As the first half of my year comes to an end, I
reflect back to August 1, when I walked onto Bullis’ gorgeous campus. I anxiously waited for students to fill the hallways
and watched as they entered South Hall to decorate lockers for the new school
year. Now, I experience similar feelings
knowing students will soon be dismissed for vacation break. I find myself anxiously awaiting their return
to campus to complete the many projects and exciting initiatives we have started.
The Middle School currently is involved in numerous
STEM-related activities. We began a STEM
/ Entrepreneurial speaker series, and we are looking forward to STEM-related field
trips to NASA in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Marine Ecology Lab in Key Largo,
The inquiry-based science program we are piloting
is proving to be a challenging and engaging curriculum we have decided to
continue and expand, and project-based learning is the instructional tool of
choice for Middle School staff as we develop culminating projects to be
showcased in May. The Middle School Virtual Author Series, on-line modular
units, the Geography Bee and Haiku and so much more add volumes to the educational
With these thoughts in mind, the holiday season is
the perfect time to share all we are grateful for. Please know:
I am grateful to be a part of an institution where
words are not just written on paper, they are witnessed in deliberate actions, positive
teacher modeling and displays of staff commitment.
I am grateful for student-centered instruction
that is informed by characteristics of adolescents.
grateful for pleasant faces that greet and interact with students and parents on
a daily basis through genuine exchanges.
I am grateful for teachers who promote student self-advocacy
and introduce strategies that promote 21st century leaders; and
I am grateful for a school that understands the
importance of a well- balanced curriculum mixed with good old fashioned fun.
During this joyous time of year, when gifts are given
as well as received, I extend wishes for peace and happiness to all. I encourage everyone to spend quality time
with family and friends during the next few weeks and look forward to all returning
from New Year celebrations refreshed, re-energized and renewed with hope and prosperity. Seasons Greetings!
As we enter our second trimester at Bullis School, I am
convinced our Middle School students are exposed to a multitude of opportunities
to gain knowledge regarding academics, themselves and the world.Learning from these opportunities is not
always an easy process. It involves
exploring the unknown, learning from mistakes and taking the risk of sharing
one’s ideas and opinions. It also
requires consistent effort that leads to success, courage and perseverance;
important elements in becoming lifelong learners.
Respect, caring and helping others can also be found within
the walls of South Hall.
We are finding ways to help others through community
services projects, we are learning to celebrate differences by welcoming
diversity as additional value added to our instructional program and we are
developing multi-disciplinary projects students will showcase at the end of the
The combination of experiential education trips, informative
and entertaining Middle School assemblies, creative academic lessons and well-attended parent meetings topped with grand
old fashioned cookouts, dances and haunted forests are making for a great year!
What a great start!
As many are enjoying their last weeks of summer vacation, I
spend countless hours thinking of the students that will soon fill the halls of
Bullis Middle School. I am also reminded of an email conversation I recently
had with one of my former middle school students. This student emailed to share her recent assignment
as a middle school teacher. We spoke of the joys of working with middle school
students, why teaching middle school is so rewarding and the social, emotional
as well as academic developmental stages of the middle school child.
As we spoke, I was inundated by a wave of emotions. I was
thrilled my former student was embarking on a new and wonderful adventure. I was equally moved and excited about the new
chapter of my life. My thoughts ended in
realization. I am anxious. I anxiously
await the day teachers return to prepare a balanced educational program for
students, I wait in anticipation for the Bullis doors to open to welcome 197 middle
school students and I look forward to the creativity, innovativeness and
uniqueness of each middle school student that will walk through the Bullis
Enjoy the remainder
of your summer. I’ll see you September