When students come to school each year, it can be a nervous experience with all the changes and unknown factors. Different teachers, different classes, different classmates can all contribute to lower a student's confidence in the new school year. For this reason, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley runs an annual program to help students ease their transition into the new school year. This program is known as BASIS Organizational Skills for Success (B.O.S.S.).
Rather than adding all that stress to the first day of school, the B.O.S.S. program attempts to help students to regain confidence and become excited to learn for the new year. This task is accomplished from two fronts: the academic and the social.
On the academic side, B.O.S.S. works on the organization skills of the student by training them in some of the basic skills needed to be successful in all of their academic classes. Some examples of skills that B.O.S.S. covers include note taking, materials organization, classroom expectations, and locker use.
For the social aspect of school, B.O.S.S. tries to introduce students to a variety of individuals that they will encounter throughout their school year including their head of school, admin and staff, teachers, and most importantly their peers. Through a series of icebreakers and classes, we will offer the opportunity for students to interact with and connect with individuals that will help shape their coming new year.
Overall, the B.O.S.S. program wishes to make the first day of school no longer feel like the first day of school but instead like the start of a wondrous new school year.