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March 23, 2017

Senior Project Blogs

Follow along with our amazing seniors as they coordinate the blog portion of their Senior Project. At this point in the year, these seniors have completed their Capstone and Post AP classes, and have settled into surveying and/or research depending on the specific discipline associated with their area of study. We are especially thrilled to see the final presentations in May as this is our first group of graduating seniors who have had the oportunity to participate in the Senior Project.

Blog posts are updated weekly, so be sure to keep up to date on our students' goings on as they work toward the completion of their projects.

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March 16, 2017

2017 CBS Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley is thrilled to announce that one of our own, Amith V. will be participating in the CBS Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee this Saturday. Amith is no stranger to spelling competitions, and we know that he is going to do an amazing job! With the next stop being the SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee, the CBS Bay Area Regional Bee is definitely a high stakes event for these impressive spellers.



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March 10, 2017


BASIS Independent Silicon Valley's Model United Nations Team had the pleasure of attending the 65th session of the highly lauded Berkeley Model UN Conference last weekend. This international student summit is the original United Nations simulation, and our BASIS Independent Silicon Valley team was thrilled to be able to participate.

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March 9, 2017

International Women's Day Inspiration

On this day devoted to women who inspire us, we send a huge congratulations to Ms. Bhattacharya who has been recognized with an Educator Award from the National Center of Women in Technology. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award is given to educators all over the United States, and the 2017 Educator Award for the Bay Area has been presented to our own Ms. Bhattacharya. Please read on about the NCWIT and this years' programs and awardees here.

This prestigious recognition is especially exciting as she was nominated by several of her BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students, Sara S. and Shreya S. As an educator, there may be no greater compliment than for those you teach to show how much they appreciate you. 

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February 24, 2017

The World is Bigger Than A Classroom

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I don’t believe there is a group of students more academically prepared for university than those who have graduated and will graduate from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Our students are quite impressive; they are the hardest working students that I have ever worked with, they enjoy being intellectually stimulated, challenged and driven beyond their academic comfort zone.

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February 20, 2017

Sign the Divine: My Journey to Share Greek Mythology with the Deaf Community

Student Perspectives: an on-going series of articles written by BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students

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3 seconds left on the clock, down by 2 points, sweat dripping down our faces, final 3-point shot, cheers and hugs as we win the game. This is how almost every basketball story begins. However, in my story, we lose, and my story really isn’t about basketball.

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February 14, 2017

In Pursuit of Darwin: Interdisciplinary Study and the Origin of Knowledge

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By Bryan Meyerowitz, Teacher Mentor and Subject Expert Teacher

My foremost task as an upper-school teacher at BASIS (and particularly as a teacher in the social sciences) is to help students create webs between their subjects and to their own historical moment, so that they can analyze the ways in which imperial ideologies continue to play a role in our culture wars or recognize how 19th-century white nationalism helped fuel the telephone war between President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull over the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

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Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Silicon Valley 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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