The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

Layla Chakhvashvili ‘26, Claire Cao ‘26, and Shruti Balachander ‘26 research political candidates together.

Political Roundtable Club Prepares for November 8 Election

Raiden Chen, Contributing Writer November 13, 2022

As we get further into October, the Political Roundtable Club will begin preparing for a mock midterm election.  In the election the students will, “Create one page on the views of the party and...

Sally Countryman ‘23 and Greta Wattson ‘23 head to the cafeteria to refuel thier herbal teas and waters during their five minute brain break in Molter’s AP Calculus AB Block 2.

Brain Breaks Benefit, Reengergize

Sam Tomczik, News Editor November 13, 2022

“School is a really busy and chaotic place,” explains Zoe Goodwin ‘24, which is why she, along with many other students, appreciate brain breaks. “They’re a really good time to just take a deep...

Objective-based grading Incentivises Student Achievement

Objective-based grading Incentivises Student Achievement

Amelia Bush, Managing Editor September 29, 2022

Objective based grading is a system that is getting incorporated into more classes. It uses a 4 category scale to assess and track students’ progress and learning in the class. The lowest being “beginning”...

Thompson sings “Lift Every Voice and Sing” which is commonly known as the Black national anthem. To Thompson’s right is the American flag, which is rarely on stage during assembly. Students were instructed to stand and direct their attention to the front, as if they were listening to the “Star Spangled Banner.” Students and faculty were filmed for a national project.

National “Identity & Belonging” Project Fails in JNA

Rowan Wallin, Managing Editor June 1, 2022

On May 12, students arrived at assembly in the Juliet Nelson Auditorium (JNA) wondering why Lora McManus-Graham, Chair of Equity and Instruction, had emailed some students and not others.  One day...

Sofia Perri ‘23 uses a stethoscope with a young boy from West Virginia. Perri reflects on her experience, “Not only did we learn so much about how to practice healthcare, but also about how to interact with patients and about the community we visited. We learned a lot from the people through talking with them about their life stories and their culture in Appalachia.”

Global Programs West Virginia Trip Explores Appalachian Healthcare

Sam Tomczik, Staff Writer June 1, 2022

As part of the global immersion program 14 students, from grades nine through eleven, traveled to Williamson, West Virginia chaperoned by Scott Hollander and Dion Crushshon ‘88.  As stated by Hollander,...

The lunchroom is so crowded, so Theo Fechtmeyer 23 sits on the windowsill.

Over-enrollment pains student body

Sam Tomczik, Staff Writer June 1, 2022

“Upper school enrollment over the past five years has certainly increased,” says director of admissions Joe Silvestri. Silvestri goes on to say that over enrollment is “not a term I would use”...

The library can serve as a cozy space for a much-needed slumber.

Popular Napping Areas Around School

Amelia Bush, Arts & Culture Editor March 13, 2022

Recently, winter has been long and school has been ramping up which means more work and stress for students and less sleep. This lack of sleep normally only means one thing, sleeping in school. There are...

The Test-Optional Problem

The Test-Optional Problem

Chad Woerner, Contributing Writer March 8, 2022

Though the pandemic has exacerbated the rate at which many colleges and universities are going test-optional for each successive application cycle, standardized tests are important and largely objective...

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