The Spectrum

Survey Invites Dialogue Between Students and Administrators

Survey Invites Dialogue Between Students and Administrators

Caroline Hardy and William Lyman

May 24, 2019


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An anonymous survey conducted by The Spectrum of 180 students from all four grades found that 50% of Upper School students believe that Blake administrators do not trust them. Although it is often painted in broad strokes, high level administrators, for the purpose of this survey, consist of the Head of ...

Ceramics Room Cleaned

Ben Lim, Contributing Writer

May 13, 2019


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All of the ceramics classes had to be relocated to the printmaking room recently. Joe Ruggiero explains, “When we came back from spring break there was a question of build up of dust in the room so we wanted to make sure the air quality was good before we put classes in the room.” Thankfully the...

New Seal Expresses Hopefulness for the Future

New Seal Expresses Hopefulness for the Future

Sage Marmet, Student Life Editor

April 23, 2019


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Blake has not had an official school seal since the merge of the three schools, Blake, Northrop Collegiate and Highcroft Country Day in the seventies. After the recent success in the Excellence Accelerated campaign to raise capital for renovations and redesigns, the decision was made to create a new school...

Kao Kalia Yang Speaks on the Human Condition

Kao Kalia Yang Speaks on the Human Condition

Anderson Blum, Managing Editor

April 19, 2019


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On Wednesday, April 10, Kao Kalia Yang, Hmong refugee and Minnesota author, visited Blake to share her story and insight as one of the most prominent writers to represent the Hmong experience in Southeast Asia and the United States. Her goal is to have Americans hear and understand an untold story: the...

William C. Moyers Discusses Addiction During Symposium

William C. Moyers Discusses Addiction During Symposium

Daniel Lesov, Online Editor

March 15, 2019


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On March 13th, students listened to William C. Moyers, the vice president of public affairs community relations for the Hazelton Betty ford foundation and former addict himself, the second symposium speaker of the 2018-2019 school year. Moyers spoke on topics ranging from his own personal addiction to c...

Student Attendance in Tutoring Program Decreases

Student Attendance in Tutoring Program Decreases

Anna Johns and Kendall Phillips, Staff Writers

March 15, 2019


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Many students remember the middle school grind of struggling with the homework for  math, foreign language, or other classes. After reluctantly turning to our parents, we soon realized how their attempts to remember long division and algebra did not prevail. Bear to Bear, an Upper School student led tu...

Writers Receive Highest Awards in National Writing Contest

Writers Receive Highest Awards in National Writing Contest

Cheryl Minde, Contributing Writer

March 15, 2019


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Writers Skylar Wang ‘22, Eva Berezovsky ‘19, and Yeukai Zimbwa ‘20 each received gold keys, the highest award possible, at the state level in the 2019 Scholastic Writing competition. Wang entered her poetry piece entitled, A Dinner with my Grandfather; it focused on her experience visiting Chin...

Model UN Travels the Country

Model UN Travels the Country

Anderson Blum, Managing Editor

February 26, 2019


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The Model United Nations club has had an exciting start to 2019. From January 30 to February 2, 22 students and chaperones went to New York to participate in a United Nations simulation with more than a thousand other students from all over the world. On the first day, the group had the opportunity to hear a speech...

Science Teachers Feature Live Animals In Courses

Science Teachers Feature Live Animals In Courses

Maggie Seidel, Staff Writer

February 3, 2019


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Animals appear in electives such as Anatomy, Environmental Science, and on Green Team in the Second Semester. As the second semester courses and electives begin, animals remain intertwined with the science experience. The Science Department consistently strives to incorporate nuanced additions while...

Polar Vortex Halts School Activity for Record Period

Polar Vortex Halts School Activity for Record Period

Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor

February 1, 2019


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As frigid temperatures nearly surpassing the Minnesota record low of -56 degrees Fahrenheit descended all over the metro area, Blake canceled school and all after-school activities from Monday to Thursday. The longest closure due to weather in Blake’s history, students and teachers conducted online s...

BEARdecott Award Begins. Olson and Buchanan preparing for Seattle.

BEARdecott Award Begins. Olson and Buchanan preparing for Seattle.

Miki Rierson, Nadia Lee, Editors

January 23, 2019


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Voting has begun for annual BEARdecott award and will continue until January 23rd. The BEARdecott award is a contest for children’s picture books at Blake, which the Lower School students call, “Everyone books,” and was modeled after the annual Caldecott award, an annual award celebrating the be...

Wethington Returns from Competition

Wethington Returns from Competition

Anderson Blum, Brian Brener, Editors

January 22, 2019


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Audrey Wethington ‘20 returned yesterday from the Women’s Under-18 World Hockey Championship in Obihiro, Japan. She was on team USA and the team finished second place to Canada in the tournament. On the experience, Wethington says “It was very humbling to be a part of a national team. It was g...

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