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Students Take Action Against Climate Change

Students Take  Action Against  Climate Change

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

Upper School Welcomes New Teachers

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

Writers Receive Highest Awards in National Writing Contest

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...

Science Olympiad Completes Great Year

Anderson Blum, Sports Editor

March 16, 2018

Another year of Blake’s Science Olympiad has come to an end, with the Bears winning the title of second best small school in Minnesota at the state tournament on March 3. The Blake team competed in multiple tournaments leading up to state, including one at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls....

Gallery: Students, faculty walkout to support 17 lives lost in Florida

Gallery: Students, faculty walkout to support 17 lives lost in Florida

Alyssa Story, Social Media Editor

March 14, 2018

Lead by Anika Gutzke '19 and Zehra Kahn '18 over 30 students and faculty members participated in a peaceful walkout and 17 minutes of silence. Prior to the moments of silence, students gave both planned and spontaneous speeches. Both Gutzke and Kahn spoke, along with Anna Kruesel '18, Will Lym...

Martha Bennett Gallery debuts bird themed exhibit

Martha Bennett Gallery debuts bird themed exhibit

William Longley, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

There is a new exhibit this month in the Martha Bennett Gallery on both art and nature. Students from Brian Sago’s Printmaking II teamed up with students from Will Bohrnsen’s Environmental Science to create an exhibit that is both educational and pretty to look at.      The exhibit looks at t...

Eboo Patel speaks on interfaith cooperation, acceptance

Eboo Patel speaks on interfaith cooperation, acceptance

Kaitlyn Saldanha, Staff Writer

December 10, 2017

Eboo Patel spoke on November 15 on religious pluralism and interfaith cooperation. Emphasizing on the power of finding inspiration in varying faith leaders, he uses stories of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. to urge the audience to pay attention to the ways in which political ...

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