Dear Families and Staff,
During the quiet months of summer, I take time to reflect on the past year. 2018–19 marked a milestone year. Our school "turned five," and our first class of seniors graduated in June. Throughout the year student accomplishments across all grades also continued to reaffirm the vision behind all that we have built here in Brooklyn.
We want to recognize the individuals who have been here since our school doors first opened and those who have joined us along the way. No matter what year you began, you were—and are—intimately part of raising a school. As we like to say, “a school grows in Brooklyn,” and with it so many children and professionals. Betty Smith’s seminal work, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, serves as an iconic example for the school. We—like the characters in the book—have grown together and developed our community by facing common challenges and sharing in joys, successes, and celebrations. Like the symbolic tree, we have set down roots in order to preserve our ties to each other.
Dear BASIS Independent Brooklyn Families and Staff,
Every summer once the halls are quiet, I spend time reflecting on the school year. 2017–18 was a year defined by extremes, since it encompassed challenging times that placed schools in the national headlines, as well as many exceptional accomplishments on our campus. My note will focus on the great news that deserves celebration, since I want our student accolades to receive the recognition they deserve from the entire BASIS Independent Brooklyn community.
Across the country this past school year, student voices rose to make an impact, and our community joined in proudly. High school students, with the help of faculty adviser Ms. Das, established our Leadership Club that set the stage for organizing school social events as well as student activism.
Two snowstorms could not put a damper on the BASIS Independent Brooklyn Talent Show! After rescheduling twice, parents, students, and faculty gathered together on Friday, April 20 to celebrate the creativity and talent of our students.
Thank you to Doug Meils for the amazing photos capturing our student performers! Ironically, Doug took photos of every student performer but his own son, since he was too busy videotaping that performance. Following is a short photo compilation of the event for our families.
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"!
BASIS Curriculum Schools is no stranger to making the news—whether its large scale recognition for its academic program or stories of the differences our students make volunteering in and supporting their local community. We make a point to share these stories out with families and readers, but want to highlight some of the most recent news.
Next week is an important one in the life of a BASIS Independent Brooklyn Middle School student. It's pre-comp time!
We are ecstatic to announce that Beryl Z., an 11th grader at our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, has entered the Breakthrough Junior Challenge!
Dear BASIS Independent Brooklyn Families,
I write to celebrate a wonderful year of growth marked by exceptional achievement in our community, and I trust you have already celebrated individual progress with your children.
The summer hiatus is when I like to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened in our community. This past year I have seen the emergence of awareness amongst our students—not just locally but also globally. As a school, we strongly believe in nurturing both perspectives.
Recently BASIS Independent Brooklyn students garnered prestigious honors in math competitions, and we wanted to take a moment to share the exciting news with our community.
Our inaugral MATHCOUNTS team won second place (missed 1st place by one point!) in the regional Brooklyn competition among the top private and public middle schools. One of our students, Max S., even took home the 1st place trophy for individual achievment.
Now our team moves ahead to the New York State competition in Troy, New York in mid-March. Sister campus BASIS Independent McLean recently won their regional competition as well, so we have lots to celebrate across the network!
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.