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David Graham '85David Graham '85 teaches social studies and serves as a co-advisor to Model UN at Blake. When his family is not trying to figure out what their two dogs are thinking, you might catch him daydreaming about Grand Marais' World's Best Donuts. Read more about David in the latest edition of Bear Pause.

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Alumni Spotlight

Katharine Woodman-Maynard '04Katharine Woodman-Maynard '04 first fell in love with "The Great Gatsby" as a sophomore in Mike Bazzett's English class. "I love Fitzgerald's gorgeous visual descriptions, and that's certainly one of the main reasons I've returned to 'The Great Gatsby' again and again since I first read it in high school," she says. It's also what made 'Gatsby' an inspired choice for Katharine's debut graphic novel, which comes out in January 2021 by Candlewick Press. In her graphic adaptation, Katharine captures the distinctive mood of the Jazz Age with illustrations that take readers into the mansions of West Egg and East Egg and around the bustling New York City while meticulously expressing the emotions — from exuberance to despair — of the people who inhabit the world of "The Great Gatsby." On her website Katharine shares more about her process of adapting this novel — and the challenges that came with it — and how she works in watercolor. "The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation" comes out in January and is now available for pre-order. Follow Katharine on social media @WoodmanMaynard.

This spring, Decker '75 and Bonnie Velie established the Decker Real Estate Foundation to help Twin Cities residents and businesses impacted by the pandemic as well as those affected by destruction from civil unrest. The organization makes payments directly to landlords, mortgage lenders and other entities on behalf of the individuals or businesses receiving assistance. The Velies were featured in the July/August issue of the Minnesota Realtor (page 10).

Reuters correspondent Michelle Conlin '85, along with a team of her fellow reporters, was named a 2020 Deadline Club Awards finalist for their investigation of how U.S. courts cover up deadly secrets. Read their report "Hidden Injustice." The Daniel Pearl Prize for Investigative Reporting will be announced in September.

Addison Anderson '19 earned the Helen Rudd Arnold Prize from the Knox College modern languages department at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. The prize is awarded to the student majoring in French who has the highest overall grade point average and is ranked in the top 30 percent of the class.

Ali Fine '20 was named the Hy Truman/Rae Kleinbaum Memorial Award winner by the Mercury Club, which each year selects the most outstanding Jewish female and male senior high school athletes in Minnesota to receive an award. Now a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Ali earned an athletic scholarship to play soccer for the Badgers. Ali served as Blake's soccer captain in 2019 and was an All-State player in both 2018 and 2019.

Today at Blake

From the Head of School: Blake's Return to School Plans

Students walking on sidewalk

Anne Stavney provides context for Blake's Hybrid Teaching and Learning Plan (HTLP) to start the school year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. HTLP balances our school's strong preference for in-person teaching and learning with our equally strong commitment to the health and safety of our students and employees. This model ensures academic quality, supports student social and emotional well being and mitigates health risks. Families who wish to remain off campus during HTLP may opt for a remote attendance option, where students live-stream classes via cameras, laptops and other technology. Read Dr. Stavney's full letter.

Notes and Reminders

Event Postponed — Breakfast at Blake: Head of School Edition

The Breakfast at Blake Head of School edition scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10 is postponed until later this school year. This rescheduling will allow our administrative team to focus on a safe and thoughtful launch to our hybrid and remote learning options in the fall. It also allows for the opportunity to look back at lessons learned in an independent school setting during a pandemic and an election year.

Reunion & Homecoming 2020 Virtual Events

With uncertainty around COVID-19, we have decided to postpone most reunion and homecoming activities to fall 2021. Virtual events will still be offered, including the Take on Blake, during which Maggie Bowman and Jim Spector, Upper School social studies and studio art teachers, will share how they conducted their classes remotely and adjusted their curriculum during the pandemic (see Alumni Events Fall Preview for more details and RSVP here). Breakfast at Blake's Reunion Edition with Young Alumnus of the Year Rolf Haas '04 will also be held virtually. For more information, please click here.

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