Who’s your hero? This school year, Fifth Grade students have been thinking about what makes a hero. Students created portraits and wrote pieces about their heroes.
After choosing their hero, students collected photos depicting their personal hero. For some students, this meant going through historical family photos up to four generations back. For others, this meant honoring a classmate for their generosity and kindness.
This project was a truly interdisciplinary effort. Head of School Percy L. Abram, Lower School Director Pri Alahendra, and Middle School Counselor Gayle Gingold visited the Fifth Grade to share about their personal heroes. Lower School Art Teacher Li-Ting Hung led students through the complex work of translating a photo into a painting while Fifth Grade Teachers Mike Jackson and Rosemary Wheeler worked with students to create an essay about their hero. Lower School Tech Teacher Jeffrey Adjei is currently creating videos with students combining audio recordings of the essays and images of the portraits.
Last Friday, they sent their work to New York as part of the Heroes Elevate Empathy Project to be displayed alongside students’ work from schools all around the world.
One of the participating schools is Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India. Middle School faculty Laurie Mathews and Ben Wheeler have been building connections between The Bush School and Siddhartha School, including a visit by Siddhartha's founder and head Khen Rinpoche last school year. This spring, Middle School students are planning to travel to Ladakh during E-Week.
Congratulations to our MS Cross Country runners on their successful individual runs and team performances at the Crosstown League Championships on October 17th! Our girls team (Liv, Romy, Ava, Ruby, and Elise) took 1st place out of seven teams. Our boys team (Amare, Calder, Carlos, George, Reese, and Kailen) took 3rd place out of nine teams. Click here for full results.
Special congratulations to Liv and Romy who took second and fourth respectively and to Amare for taking first with a time of 8:38 for the 1.5 mile race. Go Blazers!
The annual Lower School Family Overnight Adventure took place at Cornet Bay this year. With spooky cookie decorating, a cider press, and pumpkin carving, it was a fun fall extravaganza for the whole family. Thanks to Andrew Yates, Eric Aiken, Verena Kuzmany andAnna Belknap for the awesome photos, shared via Vidigami.
Middle School history teachers Kelly Wall and Ben Wheeler found a hyper-local artist to partner with in this year's Art in Public Places E-lective—Eighth Grade student Alec ’22. The group took a field trip to Alec's solo show inside the Mount Baker Windemere office, where Alec's street-art inspired paintings are on view. He talked the group through his process, materials, and incredible prolificness. Alec has been experimenting with materials and tone; his work ranges from a geometric shapes made from masking tape and house paint in tones of grey to richly layered spray-paint canvases with his tag, "Spike", repeated in many colors. The numerous paintings, many of which have been sold, were all created in the past year.
On September 19, we were so fortunate as to have a guest musician visit and play for the Third Grade music classes. Tcheka is an international singer, guitarist, and songwriter originally from Santiago, Cape Verde, an island nation off the coast of West Africa. He is a good friend of the Fernandes family and is in the U.S. for the World Music Festival in Chicago.
During his visit, Tcheka not only played the guitar and sang in his unique style, but he also answered questions that Third Grade students had regarding his home, including its climate and landforms. Check out Tcheka's music at
Attending Stanford's fall Challenge Success conference from Bush: Four teachers, our Upper School Director, our Academic Dean, one student, and one parent. Ray, Kristin, Zoe, Julie, Sally, Esther, Kelsey, and Christine learned research-based approaches to homework, schedules, advisory, and student support. Throughout this year, the faculty team will meet and draft plans to help our students balance school, extracurricular activities, family time, and rest. As Dr. John Kleinman explains, it’s like balancing on a surfboard - we always have to make continuous adjustments to bring balance to our students’ lives.
Happy first day of school!This year, we'll focus on Purpose, exploring our common purpose, endeavoring to lead good lives, and recognizing our common humanity. As Head of School Percy L. Abram said at Convocation this morning, "At some point today, this week, or this month, find someone you don't know and introduce yourself. Ask them about their lives, connect with them, recognize and take time to think about how each of us are interrelated." Thank you to our incredible student speakers: Fifth Grade speaker Charlotte '25, Eighth Grade speaker Carmela '22 and Twelfth Grade speaker Renea '18.
The presence of students around campus—visiting with faculty, training with their athletic teams, nervously poking their heads into classrooms—is all the indication we need that summer is officially over. Selfishly, I have been awaiting this day for weeks. We truly miss you when you’re not here; summer is lonely without the energy, movement, and laughter of your children on campus.