I may have formally stepped into my role as Bosque’s 4th Head of School on July 1, but Wednesday, August 14, was the first day when it finally felt real!
August 14 was also the first day of Bosque’s 25th school year. As a school, we marked this special day with a new annual tradition, a beautiful convocation under the cottonwoods in Sanchez Park. While our students came together for their first morning meeting and time with their advisors, I had the chance to mingle with many parents, grandparents, alumni, trustees, and community friends and partners over coffee and muffins. It was a perfect summer morning with the breeze blowing through the trees overhead while we enjoyed the talent of our amazing strings players led by Ms. Maniaci.
To welcome our newest 6th graders and to honor the leadership of our new seniors, we created space for these two grades to get to know each other, while sharing what they are both excited and anxious about this coming year. The 12th graders shared their favorite memories of being in middle school before being paired with a 6th grade buddy, whom they accompanied to Sanchez Park to join the rest of the waiting community that greeted them with a traditional Maori welcoming song, performed by the school choir.
We had the pleasure of hearing from Eric Herrera, chair of the Board of Trustees; Gary Gruber, founding head of Bosque (who presided over a very different convocation 25 years ago, when he welcomed the 72 students, 10 faculty/staff members, and a group of brave parents who had committed to a school that was “starting from scratch”); two wonderful 8th grade speakers, Lena and Chris; and 12th grade Student Government co-presidents, Julian and Aaron. I also spoke
on what I have learned thus far about what so many of you love (and even wish were different) about Bosque and what I have learned about the power of “vulnerability” thanks to the staffulty’s shared read of Dr. Brené Brown
’s book Daring Greatly this summer. In conclusion, we listened to the beautiful music of Bosque’s Jazz Combo (comprised of juniors Evan, Jonah, and Mateo) before the entire school community enacted the Bosque “tunnel tradition” (originating from the Intercultural Exchange program & the seniors’ last day of school) that stretched all the way from Sanchez Park to the Admissions building for the pairs of 6th graders and seniors to run through, amid rousing cheers, en route to their first class of the new school year.
My words and the accompanying image will never do justice to the beauty and magic of this perfect first day and the launch of our next 25-year chapter.
Thank you to all who participated in this event in some way, and I hope to see many more of you at next year’s convocation!
Happy first FULL week of school!
All the best,
Jessie Barrie, PhD
Head of School