From The Beacon

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  • Empty Bowls Breakfast Launches Martin Luther King Day of Service

    For the first time in Shipley service history, the school combined the traditional Martin Luther King Service Day projects with the annual Empty Bowls event. While this was a tough decision made by the service team, Ms. Winters, the Shipley Upper School Service Director, believes that the final idea to combine the events brought “new life” to Empty Bowls, as well as potentially drawing a larger crowd to participate in service activities on that day.
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  • Action Research Team Addresses the Dress Code

    Over the past few years, the dress code has been the topic of much debate among students and faculty alike. This year, the class of 2021 Action Research team is looking into the Upper School dress code issue, and how it affects body image.
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  • From the Beacon: Little Changes and Big Minds: Sustainability Efforts Prevail

    Over the past few years, the Upper School, Middle School and Lower School have all been recently making strides towards becoming a more sustainable campus. 

    From the new composting systems in the Upper School Commons, to the recycled shoe drive held at super Saturday in September, it is hard not to notice the new changes taking place on campus. 
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  • Sleepless in Shipley: An Adolescent Nightmare Students grapple with demanding daily schedules filled with academics, extra-curriculars, and jobs.

    It’s 8:00 on a weekday morning, you sluggishly walk into school, bags under your eyes, coffee in hand, and you get ready for the long day ahead. Chances are, if you look around, you’ll be greeted by dozens of other kids in a similar state. 
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  • Romeo and Juliet will open on Friday, November 22nd at 7:30 PM and additional performances will follow on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 24th at 2:00 PM. Tickets will be sold closer to the performance dates.

    Romeo and Juliet Debuts this Fall

    For the first time in four years, the Theater Department will be performing a full length Shakespearean play.

    This year’s production will be Romeo and Juliet, and is directed by Emma Gibson, one of the theater teachers, who is taking a non-traditional spin on the classic tragedy. It is going to be a modern-dress production with two Juliet’s, gender fluid casting, and contemporary music and dancing.
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  • Turning Over a New Leaf

    As the school year begins, new Head of School Michael Turner reflects on his transition process and his hopes for Shipley’s future.
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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.

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From The Compass

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  • 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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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.

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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.