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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...

Staff Editorial: Anti-Racism Work at Blake Proves to be Insufficient, Lacking Student Efforts

Staff Editorial: Anti-Racism Work at Blake Proves to be Insufficient, Lacking Student Efforts

Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor February 24, 2021

During Black History Month, we as Americans and as a Blake community continue our conversations regarding racial inequity and Black history. We are simultaneously reminded of the problems that face our...

Death is rarely addressed directly in daily conversations throughout the halls of high school. However, thoughts about after death remains omnipresent for many students, no matter what terminologies are used to describe death.

In Students’ Minds: What Comes After Death

Conversations offer range of perspectives on what happens after death, beliefs
Sara Richardson, Editor Emerita February 24, 2021

From "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe to "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it sometimes seems like any great classic ends with death. Although students talk...

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...

Changes with RTLP 2.0

Changes with RTLP 2.0

Committee created RTLP 2.0 based on previous surveys, focusing on balancing workload, Zoom fatigue, frequent class meetings
Emma Martinez Sutton, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 7, 2020

The revised Remote Teaching and Learning Plan (RTLP 2.0), which started on Monday, Nov. 30, has been developing since May and is designed to allow more frequent class meetings within a shorter school day.  While...

Wuollet Bakery is one of the many local businesses Emily Anderson ‘22 shops at in her community as a way to show support and gratitude during these challenging times.

Students Support Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Organizations assist to prevent closures
Shira Aronow and Anna Johns December 7, 2020

Small businesses are struggling during the pandemic, but Blake students supporting these local gems offer insight into how community members can help. Taara Verma '24, an intern for Coimatan, describes...

Thomas makes homemade pasta at Threshing Table Farm, a farm in Wisconsin. She partners with them for farm fresh produce and also has farm dinners outside.

Nicolle Thomas: Cooking up Community

Jack Prince, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 9, 2020

Nicolle Thomas, Blake's Lunch Program Administrator can be in her office crunching numbers, in the food line handing out meals, or in the dishroom cleaning. Wherever you locate her, you will find her wearing...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy has been oversimplified, erasing her nuances

World Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oversimplifies Her Complex Legacy

RBG touted as liberal icon, feminist symbol, bipartisan leader
Nora Fox, Features Editor November 5, 2020

According to Social Studies Chair Beth Calderone, "In modern American history, there is no greater champion of women's rights" than late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While serving on the...

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Information distorts public sentiment
Chad Woerner, Staff Writer November 4, 2020

Twitter's main purposes, according to their website, are to "give everyone the power to create and share ideas" and "not detract from a free and global conversation." Instagram's mission statement claims...

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership

Importance of validity rises as election looms
Keaton Rannow, Contributing Writer November 4, 2020

Since social media's rise in the early 2000s, its most powerful tool has been the ability to disseminate information widely and rapidly. Current events that would've taken days, even weeks to reach our...

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