Ms. Kelly’s Blog
From the Lower School Principal, Betsy Kelly
Actions Are Worth a Million Words
At the recent NAIS conference in Orlando, Florida, the
audience was asked to work together and create a statistically measurable sign
of a great school. Our answer: Compare the rate children enter school in the
morning with the rate they leave in the afternoon. In great schools, students enter
much faster than they leave.
If this is a valid measurement tool, Bullis is indeed a
great school! Take the afternoon before spring break as one example. The entire
school gathered in the gymnasium at 2:00pm to watch the seniors play basketball
against the teachers. The game went into overtime, the crowd was deafening, and
no one wanted to leave. Afterward, students in grades 2-12 sauntered back to
North and South Halls in large clumps, recapping the game. As I walked behind
one cluster of girls laughing together I thought, Hey! Spring Break
just started, why aren't these kids rushing to leave?
As a carpool veteran, I love seeing our second graders skip into
South Hall, and I laugh when I overhear 8th graders begging their
parent to “come back at 5:15.” Please visit our campus to see our students.
Actions really are worth a million words!
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