If you’ve walked past the art room lately you may have noticed something different. Maybe that it’s full of frantic 11th and 12th graders who are painting, ripping cloth, and carving out clay. The students do not normally work like this but the annual IB Art show is coming up and forcing students to finish and touch up their art projects to be ready to be presented to the BSGE community. The work will be on display from the April 8-14th in the library. During that time, students will have their work evaluated official IB examiners who will ask the students to discuss their work. The students have been prepared by their teachers, Mr. Steele and Mr. McGuire. All the works of art will be displayed but it’s not all fun and games. The art displayed is part of the IB exam and students need good marks to receive the IB diploma. Jokingly, Mr. McGuire says he has motivated his students with threats of capital punishment and prepared them with a lack of sleep. The whole show should be a Picasso worthy success that the BSGE community can be proud of.
The Story of the early days of BSGE
BSGE has come a long way from its modest beginnings in the basement of Robert F Wagner High School. When starting out we were a small student body of only two grades, 7th and 9th, and worked in a rented space with uninhabitable facilities and working areas.After advancing to our current building, we now have advanced to the school we love today with over 400 students, our own school building, 6 grades and excellent curriculum.
A lot of effort is needed to build and stabilize a school. According to BSGE teachers who have been here since the beginning, one of the most important things in this school, which was also the hardest to advance with as the school grew, was the IB program. The IB program is one of the main things that makes our school one of the
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,