The Spectrum

Debate During COVID-19

Debate team members describe the changes during the pandemic
Ava Gilbert, Staff Writer March 19, 2021

Before COVID-19, debaters would go to practices after school to prepare for tournaments. Members of the debate team would then travel for these tournaments to places such as Iowa or even California. Elizabeth...

Studying for AP exams is altered during hybrid school

COVID-19 Affects AP Exams

Students comment on the changes and difficulties with taking AP exams during COVID
Nina Bush, Contributing Writer March 18, 2021

Last spring, the College Board shortened the 2020 AP exams and abbreviated their exams to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic and school shutdowns. This year the College Board has not made as many changes...

Michelle Baroody experiences delays in vaccines

Teachers Comment on Vaccination Experiences

Teachers express satisfaction with recent vaccinations
Rowan Wallin, Contributing Writer March 18, 2021

After a year of stay-at-home orders, quarantines, and isolation, the COVID-19 vaccine is now available in the state of Minnesota. As of March 2021, it is available to healthcare workers, adults 65 years...

Answering Questions About Biden Harris Executive Orders

Answering Questions About Biden Harris Executive Orders

Students, faculty ask about effects, history of executive orders
Evan Vezmar, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

“Who was the first president to use an executive order?” - Brian Lukkasson President George Washington was the first president to use an executive order, but historians are not sure what the subject...

Anne Stavney says, “My salary is benchmarked against other independent schools of similar size, similar operational budgets, that are also Pre-K-12 or K-12, of 50 or more students, with usually more than one campus to manage.”

Anne Stavney Responds to Star Tribune Article Detailing her Compensation

Deferred compensation confuses
Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

On Jan. 23 The Star Tribune released an article highlighting the top 100 Minnesota non-profits with the largest revenues. On this list, The Blake School was ranked 80th with $51.4M in revenue alongside...

The Highcroft building was designed by the late Jim Dayton, a former Blake student and parent.

Closing Highcroft, Building Early Learning Center after Lengthy Deliberation

Enrollment trends drove decision to merge lower schools
Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor Emerita February 24, 2021

On February 3, Upper School students learned that Highcroft will close in the 2023-2024 school year in an email from Anne Stavney, Head of School, and Jeb Morrison ‘90, Chair of Board of Trustees. Anika...

Vaccine Appointments Create Frustration, Excitement

Vaccine Appointments Create Frustration, Excitement

Teachers register for vaccinations
Sage Marmet and Noor Naseer February 24, 2021

Social Studies teachers Maggie Bowman, Michelle Baroody, and Dion Crushshon ‘88 were scheduled to get their vaccines on Feb. 20. Bowman explains, “You get entered into the system and you get randomly...

Anil Chandiramani teaches his block 2 Memoir class over Zoom while students learn in-person.

Remote Teaching Poses Challenges

New challenges with HTLP 2.0 schedule
Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor February 24, 2021

This year has presented challenges for everyone, but perhaps the most unique experience that has come from the hybrid schedule has been teachers teaching remotely.  For various reasons this year, a few...

Democracy and democratic processes were tested at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as the country continues to widen its political divide

The Capitol Shatters: A Conversation with A Congressman

Representative Dean Phillips unpacks the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6, imparts wisdom about future of divided nation
Sage Marmet and Maggie Seidel January 28, 2021

“[U.S. Capitol Security] promised us that ‘it is the US Capitol, it is secure and safe, and it is the hardest building in the world to get into,’” Minnesota’s Third Congressional District Representative...

Rabi Michael-Crushshon ‘22 had the opportunity to lead her group during a hike. She had to use maps to guide the group and follow trails.

Semester Away Experiences Continue, Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, global programs continue to excite
Emma Martinez Sutton and Sara Richardson January 27, 2021

While most students transitioned to hybrid learning (HTLP) in the fall, Gunnar Johnson '23, Hank Bernhardt '22, Rabi Michael-Crushshon '22, and twins Sofia Hedlund '23 and Marcus Hedlund '23, transitioned...

Zach Brener ‘22 and Kunga Shidhe-Chokra ‘22 both work at the Wendy’s near Southdale Mall on Hazelton Road.

In-person Dining Reopens, Employees Affected

Restaurants open up with various safety practices in place
Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer January 27, 2021

Minnesota restaurants have opened back up for indoor dining. Governor Tim Walz enacted executive order 20-99 on Nov. 18 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this time, restaurants were allowed...

Social Compact Required to Return In-Person Learning

Social Compact Required to Return In-Person Learning

Students largely support signing requirement
Betsy Fries, Creative Director January 27, 2021

With the new year and ongoing pandemic, the social compact was created as a guideline to ensure the safety and well being of the Blake community. It affirms Blake’s strong core value of respect and sets...

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