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Students Learn from Iowa

Amanda Ward '21 and Nora Cornell '21 campaign for Elizabeth Warren.

Caroline Hardy, Editor Emerita

February 7, 2020

A contingent of 67 students from all four grades along with 13 teacher chaperones returned from Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, February 4. The group spent the three days prior canvassing, meeting, and rallying for the various democratic and republication candidates vying for a victory in the Iowa Caucu...

Teachers, Students Acknowledge Necessity of Paper Use

Teachers, Students Acknowledge Necessity of Paper Use

Kate Rekas, Contributing Writer

December 9, 2019

Every day at Blake the printers are constantly pumping out essays, pictures, worksheets, diagrams, handouts, schedules, and more. Students and staff go through hundreds, if not thousands of pieces of paper per day. Paper waste is incredibly common at Blake, and all over the world. However, paper is al...

Blake Working to Address Climate Change in Programs, Institutional Advancement

Blake Working to Address Climate Change in Programs, Institutional Advancement

Maggie Seidel, Student Life Editor

December 9, 2019

The topic of climate change is incredibly pertinent today, and the school is engaging with it inside and outside classes. Dr. Anne Graybeal, Associate Head of School, says, “We want all of our students to think critically and debate about current policy, current events, and topics of interest. We let the ...

Teachers Work Climate Change Conversations into Classes

Teachers Work Climate Change Conversations into Classes

Noor Naseer, News Editor

December 9, 2019

Climate change is a constant topic of conversation ringing through the halls, but these conversations take many different forms. According to science teacher Will Bohrnsen, in freshman biology, conversations about climate change might look like a nonchalant passing comment about how the “balance betwe...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

December 9, 2019

30 out of 48 observed recycling bins in the Upper School contained materials that would prevent them from being recycled ...

Students Seek Clarifying Communication of Definition, Consequences

Andrew Richardson ‘23 and David Carlson ‘23 concentrate on an assignment during TASC. Distance is another tactic employed by teachers to protect academic honesty between students.

Sara Richardson, Arts and Culture Editor

November 8, 2019

On paper, academic honesty has a similar definition for most students. Amaka Nwokocha '21 describes the definition of academic honesty as "[j]ust not cheating. Doing your own work." But, while the meaning of academic honesty seems simple, there is abundant confusion and issues between students and t...

A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE EDITORS: Restructuring Policies Paramount to Clarification

Frederick Leow ‘22, Yeukai Zimbwa ‘20, and Kelly Dayton ‘22 work together in the Photography room on a layout for FLASH.

Drew Rosenblum, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 8, 2019

While there are many different mechanisms for discipline at Blake, perhaps the most well known is the community judiciary board or CJB. The eight-member committee hears cases on a variety of issues, a common one being academic honesty. While the number of cases per year has remained about the same f...

Honestly Confusing

Honestly Confusing

November 8, 2019

  “I, _______, acknowledge that academic honesty and integrity are core values at Blake and core components of a Blake School education. I understand that I am expected  to abide by all policies regarding academic honesty and integrity, and I recognize that should I break the trust invested in m...

Hinduism Finds Minimal Involvement in Classes

Hinduism Finds Minimal Involvement in Classes

Rishab Haldar, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

There isn’t an emphasis on religion at Blake and as a result, there really isn’t any interaction with Hinduism at Blake. For being a minority for the majority of my time at Blake, and with there being about two or three devout Hindu students per grade, it didn’t make sense to bring up my relig...

Fear of Stigma Suffocates Religious Expression

Fear of Stigma Suffocates Religious Expression

Louise Ba, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

I remember sitting in a circle made of chairs in advisory during my sophomore year. Hearing about everyone’s different faith and backgrounds after Eboo Patel’s visit was intriguing, but nerve-wracking. We went around the room and shared our religious affiliation, and as the attention was drawn to m...

Existing Religious Accommodations Ease Holiday Stress, Wish for More

Existing Religious Accommodations Ease Holiday Stress, Wish for More

Sage Marmet, Creative Director

October 14, 2019

As a Jew, I observe and miss school for two major holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I really enjoy these holidays as it brings my family together and encourages reflection on the previous year. It’s challenging is to miss two days of school just ten days apart. As Jews are a small minor...

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