The Spectrum

Tips to Destress

Tips to Destress

Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer March 19, 2021

From sports to school to friendships to living through a pandemic there are about a million reasons every day to get stressed or overwhelmed. Pippa Pflaum ‘24 states “I would say the most stressful...

Required Readings Majorly Impact Student Perspectives

Required Readings Majorly Impact Student Perspectives

Media & novels are relevant to the high school experience
Mallika Malaviya, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Over the years at the upper school, students are required to read and consume many different texts in their respective English courses. Certain books can have a lasting impact on those who read them and...

Double the Amount of Students Complete Service Path Recognition

Double the Amount of Students Complete Service Path Recognition

Virtual volunteering results in additional service opportunities
Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

The Service Path Recognition Program requires students to complete 100 hours of service as well as a reflection on their experience. Students pursuing the award this year have been facing many challenges...

The Blake Crisis Nursery Youth Advisory Board's Holiday Helper fundraiser was planned by the YAB's leaders: Jing Jing Munson '21, Maggie Seidel '22, and Ellison Ratner '23.

Crisis Nursery Youth Advisory Board’s Holiday Helper Virtual Fundraiser

How has YAB been able to volunteer with COVID-19?
Shagun Sinha, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Throughout hybrid learning, clubs have found creative new ways to volunteer and pursue their normal activities. One of these clubs is the Crisis Nursery Youth Advisory Board (YAB). YAB is a club that works...

Nya Manneh ‘21, Sage Marmet ‘22, Molly Seidel ‘24, Betsy Fries ‘22, Maggie Seidel ‘22, Bernadette Whitely ‘22, Emily Rotenberg ‘22, Sofia Perlman ‘24, Cleo Kilpatrick ‘24, Tristan Poul ‘22, and Dylan Gainsley ‘22 all zoom into the Spectrum staff meeting on Anna Reid’s new and improved 65”screen.

Remote Students React to HTLP 2.0

Is new schedule more, less beneficial for remote students
Sofia Perlman, News Editor February 24, 2021

While many students recently returned to hybrid learning, some have chosen to stay online. The mixture of students both in-person and online has made teaching classes more challenging. "Teachers will...

COVID-19 Creates New Normal

What does post-pandemic society look like?
Cleo Kilpatrick, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

This year was one to remember, with life constantly changing it created a "new normal." We got used to wearing masks in public, staying 6 feet apart, using Zoom, and just staying at home more than usual....

How Has Hybrid Learning Played Part in Academic Dishonesty

Kate Rekas, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Since school has gone from hybrid to remote, and back and forth seemingly a million times, both students and teachers have been thrown a curveball. After nearly a year of adjusting to hybrid and remote...

Tips to Remain Motivated

Tips to Remain Motivated

Students offer advice for second semester success
Amelia Bush, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

Staying motivated has proven to be a challenge this past year as online school became the new norm. With everyone working remotely, the line between school and home has blurred, leaving students with the...

New Year’s Resolutions Inspire Optimism Despite the Pandemic

New Year’s Resolutions Inspire Optimism Despite the Pandemic

Students gain positive outlooks surrounding new year
Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

New Year's resolutions look a little different in 2021 than they usually do. Around this time last year, people were committing themselves to goals as they would any other year, but within a few months,...

While most of the school day is spent in  class, Savita Champlin ‘22 says, “I have grown apart from my friends in blue group”

New Semester Results in New Color Groups

Schedule changes increase student uncertainty
Mallika Malaviya, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

As we shift back to hybrid learning, approximately 75 students have had to make the switch to another color group. This change in groups initially seemed to be upsetting to many of those who had to make...

Rachel Winkey ‘21, Ryan Ressemann ‘21, Solveig Bingham ‘21, and  Ellie Goddard ‘21 are four of the assembly moderators for the 2020-2021 school year.

Virtual Assembly Challenges Us to Get Creative

Assembly moderators adapt to Zoom
Shagun Sinha, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

Student Leadership activities have always been popular and important, but especially Assembly Moderating. This job is crucial because it engages the audience while presenting important information and...

Advisories Strengthen Bonds Creatively

Advisories Strengthen Bonds Creatively

Despite schedule changes, time remains special, filled with activities
Emily Rotenberg, News Editor December 15, 2020

With the new hybrid and online school models, many aspects of our school days have been changed to accommodate COVID-19 protocols, including advisory. Students meet with their advisories two days a week...

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