On Friday, March 16, we gathered in the Community Room to celebrate the hard work and passion of the Eighth Grade. This week marked the culmination of six months of planning, research, engagement, and experiences that are the foundation of the Experiential Independent Project. At the EIP Expo in the Community Room, all Eighth Grade students shared their learning and experiences with the community.
The EIP, as it is referred to, asks each Eighth Grade student to explore a specific passion or curiosity. Over the course of six months, students must decide on a topic, design a project around that topic, have the topic and project approved by the Eighth Grade team, and then conduct research, interview experts in the field they are learning about, and, finally, design an experience that explores their topic in depth. This week, as the EIP comes to an end, each student becomes the teacher, and presents to their peers and the community what they learned through the process.
This is a challenging project for all Eighth Grade students. It pushes students to be creative, plan well, exercise time management, and ultimately be reflective about their learning experiences. In other words, it helps them prepare for life. Students are extremely proud of what they accomplish, despite the angst it causes through the process. We as a faculty and staff, especially the Eighth Grade team, are proud of them as well.
The Venue showcases original works by the Music Department’s students for Winter term. This exciting production gives students the opportunity to present their final project for an audience. It’s new every term!
Middle School Trip to the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree National Park
This week-long, interdisciplinary program brought students to the mysterious rocks, desert washes, and strange “forests” of Joshua Tree National Park to study geology, biology, human history, public land management, and wilderness skills. Each day, students took part in varied activities including bouldering, roped climbing, hiking, caving, sleeping under the stars, and reflecting upon the varied ecosystems of the Mojave Desert. Joshua Tree is an incredible classroom, and our instructor team of Eighth Grade History Teacher and E-Week Coordinator Erik Gearhart, Seventh Grade Science Teacher and Co-Assistant Middle School Director Michael Heald, and Middle School French Teacher and E-lectives Coordinator jillian nicks brought decades of Joshua Tree teaching experience and stories to share. Thanks to jillian for the photos. Read the trip report by Erik, below.
The Middle School Balloon Art and Snow Globe E-lective, led by Middle School Spanish Teacher Sarah Kennedy and Sixth Grade History Teacher Ben Wheeler, visited Fred Lind Manor to share their creations and give a "balloon twisting" demonstration. There is a palpable magic between the teens and the seniors. The group also shared their work with Parkshore Retirement Center and the lower school's Aftercare program.
Middle School Drama Presents "The Chocolate Factory"
The Middle School Arts Department is pleased to give you and your family a "golden ticket" to this winter's Middle School production, The Chocolate Factory!
This classic tale gets a new twist with script adaptation and direction by Middle School Drama Teacher Joanne Keegan and an original score composed by Middle School Music Teacher Chris Trimis' Fall E-lective and arranged and performed by Chris' Winter Band E-lective.
Wednesday February 14 Thursday February 15 7:00 p.m. Benaroya Theater on The Bush School campus
Last week’s Winter Backpacking trip to Tronsen Meadow was a success! In this winter skills course with Upper School Outdoor Education Teacher Jay Wyatt ’04, students spent the first part of this course preparing for the three-day snowshoeing trip. The group discussed winter weather, identified strategies to prevent and treat hypothermia and frostbite, and learned how to stay warm and happy in the snow. In the field, students adventured through the alpine environment and practiced winter camping skills, such as digging a snow kitchen. For the remainder of the course students will explore back-country communication and decision making strategies, using case studies and practical scenarios.
Blazer alumni, friends, and faculty celebrated 2018 at the Flatstick Pub in Pioneer Square on January 18. It was a fun night of enjoying local brews and beverages, putting through an indoor mini-golf course, playing unique games, and reconnecting.
ALL THE MONSTERS: A Tale of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
“I had worked for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. . . I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
The Bush School Drama Department presents: ALL THE MONSTERS A Tale of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Written and adapted by Joanne Keegan
Some call it the first horror novel. Others have deemed it the earliest science fiction. All have agreed that it is evocative and terrifying. 200 years ago Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel Frankenstein was first published, and it has lived on in the fearful imaginations of readers since that day. “All the Monsters” is a play that explores not just the chilling tale of a man willing to give up everything to create life; but also the experiences of the Mary Shelley, the woman who gave birth to this truly unmatched literary masterpiece.
This play is most appropriate for ages 13 and up
Performances: Wednesday January 31 at 7:00 Thursday February 1 at 7:00 Friday February 2 at 7:00—Alumni Night! All alums get front row seats, a free concession, and a picture with the cast and crew. Saturday February 3 at 2:00 and 7:00
The Climbing and Mindfulness class headed out to Vantage, Washington to put their mental and physical skills into practice. For Bush students, wilderness trips are as much about preparation and reflection as they are the activity itself. Trip leaders Upper School Outdoor Education Teacher Jay Wyatt, Extended Day Assistant Sean McNally, and Middle School French Teacher jillian nicks use such trips as opportunities to help students develop leadership, resilience, and consideration. Prior to the trip, Jay taught the group about climbing movement, strength training, climbing history, safety, and proper use of equipment, as well as the not-insignificant mental aspect of climbing through mindfulness. As Sir Edmund Hillary said, “It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”