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Stop Trying to Maximize Productivity during Quarantine

Stop Trying to Maximize Productivity during Quarantine

Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief

May 17, 2020

As we all adjust to our new daily lives during the pandemic, you are probably feeling the pressure to be productive all day at home. Not only do students have to figure out how to learn from home, but also how to fill the rest of their day with valuable activities.  Everywhere I look, someone is telling me I h...

Art Classes Rely on Creativity in Online Classes

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Caroline Hardy

May 8, 2020

At a time where isolation has become the necessary norm, many have lauded the connective power of art. Musical benefits, art shows, and crafts adorn social media, the majority with the primary purpose of helping all of us to remember that while we may be distancing, we are not alone. However, for many,...

Corona Companions Comfort Cohabitants

Corona Companions Comfort Cohabitants

Betsy Fries, Photography Editor

May 6, 2020

Meet Murphy, who is reaching for his toy. Little does he know he can’t have it because when he’s given it he barks too much. (photos 1 and 2) Reggie, the Cavipoo, recently picked up at just 8 weeks old. Reggie is a friendly and playful puppy who is excited to be a new member of the Gainsley household during quarantine. (photo 3) An...

Student Government Continues Functioning Despite Online Barriers

Forum meets via Zoom to continue their roles for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year

Noor Naseer, Sports Editor

May 6, 2020

“Forum’s just open for business as per usual,” says Student Body President Joe Gustaferro ‘20. The group meets weekly through Zoom, as they normally would during school. Gustaferro shares, “conversation doesn’t flow as easily over Zoom as it does in person, which makes things a little bit difficult, but we’re...

Abrupt End to Senior Year Allows Opportunity to Reflect

Assembly Moderators Lauren Smith'20 and Mathew Krelitz'20 prepare to announce senior speeches. 
 Students can still view senior speeches every Monday and Wednesday.

Drew Rosenblum, Editor Emeritus

May 6, 2020

     I don’t think anyone expected the year to end like this. Between the last day of school before spring break and the day we found out school for the foreseeable future would be online, the world slowly descended into isolation. While uncertainty had plagued our last real day of school, nothin...

5 Healthy Snack Options To Satisfy Your Cravings at Home

Avocado toast is one of the many healthier snack ideas that is perfect for quarantine.

Jackie Weyerhaeuser, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

While stuck in quarantine, many of us have found ourselves with lots of free time and with free time comes snacking! It’s easy to turn to unhealthy and processed foods so here are a few simple and quick ideas for snacks to make. Avocado toast is a delicious and healthy option. I like mine on whole wheat to...

Martha Bennett Gallery Goes Online

“A Melting Future” by Alexa Hatcher ‘23. Acrylic on canvas.

Bernadette Whitely, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Since the governor’s social distancing order, the Martha Bennett Gallery Curatorial Team has experienced unexpected cancelations of their exhibits and shows; in spite of these complications, they have found creative new ways to share their exhibits through social media.  Due to COVID-19 changes, the Curatorial Team...

Blake Asset Management Struggles Are Representative of Erratic U.S. Markets

The recent plunging stock market has sparked new conversations at Blake Asset Management's online meetings.

Chad Woerner, Contributing Writer

May 6, 2020

As a recession looms, Blake Upper School’s BAM (Blake Asset Management) have made serious adaptations in the transition to online learning. The open schedule on Fridays has allowed the club to continue its practice of weekly meetings by way of Zoom. But one drawback of the club is that during times...

Staff Editorial: COVID-19 Pandemic Reignites Standardized Test Controversy in College Admissions Process

Staff Editorial: COVID-19 Pandemic Reignites Standardized Test Controversy in College Admissions Process

Sage Marmet, Creative Director

April 28, 2020

Amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board and ACT Inc. have decided to cancel the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT, leading to a rise in the argument for colleges and universities to switch to a test-optional application. 

A Look into Students’ Daily Routines

A Look into Students' Daily Routines

Shira Aronow & Anna Johns, Staff Writers

April 25, 2020

During this new era of synchronous learning, some students have found comfort in spending more time with family and structuring their own routines at home, while others miss the school environment and spending time with their classmates. Some may even feel a little bit of both. Joshua Enebo ‘21 e...

How to Stay Focused and Motivated While Working at Home

Try taking a short break after 25 minutes of productive work.

Kate Rekas, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

While learning from home these past few weeks, many students have most likely experienced online school’s greatest enemies: lack of accountability, procrastination, and distractions. I have encountered these issues as well, so hopefully, these tips can help you tackle at-home learning. Tips to reduce...

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced major changes in the education system and college admission process. Due to concerns of spreading the coronavirus, ACT, SAT, and AP tests have been altered and/or rescheduled. In response, colleges are re-evaluating their admission standards.A

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