Political Primaries 101

What is a primary election? Why do we have primary elections? We have two major parties in our nation today, the Republican and Democratic parties.  Within each party, there is a variety of opinions and sometimes there is more than one person in a party who wants run for a particular office.  A primary is…

BSGE Class of 2015 Receives Record Number of IB Diplomas with 49

BSGE’s class of 2015 received a school record 49 IB diplomas, smashing the previous record set by the class of 2014 who received 40. In addition, they set a record with 77% of those graduating receiving the diploma also breaking the previous year’s record of 69%. Commenting on the achievement, 10th and 11th grade English…

BSGE Staff Marathon Runners, Gretchen Schwarz and Tim David-Lang

Congratulations to BSGE Art teacher Ms. Gretchen Schwarz for completing the New York City Marathon on November 1st. It was her first marathon. Congratulations also to Tim David-Lang, BSGE’s Guidance Counselor and advisor for the Running Club, completed the Chicago Marathon on October 11th. He previously ran the New York City Marathon in 2013.

Ms. Lily Shen to Retire at the End of the School Year

Long time BSGE teacher, Ms. Lily Shen, recently announced that she plans to retire at the end of the current school year. Ms. Shen has been teaching Chinese at BSGE since it opened its doors in 2002 and was one of its founding members. When asked why this year was the right time to retire,…

BSGE Running Club Runs McCarren 5K

Members from BSGE’s running club ran in the McCarren 5K at McCarren Park in Brooklyn on Saturday May 30th. The run was organized by NYCRUNS and benefitted St. Nicks Alliance. BSGE’s running club had been meeting and training together twice a week for almost three months prior to the event. Each week the club, composed of…

BSGE Hosts Fourth Annual Team Geography Bee

Ms. Dikes and Mr. Lakhaney hosted BSGE’s fourth annual Team Geography Bee on Thursday, May 28th. Students from grades 7-12 participated with 27 teams and almost 100 students in attendance. “The Betty White Power Rangers,” a team composed of 10th grade students, Malcolm Sherman-Godfrey, Adrian Kulesza, and John Bost, finished in first and each took home $20 gift…

Helping Hands’ Spring Blood Drive Collects 33 pints of Blood

Helping hands hosted its annual Spring blood drive on March 19th. The New York Blood Center parked its truck outside BSGE and collected 33 pints of blood from the BSGE community. Students, parents, and faculty all donated during the blood drive. Many more students were interested in donating but were excluded for various reasons. The…

Class of 2014 Receives Record 40 IB Diplomas

BSGE’s class of 2014 received a school record 40 IB diplomas. Of the 63 students who graduated in 2014, 56 completed all of the IB requirements and 40 received enough points to earn the IB diploma. 2014’s class also had the highest percentage of graduating seniors receive the diploma in BSGE’s history (see table below). Ms….

New Boys Soccer Team Finishes 7-1-2

The newly established BSGE Boys soccer team finished its inaugural season with 7 wins, 1 loss, and 2 ties. Though BSGE’s team was far less experienced than its opponents’ more established teams, BSGE outscored its opponents 49-9 over the course of the season. Because this was the first season playing PSAL soccer, BSGE was considered…

7th Grader, Annelie Hyatt, Performs at Writopia’s Spoken Word

BSGE 7th grade Annelie Hyatt performed her spoken word poem titled, The Immaturity Dissection (full poem included below), at a recent event at Writopia’s Spoken Word at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Annelie wrote this poem as part of a program she attends at Writopia Labs where she has been developing her writing for the past couple of years. Annelie says that…

Long Time BSGE Teacher, Linda Ellman to Retire

At the end of the current school year, long time BSGE history teacher, Linda Ellman, plans to retire.  Linda has been teaching for 17 years and upon retirement she is looking forward to continuing her lifelong engagement in social activism as well as to the arrival of her first grandchild. After hearing the news of…

BSGE Alumnus Jolijt Tamanaha Sells Company, has New Start Up

BSGE Alumnus and former BACC Rag editor, Joijt Tamanaha recently sold her St. Louis based startup company, Farmplicity, to Sunfarm Food Service in May 2014 for an undisclosed sum. Ms. Tamanaha (BSGE Class of 2011) created the company as part of an entrepreneurship class at Washington University in St Louis where she is currently a…

Personal Project Focus: Christian Trotti Writes a Civil War Novel

For his personal project, Christian Trotti wrote a historical novel that takes place during the Civil War. His final work, titled, A Brother’s Blood, ended up being over 100,000 words. He is currently looking for a publisher so that he can share his work. You can download and read the prologue to the novel here: Prologue of…

Personal Project Focus: Maya Juman Photographs Invisible Beauty

For her personal project, 10th grader Maya Juman photographed natural objects through a compound light microscope and compiled her favorite images into a photo book. She waded through thousands of images and chose her favorite forty to include in her book titled, Invisible Beauty. You can download a pdf of her book here: Invisible Beauty 1….

Scaffolding Goes Up Around BSGE

Scaffolding went up around the BSGE building in March 2013 so that the landlord could make some much needed repairs. It is no secret that our building has many issues particularly when it rains. The current repairs are focused primarily on dealing with the “water infiltration issue” according to Darnell Murray Jr., BSGE’s handyman. This…

Full Tuition Scholarships Already Awarded to Four BSGE Seniors

BSGE Seniors Andrea Joseph, Ivan Pereda, Kyle Diangkinay, and Ricardo Aguayo have already received full tuition scholarships to college by receiving highly competitive, esteemed awards. Andrea Joseph received a full scholarship to Vassar College through the Quest Bridge College Match program (http://www.questbridge.org), the first BSGE student ever to win this prestigious award. Her scholarship covers full…

BSGE Donates a Record 39 Pints of Blood

BSGE held its annual Blood Drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center on February 16th. The BSGE community contributed a school record 39 pints of blood.  The blood is separated into its component parts and distributed around the New York area to patients and hospitals. Though many in our community were enthusiastic to…

Environmental Issue at BSGE

The week of November 14th, 2011, the BSGE community was informed that there was a presence of two chlorinated solvents, tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) in the soil vapors underneath BSGE’s foundation. The level of each of the chemicals has always been well below the New York State Department of Health Air Guideline Values (NYSDOH…

BSGE Class of 2011 Receives a Record Number of IB Diplomas

BSGE’s Class of 2011 received a school record 36 IB Diplomas last year. Of the 64 students who graduated in 2011, 55 were IB Diploma candidates and 36 students received enough points to earn the full IB diploma, a major achievement for the students and the school. “They worked together to support each other in…