From The Beacon

List of 6 news stories.

  • Photo by Christine Greenwood

    Leadership Finds Creative Ways to Promote School Spirit

    Shipley has found a way to bring the community together despite the challenges of COVID-19 protocols with a spirit event that kicked off on Monday October 19 and ended with Fantastic Friday. Instead of Super Saturday, which involves Varsity sports games and amazing food, Fantastic Friday offers social distanced activities such as a cornhole tournament and a movie night, in addition to food trucks, spirit dress week, and a raffle. Despite some changes, Fantastic Friday increased school spirit and brought the community together as Super Saturday always did.
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  • Sustainability Efforts During COVID

    If you have noticed the diminishing of sustainability practices around school due to the new COVID-19 friendly model, you are not alone. Many students have shown concern for how Shipley’s eco footprint has been affected during these changing times, but  Ms. Norquist, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Mr. Gaines, Divisional Sustainability Coordinator to the Upper School, and Mr. Del Duca, Divisional Sustainability Coordinator to the Lower School, hear you and are working hard to help. 
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  • How to Stay Sustainable While at Home

    With the new shift to Shipley’s online learning, our daily lives are drastically changing and we are spending lots of time at home. With Earth Day around the corner, it is important to think about ways we can incorporate sustainability into our home lives. Here are a few ways we can celebrate Earth Day at home!
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  • Graphic by Lily Nevo: The Beacon Headitors meet via Microsoft Teams to discuss how to produce this issue virtually.

    Adopting an Online Learning Platform for Teaching

    COVID-19 cases continue to rise and social distancing measures are put in place, schools across the country have been forced to close. Though traditional classroom-learning is no longer possible, many schools have adopted distance learning strategies. At Shipley, this takes the form of Shipley Learns Online, a program designed to foster an engaging learning environment and prioritizing student well-being during this difficult time. 
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  • Forging New Paths: Interviews with the First Black Students Who Attended Shipley

    It was the late 1960s, and with the fight for civil rights was at the forefront of everyone’s minds, a small all-girls boarding school in Pennsylvania decided to accept students of color. Up until that point, The Shipley School, since its foundation in 1894 and before it became the co-educational day school it is today, was mostly an all white girls’ boarding school. In the late 1960s, however, Shipley started accepting a few students of color, two of them being Ms. June Baldwin and Dr. Beverly Vaughn.
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  • Saving Lives Through Blood Donorship

    The Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive at The Shipley School is being held on February 28, and recruitment efforts are in full swing! Blood donation is extremely important for hospitals. One pint of blood can save up to three lives, as it can be split into three different components which can help three different people. During the winter months, when fewer blood drives are held because of winter storms and when people have less interest in donating, blood drives are especially important. Hospitals need a constant supply of blood on the shelves which is why it is so important for eligible people to donate blood all year round.
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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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  • Photo of Christine Greenwood

    Christine Greenwood 

    Upper School Art Teacher, Director of Student Publications
    Phone/Extension: 4191

From The Compass

List of 3 items.

  • Courage

    Angeline Jiang ’20

    Are you one of those people who find themselves sitting on the couch, watching the news? Seeing people who have been in bad accidents, feeling sympathetic for them, but deep down just reassuring yourself that those things could never happen to you?
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  • It's All About Perspective

    Britt Lovett ’16

    “I am right”
    Three uncontestable words
    Armed with the moral high ground
    Yet, my opponent can claimright
    and wrong are subjective
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  • Rear Window

    Mercy Olukanni ’20

    “Janine Corrine McDaniels, get in the kitchen right
    now!” I saw my Mama’s fiery eyes from the top of the
    stairs. Her foot tapped incessantly and her eyebrows
    were knit together...
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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.

Compass Advisor

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  • Photo of Julia Workman

    Julia Workman 

    Upper School English and Interdisciplinary Teacher
    Phone/Extension: N/A
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.