Year in Review

The Highly Irregular Newspaper by Megha Tandon

PARCC Testing Failiure

The new PARRC test has utterly failed to impress both students and schools

PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, is a consortium of states and districts come together to create standardized assessments for students K-12 in the subjects of Mathematics and English.

Poorly handled and hastily implemented, PARCC has served as an annoyance to both students and teachers.

Students and teachers had to be waste valuable class time teaching students how to navigate the system, and conducting practice tests that had no educational value of any sort. Teachers were forced to rush their lessons in order to make time for the tests and the training they required. Many students complained that they were being tested on material they hadn't learned because the hadn't had the time to learn it in between all of the PARCC practice. "How can we justify wasting so much time on test training when we haven't even learnt the material they will be asking for?".

Schools in many states have been forced to implement these tests. Several school boards have stated that the tests will have no weight whatsoever on a student's report card.

Overall, no one is really happy with the PARCC, except, of course, those who are making money via its implementation.

The Birth of Princess Charlotte

Saturday, May 2nd, 12am

Praed Street

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born on May 2nd, 2015 to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Typhoon Hagupit hits Philippines (12/7/14)

Thousands of people in the Philippines as the massive typhoon Hagupit lashed out across the land, bringing storms and rain that would definitely increase the chances of landslides and mudslides. Memories of last year's devastating super typhoon had over 600,000 people evacuated from areas at risk. Over 40 million people are still in the typhoon's path.

The typhoon moved west-northwest, targeting the city of Legazpi, slightly north of its point of landfall.

While the storm is expected to lose strength by the time it reaches Manila, it will still be threatening due to the heavy rainfall it will bring in some places. This amount of rainfall can cause mudslides and other problems for Manila.

Many people have refused to evacuate, vowing to stay in their shelters. The military are clearing roads as well as they can so that emergency services will be able to arrive.

Neha Tandon and Abhinay Kumar's Wedding

Monday, Dec. 1st 2014 at 8:30pm

Little Chef, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

Kanpur, UP

A Letter to the BRMS Administration

Dear Sir/ Madam,

As a student of BRMS, I feel it is my duty to inform you that your dress code policies and air conditioning systems need improving.

Currently, the dress code requires that we wear shorts that are no higher than 5 inches above the knee. This is all well and good for those of average height. But what about those of us who are above average height? We are unable to wear shorts that would normally keep us cool because they exceed the dress code limit. My humble suggestion is that we measure inseams as opposed to height above the knees. A minimum of 6-7" inseam would suit fairly well, in my opinion. That is long enough to still be school appropriate, while short enough to keep us cool.

My next point is the lack of heating and cooling in all of the wings. Us students feel extremely uncomfortable in the very hot and very cold weather that we are exposed to. The poor indoor temperatures also distract us, making it difficult to pay attention to the teacher. We CAN wear jackets in the winter, but there is nothing we can do in the summers. This a cordial request that Air Conditioning be installed so that we can study in comfort.

I also feel that the quality of the school lunches needs to be improved. There is currently no fully vegetarian option, unless people are willing to suffer through the poor quality pizza, or eat a small and unsatisfying sandwich. The claim is that the lunches are healthy, but everyday I see students eating fried potatoes, and the unidentifiable lunch meat. I understand that it is extremely difficult to provide food for such a large amount of people, but that is no reason to sacrifice quality.

I would like to thanks you for taking the time to read this letter.


Megha Tandon

Editor of "Year in Review"

Review: A Christmas Carol (Play)

"A Christmas Carol", penned by Charles Dickens, is a Christmas classic, essential to any celebration of the holiday. The play, directed by Michael Unger, was performed at McCarter Theater, Princeton.

This play brought the book to life. The actors were well chosen, the sets charmingly tasteful. It lacked in neither essentials, nor nuances. The play went off without a hitch, set changes were smooth, like well- oiled machines. The actors, particularly that of Ebeneezer Scrooge, were fantastic. Their coordination, and sheer skills in acting enraptured and entranced the audience. The sets brought you right into their world. Rather than distracting you from the play, they only enhanced the experience, with their realistic charm.

I would highly recommend this play for anyone and everyone, children and adults alike. I give this a very well deserved 4.25/5 stars!

8th Grade Awards Ceremony

Monday, June 15th, 7pm

128 Merriwood Drive

Bridgewater, NJ

About the Editor

Megha Tandon

Age: 14

Height: 5'4"

Description: Self- declared funny- girl, realist, lover of literature and spicy food, future doctor. Slytherin for life. Ambition, Determination, Cunning.

Strengths: English, Science, Languages, Academics in general, Intelligent conversation, Speed Reading, Procrastination, Being a daughter/niece/little sister

Weaknesses: Geometry (of all kinds), Punctuality

Hobbies: Reading, Sleeping. Listening to music, Playing Cricket and Badminton, Watching Holocaust and WWII Documentaries

Favorite Color: Emerald Green

Favorite Food: Mummy's Spicy Kidney Bean Curry and Rice with Mint Chutney

Favorite Drink: Half Lemonade, half Iced Tea (Half and Half Brisk)

Favorite Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Favorite Series: Harry Potter

Favorite Band: Fall Out Boy

Motto: Books and Sleep solve everything.