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From the Middle School Principal, Marilyn Moreno

January 8, 2014

A Very Productive First Trimester

As we start 2014, I reflect back to last August when the halls of South Hall opened to 210 Middle School students. Now, I experience similar feelings knowing students will soon be dismissed for vacation break. I find myself eagerly awaiting their return to campus to complete the many projects and exciting initiatives we have started.

An example of Middle School activities that took place this trimester include:

  • 6th grade visit to the United Nations (coordinated with the help of Sylvia Rolinski and partially sponsored by the Parent Association).  
  • 8th grade visit to the Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery. Students interviewed veterans and listened to President Obama deliver a moving proclamation.  
  • The Former Ambassador of Haiti’s visit to Middle School. The ambassador spoke to students about deforestation and the importance of preserving the environment.  
  • A virtual visit via Skype with the author of Shooting Kabul, N.H. Senza. Students asked questions regarding an author’s perspective of writing.  
  • Parent Charlotte Happle’s informative presentation during our Signature Speaker Program on air traffic control.  
  • Parent Cyndi Senders’ insightful comments to 8th grade students on our zero tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use. 
  • Advisories sending holiday cards to the Red Cross for the “Holiday Mail for Heroes Program,” brought to our attention by parent Debbie Friedlander 
  • A reading celebration afternoon, during which students read in a relaxed environment while parents served hot chocolate.  
  • The implementation of 13 clubs expanding academic and social opportunities within our instructional program. Highlights associated with a few of our clubs are: 
  1. Rocketry Club led by parent Kerry Wisnosky. Each week the students built and tested hand-on rocket projects that focused on fundamental physics of rocketry: altitude, velocity and acceleration. Students built rockets (paper, straw, balloon), stomp launchers, parachute recovery systems, Pop Can HERO engines, rocket racer cars, and transportation systems. Students also participated in launching a solid motor ESTES rocket on Bullis’ South lawn. 
  2. Everyday Technology
  3. led by Bullis Alum Richard Hayman ’63. Students explored technologies such as electricity, poser, clean water supplies, cell phones and more. Officer Mike Prather from the Montgomery County Police Department spoke to students about undercover operations in the county. Alan Hayman taught students how mobile apps are created by his company, XCO Software. Two engineers from CISCO covered the internet and Wi-Fi, a Georgetown professor discussed science issues and Bullis’ video communications associate Mark Riffee explained the basics of digital photography. ·
  4. Investing Club led by Bruce Kelly (MS Math Teacher). Students played The Wall Street Stock Market Game™. Students were divided into teams to research the stock market and debate the merits of purchasing a stock for their portfolio. The final decision to purchase or not was made by the group leader. We had several guest speakers including Mr. Marc Steren, Bullis Entrepreneurship Coordinator and Mr. Todd McCreight, Bullis Business Manager. 
  5. Book Club led by Joy Foust-Colburn (MS Librarian). Students read one of three novels (QB1 by Mike Lupica, The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell or Delirium by Lauren Oliver) and created book trailers for the novel they read. They read picture books to 2nd graders and planned a bake sale to raise money for “Books for Africa,” a literacy charity.  
  6. Diversity Club led by Kira Orr (Assistant Principal) and Rachel Moore (Athletic Trainer). The group planned a diversity program that will be shared during a Middle School assembly. Students will also attend the Middle School Student Diversity Leadership Conference at Sandy Friends Independent School, which has a theme of “Embracing Neurodiversity: Affirming All Learners by Challenging Labeling.” 
  7. Math Club led by Jason Kezmarsky (MS Math Teacher). Eight 8th grade students traveled to Sheridan School on Nov. 7 to participate in a math competition. The competition consisted of several rounds of the game 24, Set, and one round of math questions that required problem solving. At the end of the competition, each school announced their highest scoring student. We were proud to announce Jeremy Walsh as our top math student for Bullis. 
  8. Bullis Green Club led by Rita Gerharz (Technology Coordinator). Students are helping Bullis become a greener school and lead Bullis in the Green Cup Recycling Challenge, a national competition to increase environmental awareness.  
  9. Ethos Club led by Kristin Kvasnyuk (MS Latin Teacher). The Ethos club published their first Middle School newsletter of the year. Student reporters visited MS events and activities including clubs.They captured information, took pictures and wrote articles. They are also preparing information to include in the Bullis Yearbook.

We are offering 15 clubs during the current winter trimester. Here’s looking forward to a fantastic second half of the 2013-2014 school year!

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