From The Compass

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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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From The Beacon

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  • Photo by Mark Tassoni/ Reprinted with Permission.  Zhu readies to volley the ball back to the other opponent. Zhu has played on the team all four seasons that she has been in Upper School. She has enjoyed the camaraderie of the team experience.

    Anita Zhu sets her goals on volleying her way to another championship win for the team

    Sami Brown ’18
    Throughout her childhood, Anita Zhu, a senior, always loved playing with balloons. Once she found out what the sport of volleyball entailed, she was immediately intrigued and switched her love of balloons to volleyballs.

    She shares, “Both [my] parents met while playing volleyball in college. My mom was on the women’s team while my father was on the men’s team...The university they went to was huge, and they probably would have never found each other if not for the sport.” For that reason, volleyball has a very special connection for Anita to her parents. 
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  • Caption: Ms. Julia Workman shows her Shakespeare class an excerpt from Hamlet. The seniors in this class chose this semester long course from a plethora of options. Photo by Kieran Edmonds ’18

    New English electives offerings for seniors launch for the second semester

    Natalie Shah ’18
    Each year, students are required to take their grade level general English class. By senior year, students have the option of choosing which English class interests them from many of single semester options. 

    Now, with the end of the first semester, seniors have just finished their first electives courses. For the standard courses, the options ranged from Shakespeare’s most famous plays to African Americans voices. 
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  • Photo by Sarah Engelman ’19. Zoe Quayle ’19 is one of the many students who is taking a new course offered this year. Mr. Simpson’s Conspiracies and History class allows her to take a non-traditional course that focuses on secret societies and the conspiracies surrounding historical events.

    New Courses: From Concept to the Classroom

    Sarah Engelman ‘19
    As an upperclassman at Shipley, the classes a student can take become more diverse. A set curriculum across a subject, deviating only between honors and standard, is no longer the norm, and Shipley offers courses varying from Conspiracies and History to Film Studies and so much more.
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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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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.