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.
Four new members joined the Bradley Beach Board of Education this week, filling up spots left open by outgoing members Susan Monroe, Dwight Gerdes, Stephen R. Lozowick, and Tom Bardinas.
The new additions are: Liza Flynn, Joanne Shu Hofsess, and Roseann Caruso Walker. They were elected to three-year terms on November 3. Felicia Sacci was elected to a one-year term (the last year of a slot left open by Mr. Bardinas, who stepped down last year).
The other members are: President Elizabeth J. Franks, Vice President Bridget Devane, Barbara Carlucci, Margaret Merenda, and Donald Warnet.
I had a chance to interview the candidates via email, along with Dr. Monroe, who had served on the board since 2010.
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.
What are the students of Bradley Beach asking for these holidays? The Tides surveyed students in grades four to eight about their holiday wish lists. Ninety-three people responded with answers varying from a PlayStation 5 to world peace.
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.
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.