by Marcelo T '08

Word from the Real World: Marcelo Triana

Pulling up to the parking lot, I began to feel a rumbling in my stomach. Feelings of anxiety began to course through my veins and I did not know what to do. What could I do? Walking on to the main quad I saw many of my fellow freshman. Some not so nervous as I, some ready to give up and go home.  College was finally here. I had patiently waited four exhausting years and two gut wrenching months and the day had finally come.  As I received my orientation packet and signed all my forms I could not be any more hesitant to move in. Slowly but surely, my emotions subsided and I gained my composure. However, a single thought plagued me. How was I going to meet anyone? Could I find my niche in this college environment?
Quickly we were divided into dozens of groups. Entering my group I

by Jolijt T '11

I Got Tested for HIV

The short women in the orange hoodie slapped a sticker onto my chart and asked me, “what’s your birthday and zip code?” I confirmed what was written on the triage card I’d filled out in the waiting room.
My chart said very little about me. I had chosen to do the “anonymous HIV test” which meant the only information I had to give was my birthday, zip code, race and gender.
They had also handed me an STD consent form that asked for the patient name and date but I ignored the name slot and without hesitation; the women filled it in as “anonymous.”
She continued writing on my chart and I looked over at the wall. I tilted

by Kelly V '12

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Sarah Cunningham

Subject: English and Spanish
Grade(s): 8th and 7th

During this interview Ms. Cunningham was accompanied by her son, Sean.

What do you think of the kids in your classes? Did they misbehave or are they generally well-behaved?
Well BSGE has great kids. Um, they’re generally really well-behaved. The misbehavior here is like slim in comparison to misbehavior in other public schools.

What kind of person were you considered in school? (popular, nerdy, etc.)
I was the girl on the outside. I don’t think I had a label. I sat in the back row with


From Experience…

By Alan Chajet (a 7th grader last year)
You’ve just started a new school. Many worries enter your mind. Will teachers like me? Who will I befriend? Will there be too much homework? Etc.
The Baccalaureate School for Global Education is no exception!
There first few days are rough times for some. For others, there are no worries. Take Kats Tamanaha for example. She says: “I came to BSGE with my old friends and made new ones all together.” On the other hand, I came to this school alone, and had to start from scratch. It wasn’t too hard; all I had to do was get noticed! (Some of you might know what I’m talking about)
Once you start class, you will realize the teachers are ever so slightly awesome. In the

by Tim David-Lang

Welcome New Bees

Welcome to BSGE! You’re starting on a six year experience here with us that is sure to be filled with friends, fun, and plenty of rewarding learning.  While I imagine that BSGE must feel confusing and even large right now, I am certain that before long you will find your own, comfortable place within our small community.  Before you know it, you will recognize and even know nearly everyone as you squeeze your way through the hallways between classes and rush to get a good spot on the line for lunch.
More than anything else, I’d suggest that you use your new spot here as a chance to ask questions, reach out to people (adults and other students), and be open to all of the new experiences you will have this year.  Push yourself and pick out a specific new classmate or three to get to know, join a new group of people at lunch, stop by my office to say hi, join the Mouse Squad (or the BACC RAG for that matter!), stay after class as a bother to Mr. Laskowski.  Remember that here at BSGE, especially in your first year with us, you’ve got a chance to try out new things, approach new challenges, and explore who you are as a student and a person.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

by Jolijt T '11

Sting Sting Sting!

“What do bees do?”
At BSGE, it’s more about what they don’t do. They don’t go to school dances. They don’t come to school games. They don’t proudly proclaim, “I go to BSGE.” They don’t even attempt a positive attitude. Instead, most BSGE Bees spend their energy complaining.
Strong school spirit is essential to a pleasant and productive high school experience. Instead of whining, you can spend your time enjoying the things about our school that make BSGE BSGE. After all,

by BACC Rag staff

Graduation 2008

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

June 23, 2008- BSGE has graduated its third class with a beautiful graduation ceremony. Following BSGE tradition, a short speech was made about each graduate which, according to Auset Alexander, helped make graduation “personal” and “interesting.” The ceremony took place at Queens Theater in the Park across from the World Fair Globe.

by BACC Rag staff

The Buzz: How was your first day of school?

by Ms. Johnson

Ms. Johnson’s Welcome

With enthusiasm, pride and the audacity of promise engendered by the collective commitment of faculty and staff I welcome you to The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE).   I welcome back returning students whose absence during the summer left the building lifeless though the silence was sometimes enjoyed.  And I welcome new students who must be wondering what they’ve gotten themselves into by enrolling in the BSGE school community.
To the new student I say: don’t be discouraged and don’t fret.  If you are

by Daniel F '10

Editorial: Follow Up to “The Rise and Fall of BSGE”

Just under a year ago, the BaccRag published my initial article based on the progression of BSGE, “The Rapid Rise and Fall of BSGE.”
Since that controversial article in November of ’07, the school has seen 19 IB Diploma recipients; no previous grade had been able to accomplish 10. Those students have gone on to colleges such as Yale, Boston College and Delaware. More than half of the ’07 graduating class received at least a partial scholarship, with one student, Tatiana Lam Lo, receiving a full scholarship to Yale University.
The most recent MYP graduates have achieved the highest rate of 7’s on

by BACC Rag staff

Short Stories 9/08

S-P-I-R-I-T Spells Spirit!
10th grader Marjorie Balaguer has started BSGE’s first spirit squad! It isn’t a cheerleading team, itss a team that raises money for the school as well as providing spirit to the students. There will be dancing and practices and future competitions. If you would like to join e-mail or You could also contact Marjorie personally for any more information.

Grey Doors Greet Students
Heads were turning and mouths were going a mile a minute while students walked through the hallways on the first day. Not necessarily about their wonderful summers, student were discussing our school’s new look. Over the summer the doors were painted dark grey adding color to our white walls.

by Kristen S '11

Editorial: The New Detention Policy

The detention policy that was recently re-implemented from last year has many students rolling their eyes and shaking their heads. Although the faculty may be find it necessary for the students to be punished for their irresponsibility, the inconvenience that this lateness policy inflicts upon the students outweighs its benefits completely.
The consequence for being late is having to attend detention for 15-30 minutes after 6th period, regardless of how late you are. We are expected to be in the school building at 7:50, 10 minutes before school starts. The staff is a little lenient with having to come to school that early, but it is still strongly encouraged.
Of course, it should be a student’s responsibility to be on time to school and