Whether or not you graduated from The Bush School — if you attended even for just one year — you are a member of the Bush alumnae/i community and an invaluable part of the history and the future of the school. The Bush School Alumnae/i Office strives to keep alumnae/i engaged in the school community and connected to teachers, classmates, and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
On Monday, April 17, Upper School students participated in Wellness Day. Students began the day by viewing Screenagers, and then went to two breakout sessions. Students could attend two of twenty-three different sessions by guest speakers covering physical health, community health and activism, mental health, nutrition, the workplace, and life as an independent adult. Thirty alumnae/i, parents, parents of alumnae/i, and one current student contributed their time and wisdom to make the day a success.
Thank you to everyone who supported Celebrate Bush – Funding Flight. Together, we raised over $420,000 for financial aid at The Bush School! Thank you for coming together to bid on auction items, raise your paddles, and make a difference as a community.
A big congratulations to the Class of 2014 on joining our caring, engaged and accomplished alumnae/i community on June 8, 2014! Class of 2014 graduates are heading to great colleges this summer.
We want to thank many of you for your involvement in the life of the school during this past 2013-2014 academic year. Our Career Day, featuring a number of incredible alumnae/i, as well as Alumnae/i Speaker Series and College Brunch were great highlights for Upper School students. Many thanks to everyone who made our Reunion Weekend 2014 a success. The Tour of Hidden Art on the Bush Campus was memorable and would not have happened without alumnae/i interest in this project. Special thanks to past teacher Chick Chickadel for being an outstanding Hidden Art tour guide and to Dennis Evans for doing research of artworks on our campus.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our alumnae/i events during 2014-2015 academic year. If you want to organize an event, or have a great idea for our alumnae/i program, please let us know. We love hearing from you!
Svetlana Beggs ‘94, Assistant Director of Development, Alumnae/i Relations
Adina Meyer ’81 and Jeff Blair ’84: From Tykoe to Team Teaching
“The Bush School started my teaching career. I’m driving down I-5 one afternoon in January, and I see Sis Pease, my US History teacher, driving next to me. She motions to me, and we get off at the next exit and end up having tea. She asks me what I’m doing, and that’s when I say I’m looking at getting into teaching. So she suggests that I get on the sub list at Bush, and I do.” —Jeff Blair
Dee Dickinson ’45: Art, Education, and Jumping off the High Dive
Dee is clear about the importance Bush has played in her life. “Everything I’ve done relates back to both the educational philosophy and all of the experiences I had at Bush. Especially Marjorie Livengood (beloved teacher, and the second Head of School at Bush), who was always putting me on the end of a high dive and saying ‘Jump!’ I’d look down and think, well if she thinks I can do it…”
“I went to Bush for thirteen years on scholarship. When I look back, I think about how fortunate I was that there were folks generous enough to facilitate that opportunity for me. That is a huge driver in my commitment to making sure that meaningful experiences are available to folks in settings other than private schools.”
When asked about teachers who made a difference in her life at Bush, Sarah came up with name after name. “One more, one more, one more” she said. “It’s a good thing that I have so many mentors from Bush!”
The Wyatt Siblings: Megan ’96, Molly ’00, Andy ’04, and Jay ’04: Lifelong Learners and Explorers
“We are all really inspired by each other's roles. We talk about that at length. I love hearing about Megan’s role in early childhood education and the work she’s doing and how Andy’s involved with this gym that provides a purpose or outlet for so many young adults.” —Jay Wyatt ‘04
Sarah Medwell ’99's has been teaching since she graduated from college in 2003. She is clear about the impact Bush had on her life, explaining, “I felt like (Bush) gave me the tools and the understanding to figure out what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, and what I wanted to strive for in life.”
“Bush was an overwhelmingly supportive and normal experience,” says Dylan Young ‘88. “This alone may seem a trite statement. However, I was a C7 quadriplegic back in the 1970s and ‘80s and people tell me having a normal experience was a remarkable thing. Kudos to Bush.”
Dylan is living life. He has placed first or second at the national level in four different sports: wheelchair track, wheelchair rugby, masters rowing, and disabled sailing. “I was a founding employee of a company that went public on the NASDAQ, and today I am a personal trainer with a graphics design certificate,” says Dylan. “I serve my sailing club as an officer. I know how to cook. I am studying German, and I travel as much as I can.”
“Certainly, I consider myself very fortunate,” says Dylan. “I think what I most assimilated from Bush is the virtue of having a well-balanced life. I can be focused, but I do not let any one thing dictate or define my life. I feel everything should be given a finite amount of time. I enjoy the creativity found in doing things well but efficiently. And hence I enjoy the down time this creates. This philosophy frees me up to consider my next move and tackle the next thing.
“I did not expect all of these achievements. I believe it is a message of Bush to do many things and not focus solely on academics. I will often press on through mediocrity based on a feeling that I simply belong there. In answering these questions I have conjured a Bush motto: Every effort is worthy of some praise. Maybe this motto will be obtuse to many, but it reflects the memory of my Bush experience. The motto gives you the confidence to try new things and the positive vibes to carry on in good or bad experiences.”