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SPARC is not only a Blake class, but a new program in many schools across the U.S.

New Research-Based Class, SPARC, Differs From Other Social Studies

SPARC gives students opportunities to create change in the community
Emma Martinez Sutton, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 7, 2020

This semester, a new research-oriented social studies class was offered for the first time, called "Seminar in Social Science: Design Thinking for School Culture." The course works through a partnership...

New courses dig deep

New courses dig deep

Course catalog expansion reflects student interest and teacher creativity
Minjae Lee, Fashion Editor March 18, 2016

Let’s face it. Playing three varsity sports and taking six advanced placement courses is a common struggle students deal with on a daily basis.  So, by the time students receive course catalogs for...

Letter to the Writers: Randy Roberts responds to recent piece about current events in Blake’s curriculum

Randy Roberts, Blake Social Studies Teacher June 1, 2013

Hi Annelise and Brianna, Thanks for your recent opinion column in The Spectrum (titled "Changing world necessitates dedicated current events class" in the 29 May issue). I enthusiastically endorse...

Do Blake social studies classes prioritize history over current events?

Changing world necessitates dedicated current events class

Annelise Ellingboe and Brianna Pomonis, Contributing Writers June 1, 2013

As up and coming sophomores, the idea of repeating another American History class isn’t the most exciting concept we’ve heard. We're not slamming the great history of ‘Murica, and by no means are...

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