions

Looking back on everything that has transpired since we began this school year, it seems that 2017-18 must have broken some kind of record for the amount of tumult and chaos it brought. In December, The Beacon published an article outlining an apparent success: every senior at Ballou High School grad...

Plumbing issues at Anacostia High School initiates staff-led school walkout

Plumbing issues at Anacostia High School initiates staff-led school walkout

Elie Salem
May 9, 2018
Filed under News

More than 60 teachers and staff, along with a few students, walked out of Anacostia High School on April 4 to protest a major plumbing issue in the building. At 7 a.m., Anacostia Principal Eric Fraser emailed teachers to report that the flow of water had stopped the prior evening. Less than an hou...

Staff Editorial: Students have the power to effect change

Staff Editorial: Students have the power to effect change

The Beacon Staff
March 23, 2018
Filed under Opinions

A sea of Wilson students sit knee to knee on a dusty linoleum floor, clinging to the fear and hope that they all share. Reflecting in silence, they remember those who died in Parkland, whom they didn’t know, but still grieve for. They also mourn the laughs and smiles of the individuals in their own...

Staff Editorial: Kaepernick’s right to use First Amendment is indisputable

Staff Editorial: Kaepernick’s right to use First Amendment is indisputable

The Beacon Staff
October 1, 2016
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  Colin Kaepernick has been sitting for the national anthem since August 14, 2016. By all indications, he will continue to do so as long as he feels that Black people are second class citizens in their own home. This has, predictably, brought a firestorm of criticism upon Kaepernick’s head, most ...

Mysterious odor in classroom irritates students and staff*

Mysterious odor in classroom irritates students and staff*

Anna Cestari & Emma Jacobson, Contributors
December 11, 2015
Filed under News

Looking in from the door window, room 327 seems like just another classroom. The only thing out of the ordinary might be a lit candle or burning incense. However, once the door is open, a putrid smell fills the air. Many wave this off, attributing it to turtle or mouse droppings in the cabinet at the...

The Beacon sets a new precedent

The Beacon sets a new precedent

September 25, 2015
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BY THE BEACON STAFF After The Beacon published its first issue, Principal Kimberly Martin’s decision to institute a policy of prior review for the paper was catapulted into the national spotlight. We heard from friends and family members in other states who had read about The Beacon. We received...

Staff Editorial: Prior Review is Indirect Censorship

Staff Editorial: Prior Review is Indirect Censorship

August 28, 2015
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UPDATE: Sep 17, 2015— The Beacon is once again operating without prior review! We would like thank the 885 people who signed our petition on change.org for their support. UPDATE: Aug 31, 2015 — As of 3 p.m.: Principal Martin is in the process of reconsidering her prior review policy...

Students and Staff Protest Against Police Brutality

Students and Staff Protest Against Police Brutality

December 18, 2014
Filed under News

BY EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CARL STEWART   For a chilly 30 minutes on the morning of December 17, Wilson students stood outside of their school and protested racial profiling and brutality in the police force. They protested with chants, signs, speeches, poetry, and a...

Staff Editorial on New Dress Code Policy

Staff Editorial on New Dress Code Policy

September 26, 2013
Filed under Opinions

Is there such thing as a ‘perfect’ dress code policy? Georgetown Day School’s Bobby Asher says that in an ideal world, the dress code would be “a community conversation that involves significant output from kids.” Perhaps, then, the fault in Wilson’s dress code is that it is not a conversat...

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August 16, 2013
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You can join The Beacon's staff by either... Coming to room 316B Wednesdays at STEP E-mailing the Beacon at [email protected] Approaching an editor in the halls Stopping by our adviser Mr. Nissly's room, 316B, and express your interest to him Reach out to us on our social media ...

SGA unveils new constitution

SGA unveils new constitution

Elie Salem
July 1, 2018
Filed under News

A new SGA constitution will restructure the association into four main branches, with specific responsibilities assigned to each, as well as change the qualifications for elected office. Advocates of the reform believe that stronger organization and a stricter framework for governance will increase th...

Investigation of DCPS uncovers widespread residency fraud

Investigation of DCPS uncovers widespread residency fraud

Marc Peña and Elie Salem
June 9, 2018
Filed under News

A series of probes, investigations, and audits released in the past few months found widespread residency fraud throughout the District. The first of these reports, by DC Inspector General Daniel Lucas, concluded that DCPS was not consistently verifying student residency. Weeks later, an internal DCPS i...

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