The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

Patters’ Campaign Corner showcases ballot issues, governor races, and candidates for both primaries. When a candidate is added or removed, the board is updated in front of the class.

AP US Government and Politics Discusses Presidential Election

Evan Vezmar, Managing Editor December 6, 2023

News and information are all around us, but students are often unaware of current events within politics and the American government. AP U.S Government and Politics has been one of few classes that has...

Students take to the dance floor at prom, encouraging others to join in. The music ranged from 2000s pop hits to current rap hits.

Six Thoughts About Prom: “A Night in Hollywood”

Ali Hecker, Student Life Editor May 5, 2023

Venue: On Saturday, April 15, juniors and seniors joined together at the American Swedish Institute for prom. The venue, located near downtown Minneapolis, made for the perfect change of scenery from the...

Health Information Project Necessary, Finding Footing

Health Information Project Necessary, Finding Footing

Kaining Zhang, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

HIP, or Health Information Project, aims to educate freshmen about physical and mental health. However, it isn’t a normal health class - every lesson is taught by juniors and seniors! This approach is...

Finding a babysitter just got easier with the organizational tool built by two seniors.

Bears to Care Provides Child Care Service for Families

Mackenzie Higgins, Online Editor April 7, 2023

Last year, Jackie Wethington ‘23 and Ivy Besikof ‘23 noticed that there was a disconnect between parents and babysitters within the school community, so they looked for a way to close this gap. Now,...

Members of Model UN prepare for the Simun Conference, where they interact with 20 different committees from around the United States of America.

Model UN Travels to Chicago for Two Day Conference

Steven Cao, Staff Writer April 7, 2023

Model UN is one of the many clubs that has been affected drastically the past few years, especially by COVID-19, when many in person conferences were canceled and everything was moved online. Model UN...

Carter Krenke ‘23 and Erik Jung ‘24 placed second overall at the Districts competition for their written Innovation Plan on Principles of Hospitality & Tourism.

DECA Dominates At Districts Competition on Jan. 11

Zoey Ueland, Co-Editor-In-Chief January 31, 2023

  Carter Krenke ‘23 and Erik Jung ‘24 placed second overall at the Districts competition for their written Innovation Plan on Principles of Hospitality & Tourism. With 13 students, Blake...

Traveling with a friend, Ekstrom (right) visited San Sebastian in northern Spain while on a weeklong school vacation trip.

Juniors Return to Upper School After First Semester Away

Gabriella Marmet, Editor Emerita January 30, 2023

Over this past semester, many juniors traveled abroad, getting out of their bubbles, experiencing new surroundings/cultures, and encountering different learning environments from what they’re used to....

Layla Chakhvashvili ‘26, Claire Cao ‘26, and Shruti Balachander ‘26 research political candidates together.

Political Roundtable Club Prepares for November 8 Election

Raiden Chen, Contributing Writer November 13, 2022

As we get further into October, the Political Roundtable Club will begin preparing for a mock midterm election.  In the election the students will, “Create one page on the views of the party and...

Sally Countryman ‘23 and Greta Wattson ‘23 head to the cafeteria to refuel thier herbal teas and waters during their five minute brain break in Molter’s AP Calculus AB Block 2.

Brain Breaks Benefit, Reengergize

Sam Tomczik, News Editor November 13, 2022

“School is a really busy and chaotic place,” explains Zoe Goodwin ‘24, which is why she, along with many other students, appreciate brain breaks. “They’re a really good time to just take a deep...

The red antique car has been taken apart for parts to use on the new car.

Seniors Construct Kit Car

Sofia Perlman, Sci-Tech Editor September 29, 2022

Last spring, Charlie Weyerhaeuser ‘23, Gunnar Johnson ‘23, and Harrison Oxford ‘23 decided to take on a colossal project: building a car. Using a kit containing the frame for the car, and some parts...

Maggie Molter teaches AP Calculus AB during block 2. For each assignment, students are assessed
through the object-based grading system with multiple retakes to earn a “proficient” status.

Objective-based grading incentivizes student achievement

Amelia Bush, Managing Editor September 29, 2022

Objective based grading is a system that is getting incorporated into more classes. It uses a 4 category scale to assess and track students’ progress and learning in the class. The lowest being “beginning”...

Security guard Rio Hansen as well as Head of Security Gene Paulauskas have bikes that they frequently ride to school

Motorcycles Inspire Debate: Safety, Pros, Cons

Erik Norberg, Calvin Bredesen, Contributing Writers June 1, 2022

Recently, some students have begun to ride their motorcycles to school, upending the former ideas surrounding necessary transportation. With gas prices soaring students have begun to question if driving...

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