Offering many ways to get involved in leadership at Bullis, from student government to clubs and organizations...
Middle School Student Government is an organization that represents the wishes of the students and offers students the opportunity to propose changes in school policies. Its elected officers help organize school-wide events, generate school spirit and work to improve the quality of student life. Student government has created new student activities (TV and activity nights), organized fundraisers for disaster relief (earthquakes and tsunamis) and worked with the administration to revise the student snack and dress code. By creating opportunity for student voice, students learn skills in public speaking, collaboration, communication, and responsibility.
The Upper School Student Government serves as a liaison among students, faculty and administration. The group meets to address student concerns, plan all-school activities, including Homecoming, and organize committee work that may effect school policy. Student Government prides itself on doing more than just organizing activities. Its broader role is to institute changes that reflect the needs of the Bullis student.
Other organizations for student leadership include the following:
All freshmen participate in this program, designed to help ease the transition to Upper School. Peer Mentors are juniors and seniors chosen through a rigorous selection process who lead weekly discussion groups, plan special activities and host guest speakers on today’s issues.
Bullis Student Tutors is a student run, peer tutoring service comprised of Bullis Upper School students. Our tutors are selected through a rigorous application process and they undergo a training program, which ensures that the clientele is receiving quality and substantive instruction. The program has four major divisions, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, and Virtual Tutoring. All four programs work to improve the clientele’s understanding through genuine interaction with peers and student created online learning resources.
To provide virtual learning opportunities when students cannot meet face-to-face, the students established their own You Tube page filled with student-made screencasts (some bilingual) on a wide range of topics.
Comprised of faculty and students, the Conduct Review board helps students understand the impacts of their decisions and how to make better decisions in the future, and makes recommendations on consequences to the Upper School principal.
National Honor Society
Bullis annually selects students to its chapter of the Senior National Honor Society in accordance with the society’s national by-laws. “Membership in the National Honor Society is a privilege, not a right, based on the four criteria of scholarship, character, service and leadership” (N.H.S. Constitution).
Students possessing a weighted average of 91.5 percent are nominated for membership.
A faculty council is responsible for electing students to membership. Members of the faculty council evaluate anonymous copies of each student’s file. A student must receive at least three positive votes to be accepted for membership. After a final tally of the votes, the advisers inform the faculty council of the students they elected. The N.H.S. advisers then send letters to all nominees informing them of the decision of the faculty council.
Membership: A student must maintain a cumulative average of 91.5 percent and participate actively in N.H.S. activities to remain a member. Any student who fails to meet the society standards comes before the faculty council to discuss the situation. The faculty council may dismiss any student who violates the by-laws of the society or the rules of the school.
Funds raised by N.H.S. students are donated to national charities. N.H.S. also performs community service at Bullis and for the community at large.
Middle School 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.
The Bullis Chapter of the National Arts Honors 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.
Selection Process: Membership in NAHS is based on fulfilling five hours of art-related community service from the start of school to the induction ceremony in April. While students do not need to be enrolled in one of the advanced art classes, it is highly encouraged that all students participate in visual art for three trimesters. All students enrolled in advanced level visual art courses are strongly encouraged to seek membership in NAHS. Approximately one month before the induction ceremony takes place, all individuals with the required amount of hours may submit an application to the Society’s Secretary. The Secretary will organize all the applications and present them to the Executive Committee, which will then vote on the candidates.
All votes must have the majority of the Executive Committee behind them. If there is a tie, the faculty advisors for the chapter will deliberate and make the final call for induction. Once the new members are selected, the Secretary will write a letter to the Executive Committee Chair nominating the Slate of Officers for the following year.
Governance: NAHS is special because it is both a society and a club. Governance is administered by the Executive Committee, which is chaired by one individual who presides over the induction ceremony and Executive Committee meetings. A separate President manages the club section of the chapter and organizes and facilitates club meetings and activities. By having two leading figures, we are able to broaden our reach into the Bullis community and elsewhere.