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October 31, 2019

Fall Festival Scares Up Family Fun

Our fourth annual Fall Festival brought together students, families, and staff for an afternoon of Halloween and fall fun! The festival featured familiar favorites like pumpkin painting, inflatable games, Trunk or Treat, and the Time Warp dance, as well as new additions including the Chili Cook-Off, sensory tables, potato sack races, and hot cider.

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September 20, 2017

The Art of Problem Solving at BASIS Independent McLean

“What we need to work on in this country is getting comfortable with struggle in learning, with the discomfort that comes from not knowing something.”
~Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World.

At BASIS Independent McLean, we are eager to connect with fellow educators and educational programs. On September 6, our campus had the honor of hosting Richard Ruscyzk, co-author of the wildly popular Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) textbooks. For those who did not attend or who may not have heard of him, Richard is leading what Peg Tyre in The Atlantic dubbed “the math revolution.”

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June 21, 2017

Project Week

The last week of school is a little different at BASIS Independent McLean! Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multi-disciplinary projects. 

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.

PreK-Kindergarten Projects

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. 

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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!

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May 10, 2017

Special Event with Richard Rusczyk, Co-Author of The Art of Problem Solving (AoPS)

“What we need to work on in this country is getting comfortable with struggle in learning, with the discomfort that comes from not knowing something.”
Amanda Ripley, author of “The Smartest Kids in the World”

mathpic.jpgAs we wrap up our first year as a school community, we very much seek out opportunities to connect with fellow educators and educational programs, both near and far. On May 18 at 6:30 PM, BASIS Independent McLean will host Richard Rusczyk, co-author of the wildly popular Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) textbooks. For those who may not have heard of this rock star math teacher, Richard is leading what Peg Tyre in The Atlantic dubbed “the math revolution.”

The AoPS textbooks and approach to learning have sparked an online school and community of 160,000 strong that includes the International Math Olympiad students and just about every math enthusiast on the planet. This year the AoPS team launched two brick and mortar schools, one in Morrisville, North Carolina and the other in Vienna, Virginia. I imagine they will spread like wildfire up and down the east and west coast.

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October 30, 2016

Struggle and The Art of Problem Solving at BASIS Independent McLean

“What we need to work on in this country is getting comfortable with struggle in learning, with the discomfort that comes from not knowing something.”
Amanda Ripley, author of “The Smartest Kids in the World”

“I believe the BASIS.ed culture prepares students for life because it teaches them that learning is cool, learning is essential, that you don’t always know the answers, but you know how to find the answers and you’re not going to give up until you find the answers. BASIS.ed will prepare you to never stop learning.”
Porter MacDonald, BASIS.ed art teacher

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October 13, 2016

In Schools Today, it is Time to look Outward

You are invited to join us for a special event, "Demystifying Global Education Rankings," on October 24. To get a sense of what our guest speakers will discuss, keep reading below.

One of the great weaknesses of American education is its parochialism. Education in the United States is viewed as a domestic affair, not even a national affair, but a matter for the district, the city or the state. Yet at no point in the history of American education has it been as important that we look outward to see what other nations are doing to prepare their young for thriving careers.

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