Third through Fifth Grade students greeted two special guests this afternoon—authors Polly Horvath and Tom Llewellyn visited the Bush library. Polly Horvath is the winner of multiple literary awards, including the National Book Award Finalist for The Trolls and the Newbery Honor for Everything on a Waffle. Tom Llewellyn is a local author who has just published The Bottle Imp of Bright House, his third book for children. After each author spoke, students got the chance to ask them questions. “What inspires you to write?” and, “What is your favorite genre to write?” are just two of the many insightful questions our students asked. Thank you to Lower School Librarian Kelly Vikstrom-Hoyt for arranging this fun afternoon! You can see photographs from this event here.
NEVERMORE: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Opens at the Benaroya Theater
The Upper School Theater Department opened NEVERMORE: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe on Thursday, November 8. Playing to packed houses and earning rave reviews, the show runs through Friday, November 17. You can get your tickets for the remaining shows here, and see photographs from this beautiful production here.
Did you know stacking and unstacking plastic cups is an energizing, brain-activating, and world-record-setting activity? On November 8, Sport stackers all over the world took part in what Guinness World Records terms the “World’s Largest Sport Stacking Event" and 170 Bush students and community members joined in! Throughout the day, students gathered in the Mag Gym in an attempt to break the record for Most People Sport Stacking in One Day. Did they make it? Results are still being tallied, but check the World Sport Stacking Association website at http://thewssa.com to follow the action. For photographs from this event, visit Vidigami.
Bush students were out in full force to spread the word about the importance of voting! On Election Day, Lower School students stood outside with homemade signs encouraging people to get to the polls! In the Middle School, Eighth Grade American Studies students are wrapping up a month-long study of the Constitution with a close look at the 2018 elections. Students have researched and debated various ballot measures and candidates, and many students canvassed this past week and weekend. To see pictures of Bush students engaging in democracy, click here.
There were a lot of Blazers competing on the courts and fields this past weekend. Congratulations to the Blazers Cross Country team for their strong showing at the State Championships! Ela NIckels ’19 placed 13th and Noah Cape ’19 placed 16th. Both runners had the top times for Bush and earned a medal! The Blazers Volleyball season ended with a loss at the Bi-District Tournament against a tough Nooksack Valley team. This was the most successful season for the Blazers Volleyball Program in many years. Thanks to all of our players and coaches for an exciting season!
Check out this article in Seattle Met Magazine featuring The Bush School as one of “Ten Amazing Adventures at Seattle’s Private Schools”! Our Methow Valley satellite campus was highlighted for “serving as a home base for everything from a middle school fly fishing elective to a weeklong filmmaking immersion where students conceive and produce their own digital shorts.”
On Monday, October 29, Upper School Faculty and Students gathered in the Schuchart Gym for the Annual Faculty/Student Volleyball Game! A fun time was had by all. The Girls Varsity Volleyball team handily beat the Faculty team in the first game. The Faculty team went on to defeat the seniors in the second game. You can see photographs from this event here. Thank you to all who participated!
The Middle School got into the spirit of the season by participating in a door decorating contest based on the themes of Halloween, harvesting, or Dia De Los Muertos. Then, they gathered in the Community Room for a fun costume contest! Categories included Most Original, Most Creative, Funniest, Best Pair/Group, and Best Cosplay. You can see photographs from this event here.
It was certainly a busy season of fall sports at The Bush School! Students in all three divisions participated in several programs.
Lower School Cross Country:
A huge thank you to the Lower School Cross Country coaching staff who provided a positive and challenging experience to a record number of eighty-five participants! Team highlights include the annual combined practice with the Middle School and Varsity Cross Country teams, several competitive weekend races, and of course, the end of season pizza party. Thank you to Coaches Julie, Anna, Cecily, Mike, Tami, Claire, and all parent volunteers!
Middle School Athletics:
The Middle School sports season came to its end with Tuesday’s Cross Country Championship race at Magnuson Park. The soccer, volleyball and cross country coaches did a great job not only with providing opportunities for growth in fundamental technical, tactical, and emotional skills, but also with navigating a compact competition schedule. There were over sixty Middle School sports contests that took place over the course of four weeks and the Athletic Department is grateful for the community’s support throughout this busy schedule.
Upper School Athletics:
We are entering the final stretch of the Upper School sports season and a number of our teams are competing in the playoffs. Thank you to all coaches, and members of the Athletic Department staff for playing an integral role in providing opportunities for our student-athletes to reach new heights, overcome adversity, experience moments of glory and tough losses, and learn to be good teammates - all important steps in the students’ character education.
The last week of the Boys Ultimate season included a close 11-8 away win for the Varsity team at Overlake. The JV and Varsity teams showed great spirit and tirelessly worked on improving their skills and camaraderie throughout the season.
Boys Varsity Tennis entered six players in the Emerald City League (ECL) Championship Tournament. Griffin and Quinn’s strong play earned them a first-round win in the tournament.
The Boys Varsity Golf team enjoyed the consistently beautiful fall weather. Wesley and Ryan had a strong showing at the ECL Championship Tournament and both qualified for the Bi-District Championships, which will take place in the spring, with scores of 80 and 86 respectively.
The Varsity Cross Country team is in the midst of completing yet another remarkable season including several top regular season performances, numerous PRs, a new school record, and several runners likely qualifying for states. All runners have worked extremely hard to reach new heights and we look forward to cheering the team on at the Bi-District Championships on Saturday, October 27 at South Whidbey and the State Championships on Saturday, November 3 in Pasco.
The Girls Soccer team played a very competitive season which earned them a home game during the first round of the ECL Playoff Tournament on Thursday, October 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Washington Park. All players in the program worked hard to reach this game. The winner will not only advance to the next round of the ECL playoffs, but also secure a highly sought-after spot in the Bi-district Tournament. Come out to support the players on Thursday, October 25, which will also be the team’s senior night, and in hopefully several additional playoff games.
The Girls Volleyball season included a number of tightly contested Varsity five-setters of which most were won by the Blazers. Both the JV and Varsity teams competed at a high level throughout their seasons. The Varsity team, led by new head coach Kristen Gengenbacher, is in the process of completing the program’s most successful season in recent years. Finishing among the top two teams in league play, the girls have already qualified to return to the Bi-District Tournament for the second consecutive year. The team has earned a first-round bye for the ECL Championship Tournament and will be hosting the second round ECL playoff match on Tuesday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m. in Schuchart Gym. We look forward to having our Blazers fans supporting the team on their quest to compete for a deep playoff run.