He Will Not Divide Us Reply

The phrase “He will not divide us” was repeated over and over near the Museum of the Moving Image, but what exactly does this mean?

January 20, Inauguration Day, was the first day that the “He Will Not Divide Us” camera, located on a wall outside of the Museum of the Moving Image, became public to all. Actor Shia LaBouef intended to streamed the wall constantly, throughout the duration of Trump’s presidency, and people were invited to chant the phrase “He will not divide us” as an act of “resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism,” according to the event’s website. However, this project was abandoned by the Museum of the Moving Image due concerns regarding public safety, and had since been relocated to a wall in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More…

Cracking the Puzzle of Hamilton’s Hype Reply

Teenagers growing up in New York City are given the opportunity to be exposed to the many shows on Broadway. While this fun and memorable experience has always been available, no show has garnered as much popularity as Hamilton as outside of the musical theater niche—especially in young people. Its accomplishments, which include winning “Best Musical” as well as ten other Tony Awards, have people wondering what is so great about Hamilton and why the hype still has not calmed down even after two years since its Off-Broadway debut.

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BSGE’s Senior Trip Reply

The senior trip. What is it? Though images of trips to exciting places as one’s time in school approaches to an end come to mind, most BSGE students don’t know what happens during the senior trip.  Questions abound, even ones as simple as where the seniors went and what they did.

The seniors left for their trip during the middle of the day on Friday, January 21 and returned on Sunday afternoon, January 22.  They went to Honor’s Haven Resort, one of many resorts in the Catskill Mountains. This has always been a school tradition at BSGE, even if the activities that occur every year vary. 72 of the 88 seniors in BSGE went on the trip, along with them came several teachers as chaperones, including Mr. Rabinowitz and Mr. Mehan. Those who did go were met with a fun and action-packed experience. More…

BSGE’s 2017 Winter Concert Reply

On Friday January 20, BSGE’s cafegymatorium was packed with excited parents, teachers, and students, all looking forward to the annual winter concert. The 7th grade, some of the 9th grade, the school orchestra, and several soloists performed specially chosen pieces, including one written by the 9th grade class themselves. These soloists included Lynca Saito ‘21, who played Chopin Nocturne, Erica Lei ‘20 performing River Flows in You, and Ethan Yung ‘19, with the piece La Campanella.

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What foods do people want to try in 2017? Reply

Every year, many foods go in and out of style. In 2013 millions of New Yorkers wanted Dominique Ansel’s doughnut-croissant hybrid known as the “cronut”, while in 2014, many were talking about “health foods” like kale or quinoa. In 2015 people raved about the ramen-burger by mastermind Keizo Shimamoto, and in 2016, New Yorkers loved the idea of ice cream piled onto gourmet shakes, such as those at Black Tap Burgers, or “sushi cones” called “temakis”, that many chefs across New York City, including Chris Jaeckle at Uma Temakeria brought Instagram and other websites. Nobody knows yet what 2017’s trend will be, but the foodies of BSGE are as excited to try new things as ever.  Some of their thoughts on the matter are: More…

Saving Money Over the Holidays: Deals and DIYs Reply

Spending the holiday time with family and friends has been a long- established tradition for the Western world. However, it got more difficult for inhabitants in the colder climates, so they started looking for alternatives. Holiday break doesn’t necessarily mean crowded airports, long flights, or even staring at the television screen for hours. One can have a relaxing vacation at home or out of town. There are many cost-efficient ways to spend a vacation while still having fun!

Although New York City might be covered with snow during Christmas time, fortunately there are big parts of the world that have their best weather of the year at this time, and are very cheap as well. Most of these destinations are in Central, South, and Latin America, along with parts of Mexico, Costa Rica, the Bahamas and many others.  Two quite attractive places are Cancun, Mexico and Jamaica. More…

New Technology at BSGE Reply

Computers. Most students use them all the time in school, whether simply for printing or for working on a major project. Both at home and at school, many could not imagine their lives without them. On the other hand, BSGE’s computers are not exactly high-quality. Many are old and cannot connect the to the Internet, or are just outdated. Only a small portion of our computers are the silver 2013 model Macbooks that both look excellent and perform satsifactorily. However, things might change soon for the better.

According to Shantanu, the technology teacher, BSGE is getting a grant of $70,000 from an organization called Reso A. This grant would cover “New equipment,  a full cart of new computers, several printers, and interactive whiteboards. We hit a snag, and we were at single grant of 70,000 originally, but the grants came from 2 different city councilman so we’re getting 35,000 each,” Shantanu explained. The brand new equipment could end up making a big impact on the school. However, Shantanu cautioned that it could take some time to get final results. The BSGE Administration decided to split the grant into two individual parts. On November 9, the first part of the grant was signed, and, according to Shantanu, “By the end of 2016, we should have the half grant that just got approved.” With the end of 2016 fast approaching, this could be very important news for BSGE. More…

Meals for the Holidays Reply

Around this time of year, families gather at the table for the holidays. In the kitchen, chefs are struggle to simply get the food on the table, and some may argue that even with all of the tension in the dining room, the kitchen is the scariest place to be. However, you don’t need to be a star chef to make a great meal! One can use these tips at a family feast to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

Easy Vegetables, Anytime

For any holiday meal, people are often focused on the main dish, which causes them to forget about the sides. However, roasted vegetables are very easy to make, as long as you have some aluminum foil, salt, and pepper. More…

From Poland to America: Bartolomie Halibart Reply

Meet Bart. Bartolomie Halibart, our tenth-grade Polish transfer student, has added lots of character to the grade. Bart, as most people call him, came from Krakow, Poland. He left Krakow, the “most beautiful city in Poland”, to arrive in New York City on June 26th, 2016. However, it’s not his first time here. Previously, Bart lived in New York City from 2002 to 2007, then moved back. He used to live on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. On this Bart remarked, “They call me Brooklyn Bart.” He is to be a man of many monikers: another form of his name is Bartolomiej, which combines his English name and Bartłomiej, his Polish name.

Currently, Bart resides in Ridgewood, Queens with his parents, his sister Katarzyna or Katherine, and his Yorkshire terrier Dexter. He described his commute to school in detail, with more knowledge about the subway map than many of his fellow classmates. New York was well missed by Bart: he proudly stated how great it was to be back. Bart had much to say for his second time in the city. More…

BSGE’s Movie Night: When Dory was Found Reply

On the afternoon of Movie Night, students sat in groups, huddled with popcorn, candy, and soda, as they begin to watch the movie. The sounds of the opening of Finding Dory fill the room and the lights dim. The one hour and forty five minute movie came out on June 17th, 2016, but was available for play during Movie Night, which took place on Friday, December 9th. Tickets for admission were $5 before the event, while at the door they were $8. All the raised money went to the Toy Drive, the fundraiser in which advisories raised money to buy sick kids gifts for the holidays.

“When I first heard of Movie Night, I was interested, as no one had done it before,” said Danielle Gutkovich ’17. The movie played was determined by a school wide online survey, which asked for a vote on one of the movies from a list which included Kubo and the Two Strings, Middle School: Worst Years of my Life, Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory, Hotel Transylvania, and more. By plurality vote, “Finding Dory” was the selected movie. Fabbiha Islam ’20, one of those who planned the event, said that “The idea of movie night had been the idea of another classmate, and the idea seemed like a good one, so everybody had voted to organize a movie night.” More…

BSGE’s Favorite Movies of 2016 Reply

This past year, thousands of movies were released by a wide range of directors and each with varying degrees of interest. The most popular movies viewed by BSGE students were Deadpool, Moana, The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Rogue One, Finding Dory, and Suicide Squad.

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Deadpool, released on February 12, 2016, dealt with a former Special Force operative, Wade Wilson, with the goal of hunting down the man who nearly destroyed his life. It was a rated “R” film but even with this age restriction, it was still widely popular, with many personal opinions. Pamela Baican ‘17 said, “A lot of my friends watched this and I don’t regret it. A lot of actions were involved which I really liked.” Kyle Breen ‘22 said that the movie had “lots of ‘rude humor’ but even though it made me laugh a lot, I wouldn’t recommend it to most people.” More…

7th Grade Open House Reply

Around one hundred parents and sixth graders packed into BSGE’s cafeteria and hallways for the 7th grade Open House. They were all milling around in anticipation for the evening event to begin. The event, which started at 6:00 pm on December 6, 2016 and ended at 7:30 pm, was an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about BSGE and determine whether this was the right school for them. Although the event started at 6, many parents started flooding in through the front doors as early as 5:30 pm. So many people came that the parents had to be divided into two groups. One group took self-guided tours through the second to fourth floors while the second was downstairs in the cafegymatorium for a presentation run by guidance counselor Tim David-Lang, a few student speakers, math teacher Mr. Mehan, and history teacher Mr. Rabinowitz. The presentation talked about the curriculum at BSGE, the atmosphere, and the differences between BSGE and other schools.

Not only were there a lot of visitors that night, there were also many volunteers. Approximately 30 students in all volunteered in order to make this night memorable for the parents and children visiting. These volunteers were placed strategically at different intervals along the school corridors. Sets of five were stationed near the main lobby, the cafegymatorium, and the hallways on each floor. One or two teachers were also stationed on each floor to answer any questions about the school that students wouldn’t be able to. More…

The Face Behind BSGE’s Favorite Deli Reply

BSGE students see her every day as she hands them their iced coffee, BLT, or change. Though she seems to just be the face behind the cash register for most, but there is much more to her and the deli than its french fries and bagels.

Holly, whom people may know as “Mimi” or “the deli lady,” owns the family-run Mimi 36 Deli Grocery, which is also known as the deli across the street from BSGE. She moved to America from South Korea in 1986 and notes the differences between the two countries. “There are a lot of jobs,” she said, referring to America. “And Korea is very fancy, but over here it’s a little regular.” Even though she observes that there is much more litter in America compared to South Korea, she still enjoys being here, saying that it is very nice to live in the States. More…

Five Songs You Don’t Know But Should Listen To Reply

State Champs- Perfect Score

State Champs is a pop punk band that has recently gained fame in the punk scene. Their most recent album, Around the World and Back, contains an upbeat track called Perfect Score. Perfect Score is the fifth track on the album and shows their more pop side. For someone who has never listened to State Champs, this is a great first song because it is a fitting representation of their style of music. Perfect Score is also very catchy and is a great song to listen to at any time.

Shane- Insecure

Having released a total of six songs, Shane is not well-known, but deserves a lot more recognition. His most “popular” song, Insecure, has a very upbeat tempo, but is still relaxing and soothing. Watching the music video for this  track is a great idea because it is definitely not your typical dance music video. The video depicts your typical love story, but with a lot more passion and dancing. You should listen to Insecure because even though it isn’t a new style of music, Shane’s voice transforms his songs into a soothing form of pop that makes you want to dance, but is also great for just sitting down and doing homework. More…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Tramantozzi Reply

Where did you grow up?

Yonkers, NY.

Have you always been interested in art?

I think even when I was very young, I always really liked drawing and I always liked making things (like projects or anything that I could make); but I think I began to think seriously about it in high school when I started getting positive feedback. I started to get recognized for doing art from my friends, some teachers, and my dad. I didn’t think that it could be something I could pursue in my life until someone said that I could. I didn’t even know that it was a major in school because I didn’t have it in high school. It definitely came from people’s encouragement (like from my friends and family).

What made you enjoy art making so much?

I don’t think I ever had to think about that, but I think that when I discovered that it could be a language that I could use to communicate that was different than words, art became more interesting for me. So, I might have been shy when I was younger, and having this other language to express myself was something that was very interesting to me. Then when I learned about other artists and saw the ways that they would express themselves that were different from me, that caused me to become more and more interested. More…

Thanksgiving Activities Reply

Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in America, regardless of race or religion. It is a time of sharing and expressing gratitude, and the celebration of overcoming previous hardships. Fortunately, students and teachers had a four day weekend to celebrate however and with whoever they want. This allowed for many differently planned celebrations to happen.

Most people spent the holidays with their extended family. Others, however, spent their holidays in other ways, such as hanging out with their friends. Still other people decided to just sit at home and watch a movie with the people closest to them. BSGE teachers echoed this variety, with Ms. Meisler celebrating with both her family and friends, Mr. Mehan sharing his moments with his friends and Ms. Nikkolos, spending her Thanksgiving with close friends watching movies, followed by visiting her daughter and grandson. Most families prepared special dishes, either in their own style or the traditional plain turkey with stuffing, with side dishes, appetizers, and desserts. The inclusion of this tradition makes most families’ thanksgiving feel like a gathering of family and friends where people can socialize. Some people, though, did not have a celebration on Thanksgiving, instead having one either before or after that Thursday due to the absence of family members. More…

Shorter Periods: Blessing or Curse For Grades? Reply

Progress report time has come and gone, and soon January report cards will arrive. Students tell themselves that when they receive grades, it is a time to reflect on their work over the past few months and find ways to improve. This year, the first time that BSGE has had forty-five minute periods, it is relevant to see exactly how this has affected the student body.

Despite grades usually decreasing a bit at the beginning each year as students adjust to the newfound difficulty of our classes, the change had the potential to be good or bad for students. Students were immensely split on this issue, with just as many responding “yes,” “no,” and “somewhat.” More surprising were the justifications, such as one student who responded, “The periods themselves are enough to cover the material we are learning in class, and it goes by a lot faster than the 70 minute periods previously. Thus there is no real difference in the actual teaching material, maybe except for less homework review but that is not essential.” However, some students find said homework review time necessary, such as Sarah Mathai ’18, who said, “The lack of homework review in some of my classes is troubling. I enjoy going over everything so I can better understand the topic.” Others think that the lessons themselves are now rushed and the teachers are not being given enough time to simply go over the class material. This is especially prevalent when discussing math classes, which BSGE students are accustomed to having 280 minutes of a week, but instead only have 225. More…

The Fantastic Femtastic Team Reply

The clever wordplay in the Femtastic Team’s name, conceals a serious club beneath the surface. They are a newly established group that already has a many members. Their flyers have been posted in many places around the school, such stairwells, hallways, and the cafegymatorium. Further, the founders Riya Saha ’17, Isabelle Mah ’17, and Caitlin Tsang ’17, sent out an email to further inform us about this recondite club. As a result, on the day the club started, many people flocked to room 300.  Caitlin, Isabelle, and Riya, proved willing to share information about their femtastic team via email. More…

Students vs. SAT/ACT Reply

For many students, one of the biggest goals in their high school career is to receive a decent score on their SAT or ACT. Although people have different definitions of what is considered adequate, BSGE students have standards set fairly high. Along with diploma grades and extracurriculars, the score on these standardized tests weigh heavily on a student’s future. It can the deciding factor for the colleges one gets accepted to, and thus the rest of their life.

Because of the overwhelming importance put on these exams, it is expected that students do everything they can to prepare for the tests for them to perform at the best of their abilities.  However, SAT or ACT prep is not offered directly from BSGE, so students find their own ways of studying. The tenth grade is the first time students take the PSAT, which is supposed to be a guideline for what to expect the following year and in the twelfth grade on the real SAT, as well as mattering for the National Merit Scholarship.  Some students do study for the PSAT, but most wait until after the they receive their results to start taking the tests seriously. More…