Dr. Moreno’s Blog
From the Middle School Principal, Marilyn Moreno
October 16, 2013
New Opportunities for our Middle School Students
As we enter mid-trimester at Bullis School, I am convinced our
Middle School students are being exposed to a multitude of new opportunities in
which they are gaining academic knowledge, social growth and emotional strength. Learning from these experiences is not always
easy, but our students are rising to the occasion. Students are exploring the unknown, taking
risk by sharing opinions/ideas and learning from mistakes. These elements are critical
to lifelong learning.
A new experience recently launched in the Middle School is our
Enrichment Activity/Club program. Students are enrolled in self-selected clubs
weekly. Club offerings include: Adventures in Rocket Science, Investment Club,
Film Appreciation, Jazz Band, Mask-Making Mania, Equinators, Everyday
Technology, Success with Study Skills, Book Club, Diversity Club, Ethos
Literary/Yearbook Club, Greener Bullis, and a Math Club. When observing a club one may find students
launching rockets, working in teams to invest in stock markets using a Wall
Street Journal on-line game, reading to second graders, preparing for upcoming
math competitions, or capturing Middle School Moments to author articles.
The Speaker Series also began in October. The Honorable
Ambassador Raymond Jones from Haiti presented a wonderful discussion on
deforestation and the need for reforestation. Frantz Kenol, a Haitian born representative joined him. We also had the
pleasure of learning about Air Traffic Control from Charlotte Happle. As a result of her informative presentation, students
will now travel with an understanding of the supports necessary to safely reach
locations by air.
As the year continues, we will find ways to help others
through community service projects, learn to celebrate differences by welcoming
diversity as value added and develop multi-disciplinary projects to showcase at
the end of the year. This combination of experiential education trips, Middle
School assemblies and creative academic lessons, topped with old fashion cookouts,
dances, and yes, even an 8th grade trip to Calleva’s Haunted Forest create
ingredients for a phenomenal school year!
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