As the ball dropped on New Years Eve, people around the world began to make their “New Years resolutions,” to serve as goals for what they want to accomplish in 2014. While most New Years resolutions are simpler and more personal objectives like “eating healthier” or “spending less money,” Upper School principal Andrew Delinsky and the rest of the Bullis administration used winter break as an opportunity to think about how they will improve the many new changes that were implemented at the outset of the school year.
Delinsky believes that this new policy has had a very positive impact so far:
“I feel like allowing students to use cellphones during break and after lunch, and having stricter rules during class, is a hundred times better. I feel like they are focused more during class, and there is less of an issue of students checking (their phones) during the day.”
While the policy has reduced distraction during class, one portion of the rule still has room for improvement: the requirement that students place their cell phones in designated spaces or "bags."
“I think we could be a little more uniform in using the bags, just to take away the temptation during class,” Delinsky stated.
Another dramatic new rule to the dress code was the jacket policy. This rule has created a controversy across the student body, as many students feel that non-approved jackets should not be enforced as strictly as they are.
Delinsky explained the reasoning behind the policy is to preserve the Bullis uniform:
“We want to make sure the uniform we have is the uniform we enforce. The minute you introduce other items, you lose the uniformity of it, and it goes away from what we are doing.”
That being said, Delinsky elaborated that he can see why students may not understand the reasoning behind making the dress code changes:
“One of my resolutions is that we continue educating everyone about why we made the decisions we did,” Delinsky said. “I believe that if people can understand the reasoning, they can understand why we are doing something.”
These changes will hopefully serve as stepping-stones to improve Bullis as it expands into a bigger school. As the mid-trimester approaches later this month, students and teachers alike are looking forward to a great rest of the school year, as well as a great 2014.