Getting Involved: A NYC High School Student’s Guide to the Midterms

By Adrian Flynn It’s no secret that the midterm elections just under a month away will be enormously consequential for the future of the country and this administration. Democrats seem to be in a good position to win a majority in the House of Representatives, as many Republican representatives are in vulnerable positions and the…

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…

Knocked Down but Never Knocked Out: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Visits Beacon

By Adrian Flynn Photos by Erdene R. Greene Hakeem Jeffries, the Democratic Representative of New York’s 8th district in the United States Congress, came to Beacon on May 2nd to address students and take questions from people interested in politics and the current political climate from the perspective of a prominent politician. The event was…