Category Archives: Student Life

Garden Club Sprouts At BBES

By Jordyn DeJesus

Radishes, watermelon, lemon balm, and tomatoes are some of the delicious fruits and vegetables growing in our BBES Community Garden this year thanks to the new Garden Club started by Ms. Bialek and Mrs. O’Keefe. I interviewed them about the club, which has been meeting weekly since April at the raised garden beds next to the school.

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What A Year! New Staff Look Back

By Mairelys Ramirez-Montoya

They made it through their first year at BBES. And what a crazy year! Our eight new staff members are: Kathryn Skribner for second grade; Lisa D’Amore, a third-grade teacher; Marissa Raia for ESL; Barbara Schall a preschool aide; Yolanda Roeder for Spanish; Chloe Grady, a fifth grade ELA teacher; Yessica Lopez, attendance secretary; and Brian Auriemma for technology support.

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Podcast Season 1: Episode 1 (Aidan Chats With Mr. Phil)

By Aidan Murphy

Podcast with Mr. Phil The Tides Podcast

In this first-ever podcast for The Tides, our reporter Aidan Murphy talks to the most chill head custodian, Mr. Phil Henderson of BBES.

They Speak for the Trees: Shade Tree Commission Sponsors Art Contest

By Emely Herrera Montoya

During a pandemic, art class can be very challenging and different, but Mrs. Dizefalo never fails to make class fun. This year, grades five through eight are eligible to enter a contest to design an image for the Bradley Beach Shade Tree Commission’s promotional items.

Middle School students are drawing trees and/or leaves to represent the Bradley Beach Shade Tree Commission. The winner of the contest will get their drawing design printed onto tote bags for the community. I got the chance to interview Summer Deaver, one of the organizers of the Bradley Beach Shade Tree Commission, who came up with the idea for the contest, via email. These were her responses:

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Pandemic Transforms BBES Life

By Allison Herrera Montoya and Nancy Martinez Yanez

Each morning at 8:35 a.m., teachers and administrators come out and take students’ temperatures before we enter the school building. We stand in circles painted on the playground six feet apart, near the rest of our homeroom class. We wear masks. If it rains or it is too cold, they take our temperatures at the door.

Inside, we sit behind plastic desk shields, keep social distance, and remain with our homeroom classes all day. We do not use lockers. The gym and the playground are empty, except for when they are used for 10-minute mask breaks. There are no class trips (including the Eighth Grade Washington trip), no assemblies, no sports, and only virtual clubs.

The virus COVID-19, which was first reported in early January 2020, has not only affected the USA but the world. It has taken the lives of 1.9 million people globally, about 360,000 in the United States. Due to this pandemic, unfortunately, some adults have lost their jobs, which lead to losing their homes. In the week of April 12-18 2020, about 4.4 million people were unemployed. 

Here at BBES, the pandemic has transformed school in many different ways.

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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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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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