A very exciting part of the senior year experience involves Senior Projects, so we wanted to look ahead with a blog post from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley detailing the Senior Projects underway there right now. Please note the post below is republished with minor edits from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Blog.
It is with optimism and pride that we support our seniors as they complete their final trimester as BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. Now past the huge milestone of applying to college, our 67 seniors have so much of their education behind them, but are, in many senses, faced with one of the biggest growth experiences in their education to date: the Senior Project.
For two days in early March, BASIS Independent Fremont was a center of cultural activity! Parent volunteers and student cultural ambassadors shared the Chinese culture with the entire school community through a variety of activities and performances.
We are incredibly proud of the following nineteen students from our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, who have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. The students are:
BASIS Curriculum Schools is no stranger to making the news—whether its large scale recognition for its academic program or stories of the differences our students make volunteering in and supporting their local community. We make a point to share these stories out with families and readers, but want to highlight some of the most recent news.
The past several weeks have been particularly exciting for our schools—with our Silicon Valley campus’ full profile in Business Insider, a piece announcing the newest Thailand campus, and CNBC’s profile of the best high schools in the country (surprise: BASIS Curriculum Schools occupy the first three spots as well as #5 and #7). The stories are exciting in perpetuating the high performance of legacy at BASIS Curriculum Schools campuses and signify a carving out of a path for new, exciting traditions of excellence.
Language is a powerful tool, but to wield it effectively, you must have full command of it. In the BASIS.ed network of schools, we take best practices from schools all around the world and apply those practices to our curriculum. One of the best practices we have found is a deep dive into Humanities subjects.
Can just fifteen minutes a day create successful learning habits? We say yes!
Music, dancing, food, and good cheer filled the hallways of BASIS Independent Fremont the day before our holiday break at our second annual International Day celebration! During the few weeks leading up to International Day, students in each class had been researching their designated countries and creating presentations about different aspects of the cultures there to share with parents and each other.
The start of the new year is certainly a time for reflection—a time to look back on how the first part of the school year has progressed and also a time for us to think and reminisce on the positive things and loving people we are lucky to have in our lives.
We’d like to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of this time of year to recognize our students in all BASIS Independent Schools for their positive contributions to their communities and the work they’ve been doing to improve not just their knowledge in the classroom, but also their understanding of what it means to be a good citizen.
As an institution, we don’t have any requirements of student volunteering or student service, nor do we participate in parent fundraising. As a result, service in the school and in the community is an authentic expression of what is important to our individual communities.
Let’s take a look at what’s going on in our schools around the country and the pulse on student service in general:
Our Winter Gala production this year was a delightful celebration of music for all ages, with our students performing hit songs from favorite Disney movies and Broadway shows! The final production of the show was full of heart and dazzling costumes, but it was a long road to get to that last bow. What, exactly, goes into creating a musical revue performance at BASIS Independent Fremont?
Each day, our students in grades 1–4 attend classes in multiple subjects, from Math to Mandarin to Music. Most classes are taught by a Subject Expert Teacher (SET), devoted to teaching the subject they know and love best. The Connections class, however, is taught by each class's Learning Expert Teacher (LET), who is devoted to that class and their individual learning. In Connections, each LET can pull together topics from the different classes taught by SETs to help students see the bigger picture of what they are learning, and to introduce different problem solving challenges to inspire students. But what does this class look like in practice?
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Fremont is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.