The Spectrum

Tutorial, TASC become more fun, productive

Tutorial, TASC become more fun, productive

Shagun Sinha, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2019

Since the start of the year, librarians Kali Olson and Lizz Buchanan have brought back silent tutorial on Mondays. Two years ago, silent tutorial only happened during exam week. Last year, it was switched to happen on and off for a while and silent tutorial was typically placed in one section of the li...

Meet Mollie Rae

Meet Mollie Rae

Sara Richardson, Arts and & Culture Editor

October 14, 2019

Update: Mollie Rae Miller no longer works at Blake. She resigned after 3 days as Upper School Receptionist. The position remains unfilled.   Mollie Rae Miller, the new Upper School Receptionist and face of the front office,  started this week. Miller admires Blake's mission statement and values,...

Students Take Action Against Climate Change

Students Take  Action Against  Climate Change

Anna Johns, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean” Greta Thunberg, an environmental activist whose unrelenting passion has brought her to the UN floor and headlines of newspapers all around the world, opened with this statement to world leaders at t...

ALICE Training Aims to Prepare Students, Staff for Active Shooters

Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2019

ALICE Training, a method of active shooter response training, is slowly being implemented into the Blake community, spearheaded by Mike Feinburg, Director of Transportation Safety and Security, with all administrators and EPIC staff already trained, teacher training happening in the 2019-2020 academic s...

Construction challenges Changing Room for Student Athletes

Construction challenges Changing Room for Student Athletes

Mallika Malaviya and Nina Bush

October 14, 2019

Due to the construction at the middle school campus, parking has been an ongoing struggle for both students and faculty. The after school rush of middle school pickup and upper school students trying to get to fall sports creates chaos at the end of the day.  Emily Melin ‘20, a varsity tennis player, has...

Boys’ Soccer Looks to Win Second Straight Championship

Boys’ Soccer Looks to Win Second Straight Championship

Jack Prince, Opinions Editor

September 25, 2019

On November 2, 2018, U.S. Bank Stadium witnessed the impossible. Fans, spectators, family members, coaches, and players all looked on as Keegan James ‘21 nailed a 55- yard kick to win the Boys 1A State Championship. The Bears won their first 1A title since 2008, beating unseeded Bemidji. ...

Upper School Welcomes New Teachers

Upper School Welcomes New Teachers

Julia Lucas & Scott Klinefelter, Contributing Writers

September 19, 2019

Erin Oakley made the transition from the Blake Middle School Math Department to that of the Upper School. She’s ready to help students in Geometry and Honors Algebra 2 reach their “ohh, I get it!” moment, which she describes as “the most rewarding part of teaching.”   She graduated from ...

Parking Confusion: Construction, Carpooling, Congestion

Tyler Holmes, Noor Naseer, and Will Rosenblum

September 19, 2019

Students have not had access to the Parade Park parking lot (located across from the math wing, next to the Sculpture Garden) since the start of the school year due to the Minnesota State Fair and, now, renovations. In the meantime, students are allowed to park in designated areas of the Parade Ice A...

Forum Election Debacle Reveals Structural Issues

Forum Election Debacle Reveals Structural Issues

Caroline Hardy and Drew Rosenblum

September 19, 2019

In May and August 2019, the senior class had to vote four different times to determine a Senior Class President. These numerous elections, all marred by administrative and structural issues, exemplify the greater organizational and functional issues at work in Forum, the upper school’s student govern...

Blake Community Celebrates Life of Ryan Mahoney

Blake Community Celebrates Life of Ryan Mahoney

Anderson Blum, Managing Editor

September 19, 2019

On Saturday, September 14, the Blake School celebrated the life of Ryan Mahoney. Mahoney taught math at the Upper School for 10 years until cancer took his life on August 31, 2019. Mahoney, a US Navy veteran, was a beloved teacher, advisor, and mentor for his students. He was known for his fascinating story...

Survey Invites Dialogue Between Students and Administrators

Survey Invites Dialogue Between Students and Administrators

Caroline Hardy and William Lyman

May 24, 2019

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 ...

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