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
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.
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
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.
North American Slavery in Comparative Perspective: Professor Berlin:
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.
pPartial 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.
Field trip to GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Student Matinee Program to attend twoseparate 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.
Equipment Purchase of 30 portable, lightweight music stands that
will enable musicians to be able to play over their stands instead of behind
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.