On Friday, June 1, we celebrated the end of our inaugural year here at BASIS Independent Fremont with a family picnic that allowed all members of our community to come together one last time before summer vacation. It was a fun and festive way to end a truly remarkable first year of operation. As I reflect upon the 2016-2017 school year, I’m struck by how much we have accomplished.
Our faculty created vibrant, engaging classes
One of my favorite parts of my job is being able to visit classes throughout the day. Last year, I was consistently impressed by our students and our teachers. Our faculty members went above and beyond to create lessons that challenged, engaged, and excited all of our students. And, without fail, those students rose to any challenge set before them and pushed their teachers by asking thoughtful, interesting questions.
We’ve come together as a community
As a first year school, we were in the unique position of being able to create our own traditions and to work together to build our school community. We had many opportunities throughout the year to gather as a school—students, teachers, staff, and parents. At our Winter and Spring Arts Galas, we celebrated our students’ hard work, and marveled at their creative sides. At our International Day celebration in December, the students presented work on different countries they had studied, and we were able to recognize the diverse cultural backgrounds of the families who comprise the BASIS Independent Fremont community. In February, we came together to take part in an interactive Lunar New Year celebration that was thoughtfully coordinated by some of our parents. As we move into our second year, I look forward to building on these traditions and celebrations.
Anyone who attended one of our school information sessions last year knows that we talk quite extensively about how BASIS Curriculum School students fare on various national and international assessments. We are proud to be part of such a high-achieving network of schools, and will always celebrate the accomplishments of our sister schools. Now that we have finished a full academic year in Fremont, though, we can reflect on the achievements of our school. I’m exceedingly happy to report that BASIS Independent Fremont students set a standard for excellence on both internal and external assessments. We saw tremendous growth in literacy and numeracy amongst our youngest students. Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students took the ISA (International Schools Assessment) exam in February and outperformed students from other countries in math, reading, and writing. If this is how our students perform after only one year, I can’t wait to see what future years will bring for us!
I reached out to our faculty and staff members to find out what they most enjoyed about our inaugural year. Here’s what they had to say:
“My favorite part of the school year was our very first day of school! There were days, weeks and months of built-up excitement for our inaugural school year- and to see everyone come together on the first day of school was truly rewarding. All of the eager and smiling faces, from students, to parents, to teachers- made for the best day ever.” Ms. Hernandez, Director of Admissions
“My favorite part of the year was walking into classrooms to see students who were excited about the topics they were learning. Students would be literally bouncy as they participated in the lesson; they were so excited to take an active part in continuing their learning.” Mr. Francher, Director of Academic Programs
“A favorite memory of mine was creating a zoological theme park with the students. They were extremely creative and ended up with finished products that included both impressive technical details and aesthetic theming.” Mr. Huneycutt, Engineering Subject Expert Teacher
“My favorite memory was getting to know the students and greeting each student in the morning by their first name.” Ms. Rodriguez, Front Office Coordinator
“It has been a wonderful year at BASIS Independent Fremont as a Mandarin teacher. For me, watching our kids grow and excel in learning was the best part of teaching. No matter if it was in the classroom, in the hallway, or even in their parent’s car, hearing them say “Zao Shang Hao,Y u lao shi” ( “Good Morning, Ms.Yu”) always brightened my day.” Ms. Yu, Mandarin Subject Expert Teacher
“My favorite memory of our first year at BASIS Independent Fremont was the determination and growth the special's teachers and students experienced around the Winter and Spring Galas. Being new to BASIS Independent Fremont we all went into the experience with determination on making it a great showcase but didn't necessarily know how to navigate it all. We learned from each other, took the feedback, and refocused and ended the year with a great show!
It's so rewarding as a teacher to be able to see the students shine on stage and hold their heads up high when talking about their projects on display. It turns out to also be a great place way to build relationships with families. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Galas expand and evolve in the coming years.” Mr. Harter, Visual Arts Subject Expert Teacher
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