Posts about School Community

July 31, 2017

Spotlight On Auxiliary Programs

Driven by the diverse interests of our students, BASIS Independent McLean offered over 50 extracurricular clubs, sports, and activities in its founding year! 

Red-Tailed Hawks not only work hard, but also play hard. Nearly 80% of our students, from preschool through grade 11, chose to participate in at least one auxiliary program. More than half of all students participated in at least two enrichment activities. Year-round clubs included Math Clubs (for middle and upper school), Yoga, Lego Club, Quiz Bowl, and Classics Club.

Our after school music program, led by our own Mr. Junsay, offered individualized instruction for percussion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, flute, and strings. Music students of all experience levels showcased their efforts to their parents and peers at the Spring Concert. From "Hot Cross Buns" for our beginners, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", and the "Star Wars" main theme for our advanced musicians. 

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July 20, 2017

Highlights From Our Founding Year

Our founding year was marked by incredible academic, artistic, and athletic accomplishments--and we had a lot of fun in the process.

It's difficult to choose just a few, but let's look back at some of the highlights from our first school year. 

Connections

Learning Expert Teacher Dolores Peck's second graders studied seafaring transportation and then connected math, engineering, and art by making a seven foot model of a clipper ship main mast.

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March 17, 2016

Student Voices: Daisy, 6th Grade

At our perspective parent Information Sessions, we are often asked what a typical day is like for BASIS Independent students. The best way to answer this is to look at it from the perspective of a 6th grader at our sister school in Brooklyn. 

In the content series, Student Voices, students were asked to talk about their experience and share their perspective on life as a BASIS Independent Brooklyn student.

Below we hear from Daisy, a current 6th grade student.

What’s The Day Been Like So Far?

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February 8, 2016

A Limitless Future: The BASIS Independent Student Video

We are excited to unveil to you the fruits of a couple of non-stop days in October - our BASIS Independent videos! Recently, we shared with you the first two videos in the series, the BASIS Independent Parent Video and the BASIS Independent Faculty Video.

Here's a refresher on the project: Over the course of three days, we filmed three separate videos: one about the family experience with our school, the teacher perspective on what it's like to work here, and the student perspective on what it is like to learn here. We love these videos and hope you do, too.

They are raw, spur of the moment, unscripted reflections of what it's like to be a part of the BASIS Independent community.

They breathe life into Education Redefined and demonstrate what happens when you combine an accelerated, rigorous curriculum with exceptional, expert educators in an environment of support and deep respect for the art and science of learning.

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January 25, 2016

The Art & Science of Teaching: The BASIS Independent Faculty Video

We are excited to unveil to you the fruits of a couple of non-stop days in October - our BASIS Independent videos! Back in December, we shared with you our first video in the series, our BASIS Independent Parent Video. Check out the BASIS Independent Parent Video here. 

Here's a refresher on the project: Over the course of three days, we filmed three separate videos: one about the family experience with our school, the teacher perspective on what it's like to work here, and the student perspective on what it is like to learn here. We love these videos and hope you do, too.

They are raw, spur of the moment, unscripted reflections of what it's like to be a part of the BASIS Independent community.

They breathe life into Education Redefined and demonstrate what happens when you combine an accelerated, rigorous curriculum with exceptional, expert educators in an environment of support and deep respect for the art and science of learning.

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December 22, 2015

Celebrating the Holiday Season

It was a whirlwind week for our sister school, BASIS Independent Brooklyn, in preparation for their Winter Break. We want to share with you a recent post of theirs on their school blog about their celebration of the holiday season. We get many questions as a brand new school about what community is like at an accelerated, academically advanced program. As a second year school, BASIS Independent Brooklyn is a wonderful example of an emerging community coming together. As we head into the holiday season, we can't help but look forward with excitement as we think of what 2016 will bring for us here in McLean. We'll see you in January. Happy reading (and happy watching and listening!):

"What we saw this week at our school was such a strong coming-together of faculty, staff, students, and families to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the year thus far...and to have some fun! It is safe to say that everyone - teachers, administrators, families, and students alike - was blown away by the displays of multi-faceted talent we saw from students at our Winter Arts Gala. From the beautiful self portraits in the upper school, to technically astounding a-Capella renditions of holiday classics (plus songs in Swahili, Hebrew, Mandarin, and German), to witnessing the progress of students who've never picked up an instrument before, everyone's hard work shined through. (and we have never seen more hard work than what we saw coming from our students in their attempt to beat our faulty in the faculty v. students basketball game!)

As we take a breather from school for a little while, we walk away with the deep sense of community realized. It is hard to believe that two holiday seasons ago BASIS Independent Brooklyn was an idea. We've come so far and are enjoying watching the character of our community fully form.

The pictures and videos from this week say it all: this is a vibrant, exciting place to come to everyday. Parents - we couldn't catch everything from the performances and showcases this week. If you have more pictures or videos you would like to share - send them our way. 

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Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! McLean is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.

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