As a BASIS Independent Brooklyn founding faculty member, Ms. Hetty King has explored themes of yoga, anatomy, dance, nutrition, rhythm, and more with our youngest students since our school first opened four years ago. Ms. King brings years of professional dance and movement experience to the classroom as well as years of teaching children of all ages. You can read more about her extensive experience here.
We asked Ms. King to share some of her practices with our families, so parents could understand more of the thought and deliberation that goes into her lesson planning. This post is a behind-the-scenes look at her work with both our Early Learning Program and Primary School students.
Exploring other countries and cultures first-hand is an amazing opportunity for students. BASIS Independent Brooklyn has hosted Middle and High School trips to Europe for two years in a row now. Last year we added a grade 5 tour of Costa Rica, which really allowed our physical geography students the chance see their lessons come to life before their eyes.
Based on extremely positive feedback from families and faculty, we are expanding tours offered to a wider range of students in spring 2018.
"These guided educational tours led by our faculty have been a highlight of the school year for many of our students," said Rachel Soszynski, Director of Auxiliary Programming. "We value the engaging, participatory learning experience that is very much in line with our BASIS Independent approach. Having a tour guide dealing with the logistics allows our faculty on the trip to focus on reacting to student questions directly and expanding the discussion."
This coming spring we are expanding the number of educational school trips.
We are eager to introduce you to Dr. Diana Cruz our new Director of Student Affairs for Gr. 8-11 as we make way for carving out an identity for our high school program. She joins us from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) where she worked with Lauren Fisher, our Dean of Students for Gr. 5-7. Diana pursued her master's and doctorate at Boston College in literature.
During and after graduate school Dr. Cruz taught American literature and African-American literature at the college level for about 16 years, but she truly enjoyed working with students and gravitated to the student support side, most recently at BMCC.
Dr. Cruz looks forward to supporting our students and working closely with our first graduating class. We had the chance to ask her some questions, so our families could get to know her better.
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.
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.