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Advisories Strengthen Bonds Creatively

Advisories Strengthen Bonds Creatively
Despite schedule changes, time remains special, filled with activities
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...

Close the Computer, Read a Book!

Teacher recommendations provide a way to stay entertained while stuck indoors
December 15, 2020

Reading has numerous benefits. It creates an opportunity for people to see different perspectives and allows them to enjoy multiple stories. Books are also great for passing time, as well as learning new...

Snowy Activity’s Return For Winter Season

Snowy Activity's Return For Winter Season
New opportunities snowball as temperatures chill
December 15, 2020

With the recent closure of the school and snowfall, it is imperative that students find ways to stay active in the cold to maintain physical and mental health. It is becoming increasingly chilly as the...

Virtual Senior Speeches Mark a Loss in Blake Upper School Community

New virtual senior speech format causes for lost tradition
November 2, 2020

Despite any aspects of senior year changing or being removed, Blake has tried to maintain the same level of importance in senior speeches by moving them online. This shift has resulted in mixed emotions,...

Students Gain New Form of Self Expression

Now that students are required to wear masks, they obtain a new way to express themselves
October 1, 2020

In dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, maintain a healthy distance and  wearing a mask have become the norm for health reasons. While masks make communicating more difficult, they also provide another...

New Enforcement’s From The Minnesota Department of Health Causes Social Distance Rules in Lounges

New Enforcement's From The Minnesota Department of Health Causes Social Distance Rules in Lounges
September 3, 2020

Both the junior and senior lounges no longer have couches, but instead have been replaced with socially distant desks.

Ideas for at Home Family Fun

Ideas for at Home Family Fun
Fun twists on classic ideas that are sure to keep you and your family entertained at home
May 23, 2020

1.Watch a show as a family Personally, I find watching a show as a family to be more fun than having movie nights because you can follow along with the story and make predictions about what’s going...

Zooming With Advisory

Ian Acheson takes a picture of Walt advisory on their inaugural Zoom meeting.
April 20, 2020

As synchronous learning begins on April 6, Kjirsten Walt’s junior advisory meets during their designated time to check-in with each other and plan events for future advisory meetings. Their advisory...

Connecting in Quarantine

Xbox Home screen
Students turn to video games to interact with their friends
April 2, 2020

With the outbreak of COVID-19 sweeping the globe, many students and their families were forced to either cancel or postpone trips. Instead of finding themselves on the beach or the slopes, students are...

Getting Down with the Yang Gang

March 9, 2020

As Andrew Yang’s face appeared from behind an American flag curtain, a room of 1,200 rose to their feet to clap and cheer him on the makeshift stage of the Downtown Des Moines Marriott’s conference...

Senior Slide Not What it Appears

Senior Slide  Not What it Appears
Seniors attempt to maintain work ethic in last semester
February 7, 2020

A s defined by the Urban Dictionary, senior slide refers to ìThat magical part of your senior year in high school when things get a little easier and nothing you do matters."Rohan Ajmani '20 speaks to...

No Buenos Aires: Economic Crisis

Henry Schmidt ‘23 shares his experience traveling to 
How Blake student learned of the Argentinian economic crisis through experience
February 7, 2020

 Traveling abroad in a foreign country is already intimidating- but what happens when you find yourself caught amidst an economic crisis during your family vacation? Henry Schmidt '23 found himself in...

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