On May 16, The Bush School hosted four other area middle schools for the second annual Robotics Collaborative event. Held from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the interscholastic event convened thirty-six students around a challenge to solve problems at a nuclear power facility that included fuel transport, containment structure integrity, and employee safety. Three separate simulation tables accommodated two teams each and required different schools to work together to execute the challenges.
The Goldman family is one of a small handful of families at The Bush School that have a child in every division: Rowan ’29 and Rhys ’27 in Lower School, Kailen ’24 in Middle School, and Doran ’19 in Upper School.
They are also part of another special community of families in Seattle—of children, parents, siblings, and researchers working to cure childhood cancer. Before Rhys ’27 was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in April 2015, the Goldman family knew nothing about the world of pediatric cancer. The more they learned, the more they felt compelled to act—to acknowledge those who created the treatments that Rhys received, to find less toxic treatments for the future, and ultimately to find cures for all pediatric cancers.
Join us for a celebration in honor of The Bush School’s student-athletes and coaches. This year’s program features guest speaker Jeremy Taiwo, a 2016 Olympic decathlete, as well as recognition of our teams’ accomplishments and the induction of longtime physical education teacher and coach Theo Coxe into the Bush Athletics Hall of Fame.
Friday, June 1 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Mag Gym
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Buffet Dinner & Slideshow: 6:30 p.m.
This week, Etienne Reche-Ley ’19 brought Lillian, a representative of Bridge International Academies, to schools around the Seattle area. This week, Etienne and Lillian gave presentations at Bush, Northwest, Valley, and Soundview about the importance of giving every child the opportunity to education regardless of where they live, with an emphasis on educating young girls. The presentation included starting a conversation about menstruation and how we can make sure girls don’t miss school because of their periods; a common occurrence amongst young women in communities Bridge serves.
On April 19, the Upper School enjoyed a half-day conference designed to expose students to various professions, industries, and jobs. The morning opened up with a keynote assembly with Aaron Hurst, CEO of Imperative, a B Corp advocating for purpose-oriented workers and supporting the organizations that embrace them. Following the keynote, twenty-three alumni, parents, and friends spoke with students in small groups about their careers ranging from medicine, aviation, entrepreneurship, civil service, non-profit, finance, tech, and more.
Photos from the Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival
Every year, The Bush School holds an Upper School Student One-Act Play Festival, where advanced drama students choose a short play and direct their fellow students. This production is completely student-run and shows the talent and dedication of the seniors involved in the drama program.
This year the plays range from classics to brave new works that challenge the idea of how far theater can go. It’s a night of poetry, tragedy, humor, love and information. You really don’t want to miss what our students have created.
Seventh Grade Global Studies Project Integrates Core Subjects and Service
As homelessness increases in Seattle, we can see disparity in the streets, highways, parks and empty spaces. In response, the Seventh Grade class has been engaging with the issues of local hunger and poverty through service with multiple organizations in Seattle. Students participate in service four times a year, in small groups with organizations that connect services to those in need. We have partnered with Operation Sack Lunch, Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, Pike Place Food Bank, Westside Baby, Food Lifeline, and Immanuel Food Bank this year. Service is an important component of the Seventh Grade curriculum; students use this work to reflect on connections between the local and global citizenship, a key educational foundation at The Bush School.
Bush "Lifers" from the Class of 2018 celebrated their thirteen years—Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade (or First through Twelfth, for one honorary Lifer)—in this community with lunch, nostalgia, and spending time with the Kindergarten Class of 2030. The seniors told stories about their Kindergarten year, which was spent in classrooms all over Madison Park due to construction and other complications. They answered questions from the Kindergarten classes, hugged Janet Bisignano, who had many of the current seniors as Kindergarten students, read together, and got a special recess.
The K-12 Arts Festival on Friday, April 13, celebrated the role of the lantern in Chinese culture family groups. Family groups at Bush are gatherings of students and faculty from all divisions—Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, teachers, and non-teaching staff—created to build more K-12 relationships. The afternoon brought the community together to problem-solve, culminating in the creation of bright, joyful lanterns hung around campus.
“Thank you for your spirit and presence you bring to these occasions, the students notice and learn something about humanity as a result.” —Jabali Stewart, Director of Intercultural Affairs