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by Michael X '18

BSGE’s Winter Concert

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 28th BSGE’s Orchestra and seventh grade performed for their Winter Concert. The concert was headed by Ms. Nikkolos, BSGE’s music teacher. This concert featured several piano and violin soloists also. The seventh grade performed “Summoning the Spirits”, “High School Cadets”, “Polka Dots”, “Kiss of Fire”, “Climb Every Mountain”, and the “Clog-Shoe Dance”.  Additionally, the orchestra performed “The Star Spangled Banner”, “America the Beautiful”, “Holiday Fantasy” and “Fiesta Mexicali”. Ms. Nikkolos is proud to have worked with this group of students. She calls them an “exceptional group of seventh graders and orchestra members.” Elijah Karshner, a 8th grader in the Orchestra, said,” The band concert was a benefit concert. I liked that we were helping a good cause.”

This year the money raised at the concert from donations were given to Clean

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by Michael X '18

Stop and Frisk Called into Question

Stop and Frisk is a program introduced in the late 1990s in which police stop suspicious-looking people on the street. If it appears that this person is in possession of a weapon, they are then checked for weapons on their body. This program has been postponed until Bill de Blasio is inaugurated. de Blasio vows to change this policy so it avoids racial discrimination. Many citizens of this city have complained in regards to racial profiling because the African-Americans and Hispanic population has been targeted in stops more often. However, others have insisted that it helps reduce crime. The decision on this policy is very important for the people of this city.

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by Michael X '18

NYSED Makes New Common Core Learning Standards

Common Core Learning Standards are a set of new benchmarks created by the New York State Education Department to push students academically. The goal of these new standards are to provide students with a more solid education. There are Common Core Learning Standards in English and Math. An example of one of these Common Core Learning Standards was posted on the NYSED website saying, “In English, when drawing evidence from literary and informational texts, students will demonstrate their comprehension skill in relation to specific standards”. Students will also need to use appropriate evidence to support claims and counterclaims. In Mathematics, students must delve more deeply in fewer and more specific topics rather than

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by Annie C '18 by Michael X '18

Advice to 7th Graders from 8th Graders

• Get involved. Try to go to as many after-school clubs as you can.

o After you join, you can always quit if you dislike it afterward.

o Meet people from other grades, and get to know the people in your own grade better.

o Create your own clubs as long as you find other people who are interested in the same stuff you are.

o Earn community service hours for some activities.

• Be a kid for as long as you can. As you get older, you’ll find that you have less and less time to enjoy yourself. Trying to grow up too quickly is not a good idea, because you will never get that precious time back.

• DON’T PROCRASTINATE. This is really important, and although

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by Michael X '18

BSGE’s Annual Spring Music Concert, Thursday 5/30, 6:00pm

BSGE’s annual Spring Concert will be on May 30th. This is a benefit concert that will raise money for charities. The Players for Peace, the school orchestra, will play that night in addition to the 9th grade.

The Players for Peace will play “Cyberspace Overture”, “Water Music”, “The National Anthem” and “Fiesta Mexicali.” The 9th grade will perform “The William Tell Overture,” ‘Pet Rock,” and “Summoning the Spirits.” This is an original program that contains numerous

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by Michael X '18

The 7th Grade Technology Project

Scratch_LogoThe 7th grade recently completed an animation project using the computer program, Scratch. Students worked in groups to create a short film using the program. In each group, several students made Sprites, the actors of the Scratch program, and others created scripts for the Sprites. Students integrated their individual ideas to make compelling stories. One group’s film was about a superhero in a circus who saves a tightrope actor. The story combined the various group members’ interests.

Success in this project depended heavily on teamwork and communication. Mr. Saha, the 7th grade technology teacher,