The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

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...

History Looks to Future

Max Yousha, Staff Writer March 10, 2022

The social studies curriculum will alter classes for next year, and in the years to come, a big change. A process of over three years, this transition of the social studies curriculum includes new classes...

Plethora of Precautions Recommended as Omicron Cases Rise

Max Yousha, Staff Writer February 3, 2022

With the Omicron COVID-19 variant on a high rise recently, it is more important than ever to take necessary precautions to stay safe. The aforementioned variant has greatly impacted the Blake School...

The Makerspace was expanded to fit both study rooms as opposed to the previous one.

Makerspace Unveiled in Library

Mackenzie Higgins , Staff Writer February 3, 2022

As part of a growing movement across schools in the U.S., Blake has recently put in a Makerspace in the library, providing students with space to work on physical projects. Nat Gilsdorf, the Upper School's...

Upperclassmen Sense Traditions Slip In Lounges

Ben Lim, Opinions Editor December 19, 2021

Each grade has their own lounges. The seniors have the green chairs in the main entrance. Juniors have the blue couches by the west entrance. Sophomores have the benches in front of the NAR and freshmen...

Minnesota Offers Exciting Winter Fun

Minnesota Offers Exciting Winter Fun

Allyson Jay December 15, 2021

As the infamous Minnesotan winter starts to ramp up with the increasingly cool temperatures and the arrival of snow, many people are turning to traditional, and maybe new, sources of entertainment that...

SIACs, along with teacher leaders Mr. Menge and Ms. Bowman, meet in the NAR to discuss spirit initiatives and other plans to benefit the Blake community

School Spirit Lacks, SIAC Plans to Improve

Cleo Kilpatrick, Staff Writer December 1, 2021

   SIAC Luke Sugalski ‘22, claims, “Blake's school spirit is not great compared to a lot of schools and that’s a problem.” Aidan Krush '23, fellow SIAC, agrees and says, “Honestly I...

When asked about who made the decision, Eckhardt adds, everybody.  It was all the administrators coming together figuring out how we can make it the best experience for seniors doing their speeches and also for everybody to feel comfortable, that was ultimately in everybodys decision.

Sophomores Separate During Assembly

Betsy Fries, Creative Director November 7, 2021

     Due to the growing grade sizes and the limited space available, administrators have decided one day a week, roughly half of the sophomore class gets to sit in the JNA to watch senior speeches,...

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