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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


Students gather around the Snack Shack in January 2022. The campus store reopened after a pandemic hiatus.

New snacks greet students at Snack Shack reopening

By Josie Hohenrieder January 29, 2022
After its pandemic closure, the campus store once again sells food and beverages.
Head of School Chris Mazzola holds a flyer for a November meeting with residents. The school has continued its neighborhood outreach efforts as it seeks to boost its enrollment.

Live updates: Council meeting doesn’t result in growth decision

By Shun Graves January 13, 2022
In a marathon session that extended to midnight, the Ross Town Council decided that it needs more time to decide on an enrollment increase.
Chris Mazzola, Branson’s head of school, said the school will work with the town on revised rules on athletic events. Discussions around those rules, and other details, continue as Branson seeks to increase its enrollment by 100 students.

Hurdles revealed in enrollment increase project as town review continues

By Shun Graves December 10, 2021
Ross Mayor Elizabeth Robbins says the Town Council will likely consider the school’s growth application in January. But emails show the complications, and progress, the project has experienced.
The Snack Shack on Dec. 9, 2021. The store will reopen in January after a pandemic hiatus.

Return of the Snack Shack: 10 things you should know

By Shun Graves December 10, 2021
After a pandemic hiatus, the popular student store will reopen in January. Find the details here.
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 in fall 2021. Starting that year, he has the title of assistant head of school. (File: 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.
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