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by Michelle N '15

A Quiet Protest on the Day of Silence

Sponsored by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, the National Day of Silence is a day on which students across the country take a vow of silence. The silence is symbolic of the silence that homosexuals who are not open about their sexual orientation experience everyday. Participants  invite others to “think about the voices you’re not hearing today”. This year it was held on April 15th and BSGE participated.
At BSGE, students who took the vow of silence took their commitments very seriously. Students staying silent sported red laminated tags describing their pledge, while “supporting” students (those who chose to support the cause without staying silent) wore blue tags.  Few wore no tags at all. Said one anonymous

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by Michelle N '15

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Rajiv Mahajan

What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever heard for missing homework?
Someone said their bag was once stolen. It’s always the deal with the subway basically. They say something like, “I left my bag on the subway” or “someone took my bag and it had all my homework in it” that’s usually as creative as they get. Usually they just kind of look down at the ground, at their shoes.

What grade do you prefer teaching?
I like them all, actually. I’m really happy with the second year french students that I have, and I’m very happy with my fourth year  students. The problem is actually when they become sophomores, they become sort of jaded. Juniors, they change, and by 12th grade they realize it was too late and they should’ve wised up a lot earlier. So that’s the only thing I don’t like. Especially when they’re past that Sophomore age and they say,

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by Michelle N '15

Year Starts With Snow

January 2011 was the snowiest January in New York City’s history, with 36 inches of snowfall in total. New Yorkers have been hit with a mixture of sleet, rain, snow, thunder snow, and everything in between. It’s been a tough winter, and most NYC public school students can agree that one of the few things that make it worth while are snow days. It’s an entire day to sleep in, have snowball fights, go sledding or as typical of a BSGE student, catch up on work.
The January 12th snow storm dropped about 9 inches on New York City, and

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by Michelle N '15

8th Grade High School Application Process

Every year, 8th graders are faced with New York City’s tedious High School application process. Those who want to apply to specialized High Schools like Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and BrooklynTech are likely to spend months preparing for the intimidating Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Other city students may be looking to apply to schools more dedicated to the arts such as LaGuardia Arts and Frank Sinatra. Then there are local schools, although a student’s zoned school is not necessarily the most rigorous program the city can offer, the alternative is a pricey

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by Lydia S '15 by Michelle N '15

Students Published in the New York Times

Over the summer vacation, BSGE students were asked to participate in the New York Times Summer Reading Challenge. They had to choose an article column, blog post, photo, graphic, video or podcast on the New York Times website or newspaper that interested them and post a comment (400 words or less) about why they chose that article. Many BSGE students participated in the challenge, and even a few were singled out as favorites. During the 13th week of the Challenge, The New York Time’s Learning Network blog posted “We received hundreds of entries, including many posts that came, judging from signature appendices like ‘JCHS’ and ‘BSGE2014’ and ‘Ms.B_Crvr,’ from a handful of schools.” Alyssa Alvarado, Adela Goldsmith and Lydia Stetson from 8th grade, Noreen Calin, from 11th grade, and Olivia Myszkowski, and

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by Joseph K '15 by Marcos D '15 by Michelle N '15

IB Art Students Show off Their Work

April 22 was BSGE’s fifth annual IB Art show. 11th Grade SL and 12th grade HL students showcased their works in the library from 5-7PM. The artists discussed their art with the many parents, teachers, students and friends who attended. Paintings, sculptures, photos, and more lined the walls and hallways, and each piece was original and unique.
This year’s art show did not feature the usual auction of student-produced art. This year pieces were still sold, the art department taking 30% of the profit. According to Mr. McGuire, the auction takes a lot of energy and the small number of students makes it difficult to pull off. This year, art was still sold, although not in an auction.
Art students were interviewed by IB Art grading officials. Students

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by Michelle N '15

Two Days In One Year, Snow Kidding?

As winter arrives and snow begins to fall, most students are thrilled with the prospects of a snow day. This year, New York City schools got two snow days, a first for most students. Last Friday’s day off left New York City students with a blissful three-day weekend. It was a late decision, announced early Friday morning.
February 25th’s storm accumulated a total of 20 inches in New York City, making it the fourth largest storm in NYC history. The storm also caused the coining of the term “snowicane” by the weather service AccuWeather, used to describe the dangerous hurricane-like dangers associated with the storm. The day before,

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by Michelle N '15

7th graders Adapt to New Challenges

Every year, new 7th graders pour into BSGE, and most will agree that the BSGE is very different from what they are used to and they have a lot to get used to: new school, new teachers, new people, new classes, new schedule; new everything.
One of the biggest differences students find at BSGE is the difficulty of the classes. “My previous school was definitely easier,” said Josh Vaiman.  The quality of the work and the amount of homework leads students to spend hours more on schoolwork than their friends at other schools.
For most of the students, this is the first time they are taking a foreign language.  Though some students were disappointed that Chinese was not offered to the incoming 7th graders, students were able to choose between French and Spanish as their second language.  Each class offers its own challenges.  In Mr. Rajiv’s French class, you