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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
How many of you remember what it was like to be in grade 5? Admittedly, it's been a few years for me, so when it came time to highlight what a school day is like for our middle school students, I decided to step into the classroom with one of our brand new Bobcats, Katherine S.
She joined us in grade 5 for the 2018-2019 academic year, and has been enjoying her time at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Coming from public school, she was a little nervous about being behind academically, but a summer camp focused on math, science and English helped her feel confident to join BISV. The math she is working on now is review from some of the work she did over the summer, so if she hadn't taken the summer course she would have been ready, but it was "good to feel prepared for anything," she explained.
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.