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Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

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Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer


Branson students collaborate
on investment strategies for the Wharton Competition. Gathered outdoors, they concentrate on a laptop screen, analyzing their data.

Branson enters five teams into Wharton investment challenge

By Henry Raz and Melody Farhid December 12, 2023

For the first time in school history, Branson will be entering the Wharton Investment Competition with five teams of seven students led by David Hanson. The Wharton Investment Competition is a prestigious...

Doordash offers new after-school food alternative

By Jase Butler December 12, 2023

Branson has introduced a new way for students to enjoy food delivery meals on campus after 4 p.m.  The new food-delivery rule means that after regular school hours, students can order food to campus....

Best Buddies event unifies schools through soccer

By Ella Rubenstein and Hudson Blechman December 12, 2023

The Best Buddies Unified Soccer event, after being postponed for two years, made its return this year on Oct. 29.  While the usual Wednesdays with Best Buddies include a short period of lunch and conversation,...

A 9th Human Development section taught by Arthur Lee. Lee began teaching at Branson at the start of the 2023-2024 school year.

Branson boasts new self-esteem team: Talented trio heading wellness center

By Saylor Mullarkey November 14, 2023

If you noticed some new buzz in Richardson Hall this year, you weren’t alone — and that’s exactly how the new members of Branson’s human development department want students to feel.  “Everyone...

Enrique Dominguez 24 works diligently on an assignment. He is more focused on learning rather than a transactional eduction.

ChatGPT: “Relatively modest” applications in classrooms

By Wilson Wendt November 11, 2023

Since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, roughly 17 students have been caught using the AI tool on Branson assignments; however, there have been no ChatGPT-related honor board cases so far this year.  Some...

JuanCarolos Arauz in the DEI office. Arauz has spearheaded Bransons DEI mission since 2019

DEI leadership sees notable additions

By Finley Keeffe November 11, 2023

Since the hiring of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director, JuanCarlos Arauz, four years ago, Branson has been actively striving to increase the diversity among its faculty and student body and...

Ali Evans (left) Sophia Duran (center), and Elsie Dedyo (right) sing during Convocation. Convocation is an annual Branson tradition to kick off each year with celebration.

Convocation 2023: Celebration, reflection, and community

By Sadie Winter and Sadie Saavedra November 11, 2023

Every year at Convocation, the entire Branson community comes together to celebrate the seniors and set the tone for the school year. It’s a joyous occasion, with performances from Jazz Band and Rock...

Owen Xu 25 solves a math problem in Bransons Linear Algebra course. The class has transitioned to the new problem-based curriculum under the leadership of Gayatri Ramesh, the Chair of the Math Department.

Teachers reimagine student-led math curriculum

By Josie Hohenrieder, Managing Editor November 11, 2023

The math classrooms at Branson are transforming as a group of teachers implement a new problems-based curriculum to several of the classes, specifically Algebra II Honors, Geometry Honors and Linear Algebra.  Teachers...

Students empty their compost scraps into new sorting bins in front of the commons. The compost sorting system was implemented at the beginning of the 2023-24 school year.

Green strides: Branson’s new compost-based waste program

By Alexa Warrin October 25, 2023

The Environmental Action Committee, in line with its efforts to promote an eco-friendly Branson and at the urging of Marin County, has developed and implemented a new waste management system. The digestion...

Photographers take photos of fall sports during the 2023 athletics media day. Girls volleyball, tennis and golf teams, as well as the boys football team, had their pictures taken.

Field to photo: Fall media day at Branson

By Hannah Hodges October 2, 2023

One by one, uniformed Branson athletes posed for the camera as the claps and hollers from their teammates filled up the gym. Branson held its first-ever media day for the fall sports teams on Wednesday,...

The former student lounge area by the commons on March 15, 2023. The school intends to bring back the student lounge in spring 2023.

Commons’ student lounge to return with gusto

By Cooper Tenney March 15, 2023
New furniture and perks will fill the now-dormant room beside the commons.
Malik Ali looks over a sophomore history class in February 2023. Another Ali class, History of Hip-Hop, will become a cross-registered course.

English, history to blend in new ‘cross-registered’ classes

By Shun Graves February 13, 2023
Starting this fall, students can choose whether to credit such classes under English or history.
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