Dear Bush Community,
John Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn concludes with the line “Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all; Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” This powerful refrain not only helped to shape the school’s founding principles—Truth, Beauty, and Purpose—but served as the inspiration for last year’s convocation address and our school-wide theme, Truth.
This past year, our students, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees explored the universal truths that bind us, as well as the personal truths that make each of us unique. Sharing our stories of hope, struggle, triumph, conflict, and unity throughout the year helped us to realize that our truths make our school community vibrant, diverse, and extraordinary.
Your involvement with The Bush School—as alumnae/i, parents, trustees, and friends—has allowed the Board, administration, and faculty to espouse these principles and to educate tomorrow’s leaders in a trusting, loving, collaborative, and inclusive learning environment.
The 2016–2017 Annual Report demonstrates how our school lives its mission through our financial commitments and priorities. In the following pages, you will read about the innumerable ways in which our community came together to support our students, enrich our programs, and provide professional development opportunities for our faculty. Your generous support, from the record level of Annual Fund participation and dollars raised, to Celebrate Bush at the Museum of Flight, to the boundless energy and selfless service constantly on display throughout the school, made the 2016–2017 school year truly memorable.
We would not be able to fulfill our mission—to spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities—without the generous support of every member of our community. Every donation of time and resources, every field trip chaperoned, every gathering attended, and every classroom visit enhances the Bush experience, and for that I am most grateful.
It is my pleasure to present the 2016–2017 Bush Annual Report. I hope that you will read through the document with pride in what we’ve accomplished together, and consider how you would like to be involved in our school in the year to come.
On behalf of everyone at Bush, thank you so much for your support.
With deep gratitude,
Percy L. Abram, Ph.D.
Head of School