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

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

Bowling a perfect 300 requires pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset. (Madeline Rockhold)

Bowling prodigy: junior achieves perfect score for second time

April 22, 2014

The no hitter, the hat trick, and the triple-double are what every athlete strives to accomplish. They require pristine physical talent and an unbreakable mindset, but one achievement is often left off of the list: bowling a perfect 300. For BSM junior Joe Kleven, this dream has become... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

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
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
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BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
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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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