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Virus test conducted recently as Branson builds testing strategies

Virus test conducted recently as Branson builds testing strategies

By Shun Graves October 5, 2020

A voluntary COVID-19 test offered to the entire Branson community Aug. 29 produced no positive tests — and reflected the school’s growing COVID-19 plans, though still nascent, as it faces the prospect...

How Branson faculty and students are coping with the new schedule

How Branson faculty and students are coping with the new schedule

By Reese Dahlgren October 5, 2020

With the first three-week rotation of the new schedule wrapped up, Branson faculty and students have felt the impact of online school on their mental health and expressed mixed feelings about the distance...

High school admissions season presents new challenges, but creative solutions

High school admissions season presents new challenges, but creative solutions

By Finn Dossey October 5, 2020

It’s fall again, which means that it is time for admissions season. However, this year will look and feel very different.  When applying to Branson in the past, students had to complete many steps,...

90 minute block: Less focus, more screen time?

90 minute block: Less focus, more screen time?

By Patricia dePalma October 5, 2020

Branson established a new block schedule to safely navigate in-person and online school.  Compared to the 55- or 70-minute classes on a six-day rotation last year, the new schedule has three 90-minute...

‘We’ll get through this’: Branson institutes distance learning

‘We’ll get through this’: Branson institutes distance learning

By Shun Graves May 22, 2020

The Branson School, like high schools across the nation, has had to adjust its instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school’s distance-learning plan was the result of input from members...

Branson alters grading system for fourth quarter

Branson alters grading system for fourth quarter

By Shun Graves May 22, 2020

 The Student Experience Committee released a new grading policy in early April in response to the new distance learning reality. Given they are adequately engaged, Branson students' grades can no longer...

Potential school reopening in the fall

Potential school reopening in the fall

By Leighton McCamy-Miller May 22, 2020

Life at The Branson School would not be able to return to “normal” as we knew it until certain conditions are met. As the school year draws to a close, students and teachers are anxious to know what...

Man on a street: New athletic skills

Man on a street: New athletic skills

By Luke Tusher May 22, 2020

Alexander Getty:   Perhaps one of the most active Bulls during this quarantine is sophomore Alexander Getty. In the past three weeks Getty has developed the circuit he likes to call “Triple...

COVID-19’s impacts on the college process

COVID-19’s impacts on the college process

By Kaya Dierks May 22, 2020

Amid the myriad challenges brought on by COVID-19, one issue that has become increasingly central to the lives of college-bound Branson students are the changes the pandemic has brought to the college...

COVID-19: Man on the street

COVID-19: Man on the street

By Gigi Alioto-Pier and Stasia Winslow April 22, 2020

Through email, we contacted several members of the Branson community and asked them: How has COVID-19 altered your spring semester?  Strat Tolmie ‘21 I appreciate that we can still hold class...

Branson reacts to passage of Measure F

Branson reacts to passage of Measure F

By Shun Graves April 1, 2020

Branson celebrated the narrow-margin passage of its Measure F, which increases the maximum permissible enrollment of a Ross school to 420 students from 320. For Branson to gain any more students, however,...

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Dr. Cornel West and Mr. Bakari Kitwana speak to the Branson community for a Human Development Day

By Abby Keenley April 1, 2020

The highlight of Branson’s Human Development Day on Jan. 21 was hearing from Cornel West and Bakari Kitwana, which provided all students, faculty and audience with a unique and eye-opening perspective. They...

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