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A Red-Carpet Farewell for Beloved custodian

By Evan Hofsess

Over the last 12 years, we have had a really special person at BBES: Mr. Sam Bullock.  A veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army National Guard for seven years, Mr. Bullock was the head custodian at BBES since 2008, coming to us from Deal School. He worked hard to keep the school clean and repaired while making a lot of friends along the way. These friends were a big mix of students and staff. I always saw him greeting everyone as he walked past in the hallway in school and also out of school. 

Sadly, December 23 was Mr. Bullock’s last day as he is heading into retirement at the age of 70. Custodian Phil Henderson will take over his position. Everyone at BBES will miss Mr. Bullock, but he will be remembered and loved!

I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Bullock before he left.

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Playstation or Xbox? A complete Review of The Next-Gen Consoles

By Max Gast

As some of you guys might know, the next generation of console gaming is upon us.

What does that mean? There’s a new generation of consoles on the market that are more powerful with faster hardware, better graphics, and other innovations that make older models seem way less interesting. 

The competitors in the ring this year are, as always, Sony and Microsoft. With the Xbox Series X and S on Microsoft’s side and the PlayStation 5 on Sony’s. This review will be split into two parts: pre-release and post-release, this is because as of writing this paragraph it is Nov. 3, 2020, and the consoles come out Nov 10 (XSX) and 12 (PS5) Anyway, let’s get on to the basics.

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Good deeds: Four Ways You and Your Family Can Volunteer locally

By Evan Hofsess

The holidays are a time to reflect on how thankful you are for the things you have in your life. It is also a time to care for others in your family and community. Volunteering can be fulfilling and fun. Dedicating your time as a volunteer not only helps you make friends and boost your social skills, but it can also satisfy a pressing need in your community. Volunteering is a great way to connect with your community and to make it a better place. It takes a lot of time and dedication, but in the end it is worth the effort. Here are four ways you and your family can volunteer at places in need. 

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – The #1 Quarantine Game of the Year

By Max Gast

 When Animal Crossing: New Horizons was delayed for production reasons by Nintendo, many people were upset. Little did Nintendo know, they set themselves up for one of the best-timed launches in video game history, coinciding with the global COVID-19 pandemic and tens of millions of people staying at home.  

Animal Crossing: New Horizons  (ACNH) — the fifth game in the Animal Crossing series — has been hyped up since the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2019 when it was first unveiled.

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Choosing a High School: A Q&A with Three of our GRads

By Evan Hofsess

Applying to high school can be a very stressful time for many eighth graders.  Out of last year’s BBES graduating class, 12 students went to Red Bank Regional, 10 went to Neptune High School, four went to Monmouth County Vocational School District, and three moved out of district. With the many options provided for BBES students, how do we know which school to choose?  I had the opportunity to talk with three former BBES eight graders:  Noah Jamieson, Henry Leyva, and Bram Hofsess.  They told me how their high school experience has been so far and what things incoming freshmen can expect.

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Breakers Roll Rough, Make it to Playoffs

By Joshua Nesheiwat

In this year’s 2019-2020 boys basketball season, we were able to witness some pretty hyped events. The team, consisting of four eighth graders, four seventh graders, and four sixth graders, climbed through the division through harsh and challenging opponents to secure a spot in the finals. Coached by none other than the legendary Paul Mulligan with his son James Mulligan, who sure hasn’t fallen far from the tree, the boys worked hard to fulfill the role of the mighty Breakers.

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Staying Cheer-ful

By Emely Herrera-Montoya and Mairelys Ramirez Montoya 

“LETS GO BREAKERS… LET’S GO!”

Although this year’s cheerleading season was cut short, it was so fun while it lasted!

 With 22 cheerleaders, this was the largest squad we’ve ever had at BBES. We had five captains: Gerlinde Dunnican, Ashley O’Neill, Lizbeth Quiroz, Jennifer Martinez, and Brenda Herrera. Read more

Latin Dancer: Interview with Flaco

By Max Gast

At Bradley Beach Elementary School you may have heard that fourth graders and kindergarteners got the chance to learn Latin dance with visiting artist Mr. Marck “Flaco” Best. 

We focused on two dances, the merengue and the bachata. We got a chance to dance with all different partners throughout the lessons.

“Some of the underlying skills students were learning were: learning how to work with a partner, respect, timing, patience, learning that mistakes are okay, and of course listening skills,” said our teacher, Ms. Goldsworthy.

It was pretty fun. For example, if someone got a question about dance correct, like Myles Stewart in 4G, Mr. Flaco would give him three high fives. It was very interesting and somehow felt rewarding. 

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