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Maintaining Mask Effectiveness

Maintaining Mask Effectiveness

Tips on how to ensure that your mask keeps you safe
Christopher Chen , Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Wearing a mask can be difficult and annoying. In light of many new variant COVID-19 strains, mask wearing is ever more essential and the following few tips might be helpful to consider in making the process...

Nichols shares, “A huge help for me was that Blake offered child care for our kids when the lower school was remote. That was just so awesome because I wasn’t trying to juggle taking care of my kids and teaching online. When that happened, that was awesome.”

Teachers Experience, Share Shifts in Mental Health Throughout Pandemic

More grace needed during these difficult times
Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor February 24, 2021

The transitions between RTLP to HTLP have been stressful for everyone, especially teachers. From constant schedule changes to managing work amidst a global pandemic, they have been feeling justifiably...

Students have noticed shorter wait times during lunch, despite the lack of staggered release times from first semester.

Hybrid 2.0 Brings Shorter Lunch Lines, New Opinions on Menu Emerge

Students see lunch improvements
Nina Bush, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

With the new HTLP 2.0 schedule, the lunch block has undergone various changes.  Under the first schedule, different classes, depending on the department, would go down to lunch at different times in an...

Answering Questions About Biden Harris Executive Orders

Answering Questions About Biden Harris Executive Orders

Students, faculty ask about effects, history of executive orders
Evan Vezmar, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

“Who was the first president to use an executive order?” - Brian Lukkasson President George Washington was the first president to use an executive order, but historians are not sure what the subject...

Anne Stavney says, “My salary is benchmarked against other independent schools of similar size, similar operational budgets, that are also Pre-K-12 or K-12, of 50 or more students, with usually more than one campus to manage.”

Anne Stavney Responds to Star Tribune Article Detailing her Compensation

Deferred compensation confuses
Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

On Jan. 23 The Star Tribune released an article highlighting the top 100 Minnesota non-profits with the largest revenues. On this list, The Blake School was ranked 80th with $51.4M in revenue alongside...

The Highcroft building was designed by the late Jim Dayton, a former Blake student and parent.

Closing Highcroft, Building Early Learning Center after Lengthy Deliberation

Enrollment trends drove decision to merge lower schools
Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor Emerita February 24, 2021

On February 3, Upper School students learned that Highcroft will close in the 2023-2024 school year in an email from Anne Stavney, Head of School, and Jeb Morrison ‘90, Chair of Board of Trustees. Anika...

Rabi Michael-Crushshon ‘22 had the opportunity to lead her group during a hike. She had to use maps to guide the group and follow trails.

Semester Away Experiences Continue, Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, global programs continue to excite
Emma Martinez Sutton and Sara Richardson January 27, 2021

While most students transitioned to hybrid learning (HTLP) in the fall, Gunnar Johnson '23, Hank Bernhardt '22, Rabi Michael-Crushshon '22, and twins Sofia Hedlund '23 and Marcus Hedlund '23, transitioned...

Zach Brener ‘22 and Kunga Shidhe-Chokra ‘22 both work at the Wendy’s near Southdale Mall on Hazelton Road.

In-person Dining Reopens, Employees Affected

Restaurants open up with various safety practices in place
Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer January 27, 2021

Minnesota restaurants have opened back up for indoor dining. Governor Tim Walz enacted executive order 20-99 on Nov. 18 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this time, restaurants were allowed...

Justin Karels, a member of the Support Services team, says that “I haven’t noticed any consistency as far as the same question is being asked, more so something that I’ve observed that isn’t happening is checking self service for any updates, like Zoom [and] Google Chrome.”

Information Support Services Department Aids in Learning Mode Shifts

Responsibilities change as new learning modes occur
Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor Emerita January 27, 2021

Although students don't often think about the work that goes into the technology in their classes, the Information Support Services (ISS) department does an incredible amount of behind the scenes work,...

Due to the pandemic, home gyms are becoming increasingly more important.

Innovative Exercises, Ideas to Add into Your At-Home Workout Routine

What goes into a successful workout?
Nina Bush , Staff Writer January 27, 2021

Cardio: During Remote Teaching and Learning (RTLP) in the spring, I used to wake up early and run two-three miles every morning, but I have found that challenging to maintain this year. Now, I like to...

French teacher Pachao Yajcherthao shares, “I think it is more stable ... you know exactly what to expect ... [and] the seventy-minute classes are nice because we get a lot done ... but I think that one of consequences [is] that we don’t see each other as much.”

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January 27, 2021

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