Teacher of the Month: Gretchen Schwarz

Where did you grow up? My family moved around a lot, so I grew up in a couple of different places.  I was born in Pennsylvania.  I grew up in mostly small towns; Indiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. But for high school my family moved to a bigger city, to Milwaukee. Was it a big transition…

Interview with BSGE’s Business Administrator Krystal Weiss

Where are you from? Queens, New York. What is your favorite thing to do in NYC? I love to do brunches with my friends, go to movies. I’ve recently gotten into mud runs, I’m going to a zombie run next week! How would you describe your job at BSGE? My job mainly consists of assisting…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Stone

Where did you grow up? Right here in NY, Manhattan. What inspired you to become a teacher? I had a lot of good teachers who I admired as a student. I like talking about history, I like working with kids, I like working with other people. It’s a pretty good line of work to be…

Long Time BSGE Teacher, Linda Ellman to Retire

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…

Staff Member of the Month: Virge Ramos

What is your cultural background? I am of Puerto Rican descent and was born and raised in New York City. You can call me a New Yorican. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Queens, Jackson Heights. Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? Yes. How do you like it? I love it….

PTA and Student Groups Fundraise at Spring PTC

At the Spring Parent Teacher Conferences that occurred Thursday, March 27th and Friday, March 28th, BSGE took advantage of the mass amount of parents coming in and decided to make some money. The Lady Sting Softball team, PTA and Junior Council were all selling items for parents and students to purchase in support of the…

Staff Member of the Month: Tim David-Lang

What are your plans for the future? I don’t see any major changes in my life. When did you realize you wanted to work in a school? My first job with kids was when I was 15, in a summer camp. Then, during college I participated in a summer academic program and I realized that…

Tim Ran the NYC Marathon

On November 3, over 50,000 people completed the annual New York City Marathon.  The marathon started in Staten Island, went over the Verrazano Bridge, traveled up through Brooklyn and into Queens, went to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge, proceeded into the Bronx using the Willis Avenue Bridge, went around and back into Manhattan over the…

BSGE’s New Parent Coordinator

BSGE recently hired a new parent coordinator named Margaret Pasach who is also BSGE parent. Pasach graduated from Queens College and Fordham University with an MA in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Before coming to BSGE, Pasach was working as an elementary school art teacher for grades 1-6 in and a…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Julie Hunter

BaccRag: Where did you work before you came to BSGE? Ms. Hunter: At another school, in New York. What do you think of BSGE so far? It’s really great, it’s a really special place. The students are really good, the building is really clean, the staff is really good, my boss is good, the neighborhood…

Longtime Math Teacher Adam Noor Leaves BSGE

This Fall saw the departure of one of BSGE’s favorite teachers – Adam Noor, who taught 10th grade trigonometry and 11th grade math studies for ten years. Mr. Noor, who left to take a job teaching in other parts of the world, was known for his easygoing attitude and sense of humor. Students were disappointed…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Clarkson-Farrell

Okay, so for starters, what is your first name, Ms. Clarkson Farrell?  Alright, finally… Here it comes, dun dun dun! So many people have been asking me throughout the years, it’s Theresa. Theresa Clarkson Farrell, people call me Terry.  Finally! We find out. So, what would you describe your position at BSGE?  Oh my goodness,…

Thoughts on How to Spend the Summer Time

All of us have memories of having fun during the summer time. Those memories may be of hot days in the park, eating ice cream, seeing a summer movie, travel, longs days with friends and family, or even just lounging around.  Mixed in with these memories are certainly also very significant and meaningful experiences of…

Ms. Dikes’ Photography

Ms Dikes, 12th grade History teacher and IB coordinator has recently become a serious about photography in her spare time. She has taken classes in various places in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Below are two of Ms Dikes’ photographs  

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Mehan

1.) What is your cultural background? I am actually fifth- or sixth-generation American. My mother is working out the specifics but I do know that I have mostly Irish ancestry with a bit of English/French thrown into the mix. 2.) Where did you grow up? I grew up in a very small town, Stillwater, in…

Staff member of the Month: Mildred Velez

How would you describe your role in BSGE? Well my title is school aide. I do a few things. I’m in the cafeteria for all the lunch periods. Then after the lunch periods are over, I do what the staff… If they need supplies, I get the teacher supplies, I do filing, I make copies,…

Staff Member of the Month: Ms. Vanessa Rabines

Where are you from? What is your background? I’m Peruvian American. I guess that’s what you would technically call it. My parents are Peruvian and I was born here. Do you have any siblings? how many? do you get along with them? Yes, I have two siblings. An older brother and an older sister. We…

Teacher of the Month: Mr. Jim Heine

Why did you want to become a teacher? Teaching found me.  I was looking to make a change in my career, and New York City was in need of teachers. Several events came together, and I became a teacher. How do you feel about working here for so long? I did not realize that I…

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Linda Ellman

Why did you become a teacher? I became a teacher because I really thought that History was a good way to make people to think about all kinds of big ideas and a way to think about the world. I have a passion for History and I thought I would want to talk to young…

Six Years of the French Language

Imagine walking into a classroom full of faces that you have seen for nearly six consecutive school years. This is a scenario Mr. Rajiv Mahajan, the current French teacher at BSGE, has dealt with before. As the French teacher, educates some BSGE students on the French language and culture, which he has been doing in…