by Daniel S '20 by David M '20

BSGE’s Night Out in Flushing

For the second consecutive year, BSGE students, parents, and faculty purchased tickets to see the Mets at Citi Field on Friday, May 20th. For every $25 spent on a ticket, the school made $5. 85 members of the BSGE family sat together in a block of seats at the baseball game, and although it was a smaller turnout than last year, the school successfully raised $425. Although it was a chilly day, May 20th was an exciting game. The Milwaukee Brewers scored first, but the Mets ultimately won 3-2. Everyone in attendance also took home a free shirt from Citi Field.

by Daniel S '20 by David M '20

5 Hot TV Shows

Watching Cable TV is becoming less and less common with Netflix’s and Hulu’s increasing popularity among the younger generation. With YouTube videos such as vlogs and “Let’s Play”s, as well as Facebook videos gaining a wider audience, the TV industry is at risk. With all this competition, TV shows are easier than ever to watch on every device. We wanted to know which TV shows are most watched among middle schoolers at BSGE. Here, we’ve highlighted several of the shows voted most popular in our survey.  

Rick and Morty is an animated show that follows the adventures of a scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty. The show started as a Back to The Future parody and evolved into its own full fledged show. The show has had two seasons with a third season in the works for late 2016. The show has met with critical acclaim for its witty humor and tackling some very dark themes in a lighthearted way. Lars Smeland ’20 said, “Rick and Morty is a great show that I would recommend to people who like Doctor Who and Back to the Future. The art is very simplistic and the show has a colorful supporting cast.

by Daniel S '20 by Maya G '20

What’s Up With the New Grading Policy?

On the first day of school, there are many things on the mind of a student, like seeing their friends after a long time, and meeting their new teachers. One thing no one expected to hear was that last year’s open grading policy everyone was used to was overhauled into a uniform policy. While in the past, teachers were allowed to set their own weightings for grade breakdowns, now every teacher must use a 60%, 30%, 10% policy. Minor assignments like homework and quizzes are now worth 30% of the grade, and class participation is only worth 10%. Tests and major assessments remain a significant portion of the final grade at 60%.

Several teachers and students told us what they about the radical change. “I would say not to worry. I feel like the types of assessments that teachers are giving aren’t going to change that much,” Mr. Anderson said. “All it has done is just publicize what the grading policy is going to be, for everybody in the school, so we could have more uniformity… I think a lot of the grades are pretty much going to be around the same.” Several other teachers seemed to say things along these lines. “I’m not going to put any different emphasis on assignments. It simply means that I will have to keep a little bit closer track of certain assignments, so that I can include them in the grade,” explained Shantanu Saha. Another teacher agreed. “I don’t think it will change it too much. In the past, homework probably accounted for somewhat more in my class then it will now, but I think students that do all the homework and get good grades on homework will get good grades on major assignments.” A third, anonymous teacher also said something along these lines. “This has been my grading policy for a long time. I’m also glad that it’s a universal grading policy as opposed to confusing the heck out of the kids.” Several seventh graders, to whom this had not been a change, said they felt it was fair. “I think it makes it easier for everything to be more uniform and not mixed up,” said one seventh grader. “I don’t think I really care,” claimed another from 7-4, and his friend agreed. “It was the same thing at my old school, so it’s not really a big change.”

by Daniel S '20 by Murtaza A '20

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Laskowski

Mr. Laskowski wearing an Iron Man mask even though he says his favorite comic book character is The Hulk
Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Buffalo, NY which is about 20 min. from Niagara Falls.

What were you like as a kid?  What did you like to do?

I liked playing sports, I went outside and played every day. I also loved playing video games on the weekend.

When did you develop your love for science?

My 12th grade teacher was really inspiring but he was very passionate about physics and it showed in his work. He also looked like Albert Einstein, his hair was really frizzy, and I think he purposely styled it that way.