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The student news site of Bak Middle School of the Arts

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The student news site of Bak Middle School of the Arts

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Teen volunteers are participating in a Kaiser study that could accelerate the COVID-19 vaccines potential use in young people. (Dreamstine/TNS)
Vaccines available for ages 5-11, booster shots accessible
Cassie Glomann, Arts & Academics Editor • December 21, 2021

COVID-19 has been affecting the lives of many everyday for over a year, but the United States is slowly coming back together. “[Some benefits...

In the past, restroom vandalism becomes a trend with negative consequences. “I love social media because it can unite people and be helpful, but people need to use their own logic and brains to know 0020what is right and wrong,” Misty Connelly said.  The trend started with a TikTok user’s video, which led other users to steal items such as soap dispensers, towels, and even sinks.
Social media platform creates controversy
Ben Seelig, Copy Editor • December 21, 2021
Practicing for the Geometry FSA, Carter Dytko, eighth grade communications major, refreshes his skills on supplementary and complementary angles. “The FSA is very outdated. Whenever I take it, I don’t feel like I learn anything. Its just a big wall that I complete at the end of the year,” Dytko said.
Florida DOE plans to change state testing
Enan Khan, Copy Editor • December 21, 2021
Young, aspiring dancers uses dance for self-expression
Monica Chirolde, Guest Journalist • January 20, 2022

As the lights in one of the dance rooms at Bak Middle School of the Arts dimmed, the music began to play. Sixth grade dance major Ari Shakerdge...

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Preparing for the Mixed Music Concert, Yurem Martinez-Munoz and Graham Randolph, eighth grade band majors, wait for directions from the conductor. “Weve been preparing for our Combined Music Dept. concert since Oct. 11,” Nancy Beebe said
Music majors perform mixed music concert
Mabruk Alam, Technology Editor • December 21, 2021
Bak’s  Course Recovery coordinator, Michelle DeSilva, observes and helps students in Course Recovery every week. “I am in charge of all the students in it. I monitor all of the students’ progress, payroll for staff who work in the program, do attendance for the students, and more,” DeSilva said.
Course Recovery offers opportunities to improve grades
Gabby Cohen, Sports and Clubs Editor • December 21, 2021
Practicing for an upcoming concert, Christian Degnan plays using a band mask.“It was annoying how we could not have as many people at our past concerts due to Covid, but I’m glad that now we are back to full capacity,” Christian Degnan, eighth grade band major said.
COVID-19 takes toll on band students
Mikayla Lipson, Sports and Clubs Editor • December 21, 2021
Eighth grade theater major Sofia Dow performs her solo in “A Chorus Line”. “When I first stepped out onto the stage I was nervous, but when I started dancing I relaxed and realized how amazing it was to be dancing in front of 300 people,” Dow said. The musical “A Chorus Line” was about being a professional actor and singer, and auditioning for a chorus line.
Artsgiving returns to celebrate arts
Lillian Howells, Business Manager • December 21, 2021
Virtual reality creates a visual environment through the use of specialized headsets. These headsets were used in healthcare to treat patients.  According to medical-news.net,  3-D goggles provide sensory feedback to help the user learn from experiences in the virtual world.
Virtual reality
Liliana Kirby, Arts and Academics Editor • December 21, 2021

Virtual reality was the use of computer modeling to create a three-dimensional visual environment and was mostly used for entertainment purposes. ...

The cancelation of Youtube Rewind leads to mixed opinions revolving around why it was cancelled. According to Engadget blog, Youtube became too large for Rewind and a revival would not have much of an impact. Photo by Kya Small-Brush
Youtube cancels end of year rewind videos
Mikayla Lipson, Sports and Clubs Editor • December 21, 2021
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Florida Virtual School (FLVS), helps to improve students education. “[ I like] the freedom of it, and the fact that you don’t have to be with a teacher. You could do the math yourself which makes it more independent,” Milo Stamp, eighth grade communications major said.
FLVS expands students horizons
Gabby Cohen and Malina Asnani, Sports and Clubs Editor and Features Editor • December 21, 2021

Florida Virtual School, (FLVS) was a program that allowed students to attend courses not offered at Bak and advanced students’ academic performance...

The novel They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera inspires projects made for the monthly book assignment. “I would recommend ‘They Both Die At The End’ because it has a really interesting concept, and the choices made by the author were pulled off well,” Regan McGinnis, eighth grade visual arts major said.
Monthly reading leads to benefits
Lila Goldin, Editor-in-Chief • December 21, 2021
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Fast fashion crucially harmful to Earth
Fast fashion crucially harmful to Earth
Gabriella Escobar, Website/Entertainment Editor • December 21, 2021

There was a saying that “fashion fades, style is eternal.” But as style continued to grow, so did the effects that the industry brings along...

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Playing against Jupiter Middle School on Nov. 17, Ryan Connelly, number 11, returns ball defensively. “I believe we could [have] communicated more,” Connelly, middle blocker, said. “We can overcome [nervousness with] positive reinforcements.” They lost against Jupiter 24-26 and 22-25 but won in two sets 25-4 and 15-4 against Watkins Middle School on Dec. 2.
Girls volleyball team struggles, succeeds in season
Nicole Vasallo, Editor-in-Chief • December 21, 2021
Using his knight to a key tactical square, Brejesh Chakrabarti attacks Kossove’s queen. “Analyzing my opponent’s openings in online chess databases is the main way I learn to win,” Chakrabarti said
Chess, Reading Club returns
Enan Khan, Copy Editor • December 21, 2021
Dumping paper into the school recycling bin, eighth grade theater major Karina Brown helps the school become more environmentally conscious.  Bejarano said, “We collect paper and cardboard, and then we also are doing a cleanup of the grounds.”
Green team helps clean up Bak
Ashwin Kishor, Photo Editor • December 21, 2021

After the victory, the team continues to work hard during practices and games to learn beneficial skills. “The goal is to have the team play the best that they can while learning good sportsmanship and the rules of the game,” Coach William Pinto said.
Boys soccer starts season with win, hopeful for season
Gabby Cohen, Sports and Clubs Editor • December 21, 2021
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