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AP Tests Meet New Format

AP Tests Meet New Format

Testing shifts online
Amelia Bush, Staff Writer June 2, 2021

As the end of the year nears, the AP came and went as well. This year, the AP tests were mostly online, with some taking them in person, depending on the students grade level and the class that they are...

Community Says Goodbye to Beloved Upper School Teachers

Teachers move on from Blake, reminisce on their time
Sage Marmet, Chad Woerner, and Betsy Fries June 2, 2021

Anne Rubin came to Blake as a grade dean six years ago after teaching at a variety of all-girls schools in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. She will be working at the all-girls Castilleja School...

Class of 2022 Welcomes Bowman

Class of 2022 Welcomes Bowman

Maggie Bowman will be dean for the senior class
Catherine Zhang, Contributing Writer June 2, 2021

Next year, the Class of 2022 will be seeing Maggie Bowman as the face of their new grade dean. Bowman, who is currently a social studies teacher, is eager to take upon this role because of her enthusiasm...

Parent volunteers gave vaccines to students.

12-15 Year Olds Eligible for Vaccines

Event hosted at middle school
Evan Vezmar, Staff Writer June 2, 2021

In a major step towards returning to a normal school experience for students, the FDA approved the Pfizer-Bio-NTech vaccine for emergency use, meaning that the Pfizer vaccine can be administered to anyone...

Leading up to the end of the school year, students study for AP exams and finals as well as work on projects and homework in the library.

Full In-Person School Causes Workload Increase

In-person school, loss of at-home days overwhelms students
Sofia Perlman, News Editor May 28, 2021

Since returning to full in-person school, many students have noticed an increase in the workload. This increase, combined with the transition to a new schedule and all in-person classes has placed students...

Stress Overwhelms Students After Unusual Year

Stress Overwhelms Students After Unusual Year

Mental health declines due to increased stress
Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor May 28, 2021

As the school year is coming to a close, students and teachers are feeling the cumulative effects of COVID-19, isolation, social unrest, and the ways in which 15 months of high stress has changed our mental...

Martha Hughes ‘24 enjoys sailing as it is a great way to be active and spend time outside during the summer.

The Search for Fun Summer Activities Begins

Students share their summer plans, advice
Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

COVID-19 wreaked havoc on summer plans last year. From summer camps, to travel plans, event after event was taken off the calendar. However, 2021 offers a new experience for students, although not without...

Nina Bush ‘22 says, “I’m excited about seeing people again but a little worried about [COVID-19] and managing the workload since I’ve gotten so used to the off days where I have the time to sleep in and get all my work done.”

Full In-Person Concerns Community

Students voice concerns about workload
Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

On March 8, head of upper school, Anne Stavney informed the community that the middle school and upper school campuses would be returning to fully in person instruction starting April 19th. When asked...

Annabella Rozin ‘24 shares, “There was a huge sense of relief that I felt when the verdict was announced, because Chauvin had to be held accountable for his actions but also because Minneapolis would have felt the repercussions of the verdict more than anywhere else in the US. It was the best decision the jury could have made in terms of equality but also for safety.”

Chauvin Trial Causes, Heightens Tension

Community members react to trial, verdict
Evan Vezmar, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Eleven months after George Floyd was killed in the custody of police, Derek Chauvin, the former officer who pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, went on trial. Chauvin was charged...

Will Bohrnsen states that
he felt “100% safer, absolutely without a doubt” after receiving his vaccine.

Vaccines Increase

More young people get vaccinated, attitudes towards COVID-19 change
Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

United States COVID-19 cases continue to fall from their peak as each day millions receive vaccines. Yet the race continues to reach herd immunity to prevent a fourth wave, before we can expect any version...

Michelle Baroody teaches AP U.S. History using a seating chart to maintain distance and easy contact tracing. Pictured left to
right: Darian Mehra ‘23, Alex Chiesa ‘23, Audrey Anderson ‘23, Allyson Jay ‘23, Mina Rossi ‘23, Rowan Wallin ‘23, Lilly
Anderson ‘23, and Sophia Perepelitsyn ‘23.

New Seating Charts Aid Tracing Close Contacts

All in-person school begins, assigned seating allow for easier contact tracing
Amelia Bush, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

As Blake begins in-person learning for the first time in over a year, the administrators also made the decision to switch to assigned seating. The two main ways teachers are creating assigned seats are...

The walkout was in partnership with @mnteenactivists on Instagram and over 80 schools around the state participated.

Student Activists Organize Walkout

Students support Black Lives Matter and the fight against AAPI hate
Evan Vezmar , Staff Writer April 30, 2021

In response to persistent hate against Asian Americans and to offer support for the Black Lives Matter movement in light of the Chauvin trial and the deaths of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, Minnesota...

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