On Wednesday, September 13, ofﬁcials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semiﬁnalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 21 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
This week marked many firsts for our students. It was an especially exciting week for our pioneer students – it was the first time students in their junior year of high school stepped into the lobby of BASIS Independent Brooklyn! Soon enough they will be crossing the graduation stage as our first graduating class ever, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves…
Faculty and staff are thrilled to continue to nurture mentorships and roll out programs customized to the interests of our growing high school student body. From an inaugural "formal" dance in the spring to expanded class offerings, and not to mention new after school competitions, sports, and clubs, our high school is really coming into its own.
We are proud to announce Ms. Heather Rodney recently joined our BASIS Independent Brooklyn team as Dean of Students for our Early Learning Program (ELP). Ms. Rodney uprooted her family from North Carolina and just moved to Brooklyn to work alongside Director Ms. Kalia in preparing for the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Rodney brings more than 10 years experience as a classroom teacher and literacy expert to our school.
After attending our network-wide training in Arizona in July, Ms. Rodney sat down with us to answer some questions we thought would help our families get to know her better.
It's official—we are in full swing for 2018! Applications for the 2018–19 school year are live, and we can’t wait to meet the next wave of BASIS Independent Brooklyn students and families. As we embark upon this upcoming admissions season, we felt it would be helpful to gather some of our most frequently asked questions to provide more insight into applying for our school and becoming a part of our community.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn's physics teacher Mr. Winter is a NASA-certified eclipse expert. We asked him to share with our families why he is thrilled about the upcoming eclipse and how people can safely witness the celestial event.
What is a total solar eclipse?
A total solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun so that the Moon's shadow falls on the Earth. By sheer luck, our Moon happens to be 400 times smaller than the Sun, but it also happens to be 400 times closer. As a result, the two objects appear to be almost the exact same size in the sky. During an eclipse, an observer who happens to be standing under the Moon's shadow would see the Sun completely blotted out of the sky. Day becomes night for a few minutes and you can even see stars!
We are proud to announce Ms. Lauren Fisher recently joined our BASIS Independent Brooklyn team as Dean of Students for Grades 5–7. Ms. Fisher brings a wealth of experience to this new role supporting student academic and social-emotional growth at our growing middle school.
After attending our network-wide training in Arizona in July, Ms. Fisher had a chance to settle into her new office and meet up with our communications team. We had the chance to ask her some questions, so our families could get to know her better.
Donovan M. is a rising fifth-grader at BASIS Independent Brooklyn who also flexed his culinary muscles as a contestant on Season 5 of FOX's MasterChef Junior. His role on the show generated a great deal of excitement among our students, and it inspired our Manhattan admissions team to create an event for families with Donovan focusing on one of his favorite subjects - science. “Cooking is like chemistry, and that’s why I like science,” he recently told a reporter covering his appearance on MasterChef Junior.
Dear BASIS Independent Brooklyn Families,
I write to celebrate a wonderful year of growth marked by exceptional achievement in our community, and I trust you have already celebrated individual progress with your children.
The summer hiatus is when I like to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened in our community. This past year I have seen the emergence of awareness amongst our students—not just locally but also globally. As a school, we strongly believe in nurturing both perspectives.
We thought Brooklyn families would be interested in a recent blog post by Meredyn Shapiro from our sister campus BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.
I had the opportunity the connect with one of our rising seniors, Armaun S. and his parents in the closing weeks of his junior year. He is an incredibly motivated and focused student, who makes every moment of summer break count. Read on to learn about his adventures during the summer between Junior and Senior year!
Ms. Cushman, a true Renaissance woman, very much intrigued us when we shadowed her around BASIS Independent Brooklyn for a day. After graduating from Brown University, she pursued a career in writing and art before coming to the realization that she loved teaching. Not surprisingly, paintings liven up the walls in her classroom, and included in this blog post are photos of her creations on display for students.
A Day in the Life
Early Morning (7:25 a.m.)
Most mornings Ms. Cushman greets students and helps younger children out of cars on Sigourney Street. She wanted to make it a point of saying 'thank you' to the parents who consistently drive as far up Sigourney as possible before dropping off their child to make sure there is enough room for all the cars.
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Ms. Cushman has time to prepare for her upcoming 9th grade honors English class. She typically goes through lessons prepared ahead of time and takes stock of her classroom to make sure seats are in order and students have a clean, organized work area.
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.