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Ruggiero Shares Goals

Mackenzie Higgins

Each summer as August wraps up, students refocus their attention towards schoolwork, but faculty and administrators start preparing for the year long before students ever walk through the doors. 

As part of his preparations, Director of the Upper School, Joe Ruggiero, has identified some aspirations and themes for the upcoming school year. 

“I would love to see us have more fun,” he says. “We just have to figure out more ways to enjoy being with each other, not take things too seriously, [and] figure out how to do that in ways that are both fun and appropriate and respectful.” 

Ruggiero hopes students will come forward with ideas on how to make the school day more fun. “One of the big things is just coming up with things far enough in advance that we can plan for them.”

He also wants to prioritize community building and collaboration. He’d like to see students and faculty collaborating “in ways that seem less ‘us and them’ and more about ‘who are we?’” He continues, “We made some really strong inroads last year with everything from the quiet room to having students participate on the revision of the schedule, but I think we can do more and I think students appreciate [having] more transparency.”

Students should also expect to hear more about the use of Artificial Intelligence. 

“We had a lot of incidents last year with people getting caught using it inappropriately,” Ruggiero explains. “It’s a great tool, it’s not something we should just say you can never use, but how do you use it appropriately? How do you cite it appropriately? That’s the big thing I think the faculty will be talking about this year which I think will be a really good conversation.”

Speaking of faculty, Ruggiero adds he’s “really excited about the new faculty [members]. We lost some good people last year, but we have some good ones coming in. They’re great and they’re going to be really great additions.”

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Mackenzie Higgins, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Hi, my name is Mackenzie and I am a senior this year! I have been writing for Spectrum since my freshman year and this semester, I'm a Co-Editor-in-Chief as well as the online and front page editor. My favorite part of Spectrum is connecting with the school community and working with others in the newsroom. Outside of Spectrum and school, you can find me skiing, watching Criminal Minds, or drinking cold brew.
Zoey Ueland, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Hi, my name is Zoey and I am a Junior this year. I currently serve as the Student Spotlight editor for Spectrum and I am also a Co-Editor-in-Chief. Last year I was the student-news editor but I dabbled with other pages. Throughout my 2 years involved with Spectrum, having written since Freshman year, I have enjoyed hearing from a wide array of voices, learning about different perspectives around Blake, and working collaboratively alongside my peers. Outside of the newsroom you can find me reading, hanging out with my friends, exploring Minneapolis and swimming!

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