The Spectrum

Summer Encourages Exploration

Increased free time leads to an uptick in adventures
September 19, 2019

For many, summer is the perfect opportunity to erase the thought of school from their mind and dive into fun and exciting activities. These activities can range from camps, clubs, organizations, jobs,...

LearningWorks Creates Community, Positive Learning Environment

Addison Anderson '19 works with students during the summer.
May 13, 2019

“I learn so much from my students because we all create a community together through LearningWorks. It feels like Blake transforms into a new place during the summer even though it’s the same building,”...

Senior Summer Reading Recommendations

Senior Summer Reading Recommendations
Summer reading list
May 10, 2019

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Don’t thank me, thank Mr. Barry. I read this book first semester in my Utopian and Dystopian Literature class and it completely blew me out of the water. Mandel...

Kaja’s Top Five: Spring Break Essentials

Kaja's Top Five: Spring Break Essentials
Five items that will transform your beach vacation
March 11, 2019

1. GlowMotions glow oils by Sol de Janeiro In Brazil, glowing, highlighted skin is a year round obsession and a huge beauty secret. These glow oils fully capture the ultimate glow, highlight, and smooth...

Learning from the Outdoors

Learning from the Outdoors
October 3, 2018

“Alright guys, I need all the bolts taken out of these picnic tables. It shouldn’t take you that long!” I looked up at the source of this strange suggestion, our project sponsor at Afton State...

Students reminisce on global immersion trips to Cuba, Vietnam

October 16, 2017

From June 11- July 3, 2017, a group of Blake students traveled to the bustling city of Hanoi, the lively city of Saigon, and the peaceful and quiet rural areas of both sides of the country. Julia Abraham...

Summer, A Social Construct

5 Ways To Bring Summer Back To School
December 8, 2016

Show off those pale ashy legs with some timeless “Jorts” or classic Nike Athletic shorts. Shorts aren’t just for summer, and with Blake’s bipolar heating there is no reason not to take off...

Polyglots Unite

Michael Dejoras '17 and Jimmy Gruver '17 both went on the Cuba trip this past summer.
September 28, 2016

¡Hola! Hello! Bonjour! Hallo! Salam! I just greeted you in Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and Azerbaijani. Why? To emphasize the fact that learning a second, third, fourth, or even fifth language is...

Juggling leisure and work alters summer structure

Martinez-Sutton does just about nothing.
Louis and Matt share summer experiences, the cost of summer work against complete freedom
September 29, 2015

Matt: I essentially did nothing this summer. I had no job. Each day I would float between the country club and my house, with the occasional time with friends in between tennis lessons and rounds of golf....

Review: Culinary Tour of State Fair

Tom Thumb Donuts, a state fair classic.
Eva Berezovsky rates fried fair food
September 29, 2015

The State Fair may be the only week where Minnesotans gather in one setting, sharing warm smiles and even warmer cheese curds. Absolutely nothing compares to flavors at the Fair. It’s as if every past...

Review: Summer Festivals

Crowd gets excited for performers at the Basilica Block Party.
Something to look forward to as winter looms
September 29, 2015

Throughout summer break, students, at Blake and other schools, take part in many fun outdoor activities. Many students attended outdoor music festivals, a common topic of conversation during the warm summer...

Summer sports reads

Summer sports reads
Check out these great sports books for a summer of action, intrigue, and entertainment
May 28, 2015

Sports books are a great way to fulfill the necessity of a solid summer book. They come in both nonfiction and fiction form, and encompass an area as wide as the sports they cover. During long summer...

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