Teacher of the Month: Ms. Meifen Xia

Ms. Xia is the new Chinese teacher at BSGE and she teaches eighth, tenth, and eleventh graders. Where are you from? Shanghai, China. I was born and raised in the city. What did you parents do? They are in China now. My father is a chemist and he was like a magician; he was able to…

Which Zodiac Sign Does Your Teacher Have?

No longer something which is read commonly in the daily newspapers, zodiac signs have been appearing on social media such as Tumblr blogs and Instagram posts. When people think of zodiac signs, they usually think of the daily horoscopes which predict how their day will go, and you might have noticed the “Capricorn” needlepoint hanging…

The Buzz: What’s Your Go-To After School Snack?

Izzy L. ‘16: “Pizza if I’m in a rush or volunteering, but if I’m home I make myself a sandwich with toasted bread, almond butter, sliced banana and a drizzle of honey and I always have a cup of tea!“ Malcolm G. ‘17: “Tortilla chips, or I make a sandwich.“

Junior Council Aims to Make Prom Tickets Free

On Friday, September 19th, 2014, BSGE students from the graduating class of 2016 gathered in Room 300 for the first meeting of Junior Council – a student group with the aim to raise money to lower the cost of prom tickets. The group meets each Friday of the month, excluding extended holiday weekends. Each meeting…

10th Grade Spanish Class Cooking Field Trip

BSGE’s Spanish teacher, Mr. Giraldo, started the school year with a plan of three field trips for the 10th grade. The first trip was an international outing to Spain and France during Spring Break. The second trip he planned was to the Museum of Modern Art to view a special exhibition on Hispanic artists. Mr….

Pest Threat at BSGE

On May 9th, 2014, the principal of the Baccalaureate School for Global Education, Ms. Johnson, was informed that a student in the eighth grade had head lice. Ms. Johnson sent an email to parents within the same day with further information about the head lice. The student was asked to temporarily leave school until their…

A Year at Minds Matter

Minds Matter is a nonprofit organization that works with low-income high school students to help them prepare for college. The level of effective college preparation that Minds Matter offers is reflected in their 100% acceptance rates for graduates accepted into four-year colleges and universities. It has several locations nationwide, including one in New York. This…

Reinventing School Lunch

Eating lunch food from the cafeteria does not have to be limited to how they are served on your tray. Here are some fun ways to spice up your school lunch! Mash up Sun Chips with your fist or a heavy binder until you can feel little crumbs. Put the crumbs between your sandwich for…

A Free Period for Nap Time?

Teenagers need as much sleep as toddlers. According to sleep guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, it is recommended that toddlers get 11 to 12 hours of sleep in a day, and teenagers get 9 to 10. There is a trend in the statistics of sleep requirements that, as we grow older,…

Why Hats Are Banned: An Inside Look

Heat leaves the body quickly through the hands, feet, and head. As the colder months are rolling in, fuzzy socks, gloves and hats protect us with their cozy properties. But, one of them is banned: hats. Why are hats banned in classrooms when they’re not illegal on the streets? The NYC Department of Education Discipline…

A Very Serious Article About Gum-Chewing

The plastic in classroom wastebaskets cling with chewed up gum of every color of the rainbow. Better there, as a trash can decorum, rather than a surprise on the underside of a table. The gum war between teachers and students is a daily battle. Some students choose to chew gum despite the ban in classrooms,…

Homemade Lunch Ideas

It’s not uncommon for BSGE students to dislike the school lunch served everyday. There are the highlights of school lunch, such as mozzarella sticks and fries, but there are also days when the cafeteria boosts less popular meals. For the vegetarian students in our school, the edible options diminish even further to sad salad greens…

Rolling and Backpacks Don’t Go Together

Are you one of those weird people using backpacks that actually go on your back? We must look like a bunch of pack mules to the students who use a rolling backpack with wheels. While we laboriously bear the burden on our curving spines, resembling the hunchback of Notre Dame more and more, the elite…

Panera’s Discriminatory Policy

Panera, a cafe located on 35th Avenue, is where students normally like to rendezvous after school. Its convenient location near the school makes it a short walk away, and its plush chairs and good food make it an inviting place for conversation. However, plastered on the glass front of the store these days is a…

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Lockers

Rushing towards the locker room, panting while you sign language the teacher through the door a plea to let you in while a class is going on. Clustering outside of closed locker rooms in the morning, creating a pleasant fire hazard to start the day. The percentage of students who actually use our lockers are…

Welcoming Ninth Grade New-Bees

Former eighth grade students transferred from BSGE to a different high school this year, like Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, Frank Sinatra, and Laguardia to name a few. The students who stayed make up two ninth grade streams, and new ninth graders transferred in to BSGE to fill in the void of missing students. The…

Regents Exams

New York City eighth and ninth graders are required to take an examination, the algebra regents, that assesses their level of understanding in algebra. BSGE eighth graders are taking the algebra regents along with the ninth graders from other schools, because they took algebra class a year ahead. The algebra regents take place on June…

Deciding Which High School to Attend

Eighth-graders citywide received the results for next year’s high school placement on March 1st.  Of the high schools these eighth-graders applied to, many placed their hopes on being accepted by some of New York’s specialized high schools. After they took an admission test to these specialized high schools in October, a select few will be…