Academy Chronicle


Freshmen Adjusting to BCA

Freshmen Adjusting to BCA

Beatrice Song January 4, 2022

It’s no surprise that BCA, a challenging magnet school, can be an overwhelming environment to get used to, especially during a pandemic, when the Class of 2025 was faced with over a year of online school...

Study Habits: During Virtual and After

Angela Lekan, Author January 4, 2022
If there is one thing that BCA students know better than anyone, it is studying. One of the defining characteristics of BCA is how its students spend a significant amount of their time preparing for various projects and assessments. As a result, they have had to develop a variety of different study habits to maximize their time, effort, and, as is the goal, their grade. But during a year of virtual schooling, many study habits had been flipped upside down and were in need of serious adjustments to accommodate the unprecedented situation. Now that school is back in-person, students have found themselves having to readjust, responding to the issue of studying in a variety of ways. 

End of Trimester 1: Hell Week at BCA

Yessica Jain, Editor December 21, 2021

The end of the trimester is one of the most stressful times for BCA students, with seemingly never-ending piles of homework, countless exams to study for, and an eye always trailed on fluctuant grades....

Projects: Physical vs. Virtual

Meghana Veldhuis, Managing Editor December 15, 2021

The only thing more ingrained in BCA culture than tests are projects. Traditionally, BCA students have had the option to engage in independent research, internship, and performance projects, on top of...

The Importance of Nature in Students’ Lives

Zoe Gossa November 18, 2021

During the Covid-19 pandemic, social gatherings were not permitted. Because people couldn’t be together in enclosed spaces, they turned to spending time in nature.  After spending a significant amount...

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Halloween 2021 at BCA: What Went Down

Elena Jacoby and Cadee Lee November 6, 2021

Halloween at Bergen County Academies has always been considered one of the highlights of the school year. The Halloween assembly, costume parade, and Haunted Mansion have always been a huge part of BCA...

Assessments: Physical vs. Virtual

Assessments: Physical vs. Virtual

Meghana Veldhuis, Managing Editor November 3, 2021

Testing is ingrained in BCA’s culture: to even be accepted into BCA, one must pass an entrance test. From then on, a BCA student would typically handle regular assessments for courses as well as national...

BCA’s 21-22 Adjustment to School In-Person

Angela Lekan, Contributor October 28, 2021
“Back during virtual school, we had plenty of time,” Kimberly continued. “Now that we are in-person, a lot of our time is taken up by in-person schooling and the commute to school.” 
The Return of Doctor Finley

The Return of Doctor Finley

Bori Chung and Grace Chung June 16, 2021

Dr. Finley retired as a Bergen County Academies music teacher in June of 2016. And after almost five years of retirement, BCA reached out to Dr. Finley because they were in need of a music substitute teacher. ...

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Game Tournaments in BCA

Hayun Jung, Writer June 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has cut off most human interaction, limiting clubs in BCA from partaking in annual fundraising events such as bake sales and holiday grams. However, clubs have found another way...

Academy After Hours Returns!

Academy After Hours Returns!

Amishi Mittal, Writer June 14, 2021

The entire world has suffered through a long-lasting pandemic, eagerly waiting for things to return to normal. From being able to hang out with friends and go to school in-person, to being able to travel,...

How did BCA Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month?

How did BCA Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month?

Cadee Lee, Assistant Managing Editor June 3, 2021

With the various cultures and backgrounds at Bergen County Academies, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month was widely recognized and celebrated by many students this past May. Student...

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