Happy Holidays!

Dr. Jessie Barrie
Dear Bosque Community,

It is hard to believe that we have arrived at the end of first semester already. It feels like both yesterday and years ago that I was writing my first Buzz post sharing how excited I was to step into my new role and join the Bosque family and community.

As you will see from the attached slide show, a lot has happened at Bosque this semester. Here are some of my personal highlights:
  • Watching our seniors walk into the Convocation ceremony on the first day of school with their 6th grade buddies, while our whole community gathered on a perfect summer morning to the wind dancing through the cottonwood trees.
  • Experiencing the twinkly lights, food trucks, and rubber frog-flinging games and sense of community created by Fall Fiesta--and even being dunked (over and over again) in the dunk tank.
  • Dancing with the middle schoolers to the Ghostbusters' "Just Dance" song at morning meeting on Halloween and experiencing the joy and playfulness of our whole community throughout the day.  
  • Watching the faces and reactions of our 6th graders performing their numbers during the two strings concerts.
  • Hearing the younger soccer players speak so powerfully about the senior boys on soccer "Senior Night" after a great win on a stunning fall evening. 
  • Watching the entire student section of our cheering squad move from “our side” to the visitors’ side to be closer to cheer on the girls’ volleyball players on the “Dig Pink” game against Laguna Acoma.
  • Seeing Allison and Madison (both ‘20) command a room of over 200 adults at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference and speak so impressively about Bosque's MRC program.
  • Hearing what resonates about Bosque with potential new parents after their children spent a morning with us on their " buddy day."
  • Seeing the boys’ basketball team beat both Sandia Prep and Academy at the wheelchair basketball fundraiser before the Tri-School Dance.
  • Shadowing in each grade for a day this fall and seeing our Challenging Education model come alive with the brilliance and commitment of our staffulty in action.
  • Collecting buttons made by our student government, in a show of support for each other in a variety of activities and events. 
  • Hearing our choral community, from 6th graders to alumni, singing the closing medley at the holiday choir concert. 
  • Students taking the time to stop by to say hello, come for a piece of candy, or tell me something special about their day--you bring so much joy to our lives and inspiration to our work!
Thank you all for welcoming me so warmly to Bosque. I can’t wait for all we will accomplish together in the second semester and in the years ahead! I wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays with time to decompress, disconnect, and make wonderful memories. 

With best wishes,

Jessie Barrie, PhD
Head of School
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