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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

Interview With New US Assistant Director Sarah Warren

Interview With New US Assistant Director Sarah Warren

Amelia Bush, Managing Editor August 30, 2022

Sarah Warren is the new Assistant Director, after being an academic dean and department chair at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. She previously taught subjects ranging from Ethics and...

Menge works behind his desk outside the senior lounge. His office is decorated with gifts of gratitude from former students. During his time at Blake he has also been a biology teacher, soccer coach, interim Upper School Director and a grade dean as well as an advisor to a current junior advisory.

Paul Menge Tells Tale of Teaching, Retirement

Kaylee Chen, Staff Writer June 1, 2022
“[Mr. Menge] has been one of the kindest teachers at the school... he’s guided me through my school career. If I have any questions he’s always there.”
Nicholson serves students and teachers everyday, typically at the counter near the sandwich station. Here, she serves and talks with Precious Jones ‘22 during first lunch.

Get to Know Isabelle!

Allyson Jay June 1, 2022

If you've been in the lunchroom, you have probably seen Isabelle Nicholson. The kind, bubbly server that never fails to make people around her smile with her fun compliments and attitude.  Isabelle started...

Calderone pitches for her team at the University of Chicago. Calderone was also featured in the University of Chicago Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2017-2018.

From College Athletes to Teachers

Ainsley Pflaum, Staff Writer April 29, 2022

Did you know that Steve Kaback played volleyball at Berkeley? Or that Beth Calderone was one of the top softball players at the University of Chicago? Or that Mike Bazzett and Lester Batiste played football...

McIlmail traveled to The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. She elaborates, “I am standing in front of a miniature version of Second Temple Jerusalem. I travelled to Israel as part of an educational trip and then had the opportunity to meet some of my husband’s extended family.”

Ms. Mac: A Journey of Exploration

Julia Zhang, Business Manager March 10, 2022

Currently, Mackenzie McIlmail teaches Gender Studies, AP European History, and AP U.S. History. McIlmail's mother's side of the family is from Sicily and Portugal. One line on her mother's side goes back...

Cold Temperatures Lead to a Rise in Accidents

Cold Temperatures Lead to a Rise in Accidents

Zoey Ueland, Student News Editor February 3, 2022

Winter roads prove treacherous when coupled with the influx of new drivers as they make for a rather risky student parking situation. Eloise Walsh '24 experienced this first hand at the beginning of Jan....

Driving to school and long, cold commutes aren’t just relevant to those who are licensed. Underclassmen, like Geneva Stockton ‘25, are often driven to school by their siblings. Stockton shares,“ I fall asleep in the car, so I like the fact that I’m not the one driving.”

Winter Conditions Bring About Longer Commutes

Zoey Ueland, Student News Editor February 3, 2022

Winter is good for a lot of things: it provides the perfect climate for winter activities such as skiing and skating, it cools us off after hot and humid Minnesota summers, and it gives us all an excuse...

Anika Rodriguez Takes the Stage

Anika Rodriguez Takes the Stage

Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer December 15, 2021

Anika Rodriguez ‘23 has always had a passion for the performing arts. Starting in elementary school she found a fondness for the blinding stage lights and the joy that theater brings to the audience...

Margaret Coley Shares Expansive Community Roles

Margaret Coley Shares Expansive Community Roles

Betsy Fries, Creative Director December 9, 2021

Margaret Coley has been at Blake for the past two years as the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant. Her work is expansive as she often focuses on logistical matters and collaborates with Elizabeth...

Get to Know Marina Battig

Get to Know Marina Battig

Mackenzie Higgins , Staff Writer December 7, 2021

Marina Battig ‘24 has been living with Tess Blake ‘24 for the past few months while studying at Blake for the semester. Battig previously attended Blake in Lower School until her family moved to Uruguay...

Sharing what she loves about teaching, Minoff says, “I just love hearing the students interpretations of texts. Students will always point out things that I missed even if I am teaching a book that I have taught before or read several times. I think it is so cool to be able to teach the same text over and over again and be able to see new things each time.

Amanda Minoff Shares Balancing Teaching, College Counseling Work, Personal Life

Bernadette Whitely, Features Section Editor December 2, 2021

Amanda Minoff is new to the community this year and has taken to her busy work schedule quickly. Minoff teaches one section of sophomore American Literature and two sections of an English elective for...

From Paulauskas’s time in the military to his government and investigative work, he has experience from across the world in many specialities. Paulauskas had a 34 year career as a Criminal Investigator, sharing that he had “been all over the world doing that.”

Gene Paulauskas Chronicles Career

Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer December 1, 2021

Currently, Gene Paulauskas works as the Lead Security Officer after his tenure began in early Nov. 2020, but this is simply another stepping stone in his long list of successful and unique careers. Represented...

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