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

Josiah March 24 desperately trying to be let in the long line of cars after cutting through the Parade Ice Arena parking lot. Instead of saving time by cutting through, it actually took longer to get to the parking lot since no one would let him in.

Feared Line Tests Patience

Charlotte Opp, Creative Director November 15, 2022

Have you ever found yourself stuck in the line to turn left onto Kenwood Parkway and all of the sudden you see a huge black GLE 350 Mercedes-Benz budge in front of you by cutting through the Parade Ice...

Teachers Return to Pre-COVID Rigor, Still Strive For Fairness

Zoey Ueland, Managing Editor November 13, 2022

COVID-19 changed a lot regarding school. Two years later, schools across the country have begun to revert back to pre-COVID habits in addition to creating new ones. As a whole, inflated grading practices...

Class of 2023 sings “Sweet Caroline” and “Wonderwall” around the fire pit to end their retreat in Wisconsin.

Grade Retreats Aim To Connect Students, Provide Fun

Kate Rekas, Mackenzie Higgins, Georgia Wilson, and Claire Cao September 29, 2022

Senior Retreat      According to Jim Mahoney, former grade dean, and current college counselor, the senior retreat used to be a weekend-long affair. Despite this overnight tradition ending this year's...

Jim Arnold and Sally Countryman ‘23 place ketchup, oatmeal and other goods into the Legacy Day donation bins.

Legacy Day Serves As Time to Connect Together

Amelia Bush September 29, 2022

Legacy Day has been an integral part of the school community for the past 16 years. This year, it will continue to make its impact with the theme being “come to the table, belonging, contributing and...

Many students choose to store extra equipment atop equipment shelves rather than in lockers.

Students Weigh In : Backpacks vs. Lockers

Sam Tomczik, Contributing Writer August 31, 2022

The majority of students choose to not use their lockers. While most students express that they find their lockers impractical, some locker users cite their convenience as a driving factor in their choice.  “All...

Entrance to Blake, August 2022

Unspoken Upper School Norms WE Should Talk About

Spectrum Staff August 30, 2022

The Blake School has been in operation since 1900 and has thrived as a community ever since. This is possible due to the unspoken rules and guidelines of any functioning society. These norms and expectations...

New Faculty Bring Wealth of Experience and Energy

New Faculty Bring Wealth of Experience and Energy

Gabi Marmet, Sofia Perlman, Ali Hecker, Yoni Zacks, Editorial Staff August 30, 2022

Sarah Warren ~ Assistant Director This year, the Upper School is welcoming a new Assistant Director, Sarah Warren. As she enters her 13th year working in education, Warren recalls what made her decide...

Students of the swim school pose in the water. Each lesson lasts for 30 minutes at Blakes Hopkins campus.

Swimming Strikes Unique Community Service

Ainsley Pflaum, Staff Writer June 14, 2022

Blake’s adult swimming lessons program started this spring with the mission of teaching all families, faculty, and staff to be comfortable in the water. Spearheaded by Tom Moore, father of Charlie Moore...

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”...

Students sit attentively in  a math classroom, a department that faces expansion.

Computer Science Cracks the Code

Ahan Devgun, Staff Writer March 10, 2022

Due to a growing number of computer science classes throughout Blake’s campuses, administrators decided to create a computer science department. While not currently a graduation requirement, it could...

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