The First Few Months of IB as a Junior

A few months into the school year, almost every single student at BSGE is drowning in work. With the new schedule’s 45-minute periods, the transition into the new school year is taking a lot longer than expected. For juniors, this transition is made more difficult because it is the first year in the IB Program….

All About the Extended Essay

At the beginning of the school year, BSGE 11th graders begin their year-long assignment: the Extended Essay. Although this assignment may sound tedious and intimidating, it is a crucial part of the IB program. “I was overwhelmed at first because it sounded like a really complicated paper,” said Angelica Benares ‘16. This essay, put simply, is a mandatory…

Junior Council’s Rocking Karaoke Night

Junior Council hosted BSGE’s first ever Karaoke Night on Friday, January 15 a fundraiser for senior activities, such as prom, purchasing yearbooks, and senior trip. The event was held from 3 to 6 p.m., with tickets sold for $4 (and $5 at the door). Hours before the event, council members were busy putting decorative ornaments on the walls and…

What’s the deal with CAS group projects?

Juniors and seniors in BSGE this year have been introduced to a new assignment that they have to complete as part of the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) requirement for the IB Diploma Program. The CAS Group Project, which in BSGE must center around the theme of human rights in order to maintain a global perspective, is an 8-week long…

BSGE Receives Its First 7 in IB Art!

Smith College is filled with many bright young women pursuing art, but BSGE alum Adela Goldsmith ’15 can proudly say that she is one of the few who have earned a 7 in IB Higher Level Visual Arts – and not just any 7. Adela is the first BSGE student to receive a 7 in…

Junior Council Hosts Spring Fling

On Friday, April 24th, Junior Council hosted a successful Spring Fling dance in the cafegymatorium from 6-10 pm. The dance, which juniors had been planning, selling tickets for, and organizing for weeks, helped raise a lot of money for the committee, which works toward ultimately reducing the cost for prom and other senior expenses. Tickets…

Know Before You Judge: BSGE’s College Acceptance Board

Each year the very same process occurs beginning in January and ending in late June when passerby hover around the blue bulletin board that inhabits the lobby. The list of seniors and their accompanying college acceptances, paired with the amount of financial aid they received from each university are stapled on the wall so that…

BSGE’s Most Successful Basketball Season

BSGE’s 2014-15 basketball season was concluded during the first week of February, with the girls’ last game on the 5th and the boys last game on the 6th. It was an exciting season to say the least, with the girls finishing with 6 wins to 11 losses and the boys with 6 wins to 12…

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.“

ACT vs. SAT: Which one should YOU take?

It’s that time of year again: the temperature has dropped below freezing, we are finally seeing snowfall on the weather forecast… and the dreaded first mentions of the word “SAT” have appeared among juniors. The class of 2016 will be the last grade to take the older SAT before major changes are implemented next Spring….

The Current vs. Redesigned SAT

During the spring of 2016, a new version of the SAT—the Standardized Admissions Test—will be distributed among high school juniors. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the role of the SAT, this exam claims to assess your college-readiness and is usually taken by 11th and 12th grade students in high school. SAT scores…

Juniors Visit the Fisher Landau Center for Art

On Thursday, December 11th, BSGE juniors visited the nearby Fisher Landau Center for Art on an interdisciplinary field trip for both Visual Art and English. The Center is located on 30th Street and 38th Avenue in Long Island City, and houses a collection of contemporary American art. The 11th graders walked over after lunch to see…

Fundraising at the Fall ’14 Parent Teacher Conferences

On Thursday, November 20th from 5 – 8 p.m and Friday, November 21st from 12 – 3 p.m, BSGE hosted its bi-annual Parent Teacher Conferences. The conferences, which are held once in the fall and once in the spring, are designed so that parents can discuss their child’s grades with teachers and gain a better…

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…

The IB Science Dilemma

During each year at BSGE, high school students are overwhelmed with school work and exams, leaving them almost no time to socialize with friends and family. On top of this, eleventh and twelfth graders enter the IB Diploma program, a rigorous educational program that trains students to succeed in college and beyond. Near the end…

Students Embark on Cultural Trip to France & Spain

On April 1oth, thirty six BSGE students varying from sophomores to juniors, went to France and Spain for a cultural immersion trip. This year’s trip marks the third time BSGE students have traveled to a foreign country. Accompanying them to Europe were six chaperones, all teachers from BSGE. The number of chaperones increased drastically from…

Juniors and Seniors Host IB Done Party

On Friday May 30th, the Junior and Senior Council co-hosted BSGE’s last party of the year: IB Done. The party’s name was a play on words with BSGE’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Program name, as most of BSGE’s past parties have been like. The party had a summer theme, a party tributed to the end of…

Junior Council Hosts Flapjack Fundraiser

On Saturday morning, May 17th, BSGE’s student organization Junior Council hosted the school’s second “Flapjack Fundraiser” from 8 – 10 am. The first Flapjack Fundraiser was led by the BSGE girls’ softball team, Lady Sting, a few months earlier. For Lady Sting, the event was hosted to raise money to purchase softball equipment such as uniforms,…

Tips on the College Process

Abandon all reasonable expectations. Don’t overload on reach schools. Get your personal statement done early. Go to the summer program if possible. File all financial aid information on time. Finish all your supplements by Peter’s deadline. Don’t apply to too many schools (too many is more than 15); you’ll have more supplements to do and…