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.
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!
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.
For the third year in a row, BASIS Independent McLean’s MATHCOUNTS team won the Northern Virginia Region Chapter Competition on Feb. 2. The team of Brian L. ’23, Sam W. ’23, Max Y. ’24, and Ethan Z. ’23 will compete in the state championships on March 16. The BASIS Independent McLean team is the two-time defending state champion. Both Sam and Ethan were on the winning team last year too.
Walking into our Early Learning entrance (for PreK and kindergarten families) you’ll see fun photos of PreK and kindergarten students in class, a dry erase board with a question of the week for students to answer, and often Director of Student Affairs for PreK-Grade 3 Cassie Korik because her office is right off the atrium. She loves greeting families and getting to know parents and siblings as much as the students she serves.
Though much of Ms. Korik’s time is dedicated to supporting teachers and assisting parents, the highlights of her day are when she visits classrooms. Every class she enters is filled with smiling students engaging in hands-on lessons with their peers and teachers. We sat down with her to get to know her, what she enjoys about her role, and why she’s excited about our Early Learning (including our new Twos) and primary programs.
2019 is off to a terrific start for our students! In January, they participated in a variety of in and out of school academic and athletic competitions. Students were not only awarded for their hard work, but they had fun! Congrats to all our Red-Tailed Hawks!
2019 is here! Half the year has already flown by and we are already preparing for next school year! It's time for middle and high school students to consider the classes they want to take in the 2019-20 school year.
The second annual BASIS Independent McLean Door Decorating Contest created holiday spirit and excitement for the coming Winter Break. Early in December, students created their own teams and claimed a teacher’s door. Together students brainstormed and brought to live a variety of winter and holiday themed doors. Some were themed to the teacher in the classroom, some to holiday classics, some traditional, and some to the subject taught in the room!
What do I want to do right now—read, solve puzzles, build something, play with bubbles, or create a craft? Do I want to play alone or with a friend? These are the questions our Early Learning (PreK-1 through kindergarten) students are asking and answering for themselves every day during Choice Time. This time revolves around centers that connect to various lessons from the week, often around a World Discovery theme.
By making the choice of how they want to learn, our youngest learners are getting to know more about themselves and what they enjoy. They start making choices about what subjects they like and what they want to know more about.
Over half of our 2017-2018 high school students have earned an AP Scholar award, recognition from the College Board based on their performance on their 2018 AP exams. These awards recognize students who have demonstrated both a depth and breadth of knowledge because their work has shown college-level mastery across multiple disciplines.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! McLean is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.