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April 10, 2019

Drama Club Presents Shrek The Musical Jr.

Once upon a time…BASIS Independent McLean’s Drama Club turned the Theatre into the Fairytale Forest and Dulac for Shrek The Musical Jr. After months of rehearsing, grades 6-9 students showed off all their hard work in three performances on April 5-7. Students also ran the stage crew and painted the sets. The show was popular with kids of all ages at BASIS Independent McLean! See photos of the show below.

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March 29, 2019

March Student Successes

It’s March Madness! No, BASIS Independent McLean doesn’t have a bracket, but our students have been in many tournaments, championships, and involved in other great ventures this month (and last!). They participated in a variety of in and out of school academic and athletic competitions, and we are thrilled to share the results here:

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March 15, 2019

AP U.S. History Students Explore WWII Through Authentic Footlocker

A map, a license plate, a penny, and a yearbook are not unusual things to find at a school, but how about a cloth map, a wooden license plate, a steel penny, and a 1944 yearbook? Those last four are not often found in schools today, but they were in Ms. Floyd’s U.S. History classes. Through the National World War II Museum’s Operation Footlocker, the school received, on loan, an authentic WWII Army footlocker filled with a variety of other genuine items from the 1940s.

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February 22, 2019

Teacher Spotlight: Math Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Williams

It’s no coincidence that Mr. Williams is in room 314. Every student entering his classroom knows that mathematical Pi is 3.14 (and many can do dozens more digits). The legendary Mr. Williams has been teaching math for 45 years. Though he’s mainly focused on Algebra I to Pre-Calculus, he’s taught it all from number theory to non-routine problem solving.

His excitement for math is easy to see and his expertise and passion sparks the joy of learning in his students. It’s no wonder his middle school students’ rushed to sign up to decorate his door in our December Door Decorating Contest! (They won too.) We sat down with Mr. Williams to learn more about him, the teachers that inspired him, how BASIS Independent McLean’s Math Department is different, and the importance of math contests.

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February 15, 2019

BASIS Independent McLean Celebrates Lunar New Year

To celebrate the Year of the Pig, BASIS Independent McLean hosted an all-school Lunar New Year celebration on Sat., Feb. 9. Kindergarten through grade 4 and upper school students performed a variety of skits, songs, dances, and kung fu demonstrations in honor of Chinese culture. Mandarin teachers Ms. Li, Ms. Tozzi, and Ms. Wang directed the performances. Following the program, the community enjoyed traditional Chinese food thanks to the generosity of many parents. 

Enjoy photos from the event below!

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February 11, 2019

Top 5 FAQ about BASIS Independent Summer

Outside we’re still in the throes of winter, but here at BASIS Independent McLean we’re already ready and waiting for summer! Over seven weeks, BASIS Independent Summer offers numerous full and half day camps for boys and girls from age 3 to grade 12. Our program has a wide range of offerings for kids to have fun, get messy, and make new friends.

Here are five frequently asked questions to help you learn more about our program.

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