Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

Senior looks to continue acting at prestigious institute

Since his first performance in the BSM eighth grade production of "Annie," Faber has dedicated his life to singing, dancing, and acting, which ultimately landed him at Tisch School of Arts. (Dasia Davenport)

Senior looks to continue acting at prestigious institute

April 14, 2014

After refreshing his web page for hours, senior Danny Faber spotted a green box in the corner of his screen, informing him of his acceptance into the musical theater program at Tisch School of the Arts. “For a moment I didn’t know what had happened and my whole body started shaking, it was emotionally... Continue Reading

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
BaseballWed, Apr 16 4:15 p.m.Totino-GraceHome
Boys GolfWed, Apr 16 12 p.m.Prior Lake InviteThe Wilds Golf Course
Girls GolfWed, Apr 16 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys TennisWed, Apr 16 4:15 p.m.OronoOrono High School
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 7 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAway
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 7 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Robbinsdale ArmstrongArmstrong High School
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Multiple OpponentsFridely
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Multiple OpponentsFridely
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 5 p.m.EaganAway
BaseballMon, Apr 21 4:30 p.m.WayzataHome
Boys GolfMon, Apr 21 9 a.m.Chanhassen Invite Deer Run Golf Club
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
Boys TennisTue, Apr 08 Columbia Heights7-0W
Boys TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents46
Tue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Girls TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Boys TennisMon, Apr 07 Blake 3-4L
Girls BasketballSat, Mar 08 Holy Family Catholic61-66L
Girls BasketballTue, Mar 04 Mound-Westonka85-60W
Boys BasketballSat, Mar 01 Waconia60-69L
Girls BasketballFri, Feb 28 Columbia Heights84-46W
Boys HockeyWed, Feb 26 Eden Prairie2-3 2OTL
Boys BasketballTue, Feb 25 Mound-Westonka50-47W
Girls BasketballTue, Feb 25 St. Louis Park71-47W
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

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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