by Mr. Lakhaney

Long Time BSGE Teacher, Linda Ellman to Retire

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Linda Ellman with her daughter, Leah

At the end of the current school year, long time BSGE history teacher, Linda Ellman, plans to retire.  Linda has been teaching for 17 years and upon retirement she is looking forward to continuing her lifelong engagement in social activism as well as to the arrival of her first grandchild.

After hearing the news of the retirement, Linda’s former and current students communicated a lot of praise and appreciation for her work. Current student, Lydia Stetson ’15 said, “Linda is not only an amazing teacher but also a great person just to sit down and have a conversation with…BSGE won’t be the same without her!”

Former student Jolijt Tamanaha ’11 shared, “I loved her! I think Linda has a huge amount of passion for everything she believes in and does, including teaching, which is

by Jonathan Z '18

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 the prior cultural trip, given the amount of students attending this year. This year’s chaperones included yoga teacher Ms. Jackson, humanities teacher Mr. Lakhaney, math teacher Mr. Mehan, and chemistry teacher Ms. Mihalache. Other chaperones included foreign language teachers Mr. Giraldo and Mr. Rajiv Mahajan, who teach Spanish and French respectively. Students spent their entire spring break visiting various landmarks and experiencing the cultural influences of both European nations.

Students departed for Europe on a Thursday, a typical school day. After school ended, students stayed after school with their baggages to take a bus to the airport. Mr. Giraldo said how some of the students looked “so excited and couldn’t wait to go on the trip.” At the airport, the students boarded a flight to Paris, France. The next morning, they arrived at Paris and dropped of their luggage at the hotel.


by Justin H '17

BSGE’s 2014 Spring Music Concert

Thursday, May 29th, was BSGE’s 2014 Spring Concert. The entire 9th grade participated, as did the school band: Players for Peace. Some students, such as Anu Shree Rajagopal ‘17 and Mariadolores Alvarez ‘17 had special performances. Anu played a traditional Indian violin, and Mariadolores showed off her flamenco dancing skills.­­ The Players for Peace played well-known songs such as The Star-Spangled Banner. After that came intermission, and then the 9th graders played many complicated pieces such as the William Tell Overture, And the Mountains Rising…, and Swingin’ Shepard Blues.

Ms. Nikkolos, the music teacher and conductor during the concert, was very pleased with the concert’s turnout. She called it a “demonstration of the ninth grade achievement.” The achievement in question is knowledge of reading sheet music and playing percussion instruments. Some of the pieces the 9th graders played are on an 11th grade level, meaning that the 9th graders showed exceptional skill. Once that skill is mastered, Ms. Nikkolos explained, it is much easier to play any instrument.

by Maya J '16

Lady Sting’s 2014 Softball Season Comes to a Close


On Monday, May 19th, the BSGE’s girls’ softball team lost to Franklin K. Lane high school in the first round of the playoffs. Although the game was close at the beginning, Lady Sting struggled in later innings, and ended the game with a final score of 17-7. The loss marked the end of the team’s 2014 season, with an overall record of 9-4. This has been the fourth consecutive year that the team has made it to the PSAL playoff rounds. However, this year, Lady Sting is saying goodbye to three seniors: Lauren Katzenstein, Olivia Witting, and Erin Camia.

by Lydia S '15 by Moshan G '17

The Buzz: What are BSGE students doing this summer?

Joleyne Herrera: To find a job, because I’m broke. Lol.


Olivia Witting’ 14: I’m planning to work at this theater in New Hampshire. I’m going to be assistant to the director, running shows, sitting during rehearsals, building scenery, making costumes and stuff. I’ve also been doing that for the last 6 years. I am also going to go to Stanford in September and my parents are moving to L.A

by Lydia S '15

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 IB Exams of 2014 for Juniors and Seniors. But the party “IB Done” could also be interpreted for underclassmen as an end of the year party celebrating the conclusion of stressful assignments, teachers and classes.

This was the first time in BSGE history in which a party was hosted by two grades. The reason behind this is that for every BSGE party, money comes out of the school’s pocket in order to pay for security guards and chaperones for the party. Because of the recent budget cuts for schools, the Junior and Senior Councils were told that they had a limited amount of parties. Instead of fighting to the death for one of the party dates, the two councils came together and decided to split the work involved in hosting the party and also split the profits.


by Ausra P '18 Uncategorized

BSGE Demystifies IB

Have you ever wondered what our school name BSGE means? It stands for Baccalaureate School for Global Education and it refers to the IB (International Baccalaureate) program established in BSGE in 2005. The IB program has been applied to over 4,000 schools (public and private) in 147 countries, over one quarter of them in the United States and 24 in New York. Students of these schools are aged 3-19. Our school focuses on two of the four programs, the pre-diploma program and the diploma program. In this program students aged 16-19 follow a rigorous two-year curriculum leading to the final examinations. This program helps students to develop physically, emotionally,

by Ashley W '16

Film Club’s PSA Moves to Next Round in No Bull Challenge

BSGE’s Film Club has officially made it into the Top 50 of The Great American No Bull Challenge! Founded by author and entrepreneur Shawn Edgington, the No Bull Challenge is “a social action organization that inspires teens from around the world to take a stand against bullying and to promote digital responsibility, leadership and social action through filmmaking.” In order to promote non-preaching curricula in bullying for teachers, the winning films and scripts are used as free educational resources to teachers worldwide. The various prizes for the winning students are: a mentorship with Emmy Award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, a text-a-tip program for the winner’s school, video cameras, scholarships and a trip to the Sundance Film Festival, where the winning short film video will be submitted.

by Mr. Lakhaney

BSGE Alumnus Jolijt Tamanaha Sells Company, has New Start Up

Farmplicity copyBSGE Alumnus and former BACC Rag editor, Joijt Tamanaha recently sold her St. Louis based startup company, Farmplicity, to Sunfarm Food Service in May 2014 for an undisclosed sum.

Ms. Tamanaha (BSGE Class of 2011) created the company as part of an entrepreneurship class at Washington University in St Louis where she is currently a student. The company was created to allow local farmers to sell their produce, fruits, and meats to area restaurants through a simple,

by Erin C '14

BSGE Production of Macbeth Set to Hit the Stage

The Baccalaureate Theater photoCompany’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth will debut in June after months of rehearsals and preparations. Director Olivia Witting ’14 will stay true to the original script of the centuries-old tragedy, but has made use of modern costumes to create a new age version of Shakespeare’s work.

Witting and her father, Steve, who has been helping his daughter with her directorial responsibilities, chose this specific play for the Theater Company to perform. They got in touch with 12th grade English teacher Mr. Potter last summer and asked which plays he had chosen to teach during this academic year. Olivia said, “Since we were studying Macbeth in class, I thought the actors could get insights into their characters.” The majority of the cast is made up of 12th grade students and thus the actors have studied the tragedy in-depth. They have also had the chance to write about it during the IB English Exam last month.

by Moshan G '17

The New BSGE Boys Soccer Team

In the Fall of 2014, BSGE will have a new boys soccer team. The team will be supervised and coached by Spanish teacher Mr. Giraldo and BSGE parent John Ryding. The team is open to boys currently in the 8th to 11th grade. Forms will be distributed for students to take home. If you are interested in joining, fill in the forms and submit them to Virge Ramos. Tryouts begin on August 16th.


by Vivian Y '16

10th Grade Spanish Class Cooking Field Trip

BSGE’s Spanish teacher, Mr. Giraldo, started the school year with a plan of three field trips for the 10th grade. The first trip was an international outing to Spain and France during Spring Break. The second trip he planned was to the Museum of Modern Art to view a special exhibition on Hispanic artists. Mr. Giraldo’s students briefly studied famous Hispanic artists like Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Fernando Botero, and Salvador Dali to prepare for their trip to MoMA. They learned about the history of these artists and the many styles of art that were exemplified in their works. Students were paired with partners to create Powerpoint presentations on the artists that they chose to study. Unfortunately, the trip to MoMA was cancelled because of conflicting schedules.

However, Mr. Giraldo had planned yet another trip for his students. It was a trip to A La Carte, a cooking school located in Lynbrook, NY. Since Mr. Giraldo teaches two separate groups of students in the tenth grade, his B-day students went to the trip on Tuesday, May 27th, and his A-day students followed after on Friday, May 30th. To get to A La Carte, students met Mr. Giraldo and the chaperones, English teacher Ms. Meisler and school aid Ms. Noboa, in the lobby at 8:55am. Students and chaperones took the MTA subway train and Long Island Railroad.

Photo Credit: Mr. Giraldo