A Convocation Ceremony to Start the Year

Bosque School kicked off its 28th year on August 12, with a beautiful convocation ceremony in Sanchez Park. Head of School Dr. Jessie Barrie and Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Santana Macías Fontana welcomed students and staffulty back to campus during this much-loved ceremony where the senior class walks in with the 6th-grade class to celebrate the beginning of the school year. 

“There is nothing more powerful, on the first day of school, than seeing our newest Bobcats, the 6th-grade class of 2029, walking into their first convocation ceremony alongside this year’s seniors, the class of 2023,” said Dr. Barrie, who then went on to address the seniors and 6th graders directly. “While senior year can feel overwhelming—with navigating Bosque’s most challenging classes, researching and applying to colleges, and completing your thesis—you have proven you are ready for these challenges. We believe in you and we are here to support and cheer you on. And 6th graders, in two blinks of an eye, you will find yourselves sharing your own wisdom and perspective on your seven years of middle and high school with the class of 2035, as you start your senior year. Today is your first step as Bobcats…and we are all so thrilled to welcome you to our community.”

Traditionally, convocation concludes with the ringing of the bell by Bosque School’s founder, Dr. Peggy Ann Findlay, to launch the first day of school. Dr. Findlay was unable to attend this year, so Dr. Barrie rang the bell as she shared a message from Dr. Findlay, “‘Returning Bobcats, new Bobcats, and staffulty, I wish all of you a wonderful year of learning, adventure, exploration, frustration, perseverance, discovery, and joy! I am so proud of you! With much love, even at a long distance.’ And so with the ringing of the bell, I welcome you all to Bosque School’s 28th school year!"