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Photography Club

The photography club is the latest addition to BSGE’s literally non existent line up of after school activities. Run by 12th grade History of Americas teacher, Jennifer Dikes, the committee meets every Friday after 7th period. Focusing on a new topic each week, the club explores different photography skills and learns how to use techniques when taking pictures. Each week Ms. Dikes assigns the group a new theme, which in previous weeks have included texture and black and white edits, and gives the group a week to take pictures that fall under that certain theme. Then, in the following week, the club has a critique of all of the photos sent in and discusses what each person did well using that specific technique. The most recent photographs taken focusing on making black and white

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Lack of Physics Class Proves to be a Problem

1101_physics_crop-500x333For students who want to major in engineering in college, taking a physics course is important, which poses a problem for BSGE students. In order to major in engineering, colleges and universities encourage students to take a course in physics in high school, a class BSGE no longer offers. According to the website of the PhysTEC department at Cornell University, students who pursue majors in science or engineering are often required to take Physics in college and these courses are more challenging for a student who has not taken Physics in high school at all. It is common for the Dean or head of the department of engineering at a University to discourage students from majoring in engineering in these cases because students do not have proper preparation or fundamental knowledge of physics.  In addition, it puts students who have not taken physics in high school at a disadvantage during the

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Personal Projects from BSGE’s 10th Graders

In order to complete the Middle Years Program, the 10th graders are required to do the Personal Project. The Personal Project is an independent project that gives each of the 10th grade students the freedom to choose or create a topic of their choice and interest. The Personal Project process begins in the summer after the 9th grade where the students use the summer break to brainstorm topics and begin initial research on their topic. The 10th graders are also required to incorporate two of the four Areas of Interaction into their projects. The Personal Project process is organized into four phases; the planning stage, the research stage, the creation stage and the reflection stage. The completion of the Personal Projects takes up the majority of the 10th grade year. The 10th graders are given time in advisory to work on their projects but they are expected to work on a majority of their projects at home. The 10th graders are also required to have a process journal so they can document their Personal Project process. The 10th graders, after completing the product for their Personal Project, have to present their Personal Projects to the 7th, 8th and 9th graders. A few 10th graders were interviewed about their Personal Projects and how they are handling the process so far.

Name: Grace Camia

1)    Personal Project topic?

Comic Books vs. Reality

2)    Why did you choose this topic?

“I got the inspiration for the

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by Ritika K '14

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy

The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy were felt all over the East Coast, especially in the New York area. Being one of the strongest storms to hit the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy had caused everything to shut down in the tri-state area. People were left without electricity and heat for days, even weeks. New York City public schools, the subway system, bridges, tunnels and roads were closed for almost a week. Thousands of people were also forced to evacuate their homes and stay with their relatives elsewhere or at shelters that were established all around the city. Unfortunately, thousands of people lost their homes and their loved ones during the storm. After witnessing and bracing through the devastating effects of the hurricane, hundreds to thousands of people came out to volunteer and help those affected most by the hurricane. There were different ways in which people volunteered

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What’s Up With the Huge Junior Classes?

As if BSGE wasn’t crowded enough, this year, the 11th grade was squeezed into two large streams instead of the usual three. Rather than having around twenty students in each of the three streams, there are now about thirty students in each of the two streams. This is a change that most of the 11th graders are not happy with. For the past four years, the grade was used to having three medium-sized streams. With that system, for the most part, students stayed in the same stream for all their classes. This year however, the 11th graders do not have one fixed stream and instead have classes with almost everyone in the grade. The students in this grade have strong opinions about this increase, and how it could possibly affect and alter the way in which their classes are set up and run.

 

Since a majority of the 11th graders are not happy with this