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by Owen S '20 by Winston P '20

BSGE Google Hangouts: Unprofessional?

Email is one of the most common forms of communication, so it should come as no surprise that this school offers its own private Google domain – BSGE mail – where you can talk with anyone in the school (as long as you know their name). It is an efficient and easy way for students to contact peers and teachers. Many students talk with each other almost entirely on Google Hangouts, especially since students in the 8th grade have invited their personal emails and often use video chat. According to technology teacher Mr. Shantanu Saha, “everyone in 8th grade has used their Hangouts in the last week or so.” Hangouts is a place where we can all contact each other, discuss our interests, and just, literally, hang out.

Recently, there was some panic after Shantanu apparently investigated the 8th grade Hangouts. Many students were scared, because BSGE mail was a place where they felt like they could behave as freely as they do on any other social media website. However, after some teachers were apparently logged into their BSGE mails on certain Hangouts, and Shantanu went into every single Hangout and turned on history, most 8th graders were scared into behaving more conservatively on Hangouts. Of course, many students now have forgotten that Shantanu can see the Hangouts, or just don’t care. It forced us to reconsider how we use our BSGE emails versus our personal emails.

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by Winston P '20

7-1, 7-2, and 7-3… and 7-4?

BSGE grades typically are split into 3 “streams,” but this year the standard trend was broken. Many older students are wondering why there are three seventh grade classes. The Department of Education gives more funding to larger schools, and since we already have a small student body, we must maintain our size to get the proper funding we need.  This is because of the number of 8th graders transferring out of BSGE for high school last year. Usually, around 20% of our students leave, but last year, 50% of the Class of 2019 left. The natural answer would be to accept more kids in order to keep the same amount of funding, and thus a new 7-4 stream was created.

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by Abdullah S '20 by Abhay B '20 by Adnan I '20 by Raunak A '20 by Winston P '20

Welcome Class of 2021!

Going to a new school is hard, going to a different school without graduating from your old school is even harder, but add on the fact that you’re in a challenging school, and it will probably a tricky transition. However, you’ll survive (we know that from experience), especially when you know all the special tips that 8th graders on the Bacc Rag have for you!

  • Making study guides for tests is a really good idea.
  • Try to stay on top of the material you are covering in class.
  • Do your homework the night it is assigned! Teachers will often assign projects and tests unexpectedly, and having a bit of flexibility will come in handy as things get tough.
  • Organize your homework and test dates all in one place, so you don’t have to flip through five separate books; buying a planner from the school or using a personal notebook would probably be the best.
  • Get add-ons like Productivity Owl (for Chrome) and Leechblock (for Firefox) to help with your productivity.
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by Raunak A '20 by Winston P '20

Career Day at BSGE

IMG_4417On February 25th, 2015, BSGE had its first career day for ninth grade students. The event was planned and organized by Tim David-Lang, our guidance counselor. Two separate panels were composed of parents of current BSGE students. In each panel, parents talked about what their jobs were, what they did at their jobs at the classrooms that they went to, along with how they got their jobs. However, the process was not just centered around their current job. They also told about what happened after college, and how many other jobs they had tried before they got their current job.

The purpose of career day was to answer the questions about jobs asked by the ninth graders. Noah Bumas ‘18 said “I think career day gave me a better insight on what finding a career actually is.” However, as it turns out, for some of the ninth graders, they