Dear Bush Community,
Although it happens each year, saying goodbye to the Bush seniors leaves me with a sense of loss and hope. Our community loses exceptional students who have contributed so much to the school that will set off on a journey of reflection, inquiry, and self-discovery. One consolation is that as our graduates head out to places near and far we will welcome a new group of Kindergarten students, who enter with a sense of awe and possibility for what they will discover at Bush. These bookends complete a cycle of learning at Bush, and all that happens in between would not be possible without you.
Last year, we saw a return to what we believed was normal, but was actually a new way of engaging with one another at Bush. We entered with more opportunities, less dread, and full confidence that those around us would help carry us through any storms we encountered along the way. We relied on another and found courage to carry on, build friendships, take risks, and persevere.
In May, we opened a New Upper School Building (Upper School South) that allowed our students to spread out across the campus, nestle in among the trees, and break out of classrooms to collaborate and learn together in this exciting new space. This would not have been possible without the generous support of Bush families who invested in our students and the school to build learning environments that spark our students' imagination, just like dedicated teachers they work with each day.
Last year, 334 volunteers gave of their time to ensure that our families could come together and that our faculty and staff felt valued and seen. You also gave in ways that allowed our faculty to connect more deeply with their students and inspire in them a love of learning. You also gave generously supported faculty professional development, students’ drama and athletics programs, robotics, and a host of engaging experiences across thirteen grades. The school was fortunate to finish the year with excess funds that we will invest in future student programming and support, faculty enrichment, and capital projects that will impact students next year and into the future.
I continue to be humbled by this community’s capacity to support one another and to commit acts of courage in ways obvious and unseen. Thank you.
Percy L. Abram, Ph.D.
Head of School