The Spectrum

Survey Invites Dialogue Between Students and Administrators

Survey Invites Dialogue Between Students and Administrators

Caroline Hardy and William Lyman

May 24, 2019


Filed under NEWS, TOP STORIES

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 painted in broad strokes, high level administrators, for the purpose of this survey, consist of the Head of ...

College Isn’t Always the Only Option

College Isn’t Always the Only Option

Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor

May 13, 2019


Filed under INDEPTH

“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 the time that students spend in academia, gap years have risen in both popularity and acceptance. ...

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


Filed under SPORTS

“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 water of the John Hartmann Pool, these swimmers learn their routine of nearly four minutes with ease,...

Lucy Kiernat Heads to Universiade Games

Lucy Kiernat Heads to Universiade Games

Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor

March 5, 2019


Filed under SPORTS

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 to hockey. Eleven players roam on a rink four times larger than a traditional hockey rink with the...

Polar Vortex Halts School Activity for Record Period

Polar Vortex Halts School Activity for Record Period

Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under NEWS, TOP STORIES

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. The longest closure due to weather in Blake’s history, students and teachers conducted online s...

Examining gender disparities in the classroom

Examining gender disparities in the classroom

Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor

December 20, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH

“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 if the gender identity of the other student would matter, Tutterow pauses, then answers, “somewhat...

Personalizing English curriculum

Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH

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 time, as well as lack of interest, pleasure reading of an actual book has become foreign to ...

Decoding Brett Kavanaugh hearing verdict

Decoding Brett Kavanaugh hearing verdict

Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor

November 1, 2018


Filed under OPINIONS

When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California,  accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, his likely approval became uncertain. The accusation came in the middle of a tumultuous shift in American society, where sexual assault...

Theater productions announced

Theater productions announced

Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor

September 10, 2018


Filed under News Briefs, TOP STORIES

The Upper School Fall Play and Spring Musical were announced to be Rumors, and Fiddler on the Roof to the Upper School Thespians by theater director Diane Landis on Wednesday, September 5, during TASC. Rumors, a farcical play written by playwright Neil Simon, will be performed in November with a...

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