Middle School News
Annual assembly brings community together around our shared pledge
At the beginning of each school year, Bullis staff and students gather to review the Honor Code and reaffirm our shared commitment to it. The preamble to the code—found in the Student Handbook and reviewed in each advisory—reflects a value in integrity, courtesy, trust and creativity and states that pride in our diverse community is built upon sound attitude, judgments and behaviors. It calls for all members of the community (students, faculty and staff) to conduct ourselves in the trust spirit of caring and community every day.
The code says:
"I will embrace truth and honesty in word and deed.
I will respect the rights, backgrounds and views of others.
I will be accountable for my actions at all times."
The Honor Code assembly this year was led by student government co-presidents Nthabiseng Cooper '17and Jonas Hosmer '17. They introduced the speakers and each of the signers representing each class.
A student speaker from each division spoke about the meaning of the Honor Code. Lower Schooler Anneke Lewis '24 said that to her the code could be defined in one word, "guidelines," for providing parameters for student conduct and behavior. Middle Schooler Meghan Simpson '21 spoke about accountability and the importance of being truthful and respectful, and doing the right thing or taking responsibility for things when you do not. She urged students to "make the school the best it can be."
Senior Cammie Honesty '17 said, "I love this school and what it stands for," and the caring community and culture that the Honor Code establishes at Bullis. She asked all students to consider, "What do you want to be remembered for?" and use that as a guideline for all behavior and actions.
Each year a member of the school staff also speaks about the meaning of the Honor Code. This year's speaker was Ty Lloyd, a technology specialist who has worked at Bullis for 16 years. A former Marine, Mr. Lloyd spoke about the honor in speaking up and defending others, and "shining the light on the good." He shared the pride and honor he feels in being a member of the Bullis community, as well as being a parent and husband.
A representative from each class then came forward to sign the Honor Code on behalf of his/her classmates. The signees for each class were:
2nd grade—Sydney Tucker
3rd grade—Simon Rubenstein
4th grade—Zoe Anderson
5th grade—Poom Sripoom
6th grade—Michael Yau
7th grade—Elienne Grossman
8th grade—Christian Bernard
9th grade—Lucia Vasco
10th grade—Rotimi Sofola
11th grade—Ashlyn Mackenzie
12th grade—Sam Malin
On behalf of the Bullis faculty and staff, Head of School Dr. Gerald L. Boarman signed the Honor Code.
After a week of orientation and experiential education activities, Bullis students are now ready to get to work in their classes, on their teams and with their activities, and the Honor Code provides the perfect framework to do so with character and community always at the forefront.