Behind The Metal Counter

“Pizza and fries please.” Four words may be all we ever say to the people working our cafeteria, but what really goes on behind the metal counter? The “School Food Service Manager” (the professional term for the person who runs our cafeteria) is named Dorothy. She comes to BSGE twice a week and works at…

Graduation 2011

The 2011 commencement ceremony took place at the Queens Theater in the Park. The master of ceremonies was Mr. Tim David Lang. Student Jolijt Tamanaha gave the first speech and was followed by student Nathan Nickolic. The adult speakers picked by the students were Ms. Jennifer Dikes, Mr. Virge Ramos, and Ms. Lily Shen. Ms….

Seventh Grade Rocks Out At MMI

The seventh graders recently went on a field trip to the Museum of the Moving Image.  Many of us have already experienced the amazing, creative things in the museum, but then again, for some, this was a first time experience. Located on 36-01 35Av Astoria NY 11106, this museum is the perfect educational spot for…

Interview with A Departing Student Teacher

 As the school year ends, BSGE’s 8th grade says goodbye for good to their English class student teacher Phillip Ashton Marnell The First. (Marnell had specifically said that he was “The First”). The 25 year old that worked with English teacher Nikki Singh and the 8th grade from April to June, is not only leaving…

Japan Charity Raffle At BSGE

Ms. Matani’s tenth grade advisory organized a raffle in an effort to raise money for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  On that day, a 8.9 magnitude earthquake occurred off the east coast, about 250 miles northeast of Tokyo. It was so powerful that it shook the earthquake-resistant skyscrapers of…

Sports Dinner

On June 15, BSGE held its fifth annual sports dinner. A few students on the boy’s soccer team, the girl’s volleyball team and the girl’s and boy’s basketball team came up, but the girl’s softball team had the largest amount of students showed up. Students brought food for everyone, and each team’s coach made a…

PING PONG TOURNAMENT

On June 8th, BSGE held its first ping-pong tournament hosted by the Sophomore Council.  There were around 10-12 competitors, including Science/Forensic teacher Mr. Laskowski and the entrance fee for the competition was three dollars.  Numerous rounds were held and each round went up to 21 points.  Adam Gakin, former BSGE student won the final match…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Hernandez

When did you start teaching? I started teaching in 2002. What did you want to be when you were younger? When I was younger I really wanted to be a doctor. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Astoria, around Ditmars Blvd. Steinway Street area. What hobbies do you have? I like to…

Thank You Notes

The Bacc Rag experienced its first taste of controversy in April. Our right to free speech (and our right to make a joke) was ignored when the issues were collected. But I am grateful it happened because it gave me a moment to reflect on the amazing opportunity that I have had working on this…

Summer Reading Assignment Adds Dread to the Hot Days

Finally summer break is approaching for BSGE students and the majority of them are ecstatic that school is near its end. Though everyone is looking forward to this time of the year, there is just one problem: summer reading reports. The summer homework for my grade is to read 3 to 4 books and write…

Review: King Lear Performed at BSGE

Ms. Nikkolos’s 9th grade advisory has staged their own version of the Shakespeare classic “King Lear.” In the play, the elderly King Lear wishes to give his kingdom to his three daughters. Of his three daughters, two only love him for his wealth. The third daughter, Cordelia, actually loves him, but he disowns her, which…

Applying from BSGE: Seniors Reflect

“Don’t be a little girl about it,” senior Meghan McCullough advises juniors, “do anything and everything you have to do to get in.” Another student urges future college applicants to “think realistically” and many seniors stressed avoiding procrastination and starting the process as early as possible.    About 52% of 2011 seniors said they feel…

Double Deposit At Your Own (High) Risk

On May 1st (or earlier for the non-procrastinators) seniors across the country sent in their enrollment deposits, securing a spot in the freshman class at the college of their choice. But some students played the dangerous game of double depositing. Double depositing is the action of sending in a check for enrollment to more than…

Tech Students Connect With the Outside

In Technology, the students of the seventh grade are not only learning about computer programs and websites, but they are also learning about things happening around the world. They learned about the earthquake in Japan and other natural disasters like the tornado in Joplin, Missouri. They are currently in the middle of a Multi-Media project…

2011’s Yearbook Truly Represents

The 2010-2011 yearbook definitely captures the spirit of this year’s senior class.  Beginning with a Dr. Seuss quote on friendship, the idea that close friendships have developed are evident throughout the book. It seems that each page is loaded with pictures of friends having fun. The yearbook also emphasizes all the good times that the…