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by Ergisa X '16 by Hanako M '16 by Izzy L '16 by Rakia I '16 by Winnie S '16 by Zoe P '16

New Bees Are Adjusting Well

This year’s seventh graders really seem to love BSGE so far.  The new students came to BSGE looking for a better education and they seem to have found it.  They really like their new teachers and the style of learning at their new school.  7th grader, Luca Cognata explained, “We do a lot more interactive things in this school than in my old school.”
Although the students are happy at their new school, many find it difficult here.  The new kids find the level of work here as well as the classes challenging.  7th grader, Luis Silva complains, “70 minute periods are long and boring and I lose concentration.”  Some also complained about the amount of homework they have received so far.  BSGE students, especially in middle school, do far more homework than their peers at other schools.  One student complained, “The worst thing about this school so far is that the homework takes forever to do.”  Some students, however, find value in the obstacles.  7th grader, Brianna Kennedy believes that even though it is difficult, the difficult work is “bringing me a step closer to what is expected of me in high school.”
This is also the first year many students are learning a foreign language.  Students definitely are excited about learning Spanish, the only language offered to this group of students, however, students wish they had more choices.
On the social side of their transition, the new 7th graders hated saying goodbye to all of their best friends, who were heading off to different schools, but they loved making new friends with all the kids in BSGE.  One unique experience for the kids at BSGE is their interaction with students who are much older than they are and the interaction, though intimidating at first, has been mostly positive.  Luis Silva explains, “The older kids talk to me and they are very nice to me.”  Luca Cognata goes further when he exclaims, “They treat me like a king!”

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