• Construction Continues on Blair’s CIC

    Posted March 9, 2017

    Visitors to Blair’s campus will notice the new Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC) taking shape as they drive up the front hill. Though the exterior walls are quickly being raised, passersby can see that the interior framework is in place, most notably the rounded second-story floor overlooking the collaboration forum.

  • James Moore Examines the Life & Times of Caravaggio at Skeptics

    Posted March 8, 2017

    Art history will be the focus of the Society of Skeptics when attorney and art critic James Moore joins the Blair community on March 28. In a presentation titled “Great Art: Cardsharps, Saints, Beheadings and Murder,” Mr. Moore will present an introduction to the life and times of Caravaggio, the Italian painter (1571-1610) who produced many now-famous biblical masterpieces while leading a tumultuous life punctuated by murder and brawls.

  • Cultural Exploration & Athletic Training Highlight Spring Break Trips

    Posted March 3, 2017
    Language teacher Joyce Lang toured Cuba in summer 2016 with the World Leadership School.

    Blair’s spring break begins on March 9, and students and faculty will travel near and far during the much-anticipated hiatus from classes. Many will return home to enjoy time with their families; spring athletes and coaches will spend part of the break training in warm-weather destinations; and Blair groups will embark on unique excursions to Cuba and Kenya. Read on for a preview of travel plans.

  • New Faculty Groups Seek to Strengthen School Community

    Posted March 2, 2017

    The forging of meaningful relationships among faculty and students is a time-honored hallmark of the Blair experience. This year, faculty members are working to further enrich relationship-based learning at the School through the efforts of two groups, which were formed to explore the makeup of life at Blair and determine ways in which faculty and students can gain deeper understanding of one another.

  • Retired Army Officer Examines Trump Foreign Policy at Skeptics

    Posted February 23, 2017
    Photo by Lydia Richardson '20

    On February 28, the Society of Skeptics welcomed retired Army Maj. Jason C. Howk for his second presentation of the 2016-2017 academic year: “The Trump Doctrine: Foreign Policy Under the New Administration.”

  • Computer Science Electives: 'Really Cool' Coding & Computational Thinking

    Posted February 21, 2017

    More than 20 students are exploring the art and science of computer programming in “Introduction to Programming” and “Software Design,” two electives launched at Blair this year. Led by computer science teacher Michael Garrant, an electrical and software engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience in business and industry, both courses familiarize students with coding concepts and give them experience solving problems through “computational thinking,” a skill Mr. Garrant sees as essential in the modern workplace.

  • Analytical Chemistry: Complex Science with Practical Applications

    Posted February 16, 2017

    How much calcium is actually present in a calcium supplement? What kind of food coloring is in powdered drink mix? What pigments make spinach green and how much is contained in a single leaf? These are some of the questions 15 juniors and seniors have addressed in analytical chemistry, a new yearlong science elective developed and taught by science teacher Aly Dowey.

  • Debate Team Achieves Success at Harvard National Forensics Tournament

    Posted February 14, 2017

    Six Blair debate team members competed in the 43rd annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious high school debate tournaments. From February 17 to 20, Blair’s speakers and debaters tested their oratory skills in a variety of categories against students from all over the country, and it was an opportunity that debate team coach, English and theatre teacher Micki Kaplan McMillan, was thrilled for the team to experience.

  • Blair Academy Players Present ‘In the Heights’

    Posted February 10, 2017

    New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood was the backdrop for the Blair Academy Players’ production of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. The show centered around the hopes, dreams, traditions and music of the neighborhood’s close-knit residents and tells the universal story of a vibrant American community facing challenges and changes.

  • Civil War Authority Glenn LeBoeuf Presents at Skeptics

    Posted February 9, 2017

    The Society of Skeptics welcomed author and speaker Glenn LeBoeuf on February 14 for a pre-President’s Day discussion of “The Making of an Abolitionist: Abraham Lincoln's Evolving Views on Slavery.” A passionate student of history and former social studies teacher in New Providence, New Jersey, Mr. LeBoeuf shared insights on Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States and issuer of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Trio of Trips Took Place over Winter Long Weekend

    Posted January 30, 2017

    Blair’s annual winter long weekend gave students and faculty a much-appreciated break from the busy academic-year schedule.

  • “Girls Who Code:” Cybersecurity Specialist Speaks at Skeptics

    Posted January 26, 2017

    Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology-related careers. On January 31, the organization’s director of education, Emily Reid, visited the Society of Skeptics to talk about how Girls Who Code is inspiring and equipping high school girls to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

  • Combinatorics: College-Level Math & Creative Problem-Solving

    Posted January 26, 2017

    Combinatorics is an advanced mathematics topic that students typically do not encounter until they reach college, but this year, Blair is offering the class for students who wish to continue studying math beyond the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum. The course was developed by math teacher Benjamin Delwiche, who holds a BA in mathematics and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Boston College, and it introduces students to abstract and applied mathematics through strong emphasis on creative problem-solving techniques, and collaborative learning.

  • Blair Delegates Participate in Columbia Model UN

    Posted January 20, 2017

    Seventeen Blair students traveled to New York City in mid-January to take part in the three-day Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE) held at Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus. The premier crisis-simulation conference attracted students from nearly 60 high schools worldwide, and participants gained experience in debating and solving real-world international issues in fast-paced, crisis committee settings.

  • Community Celebrates International Weekend

    Posted January 18, 2017

    Blair’s cultural diversity was on full display over the weekend, as members of the community celebrated their nationalities and ethnicities at the School’s annual International Weekend January 14 and 15.

  • Blair Observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    By Caroline Devlin ’17
    Posted January 17, 2017

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national event held on the third Monday of January that celebrates the life of one of the most important Civil Rights advocates in American history. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergyman and activist dedicated to progressing civil rights through nonviolence. Dr. King is best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he called for action and painted a picture of his hope for a better future.

  • Doug Bandow Discusses ‘Presidential Politics’ at January 24 Skeptics

    Posted January 12, 2017
    Photo by Andrew Brooks '19

    The Blair community looked ahead to the major policy and political challenges facing President Donald Trump when foreign policy and civil liberties expert Doug Bandow addressed the Society of Skeptics on January 24.

  • College Counseling Hosts Junior Parents’ Day

    Posted January 12, 2017

    Blair’s college counseling office hosted its annual Junior Parents’ Day on Saturday, January 21, offering parents of the class of 2018 the opportunity to learn about the college admission process. After introductory remarks by Head of School Chris Fortunato, Matt Malatesta, vice president for admissions, financial aid and enrollment at Union College in Schenectady, New York, addressed parents on the topic of selective college admission.

  • What’s Happening in the Maker Space?

    Posted January 6, 2017
    Blair's winter robotics team

    Blair “makers” are taking advantage of after-school hours in the School’s Park Street maker space this year to test their ingenuity and creativity with a variety of hands-on projects. Mathematics teacher Jay Gnanadoss, who oversees after-school maker space activities, and computer science teacher Michael Garrant, who advises Blair’s robotics team, are enthusiastic about students’ accomplishments thus far and anticipate more intriguing project work throughout the winter.

  • Steel Installed for Blair’s CIC

    Posted December 14, 2016

    While Blair students and faculty enjoyed the opportunity to relax and recharge over winter break, progress on the construction of Blair’s Center for Innovation & Collaboration (CIC) forged ahead.

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