7380 Girard Ave

La Jolla, California


Posted on Sep 01, 2015

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

Grade 6 students started off their year with a fun physical challenge in P.E. class with Coach Whelan and Coach Kibblewhite.
This exercise, called the “Human Ladder,” is a teambuilding exercise using PVC pipes, strength, and trust!
The participants must climb over a pipe ladder being held up by his or her peers. This first-week exercise in P.E. was a great lesson is teamwork!
Posted on Sep 01, 2015

Gillispie Cares

When students come back to school, it is always such a joy to see how they have grown and developed over the summer. We are very excited to show all of you how Gillispie has developed over the summer as well! With wonderful new teachers, reconfigured spaces, and fresh learning materials, the campus is ready for another fantastic year of laughter and learning.
One change we would like to highlight is our updated Gillispie Values. The Values, which are such an integral part of our school culture, have received a bit of a facelift with the addition of a fifth value: compassion. With Gillispie’s long-standing tradition of community service and generosity, the addition of this value to our core belief system was natural. 
Above is an example of the new posters that are around the campus and in every classroom. As you can see our values create the acronym ICARE. It is important for us to work together with the students to create a community in which we all care about ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Please join us in using the language you see here to help your children learn and embody what it means to be an honest, empathetic, positive, respectful, and hard-working person.
Alison Fleming and Jon Bluestein Head of School and Assistant Head of School
Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Gillispie School Grade 6 Vow of Silence

La Jolla Patch: During the final weeks of school, Gillispie Grade 6 students took a Vow of Silence for 24 hours as a community service project. The students gave up their voices to draw attention to important causes and relief efforts, including earthquake assistance in Nepal and victims of Ebola in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, more than 23,000 people…read more.
Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Art Day at The Gillispie School!

La Jolla Patch: Gillispie held its annual end-of-the year Art Day and Ice Cream Social on Friday, May 29! Students and their families enjoyed a wide variety of art displayed across the campus. Gilliispie Art Teacher Ms. Susan Walters did a fantastic job selecting an art piece from each child to showcase. Photography, watercolors, ceramics, acrylic, puppets, and several other media were used…read more.
Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Gillispie Celebrates 12th Annual International Day

La Jolla Patch: The Gillispie School celebrated its 12th annual International Day Friday, April 17 2015. Students grabbed their “passports” and traveled to Belgium, Brazil, Greece, Cuba, Hawaii, Iran, India, and Thailand. Parent volunteers and teachers transformed classrooms into virtual countries where children experienced smells, sights, and sounds of the different cultures represented…read more.
Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Thinking Eyes: La Jolla’s Gillispie School teacher speaks out for art education

La Jolla Light: “Now is the best time to be an artist,” opines longtime Gillespie School art teacher Susan Walters. “When you think about it, everything today is based on the image. Everything is on screens and we are bombarded with visual imagery. As artists, there is a lot of opportunity and technological advances that help get our images out.” That’s why her 20-year teaching philosophy is oriented to developing a “thinking eye” in students to help them better analyze and produce the images around them…read more.  
Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Gillispie School class in La Jolla donates $2,326 to San Diego Blood Bank

La Jolla Light: Despite being nearly a decade away from eligibility to donate blood, Gillispie School students wanted to help the San Diego Blood Bank. On Feb. 10, third-graders hosted a blood drive to generate blood donations and a bake sale to raise funds. They donated the $2,326 proceeds during a ceremony March 25, in which each student read a thank you note for all the blood bank does. Jackie Vella, Foundation Director for San Diego Blood Bank, accepted the check…read more.
Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Book Fair at Gillispie Sunday, May 3

La Jolla Patch: Please join us in celebrating the wonderful world of books. On Sunday, May 3, The Gillispie School will host its own Scholastic Book Fair in the School’s Music Room (access from the Girard parking lot) at 7380 Girard Avenue (across from the Open Aire Market.) The book fair will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and we invite you stop by and check out our titles…read more.
Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Spend the Summer at The Gillispie School!

La Jolla Patch: It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. Fortunately, Gillispie is hosting another fantastic line-up of summer classes that are sure to keep your kids engaged and active. Whether your child likes to perform on stage, challenge opponents in chess, get a workout with a game of basketball, or create artistic masterpieces out of clay, there is something exciting and fun to do during the summer at Gillispie…read more.
Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Gillispie School collaborates with Together for Charity to Benefits the lives of Tijuana Orphans

La Jolla Patch: Together for Charity – Fundación Unica is a bi-national non-profit organization that benefits the lives of children in an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Co-founded by Gillispie mom Emaluisa, together she and the Kindergarten teachers have organized a number of collaborative service-learning projects between Gillispie and the organization…read more.
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