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Zoe Feldshon ‘21 visits the Chengde for a weekend trip. Chengde is situated in the Hebei Province, northeast of Beijing.

Zoe Feldshon SYA China: Abbreviated Yet Impactful

Exploring all aspects of being abroad in China
Caroline Hardy, Editor Emerita March 5, 2020

"You could feel the stress in the air. But the minute we landed, the skies were blue, which we were told was not going to happen and the air felt clean, so it was like 'okay, I can do this',"  remembers...

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...

College Counseling: The Not-So-Secret Life of Ms. Main

College Counseling: The Not-So-Secret Life of Ms. Main

Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-In-Chief November 8, 2019

       Sitting in her comfortably cozy office with ivy growing wildly just outside and a well-worn patterned rug on the floor, College Counselor Nora Main seems at home. As she talks about her favorite...

Failure to Ease Asylum Policies Worsens Illegal Border Crossings

Failure to Ease Asylum Policies Worsens Illegal Border Crossings

Restrictions cause danger
Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-In-Chief November 8, 2019

In the past 10 years, the number of people seeking asylum in the United States has skyrocketed— from 5,000 people in 2008 to more than 97,000 in 2018, a 2000% increase according to Time. Deteriorating...

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...

Cole Mathews swipes his card at the west door. This year, Brandon Krona (pictured above) and the rest of the security team have made swiping out mandatory when leaving the campus during school ours

Survey Invites Dialogue Between Students and Administrators

Survey finds that students split on admin trust
Caroline Hardy and William Lyman May 24, 2019

An anonymous survey conducted by The Spectrum of 180 students from all four grades found that 50% of Upper School students believe that Blake administrators do not trust them. Although it is often...

Weiss’s two children, who graduated from Blake, have both taken gap years.

College Isn’t Always the Only Option

Adjusting to changing perceptions of time after graduation
Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor May 13, 2019

“You have your whole life to go to school,” explains mother, science teacher, and former college professor Deborah Weiss. In response to this rapidly spreading movement towards relaxing and appreciating...

Synchronized Swimming Offers Opportunity, Community for Swimmers Across Metro

Synchronized Swimming Offers Opportunity, Community for Swimmers Across Metro

Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor March 15, 2019

“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,” chant the seven members of Blake’s extended synchronized swimming team routine. Amidst the blanket-like humidity and roar of the short team in the...

Lucy Kiernat and her team huddle up before a game.

Lucy Kiernat Heads to Universiade Games

Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor March 5, 2019

From March 1 through 9, Lucy Kiernat ‘19 will represent the United States in bandy at the 29th Universiade games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The second most popular winter sport worldwide, bandy is similar...

Polar Vortex Halts School Activity for Record Period

Polar Vortex Halts School Activity for Record Period

Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor February 1, 2019

As frigid temperatures nearly surpassing the Minnesota record low of -56 degrees Fahrenheit descended all over the metro area, Blake canceled school and all after-school activities from Monday to Thursday....

Examining gender disparities in the classroom

Examining gender disparities in the classroom

Commenting on how gender influences GPAs and course selections
Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor December 20, 2018

“If someone is taking Honors Physics and Honors Math, and I’m taking AP English and AP Euro, I feel like I’m not challenging myself as much as they are” explains Abby Tutterow ‘20. When asked...

Personalizing English curriculum

Examining implications of choice reading
Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor December 2, 2018

On the first day of school, Spanish teacher Jon Dicus asked his students how many of them had read a book, in any language, for pleasure over the summer. Only two students raised their hands. Due to limited...

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