Going Global: Expanding Perspective and Deepening Understanding through Dramatic Monologues Artist in Residence

Mary Hall Surface, a talented D.C. playwright and educator visited the English and social studies 9th grade classrooms for a two-and-a-half day workshop. Ms. Surface worked with the students to create dramatic monologues that will allow them to “step inside the shoes” of a particular character.

Bullis-Kanjiwora STEM Collaboration Project

Upper school STEM students collaborated with the Kanjiwora National Higher Secondary School in Katmandu, Nepal, to plan and build a robot that will be used to test the integrity of dangerous bridges in Nepal.

Cometry: Leadership Training and Diversity Appreciation Artist in Residence

Ignatius Mwela and Chad Songy performed for all Upper School students in a fast-paced and funny show addressing diversity and equity. The performers challenged students to find new perspectives and be more tolerant.

Lower School Author/Scholar in Residence

Award-winning author, illustrator and filmmaker Lynne Cherry will conduct workshops with all Lower School students.

6th Grade Goes to the United Nations

For the second year in a row, the Bullis 6th grade class visited the United Nations in New York City. The students met the President of the UN as well as an ambassador and toured the UN facility.

Middle School Virtual Author Series

This series brought virtual authors to the Bullis Middle School using Skype technology. Authors Gene Luen Yang, Erin Dionne and Adam Gidwitz spoke to the students about reading and discussed their books.

Trip to the Kennedy Center

The Lower and Middle schools enjoyed a performance at the Kennedy Center.

Mobile Theatrical Production-Lighting and Sound System

A new portable light and sound system enhanced many and various performances, musical shows, athletic events, academic events and social events. This new system was used all around and even off campus for many event.

Taikoza Japanese Musical and Dance Ensemble

A Japanese drum/music/dance performance group visited, performing for both Lower and Middle School, and holding taiko drumming workshops for Lower School.

Creative STEM becomes STEAM

Each Lower School grade attended workshops at the Kid Museum in Bethesda, integrating art into STEM.

Looking for Roberto Clemente

The Lower School attended this Imagination Stage Play. Students learned how Roberto Clemente led the Bullis Way by helping people with disabilities and serving hurricane victims despite its consequences.

Raising Digital Natives

The theme for the 2016 Middle School’s Community Day was “Positive Technology.” Expert Dr. Deborah Heitner worked with the students and helped organize the day as part of the Middle School curriculum, and then conducted a workshop in the evening for parents.

Author Visit: Nikki Grimes

Award winning author Nikki Grimes gave a presentation for Lower and Middle School students.

6th Grade goes to NYC: United Nations and the 9/11 Memorial

Each year the 6th grade travels to New York City to a) expose them to the purpose of the United Nations, with particular emphasis on Millenium/Sustainable Development Goals; and b) reinforce classroom studies of the events of 9/11 by visiting the World Trade Center Memorial.The trip ties in with the 6th grade curriculum of geography, language arts, science and the annual year-end Project-Based Learning activity (Weight of Water).

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

Upper and Middle School students participated in the SSEP's "Mission 9 to the International Space Station."Students worked in teams to propose microgravity experiments during the fall; the winning proposal was announced in January and their experiment will go to the ISS.

Exploring Dance Residency

Three guest instructors taught in all seven Upper and Middle School dance classes to explore new genres of dance. An open workshop after school was also offered to all students. Two in-school performance ensembles worked with choreographers to create pieces for the spring dance showcase.

Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

This traveling exhibit of Hellenistic bronze sculpture came to the National Gallery of Art.Expert Jacquelyn Clements acted as scholar-in-residence, visited classes in the Middle and Upper School to introduce students to the world of Hellenistic art and the craft of bronze-making. She then led the students on a guided tour through the exhibit.

Model UN Club: Delegate Fees

The Model UN Club wanted to send a large group of its members to new conferences during the school year: 12 to the University of Michigan and 15 to the Harvard Beijing conference. Grant-funding reduced the cost to families, enabling more students to attend each conference.

Artistic Portable Performance Music Stands

Equipment Purchase of 30 portable, lightweight music stands that will enable musicians to be able to play over their stands instead of behind them.


GALA Hispanic Theatre Performance

Field trip to GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Student Matinee Program to attend two separate productions: La Casa de los Espiritus (House of Spirits based on the novel by Isabel Allende) and The Roberto Clemente Story. This program will promote cultural literacy and language skills in a creative environment, where students can experience live theater while expanding their knowledge about history, literature and the arts.


US English “Minimester” Elective

Digital Storytelling: Equipment Purchase of 10 high quality microphones (Audio-Technica AT2020 Condenser Microphone). During the English minimester in the Upper School, students will explore the possibilities of storytelling in the digital age. Student work will culminate in a production of 6-8 minute recordings using voice, music and sound to communicate to the audience. In the final days of the course, the students will carefully critique the work of their peers, make final preparations and select their favorite stories to be considered for wider distribution beyond the Bullis community.

MS Listening Library

Partial funding for this pilot program for curricular enhancement. By purchasing the “core collection” to start an Audio Library, we will provide readers with a means for multiple-modality learning. Audio books allow stories to “come alive” by providing the opportunity to listen to dramatic readings. This reinforces our commitment to 21st century learning, while supporting students with alternate learning styles.


Artistic Portable Performance Music Stands

Equipment purchase of PASPORT AirLink2 and Sparkvue HD app for the iPad. Currently, the MS has hundreds of PASCO sensors for the science classrooms. These sensors take temperature, pH, velocity, force and many more measurements. Now, with the one-to-one laptop initiative, a single sensor port will connect the PASPORT sensors to the iPad using Bluetooth and the SPARKvue HD app. With this portable tablet and Bluetooth interface, labs can be done outside of the classroom with ease. Students will benefit tremendously from this program by researching, collecting and interpreting scientific data.


MS Virtual Visiting Author Series

Scholar in Residence Grant: This unique Middle School initiative will provide opportunities to have conversations with several renowned young adult authors for a fraction of the cost of one visiting author. Through Skype, our students will communicate with the authors, and in the process create excitement about literacy. We want to encourage our students to view authors as approachable and possibly even consider this career choice as attainable.


Handwork Studio Quiltmaking

Artist in Residence Grant: The Handwork Studio will come to campus for a two-week period and help each Lower School grade make thematic quilts. Four quilts will be finished and possibly auctioned off at the Bullis Gala and displayed in The Blair Center or the Learning Center. This project enables kids to utilize eye-hand coordination and small motor skills while learning a valuable tool (sewing). The activity also encourages creativity, collaboration and resourcefulness.


LS Nonfiction STEM Text Sets

Partial funding for sets of STEM nonfiction texts that will add approximately 150 nonfiction titles to support the Lower School initiative. The STEM Nonfiction Sets will remain in the classrooms and will be based on the following themes: 3rd grade--Animals; 4th grade: Environment, Weather and Earthforms; 5th grade: Earth and Space.


Technology in Dance

Becoming a 21st Century Dance Program: Partial funding to be used for workshop series with filmmaker and the purchase of a video camera, tripod and DVDs. The goal is to create innovative video projects to enhance and showcase the dance (and possibly drama) programs at Bullis.


Compact Digital Presenters

Equipment purchase of two video presenters for middle school math and science departments. Equipment acts as a camera and allows the teacher to record actual lessons and show student’s work as they would on a chalkboard. Great way to critique and praise their efforts. Students will be able to view lessons again from their own home in order to reinforce the material.


Naomi Ayala, Poet: Scholar in Residence Grant

Poet visited Bullis for three days, working with 3-12th graders on creative writing. Ms. Ayala is also highly trained as a speaker on community service, diversity issues and Spanish/English translation.


Bullis MS 2nd Annual Dragster Science Project

Equipment purchase of a wind tunnel and fog injection system to enhance the third phase of the long-term CO2 Dragster Race Science project


Museum Exhibits, Living History and Visiting Scholars Virtually

Students learned from scholars who are widely recognized as experts in their fields and make “virtual” visits to museums that are on the cutting edge of research through teleconferencing equipment the School already owns.


Middle School Community Day

A day when classroom-based learning was replaced with a MS-wide experiential learning program--Acceptance, Respect, Tolerance and Diversity—featuring keynote speaker Marc Elliot


Bullis Student Tutoring

Materials and training to help the Bullis Student Tutoring program.


Celebrating Diversity Through Dance

Eight-day residency celebrating dances of other cultures/ethnicities, specifically Indian (Bollywood), Latin (Cumbia, Cha Cha), African (Stepping, West African), and American (contemporary/hip hop), culminating with an all school assembly.


Lower School Artist-in-Residence

Playwright John Morogiello worked with the students for the month of November. The focus was on playwriting, with a Reader's Theater performance at the end. Lower School students learned the structure and elements of writing a play, including conflict schemes, building characters, working on story structure, stage direction and dialogue.


North American Slavery in Comparative Perspective

Scholar in Residence Grant: Professor Ira Berlin will spend two days on campus working with all 9th -12th graders. He will address the topic of slavery in the following ways: ( 9th graders) focus on transatlantic slave trade and the formation of plantations in the West Indies, (10th graders) focus on the origins of slavery from ancient times to the Middle Ages, (11th graders) focus on Prof Berlin’s most recent work, Generations of Captivity: A History of Slaves in the United States, the differentiation between slave societies and societies with slaves. The 12th grade AP students will attend a one-on-one session with Prof. Berlin to discuss the same topics.


LS Author in Residence

Bruce Hale visited Bullis and presented story telling, cartooning lessons, question and answer sessions, two writers workshops and a lunch session with the entire Lower School.

Virtual Author Visits

Three authors (Senzai, Park Green) visited Bullis School Students via Skype and talked about their lives and their books. A question and answer session followed.

Exploring Modern Dance Residence and Workshops

Twelve dance workshops were held to teach dance students a variety of dance styles and techniques that enhance the current curriculum.

Moliere Than Thou

Tim Mooney, a performer of Moliere and Shakespeare, led workshops and performed his one-man show to French, theater and history classes.

Mobile Gallery

Portable galleries were purchased and constructed to provide a moveable venue to showcase art in Blair Center.

Love Makes a Family

An exhibit of “Love Makes a Family,” an award-winning exhibit that celebrated diversity in families, was on display in Blair Lobby for several weeks.

9th Grade Rocketry Project

9th grade physics students designed and built rockets, studied NASA history and formed a “company” to market their rockets for launch day. Awards were given for several criteria, including performance, cost and advertising.

6th Grade United National Day Trip

6th grade students traveled to New York City, greeted the United Nations president and two ambassadors and toured the facility.

Lower School students worked with mosaic artist Arturo Ho to design and create a mosaic capturing the “Lead the Bullis Way” motto for South Hall. Read more.

Sculptor and lecturer Rebecca Kamen worked with 11th grade biology classes to develop art works that visualized and created greater understanding of biology concepts. Read more.

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