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The Blazer

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Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Shun Graves

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The Ross Town Council meeting approaches midnight in its discussion about the enrollment increase, Jan. 13, 2022.

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

3 days ago

The Ross Town Council meeting approaches midnight in its discussion about the enrollment increase, Jan. 13, 2022.

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

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

December 10, 2021
After a pandemic hiatus, the popular student store will reopen in January. Find the details here.
A scene from the fifth set against Mitty, Nov. 10, 2021.

[Photo] Live updates: Heartbreaker ends Branson volleyball’s historic run

November 10, 2021

A scene from the fifth set against Mitty, Nov. 10, 2021.

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

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

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

School officials seek drought priority

June 3, 2021
Branson takes steps to address a historic drought, but some at the school say it needs to do more.
Questions remain after Branson applies for enrollment increase

Questions remain after Branson applies for enrollment increase

May 8, 2021

In a culmination of a year of preparation after the passage of Measure F, Branson submitted its plan to increase enrollment by a hundred students to the Town of Ross in March, and has since worked with the town on various aspects of the application. The decision on whether to amend the school’s...

Despite pandemic, lunch remains Branson specialty

Despite pandemic, lunch remains Branson specialty

February 23, 2021

They line the buffet, dozens deep, and never fail to appear every school day. Crowded and anxious, they await their daily midday meal. But these Branson denizens cast into the Commons not a din of chatter but a pall of silence. These green, plastic lunch boxes and the space they temporarily inhabit...

Chapter of food-donation program grows swiftly

Chapter of food-donation program grows swiftly

February 23, 2021

A group of Branson students established a chapter of a food-donation program in January, partnering with a San Rafael organization and the school community to alleviate food insecurity in Marin. For Doorstep Donations, the student-led, New York-based nonprofit, the chapter represents another step...

Transportation plans modified in wake of virus

Transportation plans modified in wake of virus

December 1, 2020

Branson administrators modified the school’s transportation plan, increasing reliance on smaller-occupancy vehicles and initiating an e-bike program as the coronavirus pandemic wears on. Though the school has seesawed between on-campus instruction and distance learning this fall, the school’s...

Virus test conducted recently as Branson builds testing strategies

Virus test conducted recently as Branson builds testing strategies

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 of a return to campus. Emily Easom, Branson’s COVID coordinator, said approximately 165 people...

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

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

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 of the Student Experience Committee, and online learning started on Wednesday, March 18. With...

Branson alters grading system for fourth quarter

Branson alters grading system for fourth quarter

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 decline from their third-quarter ones. The plan for student evaluation places emphasis on completion...

Branson reacts to passage of Measure F

Branson reacts to passage of Measure F

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, it still must apply for a Use Permit by the Town Council. Meanwhile, teachers and students lauded...

Spring Play: ‘It’s mainly just supposed to be funny’

February 27, 2020

Branson theater students continue to prepare for “Not By Bed Alone,” a French comedy and the school’s spring play. Actors have been investing several hours weekly for nearly a month for the March performance. “We started rehearsals a few weeks ago, so we have been rehearsing twice a week...

A ‘final pass’: T-shirts honor Wiggins

A ‘final pass’: T-shirts honor Wiggins

December 17, 2019

Sales continue to increase for a shirt quickly becoming a symbol of Branson’s community doing what it can to honor Kwentyn Wiggins — one of its own who died this summer. Wiggins, a rising senior who died in a car accident, was special to the community, wrote basketball teammate and classmate Peyton...

Community spotlight: Bay Area power outages

Community spotlight: Bay Area power outages

November 14, 2019

Public safety power shutoffs proliferated across Marin County starting late Oct. 26, forcing Branson to close for three days. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. shut off power across much of Northern California, attempting to prevent fires in the region. At the shutoff’s peak, 99 percent of Marin lost power...

Branson officials: Measure to permit ‘financial stability’

Branson officials: Measure to permit ‘financial stability’

November 14, 2019

Branson officials say that a March ballot measure to allow consideration of a 100-student increase is the only viable way to stabilize Branson’s financial situation. Many current classes and programs are substantially under capacity, they said. Officials also say that the enrollment increase will...

Branson seeks enrollment increase consideration, first in years

Branson seeks enrollment increase consideration, first in years

November 14, 2019

Capped at 320 students for decades, Branson now seeks to increase its permitted enrollment, first through a March ballot measure aimed at Ross voters. The measure, if passed, will only give the town council the power to allow an enrollment increase of up to 100 students; it does not immediately permit...

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