Ask any BIM student why they love our school, and they will tell you – the faculty. As we start a new school year, I want to help you get to know our faculty better. The best way to do that – see them in action by touring campus! However, let’s start with a series of blogs where I visit their classrooms and ask students what makes them special.
Did you know that our brains move like jello? Or that there is a debate about who owns the copyright to music created with artificial intelligence software? Or what Alfred Odrick contributed to McLean? Or what pET30-6H-Flu-A-NC is? These are all topics that have come up in our seniors’ Senior Project blogs over the course of their Trimester 3 internships and independent research.
We are so proud of our Class of 2021 and honored to share their current list of college acceptances. Additional acceptances are still possible; however, this list is too good to wait.
Please join us in joyful congratulations for our soon-to-be-graduates. Their hard work, perseverance, creativity, curiosity, kindness, and spirit will carry them forward in college and beyond.
I remember hitting submit for my last college application on January 5th, feeling such a relief I could go back to enjoying life. After 16 different applications that had deadlines spanning from November to January, I just could not wait for my immediate future to be decided by my application readers.
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.
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.