Teacher of the Month: Ed March

Where did you grow up? I was raised in Brooklyn, New York. What was your previous job? My last job was working as loss prevention for Prada in a mall. What kind of student were you in high school? I was kind of this odd under-achiever; I could’ve done better, but besides that, I did…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Beane

Where did you grow up? I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. What type of person were you in high school? I was, and this is actually true to this day, I still have friends who say, ‘you didn’t belong in any one group’ and so I had friends in lots of different groups. I…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Tramantozzi

Where did you grow up? Yonkers, NY. Have you always been interested in art? I think even when I was very young, I always really liked drawing and I always liked making things (like projects or anything that I could make); but I think I began to think seriously about it in high school when…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Yanek

What is your cultural background? I am a New Yorker, through and through. Where did you grow up? Franklin Square, New York. If you could live in any other place in the world, where would it be and why? New York is my first choice, but if I couldn’t live in New York I think…

BSGE’s New Assistant Principal

Among the many recent changes introduced to BSGE is the arrival of a new assistant principal, Ms. Maria Mamo-Vacacela. She has been appointed as an Interim Acting Assistant Principal, meaning that before Ms. Mamo-Vacacela gets permanently hired she has to undergo a trial process. Ms. Johnson explained, “She is with us now, you can think…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Mac

  What were your favorite sports in high school? Why? I enjoyed golf and tennis because they were individuals sports where I was competing against myself or one opponent, but I also loved playing basketball too for the team experience. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Rhode Island, which is about 40 minutes south…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Meifen Xia

Ms. Xia is the new Chinese teacher at BSGE and she teaches eighth, tenth, and eleventh graders. Where are you from? Shanghai, China. I was born and raised in the city. What did you parents do? They are in China now. My father is a chemist and he was like a magician; he was able to…

A Warm Welcome to Mr. Rabinowitz, BSGE’s Newest Humanities Teacher

This school year, BSGE gained a new humanities teacher, Mr. Steven Rabinowitz. In a recent interview, he shared the details of the path he took to becoming a teacher as well as a devoted follower of a secret band. So what made the Long Beach native, and upcoming girls’ basketball coach, interested in the humanities? As…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Matt Anderson

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the South Bronx. What type of student were you? How would you describe yourself as a kid? I was inquisitive, I liked school, I was interested in the origin of everything. I felt like I was pretty athletic and I would ride around New York. We…

BSGE Staff Marathon Runners, Gretchen Schwarz and Tim David-Lang

Congratulations to BSGE Art teacher Ms. Gretchen Schwarz for completing the New York City Marathon on November 1st. It was her first marathon. Congratulations also to Tim David-Lang, BSGE’s Guidance Counselor and advisor for the Running Club, completed the Chicago Marathon on October 11th. He previously ran the New York City Marathon in 2013.

Students’ thoughts on Ms. Shen’s retirement

While asking students for their thoughts on Ms. Shen’s retirement and reflections on their time being Chinese language students, we collected way more than we could use in any story. Rather than let information go to waste, below is a collection of quotes and thoughts from students. If you want to have your thoughts added to…

Ms. Lily Shen to Retire at the End of the School Year

Long time BSGE teacher, Ms. Lily Shen, recently announced that she plans to retire at the end of the current school year. Ms. Shen has been teaching Chinese at BSGE since it opened its doors in 2002 and was one of its founding members. When asked why this year was the right time to retire,…

Farewell Michael Vlahovic!

Michael Vlahovic, a temporary member of BSGE’s staff, is now leaving our school. He stayed at BSGE for over a month and was an assistant to Mr. Rajiv, the French teacher. He is in a Teacher Certification Program and is training to be a French teacher. As a requirement in the program, he was required…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Laskowski

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Buffalo, NY which is about 20 min. from Niagara Falls. What were you like as a kid?  What did you like to do? I liked playing sports, I went outside and played every day. I also loved playing video games on the weekend. When did you…

Dr. Helfenbein on Movies: Science Fiction Movies of the 50s Part II

Dr. Helfenbein is an avid film watcher (or, as some would say, cinephile) and will be writing a semi-regular column for the BACC Rag in which he recommends older movies students might be interested in watching.  In the previous column, I mentioned that the large number of science fiction movies produced in the 1950s may…

Teacher of the Month: Darlene Bullock

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Brooklyn, down on 19th street in the lower portion of South Brooklyn. It was good, because I grew up around all my family, my mother’s side of the family primarily. I grew up with six brothers and sisters, so it was a lot of fun. Where…

Fewer Students in BSGE: What Does That Mean?

Two years ago, there were 109 students in the BSGE seventh grade. Now there are 85. Does that mean that BSGE’s graduating class sizes are getting smaller each year? Is our reputation suffering? This is what some people think when they hear these numbers. It seems like it, but the truth is much more straightforward….

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…

Dr. Helfenbein On Movies: Science Fiction of the 1950s

Dr. Helfenbein is an avid film watcher (or, as some would say, cinephile) and will be writing a semi-regular column for the BACC Rag in which he recommends older movies students might be interested in watching.  The first two decades of the sound era (the 30s and 40s) saw few science fiction movies (notable exceptions…