The 2016-17 school year started with many changes for BASIS Scottsdale Primary. We added about 350 students and relocated to a beautiful, renovated facility just a few miles from BASIS Scottsdale. The building renovation included the addition of more than 6,000 square feet of play area space (both outdoors and indoors), four more restrooms, and 500 cubbies, as well as a redesigned front office and new paint and flooring throughout the entire building.
BASIS Scottsdale Primary is maintaining a strong school community and culture that is spirited, welcoming, and supportive. During the school's opening ceremony, students and faculty were introduced to the new school mascot Barker the Bull-pup and the school has also re-launched the Positive Paws Program to teach, recognize, and reward positive student behavior. Additionally, through a spirit-building Fall Carnival, families and the Boosters raised more than $10,000 to build an additional shade structure over the north play area.
BASIS Scottsdale Primary had an exciting opportunity to partner with Groovebotics to pilot a study that engaged our 3rd grade students in STEM fields through creative avenues. The Humanities, Math, and Fine Arts Departments worked together to help students write and produce films with robots, that they programmed using iPads. We plan to add more programs in the future that allow for multi-department collaboration.