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by Maria R '18

What is Common Core?

Common Core is a set of new, more challenging standards that the United States Governors and Education Commissioners have designed in order to keep the nation’s education standards more uniform. 43 states have voluntarily accepted the Common Core system in their schools. So which grades are adapting to Common Core? The new standards apply only to those who are graduating in 2018 and after. The current ninth graders (Class of 2018) do, however, get to take two Regents due to the complications involved when implementing a new system.

“I think they’re too common, they should be rarer,” said Diego Chica ’18. Most students and teachers are apprehensive about these new standards because there is so much that we don’t know about them. Although the standards are more complicated they are in place to enhance the learning of students across the United States. The goal is to help better prepare students for college and life outside of school. Lots of effort went into developing the new curriculum, implementing ideas from some of the best performing countries, including what topics should be covered for what grade level, and what way these topics can be taught so they are most coherent. Surveys and and scholarly research were done in efforts to find the best way of educating America’s youth.

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by Maria R '18

Students’ Opinions: What to Change About BSGE

It’s no secret that BSGE has its flaws, like all good schools do. Many BSGE students wished that we had a gym, auditorium and generally more space, feeling that our school now is too cramped and lacks many fundamental resources. They wished BSGE had more funding so students could host more events such as parties or field trips.

“More money towards the school would be really great, for it would not only allow us to pay for necessities, but would also give BSGE the chance to give back to its student body,” said Max-Musashi Fischman ’15. He continued,  “Softball could get better equipment, seniors could receive help in paying for prom, and students could have more field trips to create a stronger tie to what they’re learning.”

Source: Maya Juman '16
Source: Maya Juman ’16

Another student, Samuel Brown ’18 explained, “I feel like even though trips are not a priority being that this is a high school, it would still be a good idea to get the students to have a learning experience outside of the classroom once in a while, like with the trip to the Met the ninth grade took with Ms Schwarz on January 20th.” He added, “There, we observed galleries to do with art concepts and methods we experimented with in class earlier in the year. Teachers should look for different learning experiences, taking into account and advantage of all the museums in New York.”

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by Maria R '18

The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving a Concert

Source: thenextweb.com
Source: thenextweb.com
  1. Figure out where you want to sit before buying your tickets. If you are tall and enjoy moshing, general admission might be the place for you. If you are on the shorter side try getting seats up high to avoid having heads in your view!
  2. Eat beforehand. There is nothing worse than standing in line right when the band starts playing. And buying merch is a double edged sword, either you can avoid queues and miss the opening act or deal with lines and out-of-stock signs after the concert.
  3. Remember personal space. If the venue is indoors then the room will be hot and stuffy already, so try not to crowd anyone.
  4. Be courteous. Understand that concerts can be hectic so if the guy in front of you is taking eons to walk up a flight of stairs, take a deep breath and relax; you will get there eventually.
  5. Take a picture of your parking section so you can avoid the traffic when you try to leave the concert hall.
  6. Be cautious of your surroundings. If someone is standing too close to you or making you uncomfortable feel free to move away. If you are in a seat and cannot move, some concert calls have a number you can call to report people or have security find you a different seat.
  7. If you don’t know what to wear, remember that at most concerts you will be standing and dancing most of the night so you might want to opt for more comfortable shoes. Also the temperature at concerts seem to have a mind of its own, so wear layers to avoid getting too hot or too cold.
  8. Enjoy the concert! After all the stress of getting there, dance like nobody’s watching!