Added Value Farms: A Red Hook Hidden Gem

by Ruby Paarlberg   Across the street from Ikea and surrounded by sidewalks and parked cars is a flourishing and beautiful green farm. Added Value Farms is a 2.75-acre urban farm located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This site contains both the NYC Compost Project and the Red Hook community farm. Together, these parts of the…

What’s There to Talk About? What “13 Reasons Why” Doesn’t Show

By Anne Isman If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve definitely heard people talking about it; the second season of the viral Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” was recently released, consisting of thirteen new episodes revolving around the students of Liberty High as they testify in Hannah’s trial against their school.  Just as the first season…

Beacon Seniors Organize a Youth-Led Climate March for July 21st, 2018

Seniors in Global Environmental Politics sit with their Subcommittee groups in class, organizing for the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March taking place on July 21st, 2018.  For the last few weeks, Beacon seniors in History teacher Bayard Faithfull’s Global Environmental Politics course have dedicated their last unit to organizing a Youth Climate March in…

All Politics Is Local: Council Member Brad Lander Comes to Beacon

By Adrian Flynn Photos by Kareem Sidibe & Adrian Flynn On Wednesday, May 16th, NYC Council Member Brad Lander spoke to Beacon students about his experience in city government as part of an event organized by Model Congress minority leader Divine Ndombo. In her opening speech, Ndombo noted Lander’s support for youth involvement in politics,…

Let’s Be Awake: The Benefits of Starting the School Day at 9am

Op-Ed Contest Winner #1 By Leonardo Elie “Everybody learns better when they are awake,” observes Mary Carskadon, Brown University Professor of Human Behavior. Unfortunately, this cannot be a reality at The Beacon School in New York City, where many students trudge through the day like zombies, their brains and bodies unable to meet the requirements…

Increasing School Spirit Means Uniting the Student Body

Op-Ed Contest Winner #2 By Camilla Ffrench There is a beauty to standing in a cheering crowd and celebrating the final goal, to standing on stage with your classmates and basking in the glory of the lights and applauding audience, and to walking through the doors on that first day of school to be welcomed…

We Need Real Parent-Teacher Conferences

Op-Ed Contest Winner #3 By Emma Pilkington Students are present at school about seven hours a day, five days a week, and attend the same classes with exactly the same teachers. These teachers spend time with their students not only in class, but also during after school hours and individual appointments. When it comes to…

Making Beacon an Active Community

Op-Ed Contest Winner #4 By Adrian Flynn Beacon students are known around the city for being politically active. It is a reputation that we take pride in because we see the value in caring about larger issues that are developing in the world around us. However, some of these larger issues can be quite distant,…

It’s Time to Hear Marginalized Voices

Op-Ed Contest Winner #5 By Skye Tarshis During my two years at Beacon, I have born witness to a series of incidents of intolerance; I believe that the effort on the part of the administration and the student body to combat the underlying issues that inspired these instances has been fruitless. In a school with…