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More than 100 freshmen and sophomores at The Bullis School hosted 102 senior citizens from the Ring House, Revitz House and Summerville Assisted Living on Sunday, May 18. The guests were treated to a dessert and theater party at the Blair Family Center for the Arts. Stephanie Coplan, a 10th-grader, played piano music and Bullis middle schoolers performed the musical “Once Upon This Island.” Bullis Upper School students have hosted neighboring senior citizens for the past seven years.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and its Jewish Experiences for Teens division will honor area teens with leadership awards. Recipients serve as role models in their community and exemplify Jewish values such as tikkum olam (repairing the world). Potomac honorees are ninth-graders Carrie Bronsther, Neil Fanaroff, Nathan Friedman, Madison Kantzer, Sam Lipson and Leah Tanen. Tenth- and eleventh-grade recipients from Potomac are Stacey Black, Emily Brandes, Daniel Cate, Justin Epner, Samantha Gottlieb, Emily Grunewald, Eliana Kurlantzick, Roni Tessler, Rachel Toran and Matthew Jordan.
Joe Ballman, a seventh-grade English teacher at Robert Frost Middle School, was one of four finalists for the Montgomery County Teacher of the Year. Ballman has taught at Frost for the past seven years. He designed and wrote the curriculum for a special course called “Contemporary Communications,” which he teaches every year.
In addition to mentoring new teachers, he trains all new seventh grade English teachers in the county during summer orientation. He has opened a school store whose profits provide free supplies to students in need and sponsors the school newspaper.
“My philosophy of teaching is that children learn best when they want to learn,” said Ballman. “My idea of an outstanding teacher is one who makes all kids want to learn.”