We are thrilled to start our second school year at BASIS Independent McLean with nearly 400 students in Preschool through Grade12.
Since that first day, students have dived into their classes, built new friendships, and met several new teachers. Given our growth, we added new teachers, deans and directors, including Ashley Bulldis who teaches middle school chemistry. She joins us from BASIS Tucson, the #2 ranked high school in the country.
We also hosted our Fall Enrichment Night, offering students the opportunity to preview and register for a variety of clubs and sports this fall. This year we are excited to launch boys and girls competitive soccer and volleyball.
Take a look at some of our first week pictures...
Red-Tailed Hawks not only work hard, but also play hard. Nearly 80% of our students, from preschool through grade 11, chose to participate in at least one auxiliary program. More than half of all students participated in at least two enrichment activities. Year-round clubs included Math Clubs (for middle and upper school), Yoga, Lego Club, Quiz Bowl, and Classics Club.
Our after school music program, led by our own Mr. Junsay, offered individualized instruction for percussion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, flute, and strings. Music students of all experience levels showcased their efforts to their parents and peers at the Spring Concert. From "Hot Cross Buns" for our beginners, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", and the "Star Wars" main theme for our advanced musicians.
It's difficult to choose just a few, but let's look back at some of the highlights from our first school year.
Learning Expert Teacher Dolores Peck's second graders studied seafaring transportation and then connected math, engineering, and art by making a seven foot model of a clipper ship main mast.
These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. At the end of Project Week, students enjoyed swapping tales of their wide-ranging adventures.
Below is a sampling of the projects students embarked on during Project Week.
We Like to Move It, Move It
This project was dedicated to transportation, both big and small! Three days on campus were spent engineering: creating vehicles out of recycled materials, designing cardboard box derby cars, building balsa airplanes, sailing boats, and even experimenting with ramps and speeds. On another day, our campus was visited by a real fire engine. These intrepid students also rode the bus and Metro to visit a local think tank called Mitre and even rode in a flight simulator.
The Land Before Time
Students spent their days learning about the work of Paleontologists and Archaeologists through hands on projects that included making fossils, digging for bones, and creating their own dinosaur eggs. Our scientists in the making spent their last day at the largest playground in the area and opened their dinosaur eggs!
In a news story called "BASIS.ed to launch a private school in McLean," the Washington Post reported Wednesday on our exciting arrival in the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC metro area.
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