by Ergisa X '16

Teacher of the Month: Gretchen Schwarz

A page of Ms. Schwarz's artwork from her artist's book
A page of Ms. Schwarz’s artwork from her artist’s book

Where did you grow up?

My family moved around a lot, so I grew up in a couple of different places.  I was born in Pennsylvania.  I grew up in mostly small towns; Indiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. But for high school my family moved to a bigger city, to Milwaukee.

Was it a big transition from living in a small town, to living in a bigger city?

It was, I actually went through a major culture shock.  City kids are a lot more savvy, and they have a sense of maturity that rural kids don’t have, so it was a big change for me.  But I ended up liking Milwaukee a lot, and I realized I like bigger cities better than small towns.

What type of student were you in high school?

I was a good student.  I was quiet, I don’t think I participated a lot during discussions.  I preferred to develop ideas in my head, and I was a little shy.

When did you begin to discover that you had a love for art?

I was pretty young, I was maybe around ten or eleven years old when I realized I liked to draw.  And it was through regular school art classes that I decided that I liked it.  When my classmates came over and admired my drawings, or when my parents noticed that I was spending so much time with it, they put me in specialized art classes outside of school. And I went to art schools for both middle and high school.

When did you realize that you were an artist?

When I was in high school I realized that this was something I really wanted to do, and I knew I wanted to move to New York to go to art school.  The art world has been centered in New York for a long time, and the more I learned about artists and studied art history the more I wanted to come to New York.  I spent my entire senior year just daydreaming about what it would be like to live in New York and to go to art school.  I moved here after high school, and I went to the School of Visual Arts. 

by Ergisa X '16

Volunteers Host Successful 9th Grade Open House

Wednesday, October 8th was the day of the 9th grade open house at BSGE. Of course you already knew this, because it was undoubtedly marked in the planners of every BSGE student as the most important day of this month. There was a meeting after school in the library about the new organization of BSGE’s most talked about night of the year. Blank name tag stickers were handed out, and students screamed, “PASS THE SHARPIE” in the conference room as they eagerly scrawled things like “Ask me about softball!” on their name tags.
This year, college counselor Peter Wilson and parent coordinator Margaret Pasach were the ones who rallied up the volunteers, and gave them instructions for the event. The tags displayed the names of students, a feature of BSGE they were knowledgable about, and a second language which they kept hidden for moments like these when the world most needed their bilingual skills. Armed with brochures, name tags, and after-school snacks from the deli, the volunteers made their way to the cafeteria to get their room assignments. All the students excitedly rushed to sign their names in the same rooms as their friends, and soon they were walking up the stairs in groups. However, the Seniors, as BSGE royalty, had the prestigious job of welcoming hopeful BSGE applicants and their parents in the lobby. As Anthony Mendieta ’16 elegantly said “Quote this. I like how it sounds, ‘those walking out welcomed those walking in.’” LMS if you cried.
by Ergisa X '16

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Hernandez

When did you start teaching?
I started teaching in 2002.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was younger I really wanted to be a doctor.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Astoria, around Ditmars Blvd. Steinway Street area.

What hobbies do you have?
I like to play video games.

How old were you when you wanted to be a teacher?
I was about 24 years old.  I was working in Business, I wanted to do something to give back to society.  I was good at

by Ergisa X '16 by Hanako M '16

Teachers and Stress

The culture and expectations at BSGE cause both teachers and students to have stressful lifestyles.  In this type of environment, it is important for people to have good ways to deal with stress. We are very familiar with how students deal with stress but how do teachers at BSGE deal with it?
While teaching numerous classes, drawing up lesson plans, meeting deadlines, attending meetings numerous meetings, all while trying to have a life outside of school, stress tends to build up. However, teachers have their own special ways of releasing this tension and stress.  Ms. Jackson, the yoga and health teacher, enjoys, “A bit of yoga,” to release her tension.
Ms. Jackson seems like one of the coolest, most relaxed teachers in our school and this is because she has her own tricks to keep the classroom relatively stress free. Some of these tricks include keeping the yoga

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,