Congratulations to the 2022 winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. We are thrilled to celebrate the inspiring student work from BASIS Independent Brooklyn, which spanned more categories than in years past. Students have created visually stunning and meaningful imagery, and we wanted to share many of the pieces honored by Scholastic. We are proud to see them brilliantly uphold the BASIS Independent Brooklyn standard for setting the bar high for our school community and rising to meet those goals.
"Expression represents the highest order of thinking, and we are enthralled by the depth and quality of student work," commented Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "Thank you to our teachers for inspiring greatness and individuality among our students."
Ms. Cushman, a true Renaissance woman, very much intrigued us when we shadowed her around BASIS Independent Brooklyn for a day. After graduating from Brown University, she pursued a career in writing and art before coming to the realization that she loved teaching. Not surprisingly, paintings liven up the walls in her classroom, and included in this blog post are photos of her creations on display for students.
A Day in the Life
Early Morning (7:25 a.m.)
Most mornings Ms. Cushman greets students and helps younger children out of cars on Sigourney Street. She wanted to make it a point of saying 'thank you' to the parents who consistently drive as far up Sigourney as possible before dropping off their child to make sure there is enough room for all the cars.
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Ms. Cushman has time to prepare for her upcoming 9th grade honors English class. She typically goes through lessons prepared ahead of time and takes stock of her classroom to make sure seats are in order and students have a clean, organized work area.
Making Shakespeare interesting and relevant to students has always been a priority for our Performing Arts faculty, but Ms. Crowley and Ms. Simmons took it to the next level with their recent Shakepeare Club performance of Romeo & Juliet staged all around our schoolhouse.
As we dive headfirst into fall, Back to School Reflections is a series designed to 'catch up' with members of our faculty and administration on how the ease into the school year is going.
A growing and thriving student population brings a number of exciting additions to our expert faculty. In the wake of our Meet the Teacher evening where parents and teachers met to get to know each other and discuss student expectations and plans for the year, Mr. Cunningham sat with Mr. Sean Griffin, a first year teacher to talk about "electric" excitement over poetry and how both him and his students are adjusting back to the start of school.
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.