Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

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

Shun Graves

Shun Graves, Editor-in-Chief

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‘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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