Inside Scoop on the Knitting Club

One new club at BSGE this year is a knitting club, supervised and started by Ms. Shen. She started it because she is interested in knitting and wants to share her interest with the school. The club meets in the library immediately after school every Thursday, and has members from a variety of grades. Meetings…

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…

Throw BACC Thursdays: Chris Potter: Quite the Crusader

The BACC Rag will repost an old article or interview (from our archive of almost a thousand stories!) each Thursday to help share great stories from the past that would still resound today.  Mr. Chris Potter, current English and Theory of Knowledge teacher, is a former Holy Cross collegiate basketball player. First things first: who offered you…

BSGE’s Lack of a Physics Class

BSGE is known for being one of the best high schools in New York City. With only 478 students from 7th to 12th grade, many students would agree that it is good to have a smaller, more intimate school environment where everyone knows, well, everyone.  However, there are some drawbacks, for example, having such a small school…

What You Didn’t Know: The Negative Aspects of Oxygen

What do most people think about when they hear the word oxygen? Maybe they think about trees, nature, and air. They’d be right to think about the air being represented by oxygen, in fact that is why the sky is blue, but to think that oxygen is a “good” healthy and clean gas is not…

Fantasy Sports in BSGE

Sports enthusiasts frantically grab their computers awaiting their turn to snag the best possible player to build a championship worthy team. From fantasy basketball to fantasy auto racing, people around the world can take part in these Fantasy Sports and compete against their friends. As avid fans of their preferred sport, participants can preserve the…

“SELMA” Tickets Free for Students

On Monday, January 19th, America celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Although many students celebrated with a day off from school, a group of 27 African-American business leaders in New York spread awareness with free movie tickets for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. This group created a fund that offered 27,000 New York City middle/high…

Themes Behind BSGE Seniors’ IB Artworks

Name: Nicholas Tan Year of Graduation: 2015 Date of Completion: Sept 2, 2014 Title of the Artwork: Disintegration 1) What is this piece depicting? What was your inspiration? My artwork is a sculpture comprised of two parts. The first section depicts a human skeleton on bare soil, having its bones chomped apart by a series…

Technology in Public Schools vs. BSGE

The New York City Board of Education holds the largest school system in the country with over 1.1 million students and 1,700 schools. Because of this, we have the largest budget than any other school district in the nation.   Although this may seem like we have enough money to buy iPads, new laptops, Smart…

Fact or Fiction: No Parties At BSGE?

By now we’ve pretty much all heard the rumor that there aren’t going to be any dances OR parties this year at BSGE. Everyone’s reaction is pretty much the same, “that’s terrible.” Everyone also has the same question… “why?”  Well the answer is that it’s a collective administrative decision.   Ms. Johnson says, “The Department…

Visiting Artist: Catherine Tafur

On Wednesday, December 10th, the art studio was filled with eager juniors and seniors partaking in BSGE’s first Visiting Artist event of the year. Ms. Schwarz arranged for her friend, Catherine Tafur, to present her work, inspiration, and process to the IB art students. Tafur’s presentation included seven paintings from her current exhibition at the…

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…

Seventh Grade Sleep Survey

Sleep. We need a lot of sleep. We all want sleep because we are all tired at the end of a long day. We all need sleep because we need the energy to go through a day of learning and work. However, do we all get sufficient amounts of sleep? According to many sources, a…

The Issue of Bullying Within BSGE

We should all know that bullying is in fact a problem in our society, and it is even more evident in places with greater amounts of people living there. Bullying affects many things in one’s everyday life, so it is especially important to have bullying under control. Not only are you subject to physical bullying,…

Class of 2014 Receives Record 40 IB Diplomas

BSGE’s class of 2014 received a school record 40 IB diplomas. Of the 63 students who graduated in 2014, 56 completed all of the IB requirements and 40 received enough points to earn the IB diploma. 2014’s class also had the highest percentage of graduating seniors receive the diploma in BSGE’s history (see table below). Ms….

Making Money: The DECA Buisness Club

Every year at BSGE, there are many new clubs, and this year is no exception. One such club is the DECA business club, which is a nationwide program that BSGE is trying to register as a high school chapter for. The point of DECA is to raise money for the school thorough various school-based enterprises…

Effect of Ferguson Decision On BSGE Family

The Washington Post recently came out with poll results stating that “48% of adults approved of the decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.” The poll referred to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black male who was murdered on August 8th, 2014 in…

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…