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by Olivia W '14

Tests, Tests, Tests, and More Tests!

From third grade to eighth grade, New York State students have been required to take New York state tests. There has never been a huge amount of prep for them at BSGE because BSGE already provides an accelerated level of learning. Unlike most other New York Public schools however, BSGE’s 8th graders not only have to take these state tests, but also the Regents exams in some subjects. This year 8th graders will be taking the Living Environment Regents and the Integrated Algebra Regents. Now, students in the 8th grade must be prepared for regular, in-class tests, state tests, and Regents exams.
Although it is a lot of work, some students are okay with taking the Regents this year if it means less testing next year. When asked how she felt, Isabella Hernandez answered, “I want to take

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by Olivia W '14

Interview with Mr. Ocana

1. What is your full name and where are you from?
My name is Juan Ocana and I am originally from Peru, in South America. I was 28 years old when I came here to America.
2. How do you feel about BSGE?
I really enjoy it here at BSGE. There is no comparison between BSGE and other schools. It is so wonderful here and everyone is really calm.
3. What other schools have you worked at? And for how many years?
I worked at P.S. 11 and I.S. 129. I have been a security guard for about 8 years.
4. How are the students so far?
They are all nice people and pretty well behaved. I haven’t been here long enough to see anything that is truly bad.
5. What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen a student do?

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by Olivia W '14

BSGE Gone Bad?!

Last month Ms. Johnson sent out a letter to all the students of BSGE informing them of all the unacceptable acts that she had observed when walking around the school. Some of these included copying homework at lunch, gum chewing, and punching holes in walls. Soon after her notice, a second security guard was appointed to supervise the students of BSGE. Rumors have been flying about why he is here and students are worried that BSGE is becoming a “rough” school. How could a school with such brainy students go bad?
Even before the new security guard was added, BSGE had moved up into 35th place in the top 100 high schools in America (US News and World Report). That is why it is incomprehensible to

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by Olivia W '14

NYC Blood shortage

New York’s blood banks have seen a large drop in their blood supplies this year.  The large amounts of snow and harsh weather have caused many blood drives to be canceled and many people have not been volunteering. The Red Cross is desperately in need of blood types O negative and B negative, and is asking people to donate as soon as possible.  Hospitals need these types of blood in order for doctors to perform certain types of surgery.  Hospitals are now asking the public for help which they have never had to do it the past.  Many people getting the flu at this time of the year also contributes to the decline of blood donation. You are not eligible to give blood if you are not 100% healthy, and this affects the amount of blood the Red Cross has been receiving.
Hospitals save blood for future years just in

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by Olivia W '14

To Leave or Not to Leave: Transferring out of BSGE

Many eighth graders at BSGE have been indecisive about whether or not they should transfer to other high schools. Many students feel comfortable in this school but feel like they might be missing out if they do not apply elsewhere. Others feel that they wouldn’t mind leaving the school, but wouldn’t know where to apply. All kids want to know that they are doing the correct thing, and want to be happy with their final decisions. “When deciding what schools to apply for, I will think about not only what schools are better, but what schools I personally will do best in,” said Lauren Ouaknine. As students weight the pros and cons, they will come to their final decisions.        When deciding to stay or leave BSGE, many students think

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by Olivia W '14

Mayor Bloomberg says, “Let them eat cake…not!!!”

At the end of last school year, on June 29th, Mayor Bloomberg issued a new decree that stated that there would be no more bake sales in New York City public schools. His main intention was to try to lower the obesity rates of students, but his actions are still getting negative feedback from many students and teachers. Not only did students lose their favorite way of getting their weekly sweets, but also schools are losing money that they usually can count on from sales. Bloomberg’s efforts to control student weight issues have resulted with mixed feelings from New Yorkers.
Bloomberg also made the regulation be put into action near the end of school last year. That way, no one would really fight for their right to have bake sales over the summer. As students made their way back to school