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February 2, 2018

It's Pre-Comp Time!

Next week is an important one in the life of a BASIS Independent Brooklyn Middle School student. It's pre-comp time!

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July 14, 2017

2016-2017 Year in Review

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.

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July 15, 2016

2015-16 Year In Review

Dear Families and Supporters of BASIS Independent Brooklyn,

I hope that by now you are feeling the full rejuvenating effects of summer!  Your children are no doubt preparing for various summer adventures: travels and camps and other recreational pursuits. We hope that, in addition to this, they are able to take a moment to reflect how far they have come over the past school year.

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January 29, 2016

A Limitless Future: The BASIS Independent Student Video

We are excited to unveil to you the fruits of a couple of non-stop days in October - our BASIS Independent videos! Over the course of December and early January, we shared with you the first two videos in the series, the BASIS Independent Parent Video and the BASIS Independent Faculty Video.

Here's a refresher on the project: Over the course of three days, we filmed three separate videos: one about the family experience with our school, the teacher perspective on what it's like to work here, and the student perspective on what it is like to learn here. We love these videos and hope you do, too.

They are raw, spur of the moment, unscripted reflections of what it's like to be a part of the BASIS Independent community.

They breathe life into Education Redefined and demonstrate what happens when you combine an accelerated, rigorous curriculum with exceptional, expert educators in an environment of support and deep respect for the art and science of learning.

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January 20, 2016

The Art & Science of Teaching: The BASIS Independent Faculty Video

We are excited to unveil to you the fruits of a couple of non-stop days in October - our BASIS Independent videos! Back in December, we shared with you our first video in the series, our BASIS Independent Parent Video. Check out the BASIS Independent Parent Video here. 

Here's a refresher on the project: Over the course of three days, we filmed three separate videos: one about the family experience with our school, the teacher perspective on what it's like to work here, and the student perspective on what it is like to learn here. We love these videos and hope you do, too.

They are raw, spur of the moment, unscripted reflections of what it's like to be a part of the BASIS Independent community.

They breathe life into Education Redefined and demonstrate what happens when you combine an accelerated, rigorous curriculum with exceptional, expert educators in an environment of support and deep respect for the art and science of learning.

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February 27, 2015

Photographer Troy House reflects on capturing BASIS Independent Brooklyn in action

A few weeks ago, we had photographer Troy House come in to take pictures of our students in our current school location (15 Snyder Ave) as well as photo-document the progress of our permanent school house, the 100,000 square foot new construction at 556 Columbia in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We sat down to talk to Troy about his experience, which he shares with us below.

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February 17, 2015

It's Pre-comp Time!

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

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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.

The Delivery

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. 

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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.

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