The Beachcomber

Introspect Provides Opportunity for Creative Expression

Introspect 2018

David Kuang, Staff Writer

January 24, 2019

In early December, a group of student writers and artists sat in a circle in English teacher Evan Luzar’s room while images were projected onto the whiteboard. Students wrote pieces or made sketches, drawing inspiration from each other and from what they saw. The Introspect literary magazin...

Because Finals are Ruff

Students enjoyed a visit from therapy dogs during December exams.

Nicole Breger, Staff Writer

December 22, 2018

BHS welcomed therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs International on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to help relieve the stress of exams for staff and students.   The community room was the place to be. Therapy pets can help relieve stress by lowering blood pressure and improving cardiovascular health. The hu...

Jamie Lader: Beachwood Has Only Gotten Better

Lader taught at Cleveland Heights for four years before being hired at BHS. Photo by Joe Spero

Haleigh McPhillips, Staff Writer

December 12, 2018

In 1992, Jamie Lader walked the BHS hallways as a graduating senior. Now he walks them as a teacher. Lader reflects on his years as a high school student. He says they had more freedom than students have now. “[We] had a lot of free periods and campus was still open,” he said. Lader recalls that his frie...

Carrie Shapiro: It’s Not Just About the Classwork

Shapiro returned to Beachwood after working in publishing and teaching English in the city of Chicago. Photo by Simon Anastos

Haleigh McPhillips, Staff Writer

December 11, 2018

It has only been 15 years since Carrie Shapiro graduated from BHS. She has enjoyed teaching Beachwood students since she was hired four years ago as an English teacher. “Teaching in Beachwood is strange at times because I see so much of myself in all of the students,” she said. As a ...

From Chile to Cleveland

Julian Valdivia prepares for his test on A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Simon Anastos

Carrington Peavy, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018

The number of foreign students at U.S. colleges has dropped since 2016, but BHS is lucky enough to have a foreign exchange student this year. Meet Julian Valdivia, a sophomore at BHS who will return to Chile in June. Valdivia is from Calle Larga, one of the four communes in the Los Andes Province o...

Shen Creates ‘You Matter’ Mural to Promote Mental Health and Student Unity

David Kuang, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018

Students entering the BHS atrium this year may notice a large banner plastered on the wall above the attendance office. The words “You Matter” are painted across the banner with a heart and ribbon painted in suicide awareness colors. Hundreds of colorful post-it notes surround the words, each sc...

Aquatic Center Staff Celebrates ‘Leaf Party Day’

Photo by Mia Kovalsky

Nicole Breger, Staff Writer

October 6, 2018

The Beachwood Family Aquatic Center is a summertime favorite of 16-year-old sophomore Bartu Hatipoglu, who is diagnosed with autism. You have probably seen him in the BHS hallways or at the pool holding leaves. “Say leaf in Turkish” and “yaprak party”--leaf party—are his trademark ph...

College Credit Plus

With school buildings empty, the College Board has adapted exams for an at-home format.

Carrington Peavy, Staff Writer

October 5, 2018

In 2015, The Ohio Department for Higher Education instituted a new program called College Credit Plus (CCP), which allows students as young as 7th grade to take courses at colleges such as Tri-C, Cleveland State, Kent State and even Case Western to receive both high school and college credits. The app...

Immigration Restrictions Impact Local Families

Photo by Sabrina Machtay

Prerna Mukherjee, Managing Editor

October 4, 2018

Sudden changes in immigration policy implemented earlier this year by the Trump administration have had major repercussions for many immigrants living in the US, as well as for their families. In addition to the much-publicized Zero Tolerance Policy separating families at the Mexican border, the Trump admi...

Making Connections

Jacob Borison, Staff Writer

September 16, 2018

Staff writer Jacob Borison asks Principal Tony Srithai to reflect on his first year as principal. Borison: What was your proudest moment during your first year as BHS principal? Srithai: I’d have to say graduation. Standing there in front of a venue at Severance Hall [and] seeing these students tha...

How to Get Into College

How to Get Into College

Prerna Mukherjee, News Editor

May 31, 2018

Following graduation, the class of 2018 can now focus on selecting courses, buying supplies, and finding a roommate for next year. For juniors, the process is just beginning. We asked guidance counselors and members of the class of 2018 for advice on the process and how to make one's application unique and c...

Making Culinary Connections in the Chinese Classroom

The three pairs of dishes were spring rolls vs. burritos, dumplings vs. perogies and turnip cake vs. biscuits and gravy. Photo courtesy of Ai-Lan Lin.

Vivian Li, Staff Writer

May 16, 2018

In Chinese teacher Ai-Lan Lin’s classroom, you don’t just learn about Chinese food: You make it. The Chinese 2 class held an Iron Chef competition on Thursday, April 19. In the class, students learn about various Chinese foods. Lin hopes that by actually getting a taste of it, they will acquire...