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January 3, 2018

A Look at Student Service at BASIS Independent Schools Across the Country

The start of the new year is certainly a time for reflection—a time to look back on how the first part of the school year has progressed and also a time for us to think and reminisce on the positive things and loving people we are lucky to have in our lives.

We’d like to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of this time of year to recognize our students in all BASIS Independent Schools for their positive contributions to their communities and the work they’ve been doing to improve not just their knowledge in the classroom, but also their understanding of what it means to be a good citizen.

As an institution, we don’t have any requirements of student volunteering or student service, nor do we participate in parent fundraising. As a result, service in the school and in the community is an authentic expression of what is important to our individual communities.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on in our schools around the country and the pulse on student service in general:

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December 21, 2017

Winter Gala 2017: Behind the Scenes

Our Winter Gala production this year was a delightful celebration of music for all ages, with our students performing hit songs from favorite Disney movies and Broadway shows! The final production of the show was full of heart and dazzling costumes, but it was a long road to get to that last bow. What, exactly, goes into creating a musical revue performance at BASIS Independent Fremont?

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December 8, 2017

Connections: Where Everything Comes Together

Each day, our students in grades 1–4 attend classes in multiple subjects, from Math to Mandarin to Music. Most classes are taught by a Subject Expert Teacher (SET), devoted to teaching the subject they know and love best. The Connections class, however, is taught by each class's Learning Expert Teacher (LET), who is devoted to that class and their individual learning. In Connections, each LET can pull together topics from the different classes taught by SETs to help students see the bigger picture of what they are learning, and to introduce different problem solving challenges to inspire students. But what does this class look like in practice?

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November 17, 2017

A Day In The Life: Third Grade

Recently, we followed Ms. Castilla's third grade class around to discover what a Learning Expert Teacher's day looks like. We couldn't wait to revisit to dig deeper into what makes third grade tick! Read on to find out what the students have to say about their experience at BASIS Independent Fremont.

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November 2, 2017

On Teens & Taking Risks

There's a reason adolescence is often referred to as the tumultuous teenage years. Whether you and your teen are in the thick of these years or you are what feels like light years away, it is important for parents and educators alike to understand why teens take risks and how to protect them.

As part of their on-campus thought series, BASIS Independent Brooklyn invited acclaimed adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Jess Shatkin to discuss the findings in his debut novel, the culmination of years of research and study, Born to Be Wild - Why Teens Take Risks and How We Can Keep Them Safe, which was just featured in the Washington Post.

We thought we would share some of the incredible learnings from this book with you.

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October 23, 2017

A Day In The Life Of A Subject Expert Teacher

One of the biggest advantages of the BASIS Independent model is the Learning Expert Teacher (LET)/Subject Expert Teacher (SET) teacher dynamic, creating greater learning opportunities for students and higher specialization of topics taught by educators. But what does this model actually look like in practice? This week, we followed Ms. Wagner, one of our Subject Expert Teachers in Humanities, throughout her day to find out!

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Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Fremont 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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