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College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced major changes in the education system and college admission process. Due to concerns of spreading the coronavirus, ACT, SAT, and AP tests have been altered and/or rescheduled. In response, colleges are re-evaluating their admission standards.A

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief

April 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced major changes in the education system and college admission process. Due to concerns of spreading the coronavirus, ACT, SAT, and AP tests have been altered and/or rescheduled. In response, colleges are re-evaluating their admission standards. The ACT cancelled its tests...

Apprehensive Residents Strip Grocery Stores, Pharmacies Dry

Taken on March 14, 2020, the Walgreens on Vernon Ave S cleaning supply section completely stripped of cleaning supplies.

Betsy Fries, Photography Editor

April 16, 2020

Almost ten days before Minnesota's Governor Walz announced the “shelter-in-place,” local grocery stores and pharmacies were left empty. Amidst the chaos of growing COVID-19 cases, Americans have taken it upon themselves to stock up on essential household items, many of which being cleaning supplies.

Apprehensive Residents Strip Grocery Stores, Pharmacies Dry

Taken on March 14, 2020, the Walgreens on Vernon Ave S cleaning supply section completely stripped of cleaning supplies.

Betsy Fries, Photography Editor

April 1, 2020

Almost ten days before Minnesota's Governor Walz announced the “shelter-in-place,” local grocery stores and pharmacies were left empty. Amidst the chaos of growing COVID-19 cases, Americans have taken it upon themselves to stock up on essential household items, many of which being cleaning supplie...

Students Take Action Against Climate Change

Activists approach the Capitol.

Anna Johns, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean” Greta Thunberg, an environmental activist whose unrelenting passion has brought her to the UN floor and headlines of newspapers all around the world, opened with this statement to world leaders at t...

Upper School Welcomes New Teachers

New math teacher, Erin Oakley settles into her new classroom.

Julia Lucas & Scott Klinefelter, Contributing Writers

September 19, 2019

Erin Oakley made the transition from the Blake Middle School Math Department to that of the Upper School. She’s ready to help students in Geometry and Honors Algebra 2 reach their “ohh, I get it!” moment, which she describes as “the most rewarding part of teaching.”   She graduated from ...

Parking Confusion: Construction, Carpooling, Congestion

Tyler Holmes, Noor Naseer, and Will Rosenblum

September 19, 2019

Students have not had access to the Parade Park parking lot (located across from the math wing, next to the Sculpture Garden) since the start of the school year due to the Minnesota State Fair and, now, renovations. In the meantime, students are allowed to park in designated areas of the Parade Ice A...

Blake Community Celebrates Life of Ryan Mahoney

Blake Community Celebrates Life of Ryan Mahoney

Anderson Blum, Managing Editor

September 19, 2019

On Saturday, September 14, the Blake School celebrated the life of Ryan Mahoney. Mahoney taught math at the Upper School for 10 years until cancer took his life on August 31, 2019. Mahoney, a US Navy veteran, was a beloved teacher, advisor, and mentor for his students. He was known for his fascinating story...

Student Attendance in Tutoring Program Decreases

Student Attendance in Tutoring Program Decreases

Anna Johns and Kendall Phillips, Staff Writers

March 15, 2019

Many students remember the middle school grind of struggling with the homework for  math, foreign language, or other classes. After reluctantly turning to our parents, we soon realized how their attempts to remember long division and algebra did not prevail. Bear to Bear, an Upper School student led tu...

Writers Receive Highest Awards in National Writing Contest

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Cheryl Minde, Contributing Writer

March 15, 2019

Writers Skylar Wang ‘22, Eva Berezovsky ‘19, and Yeukai Zimbwa ‘20 each received gold keys, the highest award possible, at the state level in the 2019 Scholastic Writing competition. Wang entered her poetry piece entitled, A Dinner with my Grandfather; it focused on her experience visiting Chin...

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Sarina Dev, InDepth Editor

November 2, 2018

On Monday, October 8, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has twelve years to drastically change its environmental impact before an almost irreversible climate change catastrophe. While the Paris Agreement from 2016 pledged to keep global temperatu...

Legacy Day changes location due to construction

Will Rosenblum, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2018

This year’s Legacy day will differ in structure because of the construction on the Hopkins campus.   Legacy day, an annual event at the beginning of each year where grades one through twelve come together to complete various service activities, is usually held solely at the middle and lower sch...

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