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March 29, 2020

The Biotech Elective: A BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Favorite

Murthy, Anu-1Dr. Murthy is a Biology Subject Expert Teacher and a Teacher Mentor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. She is a founding faculty member, and teaches some of the most beloved Biology courses for our upper school Bobcats. Read on as she shares about one of the electives she teaches on campus.

 

It is finally Period 8, and students eagerly come into the classroom. They put gloves on their hands, get out the micropipettes from the cabinets, and do a final check of their protocols. They pulverize the chips they selected from the school vending machine (or their favorite snacks from home) with a mortar and pestle. Their next step is to isolate DNA, and set up a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to amplify a 125 base pair nucleotide sequence from a cauliflower mosaic virus promoter (CaMV35S) typically used in most genetically modified plant products (GMOs). It is not enough for our Biotech students to read that most of the corn and soy flour that finds its way into their snacks is genetically modified; they want to use data to determine if that is the case.

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March 11, 2020

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Summer Programs: Early Registration Ends Soon!

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Summer Programs have landed! Register for our sessions here. The summer of 2020 is shaping up to be one of the best ones yet on campus, so don't miss out on our courses and activities. We offer a variety of for-credit courses as well as enrichment sessions in sports, math, and test preparation. Does your Bobcat need to brush up on his or her writing skills or preview the next math level for the year ahead? Is your child looking for a fun basketball or volleyball camp to help get ready for fall athletic try-outs? BISV Summer Programs may be just the thing! 

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March 6, 2020

The Middle School Program Pt 3: Student Autonomy

What does it take to build life-long skills of self-advocacy and independence?

At BASIS Independent Schools, our educational philosophy is centered around student autonomy and self-advocacy. We want to empower our students when they come to school each day; to do so, we believe students need to learn to exercise their autonomy, which allows them to take greater control of their education.

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March 2, 2020

Joining BASIS Independent Silicon Valley after Grade 5

Odell, Heather-1

Ms. Odell is a Latin Subject Expert Teacher and Teacher Mentor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. She joined our faculty in our third year, and has been an incredibly important member of the World Languages team ever since.

When I attend BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Open Houses and admissions events, I am regularly asked variations on the following question: if my student enters our school in grade 6 or 7, can they catch up with the curriculum?

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February 25, 2020

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Summer Programs 2020

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Summer Programs have landed! Register for our sessions here. The summer of 2020 is shaping up to be one of the best ones yet on campus, so don't miss out on our courses and activities. We offer a variety of for-credit courses as well as enrichment sessions in sports, math, and test preparation. Does your Bobcat need to brush up on his or her writing skills or preview the next math level for the year ahead? Is your child looking for a fun basketball or volleyball camp to help get ready for fall athletic try-outs? BISV Summer Programs may be just the thing! 

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February 5, 2020

Life Skills Seminars, or, Teaching Bobcats How to Adult

Life Skills Seminars have been in full swing for the seniors since we returned from winter break in January. So far, we have covered topics from personal finance to time management, interviewing skills to friendship—and there is still more in store.

This specific time in senior year allows for some non-academic curriculum as the vast majority of college applications are due at the beginning of January. Most students are done with the application process when we return from winter break, so we viewed the last six weeks of Trimester Two as the perfect opportunity to go over topics not typically covered in the classroom – basically how to adult.

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January 20, 2020

Final Open House of the Regular Admissions Season: Sunday, January 26

We are excited to host our final Open House of the Regular Admissions season on Sunday, January 26 at 10:00 AM! This last, big admissions event is for families considering grades 5-12 for the 2020-21 school year and is the final admissions event before the Regular Admissions application deadline on January 30!

Attending an Open House is the best way to discover our middle and high school Subject Expert Teachers, classroom difference, learn about our advanced liberal arts and sciences curriculum with STEM offerings, tour our campus, and meet current students and parents!

Click here to Register for the January Open House>>

Middle and High School Start Times
On Sunday, January 26 we will host our Open House for Grades 5-12. This special event begins at 10:00 AM and concludes at 12:00 PM. We recommend joining us by 10:00 AM. Students are welcome to attend!

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January 14, 2020

BASIS Independent Schools Students Continue to Soar in OECD & PISA Performance

There’s been a lot of buzz in the news recently about student performance on the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). While PISA results are informative from a data standpoint, there is not much information about how these exams lead to nationwide or global improvement in the classroom. At BASIS Independent Schools, we are excited to explore the implications of our results.

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January 10, 2020

Frontiers in Science: Winner of the 2019 BASIS Curriculum Schools Founder's Prize

Many of our seniors are nearly ready to begin their Senior Projects, a trimester-long commitment to research, development, art, or social causes. We are thrilled to start off this new season of projects by formally announcing the 2019 winner of the BASIS Curriculum Schools Founders’ Prize for Excellence in a Senior Project: Ethan Feng!

Akash & Ethan

Ethan (right) with a fellow alumnus from the class of 2019

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