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What Classes Students Are Excited for Next Year?

Noor Naseer, Sports Editor

March 13, 2020

Left: “Kinda excited for Euro. It sounds fun. And Post AP Spanish because we get to watch movies and analyze them which is fun.” -Luke Sugalski ‘22 Right: I am very excited for Visions of Realism next year and also AP European History.” -Johnny Perry ‘22 “Chem, and probably cho...

Students Should Take Electives More Seriously

Students Should Take Electives More Seriously

Catherine Barry, Food Features Editor

March 9, 2020

 Too often, when students talk about classes, they discuss what the 'easiest' course is. Students often try to pick their classes based on the difficulty of other students' opinions. However, electives are just as crucial as A.P and honors classes and should be taken with the same seriousness. Usua...

New English Classes Create Commotion Among Upperclassmen

New English Classes Create Commotion Among Upperclassmen

Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief

March 9, 2020

When students registered for classes for next year, they were met with a majorly reworked English course selection. In the 2020-2021 school year, nine new English electives will be offered and Ancient Roots, an option for freshmen, will be removed.  Although a couple new English courses each year is normal, the E...

Did We Come Here to Make a Speech?

Did We Come Here to Make a Speech?

Drew Rosenblum, Editor Emeritus

February 7, 2020

The senior speech has outlived its effectiveness, becoming a meaningless gimmick that exists solely as tradition for the sake of tradition. They have outlasted their purpose and constrain assemblies, forcing important announcements to be on Bearhug. The best (and easiest way) to fix senior speeches is...

Did We Come Here to Make a Speech?

Did We Come Here to Make a Speech?

Caroline Hardy, Editor Emerita

February 7, 2020

Senior speeches are glorified, dreaded, openly hated, and everything in between by students and administrators alike. However, it is undeniable that the positive impacts of this speech for the individual and the community deeply outweigh the drawbacks. The act of required public speaking pushes a student...

Teachers Create a Politically Safe Space

Teachers Create a Politically Safe Space

Noor Naseer, Sports Editor

February 7, 2020

Talking about politics can be awkward and tense, but the combination of excited students and diligent teachers creates political safe spaces. Social studies teacher David Graham shares how he broaches the commonplace topic of politics in his AP Gov class, “We do talk about ideologies and where peo...

Students Learn from Iowa

Students Learn from Iowa

Caroline Hardy, Editor Emerita

February 7, 2020

A contingent of 67 students from all four grades along with 13 teacher chaperones returned from Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, February 4. The group spent the three days prior canvassing, meeting, and rallying for the various democratic and republication candidates vying for a victory in the Iowa Caucu...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

December 9, 2019

30 out of 48 observed recycling bins in the Upper School contained materials that would prevent them from being recycled ...

Students Seek Clarifying Communication of Definition, Consequences

Students Seek Clarifying Communication of Definition, Consequences

Sara Richardson, Arts and Culture Editor

November 8, 2019

On paper, academic honesty has a similar definition for most students. Amaka Nwokocha '21 describes the definition of academic honesty as "[j]ust not cheating. Doing your own work." But, while the meaning of academic honesty seems simple, there is abundant confusion and issues between students and t...

A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE EDITORS: Restructuring Policies Paramount to Clarification

A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE EDITORS: Restructuring Policies Paramount to Clarification

Drew Rosenblum, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 8, 2019

While there are many different mechanisms for discipline at Blake, perhaps the most well known is the community judiciary board or CJB. The eight-member committee hears cases on a variety of issues, a common one being academic honesty. While the number of cases per year has remained about the same f...

Honestly Confusing

Honestly Confusing

November 8, 2019

  “I, _______, acknowledge that academic honesty and integrity are core values at Blake and core components of a Blake School education. I understand that I am expected  to abide by all policies regarding academic honesty and integrity, and I recognize that should I break the trust invested in m...

Teachers Work to Find Teaching Moments in Instances of Academic Dishonesty

Teachers Work to Find Teaching Moments in Instances of Academic Dishonesty

Noor Naseer, News Editor

November 8, 2019

When asked about what academic honesty means to her, math teacher Christin Winkler shares, "I think academic honesty is presenting something that reflects what you know without copying from someone else or receiving assistance from someone else." This idea generally summarizes the role of academic ho...

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