It is hard to believe that the 2021-2022 school year is done. This year, everyone came back to campus, from wearing masks to mask-free, and life went back to the normal that we hoped. On the academic hand, from science and math to drama and our own house system, our students of all ages accomplished a lot in the spring of 2022. Below we highlight their successes. Congratulations, Red-Tailed Hawks!
What’s red, full of supplies, and on wheels? Learning Expert Teacher (LET) Ms. Zarour’s classroom! LETs attend each Subject Expert Teacher’s class with their students and bring their cart of supplies (similar to Mary Poppins’ bag) with them. As an LET, Ms. Zarour, known around campus as simply Ms. Z, gets to know her students across various courses and helps them make connections across subjects. She’s able to break any subject down into an age-appropriate explanation and helps each student learn in the style that works best for them.
In March and April, students in primary, middle, and high school competed and were recognized in state science competitions.
Campus is buzzing with the energy that spring brings. Students, teachers, and staff are ready to complete a school year that has been anything but ordinary. On my agenda this week was to check-in with Amy Kimbrough, Dean of Grades 1-3. In this role, Ms. Kimbrough focuses on our student’s social-emotional development and academic needs. I found our conversation inspiring and would like to share it with you!
Considering our Primary Program? This will give you an insightful snapshot into BASIS Independent McLean. Here, we truly value our partnership with each family, and I have chosen some common questions that continue to be top of mind for many of our prospective families.
Though many things about fall 2020 were unfamiliar, our students continued to shine through clubs and contests that were held virtually. Here we highlight our students’ accomplishments from the first part of the 2020-2021 school year. Congratulations, Red-Tailed Hawks!
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.
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.
Leading up to the Homecoming dance, our high school Association of Student Leaders planned a school-wide spirit week, including several themed dress up days that every grade could partake in.
Shouting, laughter, and running can be heard coming from the gym whenever PreK through grade 4 students are in P.E. They just can’t get enough of Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Coquelin’s physical education classes.
More than just learning basketball, soccer, and other sports skills, P.E. at BASIS Independent McLean teaches balance, agility, teamwork, and everyday life skills. Mr. Coquelin's strives to make his students enjoy being active, so that they will want to continue being active on a daily basis once they have left his class.
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.
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.