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.
As summer camps draw to a close, we pulled together some highlights from the season. In order: The Ashland trip, Maker Space, College Essay Writing, Kindergarten Here We Come!, Jedi Lego Engineering, Karate, Smart with Art, and just hanging on the playground. These photos represent just a selection of the camps that were held at Bush this summer.
Walk by the big, glass windows of the Benaroya Theater lobby (nicknamed “The Fishbowl” for this reason) at nearly any hour of the school day, and you will likely see students studying and socializing. Throughout the school year, students gather in the Fishbowl, whether or not a play is in production, and laughter can be heard around the clock as students work, play, and converse. The community that emerges from The Bush School Drama Department exists nearly independently of the show cycle, and is something that Upper School Drama Teacher and director Jeremy Bryan and his students put a great deal of thought into fostering. Jeremy notes, “I think just the act of putting on a show creates a community because we’re doing something very difficult and very rewarding as a group. Sometimes those people are your friends, sometimes they’re people you just met, but at the end of the show, you feel close to all of them.”
Each year, the Third Grade classrooms transform into a market, with students selling handmade goods and other students coming to shop. It's a learning experience for everyone—younger students learn good browsing habits and how to make the decision to purchase on a budget. Third Grade students learn everything from production to marketing to calculating their profit or loss. This year's products included mini drums, anti-itch cream, pillows, rubber band shooters, and much more.
At Bush, students can pursue an independent project for the final three weeks of their Twelfth Grade year. Seniors of the Class of 2017 have wrapped up their senior projects! Check out some of the ways that this year’s seniors gave back to the school through their projects.