From The Beacon

List of 6 news stories.

  • From the Beacon: Mean Girls Will Be Totally Fetch!

    This year’s Upper School Spring Musical is Mean Girls, a modern adaptation of the classic movie from 2004. Shipley theater star and Beacon writer Colin Harkins ’23 tells us why audiences should be excited to see the show March 2-4, 2023 in Riely Theatre.
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  • From the Beacon: Shipley Theater Department Joins Broadway Green Alliance

    Shipley’s theater program is excited to announce that it will partner with Broadway Green Alliance, a corporation that tries to bring more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices into theaters all around the country. Read more in this article originally published in the Beacon student newspaper.
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  • From the Beacon - In Focus: Upper School Clubs and Activities

    With over 70 clubs and activities to choose from, Shipley's Upper School students can enjoy a broad range of areas to discover and develop their passions and interests. Student writer Andrew McCarthy ’23 shares details about six of them in this article, originally published in the December 2022 issue of the Beacon, the Upper School student newspaper.
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  • From the Beacon: Out With the Old. . . In With the New

    Originally published in the May 2022 issue of the Upper School student newspaper, The Beacon, this article shares insights from All School President Griffin Chulik ’22 about his student government experience and some final thoughts as he departs from the Shipley community and prepares to head off to college in the fall.
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  • Mighty Oak Jon Myers high-fives his Acorn at the opening All-School Assembly. The tradition of giving acorns pencil boxes endures even if mask wearing is required.

    Acorns To Oaks Returns!

    Acorns to Oaks has been a tradition the Shipley community has celebrated for decades. Bringing together not only the oldest and youngest students in the School, but also their families and the community as a whole. After COVID forced disruptions in the traditional celebrations, families of Oaks & Acorns were invited onto campus to participate in the first Acorn & Oak festivities of the 2021-2022  school year.
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  • Chef Wayne Washington holding one of the many plant based food items used by the kitchen.

    What Are New Plant-based Options in the Dining Hall?

    In this October 2021 article from The Beacon student newspaper, Asher Leavy explores recent updates and challenges faced by Shipley's dining services in keeping up with sustainability efforts, including expanded vegan and vegetarian offerings. 
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About The Beacon

The Beacon is Shipley's print newspaper, with the inaugural issue first published on October 3, 1955. It is produced by Upper School students under the guidance of a faculty advisor, and is comprised of one or more Editor in Chiefs, senior editors, and a contributing staff of 25/30 students. Between six and seven issues are published annually, with topics ranging from student life, politics, topical issues, in-depth reports, entertainment, to sports and featured students.
The Beacon is produced in a tabloid format at the professional level using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

Editorial Policy

Published since 1955, The Beacon is the official student newspaper at The Shipley School, a PreK-12 private institution with a population of roughly 830 students, and is regularly published throughout year. The school newspaper serves as an educational experience providing a reporting opportunity for students interested in journalism. The role of The Beacon is to inform and entertain and includes topics relevant to students and the greater community. The Beacon endeavors to be accurate and factual in its coverage of local and global issues. Content is determined by the editorial staff and faculty advisor. Print issues of The Beacon (are available to all Upper School students) and additional issues are distributed to each division of the school. A PDF version is available to members of the Shipley student community, families, and alumni by logging on to the secure website. In 2012, The Beacon published its first online edition, also available to members of the Shipley student community, families, and alumni by logging on to the secure website. The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the staff.
The Beacon invites letters to Editor which may be sent to Letters must be addressed to the editor signed by the author and verified for publication by the editorial board. If published, the meaning of any submission will not be altered, however, we reserve the right to correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Beacon Advisor

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    Mrs. Christine (Chupp) Greenwood 

    Upper School Art Teacher
    Phone/Extension: 4191

From The Compass

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  • Forever Alone

    by Henry Terlevich '23

    “Él está haciendo la tarea?… puedo hablar con él?… por favor!... Henry?”

    Across the hall, I heard my name. A voice surrounded my room with the sharp echoes of accented letters and stressed vowels. It was Nono Luciano, my grandfather, who called my dad each Friday afternoon. He waited hours until the clock struck eleven, and dialed my father’s number through the vintage black phone attached to the wall of his house.
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  • Lamp Post

    by Emma Albani '24

    Only one
    the light flickering,
    the stars nowhere in sight,
    just one flickering lamp post
    all alone on a lonely night.
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About The Compass

The Compass is Shipley's literary and visual arts magazine, published annually since 1941. A student editorial board, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, solicits and evaluates student creative writing such as poems, essays and short stories for inclusion in the magazine. Student art work, chosen by the Art Department and the editorial board, also features prominently in the magazine.

The Compass is produced in book form at the professional level using InDesign.

Editorial Policy

The Compass welcomes submissions of creative writing from students in grades 9 through 12. The editorial board reviews and evaluates all submissions and chooses those to include in the publication. Individuals are sometimes asked to revise and re-submit their work after meeting with the editorial board.

The editorial board strives not to alter the meaning of any submissions that are published, but it reserves the right to correct grammar and mechanics.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.