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by Paulina C '13

School Report Card: BSGE Middle School Gets a “B”

Yep… It’s that time of the year again. Parents and teachers worry about getting their kids ready for the State tests, students working harder than ever and the principals… AAhhh, they are anxiously awaiting their second annual letter grade progress report card… And the letters are in…What did we get? We passed!
Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE) Middle School received a solid B for its performance during the school year 2007-2008.         That’s a whole grade higher than last year. Our middle school rose to

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by Paulina C '13

Pucker Up and Get Some Mono

It’s a summer day,
one of the hottest recorded
in years. There is no water
being sold in the vending
machine or at the deli
near the school. Luckily
you are safe, because the
only one person with a
full water bottle is your
best friend. You are most

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by Paulina C '13

Global Warming All a Myth?

Hybrid cars, fuel-efficient light bulbs, recycling and energy conservation programs, and international summits, are some of the many measures taken by our generation in order to manage the phenomenon of Global Warming.  The scientific community, along with the media and politicians, has taken in their hands the task of slowing down the possible occurrences due to the rise in Earth temperature. How much? Oh yes, one degree since 1975.
Schemes and inventions are not the only things this weather condition has caused. Fear and paranoia have been a common characteristic not only among environmentalists but also among the average people. Strong opinions as well as actions have accompanied this phenomenon. While many citizens take action to prevent even further Global Warming, other people wonder…. Is Global Warming a truth or just a myth?
Before attempting to answer the controversial question it is important to accurately

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by Paulina C '13

Are You Pretty?

“In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly”.  In the book Uglies, it is established that until 16, kids are repulsive looking. That is why when they turn 16 years old, instead of celebrating their birthday the teenagers get operations that turn them stunningly beautiful. Sound like a fantasy world? Not so fast. This popular teenage novel is not far from reality. A considerable part of the present generation of teenagers go to great extents to obtain better looks, that includs going under the knife of the surgeon. Today’s medical technology allow people to reach high standards of beauty but not

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by Paulina C '13

Santa Going Broke

Ahhh!, Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a nicely lit Christ­mas tree full of wrapped electronics and other presents!  And… nothing says “HOLIDAYS ARE OVER” like a stack of unpaid bills on the dinning room table.

“It is really hard not to spend a more than usual on Christmas. Holi­day shopping is a weak­ness”, says a mall custom­er who was braving frigid temperatures to catch up on her shopping. Carry­ing a bundle of bags she admitted “saving money on Christmas is not easy.”

According to the National Retail Federa­tion (NRF), this season the average U.S customer will

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by Paulina C '13

BSGE Gets a “C” !

Close your eyes and imagine, a group of principals sitting in the classroom, hands folded, while the School Board stands in front of room, handing the principals their progress report.  That is not a scene you would usually envision.  However, that is the idea Mayor Bloomberg and School Chancellor Joel I. Klein had when they gave out 1,224 New York City (NYC) public schools their first letter grades ever.
Just as the students get report cards every year, the NYC learning facilities got their yearly progress report, receiving grades that ranged from A through F.  According to the Department of Education (DOE) website, there were three categories on which they based their grades: Learning Environment, Student Progress, and Student Performance.  The grades were based on how high or low the schools scored on each one of the above-mentioned categories in comparison with other schools with similar characteristics, such as number of students, attendance, and social and racial composition of the pupils’ population, etc.
At about this time you might be wondering what grade did our school get?  I have

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by Paulina C '13

Students Are Growing…Growing…

Eating healthy has become old fashioned for many children and teens nowadays.  Veg­etables and fruits have been replaced by chips and candy bars.  Long hours of televi­sion, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits are some of the many factors contributing to the growing problem of child­hood obesity in the United States.  This rising epidemic is risking the health and well being of todays youth.

According to the NYC Depart­ment of Health and Mental Hygiene, 27% of all the kids that start pre Kindergarten are already overweight.  Also, the National Center for Health Statistics published a study that