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Fortnite: Is it Changing the World for Better or Worse?

By Luke Bardinas

Imagine the Hunger Games. Now imagine the Hunger Games as a video game. Fortnite is a free battle royale video game released on September 26, 2017. It also has a second game mode where you save the world from a zombie invasion. Some could argue that  Fortnite is hurting kids because they would rather play Fortnite than go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather or spend time in person with others. Other people may argue the exact opposite, that Fortnite could help kids be more social and can help them with planning and collaboration with other people. Read more

When Your Teacher Knocks at Your Door

By Sherlyn Osorio

Imagine yourself being a small preschooler, not expecting one of your teachers to stop by your house. It’s quite a shock but also exciting seeing your teacher in your home to visit your parents and you especially. This year, the school directors decided to visit each of the preschoolers’ homes to see how they interact and behave in a familiar environment.

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The New Faces at BBES

By Sophia Li

This year, 11 new faces can be seen in our school community. Let’s see who these kind faces are! The school has hired Erin Healy to teach gym; Amanda Bialek for fifth and sixth grade science; Jessica Campbell to be a first grade teacher; Gabrielle Giacchi to aid Mrs. Maggio in third grade; Lucy Newberry to be an ESL teacher; Brendon Coulson to teach second and third grade reading and writing, and second and fourth grade math; Jenny Krystopowicz and Kristin Goldsworthy to teach fourth grade; and Donna Taylor to aid the fourth and first grade classes. Bernadette LoPinto-Neil is our new preschool teacher, and Gabrielle Dawe is an instrutcional assistant in preschool.

Today I am going to be introducing you to some of them. Read more

Bathroom Fire Causes Evacuation

By Raul Gregory   

The day started out like any other. It was Monday, April 9, the first day back to school after spring break. We all went to first period and followed the teachers’ instructions, and at 9:30 AM we were reading our independent reading books when it happened. I had just turned the page of my book when the sound of the fire alarm pierced through the air. We followed our teacher who led us outside. It was cold. I remember hearing a student say, “I’m so cold. When will this drill be over?”

We stayed out there for what seemed like forever. At this point we had surpassed the average waiting time for a fire drill, and realised that there might have actually been an issue inside of school worth evacuation. We soon learned that there was an issue because the fire department arrived. I heard others talking nervously. People began contemplating what had happened. After a while we were told that we were to go down to the gym. Once there, the rumors spread like wildfire. One kid sitting to my right said that the cafeteria had caught fire. The kid to my left said that the paper towel dispenser had malfunctioned and caught fire. We sat in the gym chatting and spreading rumors for at least ten minutes until a police officer or firefighter told us what had happened. Apparently a small fire had broken out in the upstairs boys’ bathroom. We were sent back to class around 10:30 after it was confirmed that the classes were safe for reentry

To find out what really happened, I interviewed our school superintendent, Dr. Wisniewski. He started off by telling me that when he heard the fire alarm that day he thought it was a malfunction or the boiler was letting off steam. A teacher alerted him to the fire in a garbage can in the upstairs boys bathroom apparently set by a student. When he realized what was really going on, he knew that the situation at hand was much worse than he thought. Dr. W described the fire as a “trident of flames” because the flames had torn through both sides of the garbage can and had also burst through the top creating what appeared to be a trident. He was able to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. Police are investigating the incident.

Dr. W. said that reflecting on the experience made him realize that everyone did what they were supposed to do. He discussed how proud he was of the students of Bradley Beach, saying this was an isolated incident, and that we are safe here in our wonderful little school. To end the interview, I asked him about the black lock covers that were installed on classroom doors after the fire. He told me that they are designed to make sure doors are remained locked at all times. They are helpful for lockdown drills, and can also be used for preventing cross ventilation so that oxygen cannot get to a potential fire.

Thanks to quick thinking and proper training, our school is safe. Now let’s make sure it stays that way!

Sarah Poppe Joins the Party

(Photo courtesy of Marissa Vitale)

By Lucas Davis, News Editor

In the beginning of this year, our supervisor of curriculum and instruction Mr. Liebmann left Bradley Beach Elementary School for greener pastures, if they exist. This is a sad occurrence. However, the person replacing Mr. Liebmann is just as amiable. Sarah Poppe is the new supervisor of curriculum and instruction for our school.

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National Junior Honor Society

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For the first time in BBES history, seven students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society in a ceremony on May 23. Seventh graders Sophia Li, Brian Ramon-Miron, and Jordan Barraud; and eighth graders Eddie Hagerman, Rebecca Roth, William Cooperman, and Aidan Carlucci were inducted into the organization. To be eligible, students must be in good academic standing and have completed 20 documented hours of service and leadership in the community.

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