Summer Program Spotlight on Astronomy
This week our spotlight series is on one of our science programs, Astronomy, which was developed and is taught by BASIS Independent Brooklyn all-star Mr. Joshua Winter. Astronomy is a full-day program that will give students entering Grades 5-8 the opportunity to learn about the foundation of our planet and the solar system through interactive classroom instruction and exciting field trips.
The program will be held during the first week of BASIS Independent Summer on our Brooklyn campus July 10-14.
We took the opportunity to talk to Mr. Winter to learn more about the programs and hear why he is excited to be part of the summer program.
Greg Trefry is a BASIS Independent Brooklyn parent who just happens to teach a graduate-level class at NYU called Designing Games for Kids. He brought his NYU graduate students into Ms. Connor's PreK classes this week to play board games. But, what happened inside the classroom was so much more interesting than simple game playing.
Greg wanted his class to meet with some of our youngest students, including his son, to play board or physical games with them before his graduate students designed new games for the kids - based on their observations. A month later, the same graduate students will return to share their games with the children and gather feedback.
We took a moment to ask Greg some questions about the trip as well as more general questions on students and games that often pop up in conversations in our community.
We will cut to the chase. It is rolling admissions time, and with that brings some bad news and good news. Bad news first: yes, it is true that our regular admissions deadline has come and passed.
The good news? It is not too late to apply for fall 2017 admissions. This week marks the kick-off of our rolling admission cycle.
Now that you've breathed your sigh of relief, let's continue with some important information regarding what rolling admissions means for you and your family.
We are anticipating getting pretty close to our full capacity of about 900 this coming September, so rolling admissions will look a little different this year than it has in the past.
It is no secret that our students are multifaceted. BASIS.ed students are Model U.N. winners, history bee competitors, inventors, entrepreneurs, Olympic Trial swimmers, chess champions, community activists, movie directors, and mathletes.
A typical BASIS.ed student, fourth Grader Donovan M. has always been many things - a thoughtful friend, focused student, and very talented chef. His friends, family and teachers have always known about Donovan's incredible love of cooking. Now the whole country will get the chance to see Donovan flex his culinary muscles as as he competes in MasterChef Junior Season 5 (FOX) starting Thursday, February 9, 2017.
We took a moment to ask Donovan and his dad Scott about the experience and Donovan's love of cooking.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn hosted a panel discussion in mid-January about the crucial role that global benchmarking plays in ensuring that striving students have a skill set that is sufficiently broad, and specifically suited to 21st century technological advances and rapid globalization.
Modeling civic responsibility for our children is more important now than ever. Right here in Red Hook, there are many organizations making a significant difference in the lives of under-served families that could use help. One of these great non-profits is the Red Hook Art Project, and it is located just two blocks away from BASIS Independent Brooklyn in a simple townhouse on a residential street. You have probably passed it on your way to or from the school, but you may not be aware of the great work being done inside.
In addition to her role as the Summer Principal, Ms. Taylor Connor is also the architect of our day camp for students entering PreK4 - Grade 4. Recently we sat down with Ms. Connor, who is part of our full time faculy during the school year, to get her thoughts on her role as our Summer Principal and her vision for our day camp program.
Making Shakespeare interesting and relevant to students has always been a priority for our Performing Arts faculty, but Ms. Crowley and Ms. Simmons took it to the next level with their recent Shakepeare Club performance of Romeo & Juliet staged all around our schoolhouse.
It is hard to believe that our 4th admissions season is almost coming to a close. Time flies when you are educating students to the highest international levels (and having a ton of fun in the process)!
Our annual Winter Concert brought music and holiday merriment to our halls right before Winter Break! Students in Grades 1-10 showcased their musical talents in choir and instrumental performances led by our great music faculty consisting of Dr. Inman, Mr. Ingels, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Sherman.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.