We are proud to induct nine students into the newly recognized BASIS Independent McLean chapter of the Société Honoraire de Français (SHF), the French Honor Society. The inaugural SHF members joined six new members of our Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, the Spanish Honor Society, in a joint in-person, socially distanced induction ceremony on Friday, January 22.
When you think of a classroom, what comes to mind? Many people imagine a class with students sitting in rows, watching a teacher at the front of the classroom leading the class. The students are sitting silently, and respectfully, occasionally raising hands to answer questions posed by the teacher, who may be lecturing.
That is exactly what a seminar class does not look like. Yes, you read that correctly. Seminar. Discussion-based classes usually only appear in college, but I’ve had the privilege of participating in a few history or English seminar classes in high school. The typical class revolves around a student-led discussion. Students do not raise hands to speak. They are trusted to speak at appropriate times: when they have a point to make and someone else has finished speaking.
Last weekend, our Theatre transformed into a humble home in Massachusetts during a Christmas season (and beyond) of the American Civil War. The students of the BASIS Independent McLean Drama Club became the cast of Little Women, a play by Scott Davidson that is adapted from Louisa Mae Alcott's classic novel. It tells the coming-of-age story during the Civil War of the four March sisters--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--as told by Jo. In addition to acting, students also ran the light board and managed the stage.
Humor can be found in any subject, but you can find it daily in Mr. Calhoun’s science and math classes. He loves using humor, especially bad puns, in his classrooms to engage the students. “Math puns are the first sine of madness,” he says with a laugh.
In addition to the two Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, 13 BASIS Independent McLean seniors have been named Commended Students. This means more than 50% of BASIS Independent McLean’s Class of 2020 are recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Approximately 34,000 students are recognized nationally as Commended Students for their exception academic promise. Roughly 16,000 students across the nation have qualified as Semifinalists.
As we prepare to announce our 2020 national and internationally faculty led trips, we are taking a look back at our 2019 Project Week trip to Madagascar!
The goal of any high school experience is to ensure students graduate with “college readiness.” But what does this readiness really look like?
We had a wonderful Wellness Week promoting heath, wellness, and self-care to students, teachers, and parents. Each day had a theme and various activities that went with that theme. We also paired it with Spirit Week to get the students excited about wellness and Spring Break.
For the second consecutive year, the BASIS Independent McLean team will participate in the Adam Smith Division of the State Championship of the Governor's Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. Tad B. ’20, Victoria B. ’21, Armin D. ’19, and Ethan H. ’20 will represent BIM in the competition.
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.
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.