by Samantha C '14

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 three other schools. Her job as manager consists of ordering food, making phone calls, and making sure the kitchen is clean. Her orders are sometimes read off of a preprinted menu that’s made for New York City public schools.
Dorothy says that she tries to talk to BSGE students to understand

by BACC Rag staff

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. Johnson gave the final speech and the graduates then all walked up onto the stage and recived their diploma. The students closed the ceremony by dancing to a mash up of “Time of My Life” and “The Show Goes On.”

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by Rakia I '16

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 middle schools and high schools and provides many resources to learn from. This museum is all about technology of film and digital related topics. This is the whole reason why all the seventh grade technology classes decided to go to this museum. The seventh graders are heading into the unit of multi-media; so going to the museum would be the perfect opportunity to learn about the topic that

by Lydia S '15

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 BSGE, but leaving the country! Marnell had been hired for a job as an English Teacher in Korea, a few hours away from Seoul. When asked about how he felt flying all the way to Korea for his new job, the current Columbia student had said,

by Erin C '14

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 the city.  It triggered a tsunami that caused even more damage along the coast of Japan. This resulted in large waves that reached about 6 miles inland at some places. According to the Japanese National Police Agency, 15,057 deaths have been confirmed, 5,282 people were

by BACC Rag staff

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 speech. Students received awards for being on the teams, and the students gave their coaches presents. The sports dinner was an opportunity for BSGE’s sports teams to celebrate a year of hard work and their achievements.

by BACC Rag staff


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 against Mr. Laskowski and his prize was a green customized t-shirt.

by Ergisa X '16

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 play video games.

How old were you when you wanted to be a teacher?
I was about 24 years old.  I was working in Business, I wanted to do something to give back to society.  I was good at

by Jolijt T '11

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 newspaper at BSGE. Over the past six years, many, many people have been extremely supportive.
When Kristen Spang, Nathan Nikolic and I first approached then-principal Bill Stroud about creating a newspaper for the seventh grade he didn’t hesitate. Mr. Aly Lakhaney signed on as adviser. The “Popcorn Weekly” was born and distributed (kinda) weekly for two years. In the 100th issue, we announced that we would become “The Bacc Rag,” a tabloid-sized, school-wide newspaper.
Not once did someone question (at least not to our faces) whether


Summer in New York City

by BACC Rag staff

2010-2011 Year in Pictures