Ms. Bailey is the Dean of Students for the Early Learning Program at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. She started her career in the classroom with Teach for America and received her master’s degree in education with distinction from Hunter College.
Ms. Bailey was drawn to BASIS Independent Brooklyn because of the culture and community she observed in her visits. “I want to work in a supportive, autonomous, and family-oriented environment, where I can use my past experiences as a Dean of Students to help BASIS Independent Brooklyn students and families feel successful in the BASIS Curriculum,” said Ms. Bailey.
By Ms. King - Faculty Chaperone and Parent
It was my pleasure and privilege to be a chaperone on the Education First trip to ICELAND during project week. Travel away from home, even for those who travel often, takes us out of our comfort zones and challenges us to see the world and ourselves from different perspectives.
Dear BASIS Independent Brooklyn Families and Staff,
Every summer once the halls are quiet, I spend time reflecting on the school year. 2017–18 was a year defined by extremes, since it encompassed challenging times that placed schools in the national headlines, as well as many exceptional accomplishments on our campus. My note will focus on the great news that deserves celebration, since I want our student accolades to receive the recognition they deserve from the entire BASIS Independent Brooklyn community.
Across the country this past school year, student voices rose to make an impact, and our community joined in proudly. High school students, with the help of faculty adviser Ms. Das, established our Leadership Club that set the stage for organizing school social events as well as student activism.
Ms. Miller-Sims is one of our grade 3 Learning Expert Teachers on the Brooklyn campus. She graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, majoring in modern languages with a focus on both Italian and French. After graduation, Ms. Miller-Sims went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in foreign language education then a Master of Science degree in general and special education grades 1–6.
BASIS Independent Brooklyn launched a new program this year for nurturing student leadership on campus - a Leadership Club run by a faculty adviser very respected and popular among our Upper School students. The drive was to empower students who wish to help shape programming at the school and make a difference in our greater community. Students could apply and be considered for the club based on scholarship and character. Club members brought ideas to the table, collaborated on teams, and rallied their peers to get programs or events off the ground in conjunction with their faculty adviser.
Two snowstorms could not put a damper on the BASIS Independent Brooklyn Talent Show! After rescheduling twice, parents, students, and faculty gathered together on Friday, April 20 to celebrate the creativity and talent of our students.
Thank you to Doug Meils for the amazing photos capturing our student performers! Ironically, Doug took photos of every student performer but his own son, since he was too busy videotaping that performance. Following is a short photo compilation of the event for our families.
Nikita P. is just seven years old, but she has already started establishing a major presence in the performing arts world. Last month she was awarded first place in the Rondo Young Artist piano competition. Part of her prize is the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall! Read on to hear from her parents about nurturing a child's musical ability and to find out more details on her upcoming May 2 performance.
The sports program at BASIS Independent Brooklyn is growing with our championship volleyball team and new programs underway for Ultimate Frisbee and even competitive co-ed soccer and basketball this spring. However, many of our students play on teams outside of school. One such student, Murphy K. in grade 8, just qualified for the New York State Championship with his travel hockey team, the New York Cyclones.
The New York Cyclones started playing together six months ago and wrapped the season up this past weekend in Buffalo at the New York State Championship. While the team won’t be moving on any further, they fought all the way until the final buzzer of the season. As a defenseman, Murphy (#71) was proud of his play during the Championship Tournament, limiting goals scored against his team to only one while he was on the ice.
Ms. King is a trained yoga and dance instructor who brings mindfulness into her Movement Classes for our youngest students in the Early Learning Program and primary school. As the parent of a middle school student, she realized the techniques could benefit all our families and decided to draft the following blog post outlining information and exercises to use.
Mindfulness – What is it? How does it show up in the classroom? How can you use it at home? Mindfulness comes in many forms and practices, but the results are the same: the activation of the para-sympathetic nervous system, which naturally stimulates the body’s healing and de-stressing systems. Below are a few ways to classify mindfulness practices and some simple things to try. The key is PRACTICE. Make a clear time and place for your practice and commit to this time and place over time. A little goes along way. Even a minute of mindfulness has been shown to have a positive effect.
Unlike the traditional self-contained classroom led by one teacher, or one teacher and an aide, BASIS Independent Brooklyn students in grades 1–4 benefit from the expertise of multiple full-time teachers, including our Learning Expert Teachers (LET), who guide students as they move between classrooms throughout the day. Students thus have two full-time, qualified teachers in each class, resulting in a unique, pedagogically-robust classroom environment.
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.