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The Blazer

Branson’s student-run newspaper
Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer


Max Gutierrez jumps during the 2021 trip to Courtright Reservoir. Outdoor education will expand to sophomore orientations in 2022. (Courtesy of Max Gutierrez)

Get hiked! Outdoor education set to expand

By Cooper Tenney December 8, 2021
In a new addition to orientation, all rising sophomores will take a backpacking trip starting next summer.
Students take the American Mathematics Competition test at Branson on Nov. 10, 2021. The examination marked the first on-campus AMC since the pandemic began.

Math test returns to campus as students take on challenge

By Gigi Hohenrieder December 4, 2021
November’s AMC test pushed students to problem-solve — and aim higher.
Nathalio Gray stands on the library porch this fall. Starting this year, he has the title of assistant head of school. (Natalie Wendt, Lena Sugrue)

Gray named assistant head of school in new administrative role

By Cameron Aryanpour November 15, 2021
He continues his decades-long Branson career with a new title starting this school year.

Senate plans November dance, Branson’s 1st in nearly 2 years

By Herschel Pell November 3, 2021
All students can attend the on-campus Barnyard Bash, set for Nov. 6.
Eighth grade students gather in front of the library to start their campus tour.

Admissions program keeps adjusting in 2nd pandemic year

By Cooper Tenney November 2, 2021
Hybrid events and no standardized tests define this year’s admissions season.

Pandemic rules loosened, could further relax in new school year

By Ryder Lariviere October 13, 2021
Rules don’t require masks outdoors anymore and no longer involve cohorts, distancing.
Seniors take a class in the Writing Center in September. The Immersive program, new for the 2021-22 school year, will replace senior capstone projects.

Capstone replacement requires all students to participate

By Shun Graves October 7, 2021
Immersive courses, instead of capstone projects, will take place during the last two weeks of the 2021-22 school year.

1st convocation since 2019 heralds start of school year

By Cameron Aryanpour October 4, 2021
The school year begins with music and speeches at convocation.
Senior Connor Williams kicks a football through the new field goal during assembly. The new schedule includes assembly twice a week.

Branson introduces new academic schedule

By Reese Dahlgren September 26, 2021
The new schedule gives students more options as the pandemic subsides.
A SMART train passes a Marin Transit bus at the San Rafael Transit Center on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Transit ridership in flux as pandemic restrictions ease

By Shun Graves July 13, 2021
Golden Gate Transit says ridership won’t return to pre-pandemic levels this year, if ever.

School officials seek drought priority

By Shun Graves June 3, 2021
Branson takes steps to address a historic drought, but some at the school say it needs to do more.

Students get vaccinated

By Ryder Lariviere June 3, 2021
Younger students at Branson take advantage of expanded eligibility for COVID-19 inoculations.
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