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Politics Create Uncertain Supreme Court Future, Usher Potential Changes

Politicians debate new restrictions, landmark cases
November 5, 2020

As the third branch of government in the United States, the Supreme Court has held tremendous power for most of the countryís history. Originally, the judicial branch was by far the weakest sector of...

Answering Student, Faculty Questions about State of Supreme Court

November 5, 2020

“WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT?”  - CJ Jones Eckhardt The Supreme Court is made up of nine members: one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. Because of the Certiorari Act of 1925,...

World Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oversimplifies Her Complex Legacy

World Mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oversimplifies Her Complex Legacy
RBG touted as liberal icon, feminist symbol, bipartisan leader
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...

Reading Recommendations for Self-Education, Anti-Racism, and Empathy

From baby books to essay collections, senior recommends tools for education
October 7, 2020

One of the most powerful tools to fight racism is education. People in places of privilege must take it upon themselves to educate themselves and become anti-racist instead of complacent. Here are five...

Social Media Activism Spreads, Ignites Change

Social Media Activism Spreads, Ignites Change
Pandemic fuels online activism
October 7, 2020

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, the world collectively erupted in justified protest. One of the most popular mediums of protest was (and still is) social mediaóparticularly Instagram. As...

Teachers Engage in Anti-Racist Teaching, Grapple with How to Improve Curriculum

Reading, discussions aid progress
October 7, 2020

Recent racial injustice and political unrest have led teachers to change their perspectives on educating and emphasized conversations about police brutality, equity, and race among faculty and staff.  Tyneeta...

Students Learn from Iowa

Amanda Ward '21 and Nora Cornell '21 campaign for Elizabeth Warren.
Students have different experience campaigning for politicians
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...

Teachers, Students Acknowledge Necessity of Paper Use

Teachers, Students Acknowledge Necessity of Paper Use
Conscious paper use becomes norm
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...

Blake Working to Address Climate Change in Programs, Institutional Advancement

Blake Working to Address Climate Change in Programs, Institutional Advancement
Student travel, curriculum finds ways to be climate conscious
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...

Teachers Work Climate Change Conversations into Classes

Teachers Work Climate Change Conversations into Classes
Depth varies, but conversations prevail due to general acceptance, concern
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,...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?
How Blake's Stance on Climate Change Translates (Or Doesn't) to Student, Faculty Actions
December 9, 2019

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

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