Volleyball, and Recycled Art Camp, and Physics, oh my! Are you looking for courses and activities to keep your student occupied over the summer? Does your Bobcat need to brush up on his or her writing skills or preview Latin or Mandarin for the year ahead? BISV Summer Programs may be just the thing! We offer both enrichment and for-credit courses in a variety of subjects.
Meet Keshav N! Keshav joined us in grade 5 from a local private school. Keshav was familiar with BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) as his older brother joined us as a student in grade 6 the year the school opened. He had a solid idea of what BISV was going to be like before he enrolled, and once he was on campus his brother was a big help and shared lots of strategies. He was initially nervous about the workload, but his teachers "were very communicative and helped a lot" he mentioned. He thinks that it has been easy to make friends from the start, but that over the past few years, he has especially enjoyed seeing more of his friends from his previous school join BISV.
The end of the year offered yet more opportunities for our Bobcats to engage in exciting outside competitions. Public Speaking and Robotics were a fun way for some of our students to participate in community events.
BASIS Independent Silicon Valley's Music Program and Art Department recently hosted its annual Winter Fine Arts Gala at a nearby facility. The Winter Gala is a festive tradition that celebrates the arts as well as the creativity, passion, and hard work of our Bobcat students.
On display was a collection of student work from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley’s 2D Studio Art, 3D Studio Art, AP 2D Art, Grade 5 Studio Art, Grade 6 Art History Studio, and Digital Photography classes. Attendees were also treated to an evening of traditional classics, pop anthems, and epic cinematic music. This delightful experience was presented entirely by our student music ensembles.
Take a look below at a few snapshots from the evening and of our student's work.
Our Bobcats are have been especially busy this fall! Not only are they involved with activities on our campus, but can often be found participating in exciting events off campus as well. Math has been a popular topic lately, with both middle school and high school students winning impressive accolades.
Congratulations to the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Drama Club and Performing Arts Subject Expert Teacher, Mrs. Sweet, for bringing Turandot to life this fall! This tragicomic, or Commedia dell'arte, play written by Carlo Gozzi even inspired Giacomo Puccini’s most famous opera of the same name. Students, along with faculty and staff, sparked the stage in this three act performance.
Family drama, secret identities and many laughs-what more could you want from live theatre?
Take a peek at the performance below!
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a grade 6 Bobcat? Meet Chloe H.! She joined us last year as a student in grade 5 from a local public school. Her older brother paved the way for her, as he started at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) a few years before she did, so she was not very nervous to begin at a new school.
When we talked about the difference between a public school and BISV, she said that there is definitely a difference in the work level. She explained "there is a lot more work here, but it is worth the change, I am learning more here and it's more interesting." In grade 5, everyone is new to BISV together. Chloe explained that this year is different for her than last year, as there is more of a mix of students who are both new to the school, and those who've risen up from grade 5. In grade 6, she has made more connections with new friends through clubs. One of Chloe's favorite clubs this year is Robotics, it's new for her this year and she is enjoying every moment of it.
It’s here! We invite you to join us at our December Open House for grades 5-12 on Saturday, December 1. Attending an Open House is the best way to discover our world-class teachers, learn about our advanced curriculum, tour our campus, and meet our fantastic current students and parents! Register>>.
We are thrilled to announce that the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Speech and Debate Team has been honored by the National Speech and Debate Association with membership to the prestigious 100 Club. Our chapter achieved a total of 100 or more degrees during the 2017-2018 season, and is ranked in the top 20% of schools nationwide. The members of our Speech and Debate team are all impressive in their own right, and this has clearly been noticed by the National Speech and Debate Association.
Speech and Debate is a favorite activity for many students on our campus, and their passion is palpable when you consider their collective performance last year. Several of our Bobcats in fact earned invitations to the two most notable competitions of the entire season: the Tournament of Champions and the National Speech & Debate Championship. We saw very exciting results at these spring events.
Our Bobcats are busy! Not only are they involved with activities on our campus, but are often also participating in exciting events off campus as well. Here is a snap shot of some of the achievements our students earned over the summer and since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year:
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Silicon Valley is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.