Posts about Middle School

January 22, 2021

Dean of Students Series: Part 2

Angkham, Che

Ms. Angkham received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University. While pursuing her academics, she also helped build schools in Mexico, provided Katrina Relief to residents of New Orleans, and presented at various academic conferences throughout the country.

After college, she found her love of teaching and was a classroom teacher for grade 1 and grades 5 - 8. After a decade of being in the classroom, she’s ready for her next adventure: supporting students’ academics and overall well-being as a Dean of Students!

“I love that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley provides the students with so many opportunities,” she says, “and I’m so excited to be a part of their developmental years in which they are learning, growing, and becoming wonderful human beings.”

How would you describe your position to a new incoming student and parent?

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October 16, 2020

Dean of Students Series: Part 1

Kaminski, MonicaMs. Kaminski graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts in History where her focus was on human rights. Later, she received her Master of Science degree in Professional School Counseling from Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York.

As Dean of Students for Grades 5 - 7 at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, her goal is to inspire and help students discover the skills they need in order to be successful. She enjoys working at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley because teachers, staff, and students are excited to be here, “The overall environment is very welcoming and fun!” In addition, she appreciates that the culture of the school is to engage students in learning and to celebrate their achievements.

Her educational philosophy is the one that reflects the whole child approach, “I believe all students should be in a learning environment that promotes and encourages inclusiveness, safety, engagement, but also challenges.

 

How would you describe your position to a new incoming student and parent?

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October 1, 2020

The Middle School Program through a Parent's Eyes

We know no one can express what it is like to be a BASIS Independent Silicon Valley student better than our Bobcats. We also know, for prospective parents, there's nothing like hearing your top questions answered by, none other than, an experienced parent! Read below to hear from one of our current parents and what she had to say about her school selection process, why her family chose BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for middle school, and what changes she has seen in her two students since starting in our program in grades 5 and 6.  

 

Tell us a little about your background, your children, and what you looked for in a school.

"We began our BASIS Independent Silicon Valley journey when our eldest child was looking for a middle school. We looked around the Bay Area for a school that would provide more of a daily challenge in the classroom. My eldest is an avid book reader, but he would often end up reading in his classes because he felt they were so basic. We discovered they were teaching just enough to pass the state standardized test. He would self learn via Khan Academy after school. It was completely backwards of how it should be! He would say “I’m so bored, Mum!”, about his school day.

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October 29, 2019

Community Traditions: The Middle School Fall Carnival

A school tradition we look forward to is our Middle School Fall Carnival! This carnival is for our students in grades 5-8. We also host a separate Fall Festival for our high school students.

The carnival was held last Friday after school and was an action-packed afternoon. Students enjoyed carnival games, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and the ever popular doughnut eating contest.

It was great to see all of our Bobcats, students and staff alike, celebrate and enjoy the carnival festivities together as a community. Please enjoy a few photos of the event below. 

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October 22, 2019

Art Spotlight: A Canvas of Exploration and Creativity

Walk down any of our campus hallways and you will experience wonderful views of student artwork, rich in creativity and passion. This fall, students across all grade levels have brought their exploration of the arts to life, with support and guidance from our two Subject Expert Art Teachers, Dr. Charuhas and Ms. Jones.

We invite you take a virtual walk-through of just a sampling of some Bobcat creations.

Grade 5 Studio

Students in grade 5 began the year with inspiration from Aboriginal dot paintings to practice the use of color schemes. They used watercolor, acrylic paint, and q-tips to form their Australian animal of choice.

BISV Grade 5 Art-1

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