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The Buccaneer The Bogota High School Newspaper

Art Club Still Going Strong

One of Bogota High School’s largest and most popular clubs is Mr. Calleja’s Art Club. Mr. Robert Calleja had worked for 18 years in Bogota High School, creating the Art Club after his first year teaching. Calleja says he likes having Art Club because the students enjoy learning about art and sharing what they know. The Art Club has taken on more projects around Bogota High School this year with allowing students’ to creatively design murals and making improvements around the building; for example, touching up past artwork and decorating the garbage cans. A few of the new additions are Senior Deihara Villon’s self portrait in the junior stairwell and a collage of fascinating books and films in the 7th and 8th grade back hallway near the gym. For this year’s fundraiser, Mr. Calleja has created a very interesting design for the shirts in which they are sold by the members of the club. This t-shirt is black with Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” theme as the representative of art which then carries the Art Club logo into the design. We hope seeing the new improvements around the school and adding creative elements to brighten up the building encourages students to join for next year.

Vapes: A Danger in Disguise

Each year, more and more students are smoking in school since there has been a new invention called the JUUL. It looks like a flash drive which is why students are more likely to try to get away with vaping on school property. Students would sometimes go to the bathroom in groups and smoke together. With this new drug, doctors and other researchers do not know what the side effects can harm the body for the long term but they have more evidence; for example, cotton lungs, or known as the dependence on nicotine. They also have an idea it might be similar to smoking normal cigarettes, but worse. Each pod contains the same as one pack of cigarettes.

Another form of smoking students are doing in school are dab pens which is weed in a pen form that is liquid. It looks similar to a JUUL, but it comes in many different styles. However, with this drug, it triggers hyperactivity in the brain because it creates the same effect as if someone is high and not be stable. According to the drug facts listed from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and from a monitoring high school and youths survey, here are the following discovered:

  • 35.1% of 12th graders have smoked pot in the past year.
  • 21.3% of 12th graders have smoked pot in the last 30 days.
  • 6% of 12th graders say they use marijuana every day.
  • 81% of 12th graders say it would be easy to get marijuana.
  • Only 32% of 12th graders feel that regular marijuana use is harmful

Based off these statistics, we have to do everything we can to no longer allow the vaping and other drug related use take over our student body. As a junior/senior high school, our upperclassmen need to set an example for our underclassmen because the consequences can hurt any student’s academic standing.

By: Mia Sumayah

The Basics About Mental Health:

As a student in high school, we tend to face a great pressure from the workload, our social abilities, making friends, etc... As human beings, it is important we take breaks from doing work so we do not become overworked, and more importantly, overwhelmed. It is important we take care of our mental health. Mental health affects us in various ways. Some symptoms of bad mental health could be tiredness, trouble focusing on a task, and any other symptom of being mentally and physically tired. It could be to the point where it can become dangerous; it could even lead to different mental illnesses. Some of the most common include depression and anxiety. Symptoms of depression can include loss of interest, feeling empty/numb, lack of concentration, not knowing why you are depressed, plus many more.

If you think you may be experiencing some of these symptoms, it is best you take yourself to speak with a doctor or so they can help you and help you get back on your path. If your anxiety is serious to the point where you may experience panic attacks, rapid heart beating, shaking, and sweating. It would also be best to see a doctor as well. Going to the doctor doesn’t always mean your going to get put on medication. Many people actually find attending therapy has been helpful.

There is nothing to be ashamed of about going to therapy or being put on medication. After all, we are all human and we go through different life endeavors and sometimes they aren’t good ones. However, getting yourself help means that you are looking out for yourself and taking care of your mental health. This past school year especially the Bogota Public Schools has made acknowledging mental health a more prominent priority. Our Special Services have increased more opportunities for the student body to speak to outside of district professionals associated with Bergen County Mental Health Agencies. Luckily, Bogota High School has made a great effort creating a part of our building to become safe, comfortable space for students to seek desired help as necessary.

We always make our physical health a priority when it comes to taking care of our bodies whether it is going for a physical, if we are sick, and/or if we had an injury. No one is judged for going to a doctor’s office or a hospital, but we are judged for being mentally ill. We have to end the stigmas against mental health. It is just as important as our physical health. As someone part of the Bogota High School community, it is our job to end the romanticization of mental illnesses and tell people that it is something that should be taken very seriously. Mental illnesses do not define who we are as a person; we are so much more than them.

By: Summer Mehta

Lady BUCS Softball

The Bogota Lady Buc Softball team was a strong softball team with a record of 15-8 in 2018 as they have been coached by Brad Dirupo for the past years. This year he continues to coach and the team has a current record of 7-7. He’s been coaching the softball team for the past 20 years. He has been doing an excellent job pushing his girls to do better. He has even coached the volleyball team for over 10 years and continues to do so.

Although numbers were scarce for this year’s program, the Lady Bucs had strong leadership from their returning upperclassmen and captains Alyssa Vazquez, Leila Ksiyer, and Sophia Marquez, They are all working hard so they plan to join the summer league to get better as a team and as individuals.

Is Testing Still Necessary?: Are We Wasting Tax Money?

Testing is becoming to be overrated especially in the Bogota High School. Juniors are suffering the most when it comes to testing. During the third and fourth marking periods juniors are expected to take a series of tests. They begin with taking a bench mark in every class which is about seven overall. After this, juniors are highly recommended to take the SAT; the majority of the students take it between one to two times. The SAT is a huge assessment which determines if one can go to a good college or not. Roughly, the exam takes about four hours with very small breaks. Studying for the SAT does take months which makes other tasks feel long and overbearing. In addition, a decent number of the junior class must take their AP course exam. This could potentially be three to four exams over a two week time frame. While testing, then one needs to consider review and instruction for other courses throughout the day.

Lastly, the juniors will be taking the NJSLA Science exam will covers material not always covered in the classroom. This adds an additional test of trying our best but not always knowing how to. As for our current class, our graduation requirements are still stressful as the following are our only options:

  1. Achieve passing scores on high school level NJSLA/PARCC assessments;
  2. Achieve scores defined in the table below on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER; or
  3. Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the NJDOE.

According to the Department of Education, “the Class of 2021 and Beyond, The NJDOE will continue to work with the New Jersey State Board of Education to address, through the regulatory process, the Appellate Division’s December 31, 2018 decision. It is the goal of the NJDOE to address this matter in a thoughtful yet expeditious manner.” Thankfully, we did not have to take the NJSLA Math or English Language Arts which lightened up the burden of the additional testing. However, will this put us at risk for our graduation requirements with one less opportunity?

All we can ask in the future is to be mindful of the amount of testing that is required of not only us juniors, but of any future students. We know we cannot control what the state as it is constantly changing, but let’s try to consider the stress that comes along with it.

By: Omar Ebid

BUCS Baseball "Batter Up"

The Bogota Varsity Baseball Team opened the 2019 season right winning their first season game. The team’s first victory was against Wallington High School; they won 13-0. As the boys continued to progress through their season, their current record for the 2019 season in the league is 2-6 and overall is 4-8-1. The seniors of the team Matthew Fitzgerald, Daniel Sanchez, Jose Marte, Argenis Soriano, Ethan Bugger, Eris Rosario, Jake Marino, and Emilio Briones have high hopes for the 2019 season. When speaking to Ethan Brugger on his expectations for the team, who has played for the Bogota Baseball team all four years states, he says, “I expect us to make states and be the underestimated team.” Matthew Fitzgerald has similar thoughts: “I expect to be a dangerous team in the state tournament.” Matthew Fitzgerald has played for the Varsity Baseball Team all four years, and is a valued player on the team. The Boys Varsity Baseball Team continue to progress through their season and continue to work hard to achieve their goals at a state title. On Monday, May 20th, the varsity team made the first round of the state tournament up against Wallkill Valley. Unfortunately the Bogota Bucs did not make the second round, but they should be proud of competing against a high ranked team in the state. However, between strong pitching at the mound and overall great batting, the Boys Varsity team had a successful season.

One special shout out we are honored to mention is Senior Jose Marte of the Dominican Republic fulfills dream of playing baseball in America. Player named Jose Marte a senior is representing Bogota’s Baseball team with his dynamite pitching. Jose Marte throws at least 90 mph with various pitches thrown to intimidate any batter. Articles have been written about Jose because of the amount of surprises he gives other coaches as they went up against his strikezone. When it is Marte’s time to shine on the mound, his teammates are on the field are to back him up. Jose loves the sport and is always striving to get better like everyone else on the team. Most of players ask him about some advice on how to improve their skills.

Another important senior to recognize is Jake Marino. One of his strongest skill sets is his effective batting at the plate. In his final season, he increased his batting average to .360 and received First Team All League. Marino states:

“Making first-team all-league means a lot to me, I worked really hard and love the grind of the game. Playing centerfield is a lot of work, you get a view of the field as a captain out there and directing other outfielders on whether to shift back or move over depending on the person hitting and if it’s a short fly ball is hit to call off the infielders and say you got it. We played tough opponents against Midland Park, Cresskill and Emerson. A lot of good competition in Bergen County as there are scouts always there and how you get better at the game. I love putting a show on for people and once I step on that field it’s game time and ready to go. Going into my senior year the coaches said the seniors had to be the leaders on how to act, get better on each play, at bat and help each other out. I knew I had to go all out if it’s my last at bat, throw and catch.”

Congratulations to Coach Dan Limone and his staff showing dedication and love towards the sport. We wish the outgoing seniors success in the future, and good luck for the returning players in preparing for next season.

By: Monica Cruz

2019 Bogota High School Spring Concert and Art Show

Thursday May 9th at 7:30pm in the High School Auditorium

Bogota Jr./Sr. High School invites you to join us for the Annual BHS Spring Concert and Art Show on Thursday May 9th, 2019. Come out and be entertained by performances from the BHS Concert Band and Jazz Band. The art exhibit will showcases the work of student artists from grades 7-12.

Admission is FREE!

Come join us for a great evening of music and art presented by our wonderful students!

The Art Club Tee Shirt sale is here.

If you want a shirt and have not been approached by a member of the Art Club, for whatever reason, by this Tuesday afternoon....please let me know via email or better yet a visit!) and I will get your order in.

  • They are printed white on a black (designer type) lightweight tee.
  • The shirts do run a bit small.
  • Sizes available are S,M,L,XL,2XL,3XL(?)....2 and 3 XL are an additional $2 added to the price of $15 per shirt.

Orders are going in Tuesday afternoon

Thanks,

Bob Calleja

Bogota High School Athletics Carnival

April 16 - April 20, 2019

499 Feller Pl, Bogota, NJ 07603

The Bogota Bucs Athletics will be hosting a spring break Carnival from Tuesday, April 16th through Saturday, April 20th, located at the athletic fields on Feller Place in Bogota. The five day fair will have carnival rides for all ages by Campy’s Amusements, delicious food and treats, carnival games, and much more!

Specials and Promotions:

  • Pay one price carnival ride armbands, good for unlimited rides on the night of purchase, are $30 per armband/per day.
  • Advance sale armbands are $23 each and are available online at Innovative Ticketing until April 15th.

Hours:

  • Tuesday – Friday: 6pm – 10pm
  • Saturday: 2pm – 10pm

Event Sites & Contact:

Event Website: Website

499 Feller Pl, Bogota, NJ 07603

Back-to-Back Victories for the BHS Faculty

With a final score of 60 to 51 the faculty team proves they are not a "one hit wonder".

You Got Brains

On February 21st, Mr. DiRupo’s Driver’s Education class conducted an assembly for the 9th through 12th grade students. Eighteen of the Driver’s Ed. students came together to advocate topics associated with teen driving safety. Their objective was to show how Bogota is a small town where most of the student population walks to and from school regularly. Due to this circumstance, the students decided to address pedestrian safety. By spreading awareness to Bogota Jr/Sr. High School students, it can help the overall student safety which was their main goal.One of the key components of the student presentation recognized the new parking lot renovations. Comparing the pictures from the old to new parking lot, one of the successes is how it has become safer for students walking to school and parents dropping off their children to the front of the building. In addition, the new renovation has provided crosswalks out of traffic’s way for those who do walk to and from school regularly.

Other than showing images of the old and new parking lot, the Driver’s Ed. students presented fun, yet informational videos on the “Do’s and Don’ts” of properly walking and crossing the street, especially at Bogota High School. There are times where students would like to use “shortcuts” or the “easy routes” to make walking time more efficient. However, when not using the school’s crosswalks safely, it can cause terrible accidents. One of the other concerns shown in the video is wearing and blasting music through headphones; this does not help with being aware of all surroundings. Lastly, the Driver’s Ed students created a competitive and innovative way to keep all audience members engaged with rounds of Kahoot! Randomly assigned students from each grade played against one another. For example, three 9th grade students competed against three 10th grade students. All questions were based off the Driver’s Ed students slideshow presentation about pedestrian safety.

Prior to the students slideshow presentation, the student body had an opportunity to hear impactful, motivating speakers to really emphasize how important it is to be mindful of one’s surroundings. Gabe Hurley’s, the first speaker, life change forever in June 2009 when a teenage driver lost control and crashed into his own car. The impact was so tragic it shattered his facial bones and completely took away his sight and sense of smell. He also has impaired taste and has had over a dozen surgeries to reconstruct his face. Although his injuries were devastating and he has to live his life with disabilities, he is still brave every day and believes life is beautiful. He has taken his experience and created a new purpose for himself: to be a motivational speaker. One of his most remarkable missions is to “prevent tragedies such as mine from happening to other people and their families.” He continued and shared with the audience that “this is his [my] immediate goal. He [I] does not [don’t] consider himself [myself] a visionary. But considering that in four and half years so much has happened, who knows where this is going to go?” Mr. Hurley left the stage leaving the students and faculty stunned and amazed of how much he has emotionally and physically accomplished in his life since the accident. One of the best parts of his presentation was his guitar performance, a skill so outstanding for his physical capability.

Overall, the Driver’s Ed students did an amazing job orchestrating not one assembly, but two for Bogota’s high school students. Special thanks and appreciation goes to Mr. DiRupo, Ms. Raftery, and Ms. Garcia for organizing and practicing with the class days prior to have everything run smoothly. Great job done by everyone!

Here is the list of students below who participating in the assembly:

  • Taj Collins
  • Carmen Cruz
  • Ruby Recio
  • Alex Melendez
  • Taylor Cabana
  • Josemanuel Corniel
  • Kiara Polanco
  • Dalecia Ashley
  • Emalia Samouhos
  • Elsie Duque
  • Esteban Martinez
  • Adam Magbag
  • Joana Tineo
  • Julia Leal
  • Amber Vazquez
  • Ciara Feliz
  • Keydee Rodriguez
  • Carlos Rondon

Students Use 3D Scanners to Replicate Themselves

While many schools face challenges such as underfunding, unengaged students, and outdated curriculums, innovation offers a path forward. Many hands-on classes have vanished from the curriculum. At Bogota High School the days of Wood Shop, Auto Shop and Home Economics are a thing of the past. Graphic Arts, Art, and S.T.E.M. based classes are sparking the students desire for hands-on learning.

In Mr. Severino’s Advanced Design class students are using 3D scanners to digitize themselves and bring their likeness into the digital world where they can be manipulated and used for projects based on 3D animation and 3D printing. Students feel free while working in the 3D realm and enjoy the control they have while creating in programs like Sculptris and Cinema 4D. With the popularity of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality the possibilities are endless.

“Technology ignites a passion for learning. The hands on experience provides students with the instant feedback they crave.” Mr. Severino

Lady Bucs Basketball Team Making Positive Changes

This season has been a new transition year for the Girls’ Basketball Lady Bucs. With a brand new head coach, Morgan Taylor, and a young squad, the Lady Bucs have hit some trials and tribulations. Coach Morgan Taylor is brand new to the Bogota Coaching Staff. She played at John F. Kennedy High School and Bloomfield College. She currently coaches and works at Stack NY/NJ to encourage young athletes to enhance their skills. With her knowledge of the game, the ladies have been able to implement new strategies. Although the Lady Bucs record does not speak volumes, these ladies have shown growth since the beginning of the season. However, two of the greatest qualities this team has is dedication to the sport as a family and determination to become better individually and collectively. The Lady Bucs earned their first win January 25th against Paterson Charter, 27-13. Strong leadership and points came from sophomore Ruby Recio and freshman Maryann Gesmundo. After celebrating the win, Coach Morgan was able to focus on the positives. Once again, she was able to reiterate her words of wisdom to the girls. She always says, “We will work. We will push one another, and we will be successful-period.” With the second half of the season almost over, the ladies do have some competitive games coming their way!

By: Staff

Bogota High School Repair Priorities

Ever wonder why there is effort put in certain areas of the school where more impactful changes are needed? This thought goes through my mind quite often, and chances are others may agree and think so. Please know this writing piece is NOT to attack the Bogota Board of Education and administration, but to suggest changes that require more prioritization over other projects. We appreciate all the steps in motion to make our school better.

The first example that assaults my mind is the restroom conditions around the high school. Some of the issues are rotting vandalized stalls with broken doors, frequent leaking from the sink pipes, broken faucets coupled with broken soap dispensers, and, at least in the men’s restrooms, a lack of barriers of privacy. Yet, we have some neat flat-screen TVs around every corner of the school, which are off most of the times.

After that we can make improvements to the auditorium. The seats are either broken or uncomfortable, sometimes both. The stage is being held by tape or at least it feels like it. Having to sit in those wooden chairs for hours feels like torture. Making changes like adding cameras, renovating the gym and weight room, and adding flashing crosswalk signs at the school’s street corners are all great changes that are examples of proper priority management. Let’s start making more steps forward.

By: Isaac Salazar

Marine Reserve Corps Toys for Tots

are due by

Wednesday Morning December 19th.

It must be a NEW & UNWRAPPED toy.

Happy Holidays to all!!

BHS 2018 Winter Concert

Bogota Junior/Senior High School is presenting its Winter Choir Concert on Thursday, December 13th, 2018. It will showcase the talented students of the Bogota Concert Band, Concert Choir, The Purple Notes, and Jazz Band. The concert will feature songs like Jingle-Bell Rock and On This Day Earth Shall Ring and is conducted by Mr. Barry McCann and Mrs. Maxine Alstrom. We look forward to seeing you there at 7:30pm!

Bogota National Honor Society Inductees 2018-2019

Bogota High School inducted its new members for the 2018-2019 school year on December 6th. The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

NHS Inductees 2018-2019

  • Angelique Caceres
  • Riya Chatterji
  • Julianne Corniel
  • Natalie Hardwick
  • Selenne Jimenez
  • Sophia Marquez
  • Nylene Mateo
  • Carly Nuñez
  • Lara Peña
  • Olivia Rosado
  • Chris Tomlinson
  • Scarlett Zambrano
  • Michael Zayas-Bazan

Hard Work & Dedication Paid Off for the Bogota XC Team

Both the Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams had a phenomenal 2018 season. Congratulations to both teams and their coaches. Their hard work and dedication paid off as they finished the season undefeated with a record of 9-0. A special congratulations to Jimmy Gutierrez and Jesus Mitchel for competing in the Group 1 State Championship at Holmdel Park. Jimmy Gutierrez placed 10th and Jesus Mitchell placed 23rd. Furthermore, Jimmy Gutierrez had the honor of attending the Meet of Champions where he placed 90th out of 200. Congratulations to both teams on their outstanding achievements! GO BUCS GO!

Individual Awards:

Girls Cross Country:

1st Team All- League:

Angelie Jaipersaud

Gabrielle Grant

Ashley Gomez

Natalie Hardwick

2nd Team All-League:

Lara Pena

Honorable Mention:

Aisling O’Hagan

Ashley Bautista

Individual Award:

Boys Cross Country:

1st Team All- League:

Jimmy Gutierrez

Jesus Michel

2nd Team All-League:

Mauricio Valerio

Adam Albino

Leandro Rojas

Dylan LeMay

Honorable Mention All-League:

Vincent Ducut

Bogota Starts a Staff Wellness Committee

A school staff wellness program is an organized program for all employees designed to enrich their physical, mental, emotional, and occupational well-being. The goal is to make the work environment supportive of positive health behaviors and thereby help prevent chronic diseases and promote improved well-being for all employees.

By making the healthy choice the easy choice, wellness programs can create a culture of health and deliver a wide range of benefits to employees including:

  • A safer, more supportive work environment
  • Improved health, increased well-being, self-image, and self-esteem
  • Improved coping skills with stress or other factors affecting health
  • Reduced out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., reduced premiums, deductibles and co-payments) for physician office visits, medications, procedures or hospitalizations related to acute or chronic illness
  • Improved job satisfaction

Furthermore, teachers and other school employees are role models for students. School employees who are interested in their own health are more likely to promote healthy behaviors and practices to students, who are then more likely to engage in health-promoting activities themselves.

Staff should look to their email and staff website for more information on the Bogota Wellness Committee in the coming weeks.

By: Staff

Bogota Ice Fishing Team: Ready to Hit the Ice Once Again

The Bogota High School Ice Fishing Team has roots that date all the way back to 1923. Last year, Mr. Kordosky and Mr. Russo set out to reestablish a fishing team at Bogota High School. Fishing used to be well ingrained into our community, now thanks to lower toxic levels in the Hackensack River and global warming we are able to hold practices close to school once again.

“We thought that we might have 5 to 10 students show up at our first meeting,” Russo said. “Obviously we were quite surprised and pleased when 33 students packed into the school library for the initial meeting.”

Since their huge turnout, the team has grown to 48 members strong in 2018 and has gained terrific support from the local community. “Several retailers in town have really taken the lead in helping us get this program rolling and we can’t thank them enough,” Mr. Kordosky.

Since the weather can get a little harsh in New Jersey during the winter months the group holds an annual Ice Fishing Contest and Bonfire Event. In this event, they incorporate academics. Students are challenged by five species of fish to catch ranging from Yellow Perch to Smallmouth Bass. Fish are measured by length and the total lengths are added together. The academic twist comes in when they get to add their GPA in inches to that length. So a student with a 4.0 GPA gets to add four inches to their total length. A 3.0 GPA gets to add three inches and so forth. “That is a great motivator for the students to continue to do well in the classroom,” Mr. Kordosky said. “In most cases, those bonus inches are the difference between the winning teams.”

Perhaps one of the best features of the club is their willingness to give back to the community. To date they have helped with eleven local charity events as well as fundraisers. They’ve also raised enough money to support the club for the 2019 season. “We don’t want to turn any student away so we don’t mind working hard to ensure that doesn’t happen,” Mr. Russo added.

As the High School Ice Fishing movement continues to grow, Bogota High School will undoubtedly be the school leading the way as a shining example of what can be accomplished!

If you would like to join The Bogota Ice Fishing Team please see Mr. Kordosky in room 32 or Mr. Russo in Guidance. We will provide fishing poles for each student. New team members must bring their own bucket. Bring all buckets to Mr. Kordosky or Mr. Russo for inspection. You must sign up before December 14, 2018.

By: Hershele Ostropoler

BHS Volleyball Team Wins State Championship

The Bogota Varsity Volleyball Team 2018 season was filled with many obstacles and challenges. However, it did not stop the Lady Bucs from claiming the 2018 NJSIAA State Champion Title as well as other individual awards. Many achievements the Lady Bucs achieved this season is a result of hard work and dedication from both the team and their devoted coaches. All the time and effort put into this season paid off in the end as the team commemorates their many achievements. Please continue to read for the highlights on the 2018 season. Congratulations to the Lady Bucs on an amazing season! GO BUCS GO!

Bogota Varsity Volleyball 2018 Record:

Overall: 24-5

Section: 16-0

Group Awards:

2018 NJSIAA Girls Volleyball State Section B Group 1 Champions

2018 NJSIAA Girls Volleyball State Section B Group 1 Champions

Bogota won the Mary Ann Collura Volleyball Tournament hosted by William Paterson University the third year in a row versing Northern Highlands with a final set of 25-17.

Individual Awards:

First Team All League:

Alyssa Vasquez

Briana Lozano

Leila Ksiyer

Nylene Mateo

Julie Corniel

Second Team All League:

Sophia Marquez

Olivia Rosado

1st Team All County:

Julie Corniel

3rd Team All County:

Leila Ksiyer

Nylene Mateo

Honorable Mention:

Amy Chavez

Kiara Polanco

Coaching:

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association proudly inducted Head Coach Brad Dirupo into the 2018 Volleyball Legends for outstanding contribution to the sport of volleyball on November 17, 2018.

On September 21st 2018, Coach Brad Dirupo became the third North Jersey Volleyball Coach to join the 500 win club as his team rallied against West Morris. The game went into three sets 19-25, 25-16, and 25-23 with Bogota being the victorious team.

By: Monica Cruz and Amy Chavez

Bogota Varsity Soccer Team: Hardworking & Committed

Our soccer season was not as memorable as most would have hoped. Even though we won our first game in the past two years, we would have hoped we were more successful. Although this is a brand new program, we hope it will receive care and attention like other programs at Bogota Jr./Sr. High School. As players and graduating seniors, we have a few suggestions to help our future grow.

To begin, having additional coaches can really be beneficial to the overall success of the team. For example, it would be great to have a coach who specializes in goalkeeping, a major component of the sport. Secondly, we would like to have more girls and boys join the program because there can be positives and negatives to having a co-ed team. Although this is not to discriminate against the opposite gender, this suggestion is more so for the skill factor and level of play. For instance, there may have been times where people would not necessarily feel comfortable and/or confident playing against the opposite gender. If we have more of an interest in making this program grow, then there could be a chance we can have a boy’s and girl’s soccer team. Also I think we need a better field to play our games on. Even though we appreciate the school buying goals for field after three years the field is still very difficult to play on especially when the weather is bad. For example, the ball bounces all around the field which is hard to control for both the players and the goalkeeper. All of these are strictly suggestions but it would be beneficial to take notice.

To be straight forward, all we want as outgoing seniors is to see our soccer program be more successful with dedicated players. We want to come back to see how both young men and women who love the sport be hardworking and committed. If we possibly have a better field and having more coaches to orchestrate longer, high level practices, then we believe more players will want to join and we will have more support from the Bogota community.

By: Fady Sarabamon and Miguel Rojas

Bogota High School Musical:

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol"

Bogota Jr./Sr. High School’s Drama Club presents this year’s musical “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol.” Ms. Albirt has decided to have the musical before the play to bring everyone into the Christmas spirit. The original “A Christmas Carol” would be a perfect fit, but it has been done in the past. Therefore, what better way than to have a fairy tale twist on its story with a more colorful cast and comedy to work with.

The classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who has never really had any Christmas spirit at all. He is then visited by four spirits in one night, including his old business partner Jacob Marley, to try and help his wayward soul realize what he can do to change the future and leave his darker outlook of the past sorrow and regrets. But, the BHS production of “A Fairy tale Christmas Carol” has the Big Bad Wolf as Scrooge and other characters including The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Mother Goose, Rumplestiltskin, and many more appearances of characters most should be familiar with.

This year’s show is supported by multiple staff and students who all want to have a good time and make sure their show is great. Countless hours of hard work has been put in to make the musical a must see. The pit, orchestrated by our band members, have been preparing their music and will work alongside the cast to make sure the songs flow well. Mr. McCann has also assisted in planning and building the set with Mr.Severino’s help. For our next group of people are the artists behind the scenes working with the actors to make sure they shine on stage, have all their quick changes, and props ready for action. The glam squad does what they can to assist with makeup and attire between changes of scenes, with help from Mrs. Severino. Last but not least, we have our directors and our actors as a whole who have been working since September to memorize lines and music. Mrs.Dellosa, the new elementary school music teacher, has been working hard on the singing of our cast to make each pitch and beat is perfect and comfortable for the singers with each song as our vocal director. Ms. Albirt, who has gone through so much wanting the show to go well, cares so much even to the extent of still running around while carrying her little bean (her words: not mine).

Production Performances:

Friday, November 30th at 7 pm & Saturday, December 1st at 7 pm.

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

There will also be a family matinee at 1 pm on Saturday with all tickets at $5.

We hope to see you all in attendance!

Nichole Nunez- 11th show, plays as the Big Bad Wolf in our production and has always loved being on stage may it be as a dragon, a receptionist at a plant shop or even a kid who can’t fly a kite this will be her last and 6th musical to finish her drama club career.

Alondra Batista- 11th show, plays as Mother Goose the narrator of our production who has put in tons of work to help with the show however it maybe possible being the voice of an alien plant and even a dog who dreams of defeating the red baron this show is also her last and 6th musical to finish off her drama club career.

Christopher Grod- 9th show, plays as Jack The Giant Slayer in our production; he is better known as Scrooge’s nephew who wants to put his all in to his performance, may it be as a loyal butler or a wino roaming the streets of skid row this is his last and 6th musical to finish off his drama club career.

By: Christopher Grod

The BHS Football Team Finishes Strong

The football program welcomed a new head coach this season. Alumni and current PE teacher Brian Appleton took over the reigns from Kevin Bayani. In his first season, the Bucs were very competitive finishing with a record of 4-6. Senior captains Andrew MIller, Eris Rosario, and Emilio Briones led the squad this season. Frank Petaccia was named First Team All League for wide receiver and Andrew Miller was named First Team All League for defensive back. Eris Rosario was named Second Team All League for the offensive line and George Coronel was named Second Team All League for running back.

Miller and Petaccia dominated the offensive for the Bucs. Our success also had key pieces in Sophomore Ashanti Caviness (wr) and Junior Jason Nunez (wr). The defense was delivered a blow with losing starting defensive end Robert Cueto and middle linebacker Adrian Flores at the beginning of the season. The Bucs decided to use it as a chance to experiment with their roster and see the young guys play for a couple of games. The Bucs took their bumps along the road, but improved the future of the program by giving the younger guys experience and a chance for next year. Once Flores and Cueto returned and the younger guys gained confidence, there was no going back. The Bucs ended the season on a strong, positive note finishing 4-6 and ending the season on a four game winning streak. Congratulations to the Bogota Bucs, and best of luck preparing for the rest of the year for next year.

By: Adrian Flores

R.I.P. Stan lee

1922-2018

“With Great power comes great responsibility”

Comic book legend Stan Lee (Stanley Martin Lieber) passed on November 12th 2018 at the age of 95. He was the executive vice president and publisher of Marvel comics. Nearly everyone recognizes him in the movies he cameoed. He was a tru e iconic pioneer with no comparable second.

Lee expressed mutual admiration for his fans:

"There’s something if you think about it, that is wonderful about somebody caring about you, as I care about them, whom you’ve never met, who may live in another part of the world," he said. "But they care, you have something in common and occasionally you contact each other. This business of fans, I think is terrific. And I love 'em all."

- Stan Lee -

Excelsior!

By: Elijah Rosas

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College & Career Readiness

We all know that anxiety and stress can interfere with our academics and our lives. Bogota Junior-Senior High School is very close knit. As a scholastic community, we like to be vocal about our issues and concerns with all that happens within our lives. Anxiety is a factor most students and staff everywhere may deal with. Stressful factors such as schoolwork, studying, tests, our personal lives, and relationships tend to be anxiety ridden and can impact our mental state. Ms. Amanna, one of our school counselors, has created a program for 11th and 12th grade students where they can discuss and voice their thoughts about anxiety, in addition to learning some tips and tricks to help them manage and overcome it.

This group can be very beneficial for those who do not feel comfortable speaking about certain issues with particular people, whether it’s with friends, family, and/or teachers. In this positive space, students are able to open up about these issues which may trigger anxiety or cause stress to our everyday lives. Ms. Amanna has run this group multiple times and many students have already joined; we are hoping more will contribute. Therefore, students can feel heard and stress-free. If you are interested in joining this group in a safe, positive and discreet environment, please contact Ms. Amanna and you too can feel heard.

By: Victoria Bingen

The New Bogota Superintendent: Mr. Kennedy

As the 2018 school year begins to come to a close, we were all thrilled to hear about Mr. Kennedy’s new position as the superintendent of Bogota Public Schools. He has been working at Bogota High School for eight years now, allowing him to create personal ties to our community and school environment. Having Mr. Kennedy as the new superintendent will not only be a positive step forward for Bogota, but it will also bring great comfort within our school since he will still be a part of the “Bogota Family.” We sat down with Mr. Kennedy and asked him a few questions on his new role and his take on it.

Sarah Kanawi: How many years have you been working at Bogota High School, and in your opinion, what was your greatest achievement?

Mr. Kennedy: I began working here January 2010; that is eight years. I was apart of bringing in the new dress code and school uniforms, security cameras, and the new improvements to the gym and outdoor seating area.

Sarah: What do you wish to accomplish as the new superintendent?

Mr. Kennedy: I hope to establish stability and working securely with everyone as well as focusing on the students to raise awareness for mental health issues and school security. I also hope to improve our test scores as a school.

Sarah: What are you going to miss most about working at Bogota High School?

Mr. Kennedy: I think what I will miss most is seeing the students everyday. When you’re in central office everyday you can’t have the liberty of walking the halls or the lunchroom seeing the students and interacting with everyone. Not only will I miss the students but the staff as well, who I have worked with for quite some time.

Sarah: What do you plan on improving?

Mr. Kennedy: I want to look to improve our math and ESL state test scores.

Sarah: Would you like to involve more students in the decisions that affect the school?

Mr. Kennedy: I for sure want the students to have more of a say in what goes on within the school. I hope to have the kids who are a part of Student Congress be able to attend board meetings and give their opinions on behalf of the students. I think that because the community and students have known me for some time now. There is a bigger level of comfort and honesty which is a big advantage for Bogota and the school’s future.

Sarah: Do you have any last advice for the BHS students? What impression do you wish to leave as you now move on as superintendent of Bogota schools?

Mr. Kennedy: The most important thing that I could tell any of the students is that they are capable of doing whatever they want to accomplish if they actually want to do it and put the work in. If you want something and you work hard, opportunities will come to you in abundance. Any advice I have to give to the seniors that will soon graduate would be get ready because reality is about to hit and with hard work anything is possible.

In conclusion, on behalf of The Klaxon and part of the student body, we want to thank you so much for giving us your full time and effort as our principal. We are all excited to see how well you are going to do as our new superintendent of schools.

Track & Field: A Rebuilding Year

Although the Bogota Track season has just started, it isn’t looking too great for them this year. Although the distance team is looking pretty good, the sprinting team isn’t. They are currently 1-5, and aren’t looking too good for their next meets. They lost a few great players from last year, such as Elijah Bernardo, Colin McDonnell, Andrew Miller, and Brandon Gonzalez. These 4, with the help of the school legends Danny Daurio and James Draney, carried the team last year to many wins.

Don’t lose hope in Bogota. There are some freshman who are on their way to becoming superstars. Freshman Jesus and Brandon are doing very well for the distance. Although there aren’t many sprinters, we’re pretty sure that there are middle schoolers with potential to become future sprinting stars.

Homegrown Beats

Bogota’s own Christopher Marte and Tahj Rodriguez have teamed up as Bonn and Real Tahj in the new local hit song “What Did I Do.” The new song is full of inspired hip-hop production with beats that transform throughout the track, rather than just locking into a trusty boom-bap rhythm.

Lyrically, each artist brings something different to the table and plays off the other’s strengths. Bogota High School Students think it’s “the best thing since sliced bread”.

After school is out you can hear the hit song blasting out of speakers as student head home after a long day of learning.

Who knows what the future holds for these two artists. Maybe one day they could be on the same level as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

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