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DECA Dominates, Even With Limited Business Curriculum

DECA Dominates, Even With Limited Business Curriculum

Chad Woerner, Contributing Writter

February 7, 2020

Blake's DECA chapter, a group under the larger national body Distributive Education Clubs of America, saw many of its members make a statement at the Districts Competition on Sunday, Jan. 12. It's mission  is to encourage the development of business and leadership skills through academic conferences and c...

Vending Machine Leaves School, Lacks Return

Nya Manneh, Staff Writer

February 7, 2020

Things constantly go missing at Blake, from earrings to sports equipment, but one of the biggest mysteries of them all is the disappearance of the vending machine that once stood outside of the lunchroom. As one of the most popular vending machines in the school for some of its healthier food options, ...

Regulations on Parking, Exits Aim to Ensure Safety

Regulations on Parking, Exits Aim to Ensure Safety

Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2019

After the hopeful November opening of the re-finished Parade parking lot, the math wing door will remain closed for safety reasons to students leaving and entering the building, with exceptions being made in cases of inclement weather. Additionally,  The Kenwood door  has been closed to students during the...

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...

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