Instead of spending his summer sleeping in, going to camp, or taking family vacations, Kaeden R., one of our most theatrical rising 6th graders, spent the summer months doing something highly unusual: he flew to Paris to co-star in season 2 of a new Netflix series called "Seven & Me"!
Next week is an important one in the life of a BASIS Independent Brooklyn Middle School student. It's pre-comp time!
Here’s to wrapping up the first week back after a well-deserved break. For some, this years’ Spring Break was filled by spending quality time at home with family. For others it was an opportunity for an adventure in far-off lands.
What’s it like to be the parent of a child at BASIS Independent Brooklyn?
Our new content series, Parent Perspectives, answers precisely this question. We asked a few parents to share their thoughts on our program: What’s most surprising? What was the thought process in selecting BASIS Independent Brooklyn for their child?
Here is Viv's perspective, Mom to a 6th grade student.
When first considering middle school for our kid, we had concerns about the local public options. Our biggest concern was that our child wouldn't be engaged. Class sizes are huge and the process of gaining entrance is insanely stressful and Darwinist, to say the least. With the system as it is in our district, kids have to apply and be interviewed just to get into public middle school -- sometimes thousands competing for a handful of seats at the age of ten! It's insane. We wanted to give our kid the best possible education, and felt he'd be happier in a school where he was more than a number to the people around him.
A friend told us about BASIS Indpendent coming to Brooklyn when she was considering the school for her son. One day shortly thereafter, I noticed BASIS Independent had set up a booth directly below our apartment during a street fair. It seemed like a sign! Within seconds of meeting Kathleen (Adams), our kids were happily engaged in an experiment, chatting away with her like they'd just made a great new friend. Soon we were too! Encouraged by this exchange, we looked into BASIS Independent more closely and decided to apply.
Today marks the first day of an important week in the life of a BASIS Independent Brooklyn Middle School Student. It's pre-comp time!
The first time a BASIS Independent student takes a precomp can be, well, scary (to all the parents reading, we promise they will get used to it!). Pre-comprehensive exams (pre-comps), taken by 6th grade and above, are cumulative exams that cover what the students have learned up until the mid year point of the school year.
Showing Support, BASIS Independent Brooklyn Style
It is a BASIS tradition to give students encouragement "goody-bags" on the school day before their first exam. Usually these goody-bags contain healthy snacks for energy, a little sweet pick-me-up, pens, pencils, and a stressball.
We decided to take it a step further at BASIS Independent Brooklyn and enlist the cheery support of our primary school students to 'adopt' a middle schooler and write them a heartfelt note of encouragement.
Each student in 6th grade and above received a note written by 1-2 students in grades K-4. The students were given minimal guidelines - only to write from their hearts.
What words would make you feel encouraged at a time when you really needed a little support?
Making the rounds right after lunch, students were given a pep talk from our Head of School, Mrs. Thompson, and then to their surprise and delight, given their treats.
In our new content series, Student Voices, we ask our students to talk about their experience and share their perspective on life as a BASIS Independent Brooklyn student.
First up is Daisy, a current 6th grader.
“My day has been really great so far because I got back my Latin score and it was for my most recent test and I got an 87.5% and it improved my grade to an “A”. And I never took Latin before. Also, I had Chemistry and we learned about elements and we got to make models of our elements nucleus. We took all different types of materials and we made our model. It was really fun and cool.”
“…they pay a lot of attention to you so if you don’t get something you can go for Academic Enrichment or student hours. [The teachers] keep track of what you know and what you don’t know. You never get left behind. You are always on the same page here.It feels really good to call myself a BASIS student. We get a lot of homework and we are doing really complicated work. At BASIS they are teaching us how to do it. It makes you feel like you can do anything. It’s like I’m doing high school stuff in chemistry right now, and I get it and it’s not hard for me! It’s really amazing that they can teach you something hard and it gives me a lot of confidence doing really hard stuff, and I’m totally getting it! They are teaching it really well.”
"When I first got the C in Latin I wasn’t scared I just was trying to think about what I was going to do and Mr. Kaiserski said that I could go to Student Hours and Academic Enrichment and he reached out to me.I don’t have a favorite subject. I like them all. Latin has been the most rewarding for me because I had a C and I raised it to an A in two weeks! I did this through going to Mr. Kaiserski’s student hours and he helped me a lot and I went to him for Academic Enrichment. We worked through everything and I made lots and lots of flashcards and it ended up being really rewarding."
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.