Clubs and Academic Teams
Currently, student clubs at Bullis include those listed below. In addition, students are encouraged to discuss ideas for new clubs with their advisors. Clubs have dedicated meeting time during the school day and may also meet after school as well.
Students with a love of animals plan fundraisers for local shelters, raise awareness and volunteer with various animal rescue organizations.
Delve into astrophotography, examine variable stars, track the International Space Station, and build simple telescopes. This club includes a range of outdoor activities with examinations of the night sky.
Students in this club focus on organizing the “Dog Pound" and raising spirit for various activities and games.
Bullis A Capella
This group brings together students who take great pleasure in singing.
Upper School students participate in many community service projects, some of which include: serving meals to the homeless at Martha's Table, baking Thanksgiving pies and filling baskets for families in need in Montgomery County, gathering book donations for CASA of Maryland, collecting cereal for Manna Food Center, and visiting and leading craft activities with local senior citizen homes. Read more about Community Service clubs and activities here.
Diversity Awareness at Bullis (DAB)
Students share information and celebrate various customs to honor the diversity that is Bullis. Members present in assemblies and provide workshop opportunities for students to discuss issues that concern them.
Students of this club learn about critical issues and celebrate customs of Asia. Members present in assemblies and broaden community awareness.
For the past few years, GSA has hosted the DC-Metro area GSA summit bringing together students from several local independent schools. GSA also supports Bullis' participation in the National Day of Silence to support those students who feel they do not have a voice.
Girl Up's mission focuses on raising awareness and funds to "support United Nations programs that help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl." They strive for female empowerment through supporting education, safety, and health.
Students explore the fun of improvisational work through various games and activities.
Students gather to celebrate and learn of traditional foods from a variety of cultures. Club meetings include informative sessions on the background of these traditional dishes as well as tastings.
“It's Academic" Team
Students compete in contests requiring rapid recall in art, history, literature, mathematics and science. Students compete against other schools and also appear on the “It's Academic" television show.
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
KEEN’s mission is “to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.” Students volunteer their time every other Sunday. There is a selection process.
Logos is the Upper School journal of art and literature and is published annually. Submissions of poetry, prose and artwork are welcome from any student.
The Bullis Math Club seeks to further explore the beauty of mathematics and challenges itself with problems that stretch their mathematical thinking. Each year, members participate in mathematics competitions and attend math symposiums when offered.
Students become diplomats and meet with other school delegations to discuss international relations, current events and the United Nations agenda. Participants learn how to negotiate treaties, debate issues, and present solutions.
Join other writers to craft and share out various styles of poetry, including Spoken Word.
Random Acts of Kindness Club
Students focus on spreading kindness through surprises with a "pass-it-on" approach.
RC2 (Robotics, Computers, and Communication)
RC2 provides students the opportunity to follow an interest in robotics, computer or communications by participating in Bullis' First Tech Challenge Robotics Team, learning more about computers and how they work, or exploring the world of amateur radio.
Sexual Assault Awareness
Students provide information and raise awareness through informative assembly presentations and participation in the national event of Take Back the Night.
Skiing and Snowboarding
This club brings students of various skill levels together, united by a passion for snow! The club plans trips, watches and creates skiing/snowboarding videos and establishes community.
Speech and Debate
Practice your persuasive speaking skills and take a stand on a hot topic.
Sports Debate Club
This club analyzes ethics and controversy behind critical calls and issues that arise in the sports world.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Students provide literature and sponsor speakers and discussion groups to help inform students of the impact of making destructive decisions. The club also provides practical ways to combat challenges.
The goal of UNICEF Club is to help children, mainly in third world countries, gain access to education, immunizations, clean water and emergency relief through fundraising and raising awareness of their struggles in the Bullis community. Club activities include organizing fundraisers and participating in UNICEF events like Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
Bullis Ambassadors are affiliated with the Admission Office. Ambassadors are trained to give tours not only to prospective students and their families, but also to school visitors such as alumni, trustees and other school officials. Ambassadors' training educates selected Upper School students about the school's history and traditions and about how to show the school's facilities. Ambassadors are also taught how to communicate with parents and other adults in a comfortable manner.
Bullis Student Tutors
Bullis Student Tutors offers designated space and time for students to work with trained and qualified peer tutors. Student tutors are selected through an application process and receive tutoring training. They have demonstrated a consistently high level of success in the areas they tutor.
Conduct Review Board (CRB)
Selected by both students and faculty, members of CRB sit in on student disciplinary hearings with designated staff members. They are asked to render fair and impartial decisions based on the facts of a given case.
International Thespian Society
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association's student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school theater students.
National Arts Honor Society
The Bullis Chapter of the National Arts Honor Society (NAHS) annually inducts members who have shown interest, talent and commitment to visual art and arts community service. The Bullis NAHS commits itself to promoting visual art, creating art-related opportunities in the community, and furthering art education as a major part of the Bullis curriculum.
National Honor Society
Selection to National Honor Society is based on the Faculty Council's assessment of a student's demonstration of rich experiences in scholarship, character, leadership and service. A 91.5 grade point average is required for eligibility.
Peer Mentors officially greet new students to Upper School through Welcome Day orientation. They facilitate information sessions and aid in the transition of these new students to Upper School life. They serve as important points of contact as the school year unfolds.
The Prom Committee is comprised of up to six seniors and up to six juniors. This committee is responsible for planning all aspects of the Prom: the venue, the music, the caterer, the decorations, the theme, the invitations, the publicity, security, and post-prom.
Student Government Association (SGA)
Comprised of two co-presidents, a secretary/treasurer, and five representatives per grade, SGA meets weekly and leads activities such as Homecoming, the blue/gold competition, the annual dodgeball tournament, and the school-wide blue/gold relay. SGA designs and runs US assemblies and helps coordinate class meetings.
The Middle School changes offerings each season. Below is a sample list of clubs students enjoy:
American Sign Language
Learn American Sign Language and discover deaf culture. Students with different levels of sign language knowledge are welcome to learn basics and simple phrases.
All levels of Middle School students learn and compete. It's a lot of fun, learning and competition!
“It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it." The Middle School Debate Club develops your ability to argue persuasively on current controversial issues. Whether you already enjoy discussing tough questions or you would like to improve this skill, you are welcome. Speaking skills are as important as writing skills. Being able to argue will help you in many middle and upper school classes. Students choose each topic, divide into two sides, do some research, and argue. Other club members score the debate and decide a winner. Roles will rotate week to week. There is no homework. Sample issues could be:
- Facebook does more good than harm.
- Torture is justified to get information from suspected terrorists.
- School should be year-round.
- The death penalty is a good way to discourage violent crime.
- The government should be able to search your cell phone information.
- Violent video games should be banned.
- Middle school students should be randomly tested for drug use.
- Homework at the middle school level should be eliminated.
- Fast food restaurants do more harm than good.
The Middle School Diversity Club welcomes all students to meet, discuss, and have their voices heard. Through thought-provoking activities and discussions, students will explore what diversity means to a middle schooler and how diversity awareness and understanding can have a positive impact on the community. Most activities will be student-driven to create a school where all feel welcome and valued.
Students explore and learn about what it really means to be an entrepreneur. They study start-up company examples to better understand what entrepreneurs do when they have an idea for a product or service and want to bring it to market. Guest speakers share their experiences and students use teamwork to think of a new way of solving an identified problem and come up with a business plan.
Ethos, the Middle School student e-newsletter showcases current events and interesting stories from Middle School. Students determine the content and handle all reporting and writing and production to be the voice of the Middle School community and keep all students and parents up-to-date about activities, events, teachers and classes. The club also is responsible for the Middle School section of Roll Call, Bullis' yearbook.
Let's get outside while the weather is good and explore the natural areas of the Bullis campus. Look for and identify flora and fauna that live on campus. When the weather changes, we'll choose some other things to explore indoors. What we choose to explore is up to the group!
Club members explore a variety of genres and discuss literary and theatrical aspects of film.
Girls in Business
Talk about what an entrepreneur is and learn about women who are or were very successful entrepreneurs, including Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington, Martha Stewart, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Arden and more. Learn how they got started and the characteristics that made them successful. Students also discuss the life and finance skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur.
International Junior Thespian Honor Society
International Thespian Society is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students. The goal of the middle school's ITS chapter will be to work with the Upper School ITS chapter to further the Theatre Arts here at Bullis. MS students will be working with US students to improve their acting skills, provide more performance opportunities for students, and raise awareness of the arts in our school.
A fun time for students who love math to conquer math facts, play math games and explore math concepts.
Roleplay as delegates to the United Nations to simulate UN committees as academic competitions. Students learn about diplomacy and international relations through research, public speaking, writing, debate and critical thinking. Students also attend middle school Model UN conferences.
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society is an organization designed to "create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character and to encourage good citizenship." National Junior Honor Society students engage in school and community service through the coordination and support of many service projects and Middle School activities throughout the year.
Eligibility for NJHS begins after the second trimester for students in the 7th grade. Students must have earned a 92% (or higher) in order to qualify for NJHS. Students then have the option of applying for membership through a student activity application and personal essay. All applications are blindly reviewed by a panel of teachers. If selected, students are then recognized at an annual induction ceremony.
Ever wonder how to make a shelter or what to do if you're caught in a thunderstorm? Outdoor Ed teaches that and more! Learn how to keep safe in the outdoors through basic wilderness first aid, how to identify edible plants, map reading and more.
Success With Study Skills
Enhance your success in middle school (and the future!) by learning basic study and organizational skills.
Send well wishes to school community members when positive or negative events impact their lives. The club's goal is to spread some cheer to students and staff via birthday wishes, congratulations or sympathy cards, and welcoming new students and staff.
Lower School clubs change periodically. Here are the clubs for Fall 2016:
The Little Bulldog Lower School newspaper
Paw Prints literary magazine
Logic & Puzzles
No-Stress Chess Club