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Head of School Briefing: March 27, 2021

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Head of School Briefing: March 27, 2021

Dear Bullis Community,

Weekly Briefing from the Head of School Christian Sullivan

In September, spring break seemed eons away. We began the year with both trepidation and courage; we had little idea how the year would unfold. Well, here we are, on the cusp of a well-earned break for faculty, students, and families. We have made it through, not without tough moments and undoubtedly with stress at times, but ultimately with success. I know families join me in gratitude for our faculty and all they have done to facilitate students being on campus since September. We are a rare school nationwide. Of course, the year is not over; there is much learning and playing to do, but this moment does feel like a milestone. We return from our break for testing on Tuesday, April 6, remote learning on Wednesday, April 7, and I look forward to seeing you all for the final fabulous nine weeks of school on Thursday, April 8.

Strategic Planning:

As you know, we have begun an important strategic planning process. Bullis is thriving, and we are determined to maintain momentum by building a compelling vision for the future. The strategic plan will be our roadmap. The steering committee has established five committees; each will investigate five essential areas of school life. The five committees and the co-chairs are:

Academic Life / Arts and Athletic Programming

  • Chairs: Shawn Till (Trustee) and Faith Darling (Dean of Faculty)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Chairs: Hillary Baltimore (Trustee) and Cheryl Terwilliger (Director, VPA Program)

School Identity

  • Chairs: Livia Christensen (Trustee) and Matt Trammell (Director of Admissions)

Student and Community Life

  • Chairs: Susan Richman (Trustee) and Bobby Horsey (Teacher, Co-chair EIJ Comm.)

Institutional Resources

  • Chairs: David Pepper (Trustee) and Rachel Venezian (Dir. of Finance and Operations)

Every trustee is fully participating in the committee work, and approximately 80 other community members from a variety of constituencies have also agreed to join committees. The committees’ work will be concluded by June and they will report back to the steering committee at that time. The steering committee will build a coherent draft plan that will be reviewed by the board in late summer and the fall. A new strategic plan will be affirmed by the board before the end of the calendar year. I will keep you updated as progress is made.

COVID-19 Test Results:

This week we tested 918 faculty and students. There were no positive results. Families reported two positive results of tests that were conducted off campus. All contact tracing has been concluded.

I must say that my favorite day of a vacation is the day before it starts -- the break just stretches out so luxuriously. Please enjoy the coming days as much as you can. Be safe, be well. And again, thank you for all your support.


Christian G. Sullivan
Head of School