President King's unofficial visit to BHS
President King on an impromptu visit to BHS
During a visit to Liberia, BHSAUSA President, Dr. A. Joel King stopped by the campus of his alma mata (The BHS) where he met with several staff members, students, as well as the County Education Officer (CEO, formerly called Supervisor of Schools).
He was given a guided tour of the facilities, including the newly constructed outside toilet, the USAID sponsored Resource Center, the clinic and the computer lab.
At the clinic, Dr. King met with the school nurse and was pleased to see female staff representation on the campus. He also met with the school counselor (another female) and inspected her office. At the resource center, managed by Rev Clarence O. Reeves, the President met with students using the computers for tutorial purposes and was very impressed. Principal Quoi expressed the need to have students engaged in other hands on learning skills like masonry and carpentry in addition to academic skills.
BHSS Graduates 334 Students
The 95th Graduation at the BHSS produced one the best classes. This is in terms of quantity of students and their performances on the WASSCE exams. Out of 337 students that took the exams, only 3 were unsuccessful. This was also recognized and acknowledged in the keynote address skillfully prepared and delivered by President Emeritus of the BHSAUSA, Mr. E. Nuku Reeves.
As an appreciation, Mr. Reeves gave two generous donations: $2500 to the school authorities to undertake a project of their choosing, and $1000 to the graduating class for refreshments. The BHSAUSA has a good number of high quality and generous members. Mr. Reeves is one who stands out among them all.
New Peace Corp
The Bassa High School System received with a hearty welcome a new addition to it faculty, Mr. Thomas J. Bucheit, a Peace Corps volunteer from the United States of America. He is one of several Peace Corps assigned to Liberia for the next two years. BHSS is fortunate to have him to augment the science instructional program at the school. This is a much needed enhancement to the STEM program.
A Resource Center on The BHS Campus, Operated by USAID
The BHS campus has been privileged to host a new resource center funded by USAID. The center has a variety of learning materials along with several computers to enhance the learning capabilities of the students. It is located in a building once occupied by the Grand Bassa County Community College. The building was originally designed to be a cafeteria.
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Biology Teacher Expresses Appreciation
Following almost a year as a member of the instructional staff of the Bassa High School System with pay, Ms. Agatha M. Grabo recently received six months of back pay from BHSAUSA as agreed in a meeting of the grneral body. It can be recalled that upon learning that the instuctional staff was an all male one, the association expressed concern when it was rumored that female student were being impregnated by male teachers for passing grades.
As a result, two female science teachers were brought in at the association's expense with the hope getting on the Ministry of Education payroll within a year or so. A pledge was made to pick up the tab by a generous donor instead taking funds from the treasury. After a few months on the job, one of the female teachers became disenchanted and found emplomeny elsewhile. Ms. Grabo was patient and decided to hang around not only because she believed in our association, but also because of her love and commitment to imparting knowledge into the minds of young people.
The delay in payment was due to some misunderstandings between the association and the donor, leaving the two teachers in a position of uncertaintity.
The BHSAUSA recently came thru and disbursed payment to the remaining teacher, Ms. Agatha Grabo to the tune of six months of back pay. She exemplified the expression that "patient dog eats the fattest bone."
Upon receiving the funds, Ms. Grabo sent an appreciative message to the association via President Joel King which read, "I want to take this time to thank you and the organization for your help and support. Thank you, may God richly bless you and all those who are part of the organization for your support to instructor and the supporting staff, amen."
This is the kind of encouragement that makes the organization feels committed to doing even more for the good of the school in every aspect of physical and academic development.
Students learn to improvise during a science class experiment. Their interest in the sciences is impressive. One can only imagine how much more they will be able to do when they have a fully functioning science lab.
Chemistry Class at BHS
Bassa High School students actively engage in theoretical and practical chemistry. Courtesy of Ms. Kristen Zozulin, Peace Corps Volunteer and leading Chemistry Instructor at the institution. Since her short tenure at the school, students have been exposed to hands-on learning experiences in the sciences. It is sad that she will be ending her tour of duty shortly. We appreciate her invaluable contribution to the school and country.
As a part of the Improving Result In Secondary Education (IRISE) project. the former library at the Bassa High School is being transformed into a digital learning center. This will enhance the learning ability of our students in an effort to fall in line with the technological advancement of the world today.