Why does BAIS continue to strive to get students on campus?
When children are able to physically and safely interact with one another, a special type of learning occurs. Wonder is awoken, laughter is heard, and encouragement to keep trying is felt. At a distance, some of this has indeed been possible, but has simply looked different. Through an online platform, teachers can teach, assess, and review material with students. What they cannot do is come alongside a student, see both the joy and need in their eyes, hear their whispers for help, and provide that needed personal guidance. Our teachers have had to completely change the way they do their jobs in a matter of months, and have shed tears over the loss of student contact. Our students have shed tears over having to retrain themselves for online learning and experiencing more than a school year of teachers and classmates being a set of boxes on a screen. And we as parents have shed tears of frustration and anxiety having seen our work and family lives collide, while working alongside our children and trying to help them.
So, in response to the question: “Why does BAIS continue to push to get students on campus?” We believe the best learning happens when we are TOGETHER. Our theme for the year is exactly that: Together. At the precise moment when we can safely return to that togetherness, you must know that we will act. And though we have just hit several roadblocks, we will remain diligent in our mission to educate the whole child. Even if it becomes more complicated, we firmly believe it is worth the effort. As a school, we must do our part.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 “And though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Together, we are better. Together, we are stronger.
From the Guidance Counselor
Daae Byun from the Senior Class of 2021 has been accepted to the following schools in Korea:
- Yonsei University
- Handong University
- Sungkyunkwan University
Thank you for celebrating Daae and her achievements!
Upcoming Virtual University Events
From time to time universities will send invitations to webinars or virtual presentations about their university or school. This is a great opportunity to check out schools that you may be interested in and learn more about their curriculum, professors, campus, etc. Check out this Google Doc for upcoming events and links.
Made to Change
Made to Change is hosting another event for students from 8th-12th grade! This will be a special webinar with our guest speaker, Ricky Toh. Ricky is an alumnus of Stanford University and a former BAIS student. In “Why Should I Choose a STEM Major?,” students will learn about the different branches of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), possible career paths, as well as tips and tricks on how to get into the top STEM universities. After the presentation, Ricky will be answering questions you may have. Sign up via the link or by scanning the QR code to join the webinar on September 18 from 7-8 pm.