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by Maya J '16

Eighth Graders Reflect on School and Look Ahead

The 8th graders at BSGE feel that the workload hasn’t changed much since seventh grade. “I think it’s about the same amount of work as last year,” Eunice Kim said. Many students, however, feel that the work is more complex and difficult this year in school. Elbert Savinon explained, “It’s gotten harder in some aspects, especially math – there’s more explanation and more graphs.”
The students feel that they learned how to manage the work in 7th grade, and this helps them balance their schoolwork and other activities. “My life outside school is pretty chill and relaxed,” said Vivian Yan. When it comes to their social lives, the 8th graders said they had made new friends this year. “We were put into different streams this year so I did make some new friends.” Eunice pointed out. “I’ve also kept the same old friends,” added Nikola Mirkovic.

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by Maya J '16

BSGE Finishes 4th in Queens Math Competition

BSGE Students at the Queens Math Competition held at Queens College. From left to right, 8th graders, Tracy Zheng,
Maya Juman, Risa Parham, 7th graders, Justin Hamlin and Kyle Ni. Photo Credit: Mo Math Staff

BSGE’s middle school students finished 4th in the Museum of Math Queens Math Competition on Tuesday, March 13th.  The math competition open to 7th and 8th graders across Queens took place in Queens College. Sponsored by Museum of Math (which is set to open in Manhattan later this year) and Con Edison, the competition accepted one team of 5 students (including both grades) from each participating middle school. BSGE’s team won 4th place out of the 25 schools involved.

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by Jan W '13

BSGE’s College Readiness

BSGE is among the top public NYC schools rated with what the DOE calls the “college readiness” factor. This means BSGE among other schools is no longer being evaluated solely on grades, but also on how well-prepared students are to pursue higher education. The New York City Department of Education defines the “college-readiness index” of a New York City public high school as the percentage of graduating students in a given school who qualify to avoid remedial college courses. While BSGE boasts a 100 percent graduation rate, according to NYC standards, only 97 percent of its graduates last year were considered “ready” for college. The majority of schools rated by the DOE do not hold a 100 percent readiness percentage. In fact, only 5 of the 28 ranked schools mentioned in a

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by Ricardo A '13

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 BSGE since 2006. Currently, he teaches classes in the 7th, 9th, 11th and 12th grade. He has a different view of students than that of other teachers in BSGE who may see students for only two or three years. He is tasked with teaching the students for all the years that they are in BSGE, preparing them to receive the IB diploma. This may amount to six years in the end, so he sees

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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

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by Mr. Lakhaney

BSGE Class of 2011 Receives a Record Number of IB Diplomas

                         The Class of 2011 at Graduation.                             Photo Credit: Ms Van Schilfgaarde

BSGE’s Class of 2011 received a school record 36 IB Diplomas last year. Of the 64 students who graduated in 2011, 55 were IB Diploma candidates and 36 students received enough points to earn the full IB diploma, a major achievement for the students and the school. “They worked together to support each other in the gauntlet of senior year and the IB exam process. Hopeful- ly this will continue to benefit them in their college years” said 12th grade IB History of the Americas teacher and Diploma coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Dikes.

In addition to their hard work, Ms. Connie You, 10th and 11th grade English teacher, identified

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by Izzy L '16

BSGE’S Humble Beginnings

The Story of the early days of BSGE

BSGE has come a long way from its modest beginnings in the basement of Robert F Wagner High School. When starting out we were a small student body of only two grades, 7th and 9th, and worked in a rented space with uninhabitable facilities and working areas.After advancing to our current building, we now have advanced to the school we love today with over 400 students, our own school building, 6 grades and excellent curriculum.
A lot of effort is needed to build and stabilize a school. According to BSGE teachers who have been here since the beginning, one of the most important things in this school, which was also the hardest to advance with as the school grew, was the IB program. The IB program is one of the main things that makes our school one of the

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by Jolijt T '11

A Breakdown of Junior Year

  Juniors are always warned that Junior year, especially at BSGE, is the hardest and most important year of high school. In an only partially scientifically valid manner, based solely on my personal evaluation of each assignment’s difficulty, I kept track of the work during my Junior Year from September 21st on.

Method: Each homework assignment was given a point value, from 1-3, based on difficulty. Difficulty was assessed by time spent doing it and mental effort exerted. Quizzes were worth 3 points and tests and essays were worth 5 points. The points were added to come up with weekly totals for each class. For each day off, 1 point was subtracted. The Extended Essay was treated as a class.

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by Evan B '10

Chris Potter: Quite the Crusader

Mr. Chris Potter, current English and Theory of Knowledge teacher, is a former Holy Cross collegiate basketball player.

First things first: who offered you scholarships to come play for their schools?
No that many in the end . . . I whittled down the schools that I was not interested in and that were actively recruiting me . . . Holy Cross, Fordham, North Carolina.  I was recruited, although they don’t offer scholarships, by both Princeton and Brown.

A few of those names definitely stick out—so why Holy Cross?
I had an interest in going to Holy Cross before the whole recruiting process started.  When it came right down it, I thought I might as well use the scholarship opportunity to go to a school I really want to go to anyway.

You are certainly a tall man at 6’4”, but players today are even bigger. How do you think the game has changed over the years?
When I look at the current game, I just see, physically, the differences in terms of body building . . . When I played, the general body type was very tall and thin.  You have to be so much stronger today; in the 70s that wasn’t a requirement.

Today’s game is full of athleticism—ever had the privilege of dunking on somebody?
In college I only dunked the ball once, and that was on a fast break.  I wasn’t a great leaper to begin with . . . But I’ve never felt the humiliation of having someone dunk on me.

What was your most memorable moment in college?
When I was a junior, Holy Cross was in the

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by Samantha C '14

Shamar Walters Reflects On His Time at BSGE

Many new students
at BSGE believe that there
is too much work given.
But some of the older kids
think there is a good side of
the heavy workload. One
senior, Shamar Walters, believes
that to younger kids,
it may seem as if the assignments
are overwhelming,
but once you reach the end
of high school, you start to

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by Jolijt T '11

BSGE Votes; Obama Prevails

On Monday, November 3rd BSGE students cast their ballot for the President of the United States. For many it was a first, for some seniors it was practice for  the next day.
The  mock election was sponsored by The BACC Rag. Students voted during their lunch period. At the booth the student would sign next to their name and then fill in the oval corresponding to the candidate of their choice.
This first time event helped students better grasp the significance of the  election. It gave students a chance to voice their opinions and opened many disscusions about the nature of politics and the responsibility of voting.
Obama won at the election BSGE too but by a much larger margin then the national election. Obama won 78% of the school’s vote. This is even higher than in New York City where Obama won by 62%.

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by BACC Rag staff

BSGE’s New Mascot

The votes are in and Sting the IB is the new school mascot! His motto? "I think therefore IB." Congratulations to the Student Council, John Milan (the artist), and the BSGE community.