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.
At BASIS Independent Schools, we are constantly looking for ways to optimize our program while staying true to our foundation of academic excellence.
SPORK is an exciting new tablet-based math textbook program implemented at BASIS Independent Schools this year. The program, which offers many useful applications and learning tools, was initially tested last year at a few of our campuses as a new tool for BASIS Independent students and teachers in select math courses: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I/Geometry, and Algebra II/Geometry. Keep reading to learn more about how this initiative is elevating our curriculum.
Students at BASIS Independent Schools know a thing or two about hard work and persistence in problem solving. Our accelerated and spiraled math curriculum gives students ample time to strengthen their fundamental skills so that each year, when our schools facilitate opportunities for students to participate in competitions, clubs, and more, they can then show off their talents and achieve new goals. This year’s math wins across several of our campuses are a testament of how well our students thrive in competitive situations.
Read on to explore just a few of the math-centric accomplishments from our campuses in Brooklyn, Fremont, Manhattan, McLean, and Silicon Valley
The BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS and JV History Bowl teams are the 2019 Virginia State Champions!
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.
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.
Math is more than just numbers to Ms. Baljee, our grade 5 and 6 Pre-Algebra and grade 4 Math & Science Subject Expert Teacher. She sees math as a way to explore nature, logic, and the world. Through her interactive lessons, she introduces students to thinking about math through these lenses. And based on the smiles ever-present in her classroom, students love it as much as she does!
We sat down with Ms. Baljee to learn more about why it’s important to know math is more than arithmetic, the benefits of hands-on activities in the classroom, and her love of dance. Read her full bio here.
Way to go Team SWEEP! Our MATHCOUNTS team earned first place in the state championships in Richmond this past weekend. This year’s team, dubbed Team SWEEP as a combination of their initials, included: Sam W. ’23, Eleanor K. ’22, Ethan Z. ’23, and Pravalika P. ’22.
This marks the BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS team’s second time participating and second time winning in the annual statewide MATHCOUNTS competition. Both Pravalika and Ethan were on last year’s winning team as well.
For the second year in a row, the BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS team won the Northern Virginia Region Chapter Competition, which took place on February 3. The team, Eleanor K. '22, Pravalika P. '22, Sam W. '23, and Ethan Z. '23, will compete in the state championships on March 17. The BASIS Independent McLean team is the defending state champion.
Ten BASIS Independent McLean students took top honors at the American Mathematics Competition 8 (AMC 8) 2017. What an accomplishment!
The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. Through classroom resources and friendly competition, this event helps educators from around the country identify talent and foster a love of mathematics.
We are thrilled that our students not only took on such a challenge, but that they emerged so victorious.
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.