This fall, BASIS Independent Manhattan Middle School Speech & Debate students competed ESU New York Debate League Tournaments Our Wildcats showed up and we are pleased to share their efforts and highlight what they accomplished.
One of the standout successes from this past school year was our Lower School Drama Club. In this blog, we explore why the after-school club had a record number of participants, how each student thrived, and what is in store to make it even more fantastically fabulous this coming year!
Director of Auxiliary Programs, Ms. Monica Masterson, joins BASIS Independent Manhattan from our Brooklyn campus and will oversee all after-school enrichment programs, school social events, athletic competitions and external academic competitions. Ms. Masterson is excited to foster friendships among our students by providing bonding opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.
We know there is great interest in finding out what extracurriculars will be available this school year, so we asked Ms. Masterson specific questions about her role and what families can expect when it comes to auxiliary programs.
How will your experience at the Brooklyn campus help support the programs being created on the Upper West Side?
As the former Director of Auxiliary Programs at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, I intend to bring quality programs and reliable vendors to Manhattan. During my two years at Brooklyn I fostered many relationships with vendors and learned the student interests of different grade-bands. While I know the interests of Manhattan students may show variations, I would not be surprised if there are similarities. I’m ready to anticipate the needs of Manhattan families and mold to their interests.
According to the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), the number of Civil Engineering clubs like the one at sister school BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has doubled in the United States in the last year. But recently, the ASCE took notice of the amazing accomplishments happening in Enginnering teacher Dr. Amin Ghafooripour's Civil Engineering Club, so they sat down with him to learn more about how he is leading the charge and inspiring the next generation of inventors and engineers. As you'll read, Dr. Amin had some pretty incredible things to say about his students, such as, “These kids don’t have any limits on their minds; there are no boundaries for their imaginations,” he said. “They can do everything. Sometimes they come up with ideas, and I say, ‘Oh, I never even thought of this.'"
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Manhattan is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.