Recently, our 5th grade students were able to work with our local Parks and Recreation Department by sprucing up a local park. They were given a very large pile of playground bark and asked to move it into the play area. It was a warm day but our students worked together and closely measured out the material, trying their best to keep the areas as level as possible.
With shovels, wheelbarrows, and teamwork, our students were able to accomplish exactly what they had set out to do! The park looks great and it now has a safer area to play. Way to go Bobcats!
We also received a letter from the local volunteer coordinator, thanking our students for their hard work.
Part III of our five-year anniversary series features Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Parson, who has taught high school history for the five years BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has been open. Remember to read part I and part II of our celebration series as well!
Our Head of School Mr. Walker took a few moments to share some thoughts about the ever-popular Dr. Parson.
Dr. Parson has been the AP U.S. Government teacher at this campus since our founding year. He has, in his time here, taught other classes however, he is universally recognized as the "AP Gov Guy". What an interesting time it has been to study government these past five years! Dr. Parson has provided the inspiration and guidance for many in-depth political conversations that have, I'm sure, spilled over from the classroom to the dinner table. Through his expert instruction Dr. Parson has produced students that are not only able to articulate their own personal view points, but are also respectful and inclusive of others.
Each day, Dr. Parson brings history and law to life for his students. We wanted to get the nitty gritty on his experience, perspective, and day-to-day over the last five years:
The college admissions process is something you’ve never experienced before—no matter who you are, or what you’ve done. As a senior who is graduating in a week, I just wanted to share some advice with current students and their parents—many of who are probably imagining what this day is going to be like for them, a day when classes are over and the most stressful thing is figuring out how to log onto your college portal.
There’s a few things that I think worked well for me during the college application process. In terms of finalizing my college list, my parents and I prioritized college visits before the beginning of senior year. I dedicated two weeks of my summer to visiting colleges, and I think attending tours and information sessions were the most important factor in deciding what schools I applied to, and what schools were a good “fit” for me.
Congratulations to the following students who have been announced as National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners!
Jaydev B., Shiven G., Sahil J., and Krystal J. Y.!
Tanvi B., Class of 2020, began going to homeless shelters when she was 7 years old. At a young age, Tanvi learned that the typical homeless child is raised in an environment of instability, where parent(s) are struggling to make ends meet and their priority is only centered on fulfilling basic needs. She believes that a lack of special birthday celebrations for these underprivileged children leads to further 'homelessness' and insecurity for them as they are deprived of the normal upbringing every child deserves.
This sparked an idea in her to start the No Birthday Left Behind program. Her goal was to bring a smile to a homeless child's face by throwing birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters. Tanvi is the founder of this nonprofit and the program and her efforts have been recognized in numerous ways.
It is with excitement and pride that we usher in this year’s grand finale of the BASIS Independent Schools academic program: Senior Projects!
In their final trimesters as BASIS Independent Schools students, after seniors have already taken a deep dive into university-level, content-heavy capstone courses and undertaken the demanding college application process, they face their Senior Project—a high-level research project centered around a question or topic of their choosing.
Last year, we saw our third graduating class of seniors at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley begin this journey and come out enlightened, confident, and humbled. In 2019, we now welcome the first graduating class at BASIS Independent Brooklyn to join the rest of our network’s seniors.
We are incredibly proud to announce that Wilson W., Class of 2020, earned a perfect score in last year’s AP Computer Science A exam!
"The AP Computer Science A course is an introductory course in computer science. The major theme of the course is problem solving. The goals of the course are comparable to those in the introductory course for computer science majors offered in many college and university computer science departments. AP Computer Science A is not something you can memorize - it is challenging.
When I think of Wilson as a student the phrase that comes to my mind is brilliant, but humble. There is more than one way to solve problems in Computer Science and he explores all of them. Simply put, his solutions are elegant. Writing a big program is great, but writing a small, effective, and elegant program is more impressive and this is exactly Wilson's style.
He is a student I would be proud to copy and paste. Congratulations Wilson!" - Ms. Bhattacharya, Wilson's AP Computer Science A Instructor
The end of the school year is nearly upon us and we can hardly believe it! After a rigorous senior year that has pushed our seniors to accomplish more than they thought possible, our soon-to-be graduates are ready to embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives.
“I am delighted for all of the students in the senior class," said Head of School Mr. Walker. "Their hard work and experience at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley will absolutely mean that they are well prepared for the road ahead."
College Guidance Coordinator Ms. McCollum added, "The college counseling department is so proud of all our seniors' hard work this year. We have no doubt they will continue to do amazing things in the coming four years and beyond."
Part II of our five-year anniversary features another one of our expert teaching staff, Ms. Leila Kosiba. You can see part I of our celebration series here.
Our Head of School Mr. Walker took a few moments to share some thoughts about the incomparable Ms. Kosiba.
I first saw Ms. Kosiba teach back in the mists of time (before we opened BASIS Independent Silicon Valley). She was visiting Arizona and I had the pleasure of watching her give a demo French class to BASIS Scottsdale students. They, and I, loved the class! There was an obvious passion in her teaching and the students were instantly connected to her. At BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, Ms. Kosiba has taught every level of French from 7th Grade to Capstone. She has enriched our community with her dedication to French learning and her insights into life in New Caledonia.
Ms. Kosiba has been a French Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley since we first opened. She has primarily worked with students in the middle school years.
We also asked Ms. Kosiba some questions about her time at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, as well as her perspective on our students, curriculum, teaching methods, and more. Read on below:
It is with enormous pride that we announce that Vibha G., Class of 2019, earned a perfect score in last year’s AP Seminar exam!
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.