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May 23, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Hetu, Art and STEM SET

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We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Sarah Hetu will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as an Art and STEM Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Hetu joins us from the Lake Tahoe area where at her current school she is the Director of Visual Arts. Her years of experience range from teaching Pre-School to AP Art courses! 

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to speak with Ms. Hetu and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!

 

Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! How does it feel to join a new team for the new campus?

I am so excited to join the team! Being a part of a new school is very exciting. I look forward to starting new traditions, cultivating a healthy school culture, and, in my case, building a wonderful creative space for the Fine Arts Program.

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May 17, 2022

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 on their College Acceptances!

Congratulations to the class of 2022! This group of seniors was able to return to in-person learning for their final year of high school, which was such a poignant way to honor their academic efforts here at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley.  One of our College Counselors, Ms. McCollum shared, "Getting back on campus and working with this group of seniors has been nothing short of a joy. This is a group of students who has shown tremendous resiliency throughout their high school years, who care deeply about the world around them, and who will go on to do amazing things. Congratulations, Class of 2022, you deserve all the good that is coming to you!"


One of the most important aspects of our College Counseling curriculum is that it is centered around fit. Our Counselors spend a tremendous amount of time educating our students about all of the elements of the college experience that must be evaluated while submitting applications. Their amazing success is two-fold in terms of the schools to which they have been admitted to for fall 2022. Head of School Ms. Kolb explained, "While we continue to be proud of the notable colleges and universities on this list of acceptances, I am most proud that the class of 2022 has pursued colleges and universities that are the best fit for their goals and personalities. This is a class that knows who they are, is supportive of one another, and will surely continue to do great things once they leave BASIS Independent Silicon Valley."

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May 16, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Bhatnagar, Engineering SET

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We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Pragya Bhatnagar will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as an Engineering Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Bhatnagar joins us with a variety of Engineering experiences – both in and out of the classroom.  In addition to her time working in the field, Ms. Bhatnagar has spent the last several years developing STEAM programs in several different schools throughout her local school district.

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Ms. Bhatnagar and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! What are you most looking forward to in this new position?

I am thrilled to be part of the SVL founding team. One of the things I am passionate about is nurturing future innovators. I am really looking forward to engaging the student community with a hands-on engineering curriculum that is specially crafted for younger kids to help them build creative confidence, gain 21st-century skills, and innovate fearlessly. I believe there are no right or wrong answers. Every engineering problem has many possible solutions and multiple ways to reach those solutions. What is important at the end of each experience is not the success or failure of the project but the journey and critical thinking skills learned on the way. At the core of my philosophy is the idea that it's ok to fail, then learn from it and try again. Not to mention that I look forward to the students having a blast which helps them learn and retain knowledge for longer.

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May 9, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Zhang, Music SET

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We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Rita Zhang will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Music Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Zhang has 25 years of musical experience in and out of the classroom. She is a composer, choreographer, performer, and passionate teacher of all things music. 

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, spoke with Ms. Zhang and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! What are you most looking forward to in this new position?

I am super excited to become a founding faculty member at BISV! I can't wait to start my new journey at the lower school. I am looking forward to embracing the challenges and possibilities of this new campus and I hope to use my musical skills as well as my teaching skills to bring even more innovations to the BASIS Curriculum and more fun to the music lessons there.

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May 2, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Coyne, Physical Education SET

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We are very excited to add another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Melanie Coyne will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Physical Education Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Coyne has a personal passion for health and physical education. She also has extensive experience in coaching, recruiting, and organizing sporting events.

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Ms. Coyne and is excited to help all our new families get to know her better!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! How does it feel to join a new team for the new campus?

I’m extremely excited to join the BASIS Independent family. I’ve already had a few interactions with some staff members and they’ve been very welcoming.

I’ve also heard amazing things about BASIS Independent Students as well and I can’t wait to meet them and get to work!

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April 28, 2022

Memory Project 2022

Each year, our amazing National Arts Honor Society participates in the Memory Project. Each year, participants are connected with students abroad who are dealing with incredibly difficult situations in their home countries. Our Bobcats were paired with a group of children in Camaroon, and then created beautiful, handmade portraits that were presented to the students they represent.

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April 8, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Wang, Mandarin SET

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We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Aries Wang will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Mandarin Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Wang joins us with a variety of diverse teaching experiences and a passion for encouraging a love of Chinese heritage and culture.

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Ms. Wang and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! What are you most looking forward to in this new position?

I am filled with honor and excitement being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School. Even though we are a few months away from the first day of school, I have already been visualizing my new journey with our students at BISV. As Mandarin is a compulsory subject for Lower School from Transitional Kindergarten to Grade 4, I am genuinely looking forward to making learning Mandarin an interactive and innovative adventure through curriculum, interdisciplinary projects, and activities. We are going to have so much fun together!

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March 28, 2022

Meet the Staff: Ms. Than, Director of Academic Programs

ANH_THAN copyWe are so excited to announce the Director of Academic Programs, Ms. Anh Than, for our new Lower School Campus for the 2022 - 2023 school year. 

Ms. Than is currently the Dean of Students for Grades 10 - 12 at our Upper School as well as our Senior Project Coordinator.  Prior to joining the Support Team, she served as the Curriculum Coordinator on the Academic Programs team.

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, sat down with Ms. Than to ask all the questions that we know our new families are excited to have answered!


Ms. Than, new families are so excited to learn more about you and your role at the Lower School! Please provide us with a quick introduction. 

Of course! I am originally from Vietnam. At the age of 13, my parents made the difficult decision for us to start a new journey to America. Leaving my childhood home was difficult, and Vietnam will forever be in my heart, but I am also blessed to call the Bay Area my second home.

This challenging experience taught me one of the most important lessons I have ever learned, which is to adapt and always move forward in life. After high school, I went on to receive my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Jose State University. A memorable part of my college experience was participating in a research project at the Stanford Graduate School of Education as a research assistant! Over the years, I've learned to embrace unexpected adventures as life is always changing.  As I think about moving to our new campus next year, I look forward to the many new challenges and experiences that it will bring!

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March 23, 2022

Meet the Staff: Ms. Liu, Head of Operations

CINDY_LIU copyWe are so excited to announce Ms. Cindy Liu, our current Head of Operations at the Upper School, will be expanding her role as she oversees both the Lower and Upper School campuses. 

Ms. Liu has years of school operational experience and has already been working behind the scenes with the opening of our new campus. We are excited to finally announce this new addition to our administration team for the 2022 - 2023 school year.  

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, sat down with Ms. Liu and asked all the questions that we know our new families are excited to have answered!


Ms. Liu, our Upper School families already know you so well. Please introduce yourself to our new incoming families for BISV Lower.  

Hello Bobcat Families! My name is Cindy Liu and I am the Head of Operations for both BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Upper and Lower School. I have called the Bay Area home for the past 10 years. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business, my Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and my Masters in Education Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. And I recently became a mom to my beautiful daughter Carli!

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March 16, 2022

BASIS Independent Schools: How Data Informs Network Excellence

BASIS Independent Schools are characterized by creativity and spirit, and they are driven by best practices from the top educational systems in the world. As our private schools branch out across the U.S. and the world, one secret to maintaining excellence network-wide rests in our central Curriculum Team. These professionals work tirelessly to assess data across schools with a shared goal - to improve student outcomes deliberately, quickly, and meaningfully.

Currently BASIS Independent Schools educate students in Brooklyn, NY; Fremont, CA; McLean, VA; Manhattan, NY; and San Jose, CA. New campuses will open this fall in Bellevue, WA and Sunnyvale, CA. Our world-acclaimed curriculum taught by subject expert teachers draws families to the schools; however, a key strength that is not as well understood rests in our private school network’s ability and commitment to using data to improve continually, rather than rest on our reputation for excellence, particularly given our rapidly evolving world.

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“It is critical that we have a continuity of excellence at BASIS Independent Schools,” said Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools. “That we hold ourselves to high standards, and that we learn from each other as school leaders and teachers across our network. The data around academic outcomes inform this approach; the collaboration among our teachers and administrators is based in large part on taking advantage of the insights our data provides. We take seriously our responsibility to act on these insights to improve our students’ experience.”

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