Reading is as important a tool as ever in building students' understanding of different cultures and viewpoints. Few media can accomplish as much as a compelling story can. To celebrate the importance of literacy, we have some exciting upcoming reading events planned for our community.
One of our BASIS Independent Brooklyn parents strongly recommended bringing Sam Chase to campus to work with students on mindfulness and meditation. She had seen Mr. Chase work wonders with her hedge fund employees who juggle high-stress projects and competing time demands. As part of Wellness Week for our Upper School, Mr. Chase spoke with our students about the use of mediation and mindfulness to reduce academic anxiety.
"When we have high demands on us, it’s tempting, as I say to students, to 'bulldoze,' but we have to insert pauses to think at our clearest and take stock of what we’re doing," said Dr. Cruz, Director of Student Affairs for the Upper School at BASIS Independent Brooklyn after Mr. Chase's session. "In order to learn well (inside or outside of the classroom), we have to pause, breathe, and listen—to others as well as our own thoughts and questions."
Exploring other countries and cultures first-hand is an amazing opportunity for students. BASIS Independent Brooklyn has hosted Middle and High School trips to Europe for two years in a row now. Last year we added a grade 5 tour of Costa Rica, which really allowed our physical geography students the chance see their lessons come to life before their eyes.
Based on extremely positive feedback from families and faculty, we are expanding tours offered to a wider range of students in spring 2018.
"These guided educational tours led by our faculty have been a highlight of the school year for many of our students," said Rachel Soszynski, Director of Auxiliary Programming. "We value the engaging, participatory learning experience that is very much in line with our BASIS Independent approach. Having a tour guide dealing with the logistics allows our faculty on the trip to focus on reacting to student questions directly and expanding the discussion."
This coming spring we are expanding the number of educational school trips.
On Wednesday, September 13, ofﬁcials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the Semiﬁnalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program – including 21 BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
It is hard to believe that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Class of 2017 seniors recently presented to their larger community the product (and process) of their Senior Projects.
In new rankings released Monday evening, the BASIS Curriculum Schools network has the three best public high schools in the nation, four of the top five, and five of the top seven public high schools, in what is among the most-admired annual reports on American high schools.
The BASIS Curriculum Schools network had five schools eligible for the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. It is the first time a network or district has swept the top three spots – or had four of the top five, five of the top seven, or even five of the top ten:
BASIS Scottsdale - #1 high school in U.S.
BASIS Tucson North - #2 high school in U.S.
BASIS Oro Valley - #3 high school in U.S.
BASIS Peoria - #5 high school in U.S.
BASIS Chandler - #7 high school in U.S.
It feels good to be recognized for your hard work, doesn't it?
It is no secret that our students and teachers work so incredibly hard over the course of the school year. As such, it has been a delight to share with our readers more than a few instances of our students receiving impressive validation for their work from people and organizations outside of BASIS Independent. We're so excited to share this news with you that we'll cut to the chase:
Our students demonstrated exceptional performance on this year's National Latin Exam and National Spanish Exam! These exams test knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and culture through listening and reading comprehension and are taken by middle and high school students across the Anglophone world.
NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
Between undergraduate and graduate study, Mr. Chen volunteered for one year in Tibet, teaching Mandarin and math, organizing cultural events, and administering community surveys. "The volunteering experience made me realize that I receive great joy from helping others and being an educator. And I have always been passionate about learning languages.
We received an overwhelming response when we recently announced our High School Merit Scholarship program! We're excited to move through this process with you. Part 1 of our Merit Scholarship blog series focused on the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and HOW of this exciting opportunity, and now we're pleased to bring you Part 2 which highlights the exam itself and what students can expect on Febraury 20.
The High School Merit Scholarship Exam involves the following categories: Writing, Math & Science. Take a look at the outline below for more details on each section:
We did a double take today walking past an 8th grade physics class. Why is everyone wearing a black and red Brooklyn snow hat? find out why after the jump...
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.