BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014

As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading

Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014

As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading

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Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
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Number of AP Students Jumps

Walking into their AP classes the first day of school, many students, who were expecting about 15 students, were extremely surprised to find their classrooms filled with close to 30 of their peers.

Whether it’s pressure from colleges, low prerequisites, or unusually ambitious students, an exceptionally high number of students enrolled in AP classes this year. “This could be partly due to the fact that the junior class has 17 more students, but that shouldn’t account for jumps as big as these,” Ms. Amanda Anderson, College Counselor, said.

Among the classes that have increased the most are AP Language and Composition, increasing by 32 students, and AP Biology, increasing from 16 students to 26. Mr. Bob Lyons, who teaches AP Biology, doesn’t know exactly what has caused such a large enrollment in a class “that almost always has 12-18 kids,” but he thinks previous students’ success has a lot to do with why more students are trying out AP.

AP U.S. History has seen major change as well, increasing from 55 to 82 students, a 49 percent increase from last year. According to Sister Jeanne, the lack of a summer assignment might be the cause. Usually, students receive the assignment and “about 20 get scared and drop out. This creates a snowball effect among their friends,” she said.

Molly Adams, a junior who usually stays away from advanced classes, felt pressured this year to take on APUSH. “My friends were all taking it, so I was feeling really dumb,” she said. Adams said that without pressure from friends and colleges, not nearly as many people would take the AP courses.

Another reason AP classes might seem bigger this year is the number of sections. Some classes, like AP Calculus AB, have been narrowed from four sections to three, making classes that averaged 17 now average 22. This is a major reason why the AP Biology class is so big. Mr. Lyons commented, “Science classrooms are completely booked; we have no room to add sections.”

Such large classes have had a mixed reaction between students and teachers. Molly Adams thinks the big numbers are “kind of good. There is a lot more talking, but less individual attention.” Even though the classes are large, she’s striving for a good grade, saying, “I definitely want to do well. I’m pushing for an A in that class.” Although Mr. Lyons thinks that “conditions are not ideal” with so many students, Sister Jeanne is thrilled, saying, “I love it. If you’re willing to do the work and can keep up, it’s definitely a worthwhile course.”

Regardless of enrollment numbers, students in AP courses this year will definitely have their work cut out for them.

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