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by Alice A '18

Tiny Humans’ Views on BSGE’s 7th Grade Entry Exam

On Saturday, January 31, hordes upon hordes of prospective seventh graders flooded into BSGE in order to take the admissions exam that could perhaps be the first step into their acceptance in the Baccalaureate School for Global Education. The test, which consisted of a verbal and a math section, received mixed reviews from the students who nervously took it.

The children taking the test came from a mixed background of public, private and parochial schools. The children felt that the different schools they came from put them at either an advantage or a disadvantage for the test. Some students, such as a 6th grader named Kevin, from a public school, said that “The majority of the test was taught in school.” This made the test easier for him, saying, “The test was fifty-fifty, meaning that… some of it was hard but some of it was not. The hardest parts were in the ELA when I had to answer questions about grammar and also I didn’t understand some of the math formulas.” Other children felt that the test was very difficult because the content was not taught in a private school. A student from a yeshiva said that, “For some of the questions, I did not know how to go about the questions as I didn’t learn them before and had to resort to process of elimination and guessing.”

Interestingly enough, despite BSGE’s high standing on almost every high school ranking list, BSGE is not the first choice of many students. It has come to the point where students have been signing up for the exam and simply not actually coming on the day of the test. This happened on quite a few occasions and the reasoning behind the students’ “ditching” was that they would rather go to Hunter High School, a well regarded, well

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by Alice A '18

3 Weeks At A Specialized High School: From BSGE to Stuyvesant and Back

I would be a fool to say that Stuyvesant High School is awful and terrible and disgusting. For those of you who plan on taking the SHSAT, it’s a good idea to take it. It’s a personal decision. Put Stuy as your first choice. Get some options. Drive yourself nuts over those options. But I went to Stuyvesant and I returned and have reasons, of course, so I’m going to offer an inside look into that huge building that is dubbed the ‘best high school in NYC.’ I am somewhat qualified to write, because I spent three weeks learning within its walls.

Stuyvesant has an amazing building and location, and an avalanche of different courses, clubs and sports. I was promised these things upon entering and to be honest, I was in no way disappointed. In the first week I encountered flyers on the escalator, the steps on the bridge and the door of my history classroom that advertised Model UN, Speech, Congress and Debate and a really cool Red Cross meeting in the library that I never really got to go to, along with a million more

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by Alice A '18

The Great MoMathalon

momath1On March 7th, five BSGE students from the Middle School Math Club participated in the Queens MoMathalon for the second time. The last time BSGE participated in this competition was in 2012, during which BSGE earned 5th place for group competition. BSGE did not compete in last year’s competition due to lack of preparation. However, this year, the BSGE Middle School Math Club has met every Thursday after eighth period. To decide who would be chosen to compete at the Queens MoMathalon, the Club organized small Math Olympiad competitions along with the AMC-8 and NYS Math League competitions during meetings. Based on students’ scores, five Math Club members were chosen to compete at Queens College for the MoMathalon. The five competitors were two seventh graders, Annie Zhang and Grace Choi , and three eighth graders, Arpita Nag, Nibras Islam and Alice Aronov.

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by Alice A '18

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters: Book vs Movie

For those who watched The Sea of Monsters this past August, they can be sure to remember the angry whispers that surfaced once credits rolled in. Most of these angry whispers came from those decent audience members who actually read the writings of the great Rick Riordan. Okay, maybe I was the only one hollering my head off… But what can be expected?

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by Alice A '18 by Samantha V '18

The Case of Avonte Oquendo

Avonte Oquendo is an autistic boy that was lost in Long Island City on October 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm after he left the Riverside School he attended. Avonte can not speak and is 14 years old, 5’ 3” tall and weighs 125 lbs. When last seen, Avonte was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers.
Avonte Oquendo has autism, which is an overlapping term for many disorders that result in abnormal brain functions, poor dexterity and other problems relating to mental and physical health. Tens of millions of children are diagnosed with autism. Autism shows mainly at two to three years old with the child’s slow developing rate. Research shows that

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by Alice A '18

October Lunch Price Changes

On September 30th the school lunch price for students who qualify of full price lunch increased by 25 cents from $1.50 while reduced-price lunch decreased to free from the previous 25 cents. Now, families with an average income greater than $43,568 for a family of four must pay $1.75 for lunch. The lunch price increase was set in order to account for the increasing portion size of the food as well as raised labor prices for serving the food and other expenses. According to a letter written by

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by Alice A '18

7th Grades go to Noguchi Museum and Socrates Park

Noguchi On May 3, Stream 7-2 went to the Socrates Sculpture Park and the Noguchi Museum as part of their Creative Writing elective. In class, students were taught how to make sculptures with various media including clay, wire, construction paper, among others, to connect to their personal narratives that the students wrote in class. The group made its way to Long Island City to view the exhibitions accompanied by Peter Wilson and Ms. Kumar before it became open to the public. At the museum, the class met with its sculpting instructor, Jory, who is a resident artist at the Socrates Sculpture Park. The class was given a tour lead by a tour guide.

The seventh graders were shown pieces of art in the museum in a way that was more liberated than