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Gillispie School / Articles posted by Brittany Kaszas

In media literacy classes, students began the year with a focus on digital citizenship. First and second graders met a group of characters called the “Digital Citizens” who help them remember important skills, such as asking questions, paying attention to gut feelings, and being kind online. Students in grades 3 through 5 reflected on their media usage, with the goal of finding a healthy balance of online and offline time. Older students also studied issues of...

On Friday, October 25, Gillispie held its 17th annual International Day! Students grabbed their “passports” and traveled to themed areas of campus representing Egypt, Colombia, Slovakia, Singapore, China, Sweden, Scotland, Cuba, and Fiji. Parent volunteers and faculty members decorated classrooms, wore traditional dress, prepared ethnic foods, and shared interesting facts about different countries around the world in order to provide students with an opportunity to learn about life outside of our borders. International Day began as a social studies...

Fall is speeding along and Grades 1-6 are already into their second sport unit of the year--Flag Football! Students are practicing snapping, handing-off and taking a hand-off, pitching, throwing, catching, and running with the football. Players are also learning flag pulling (defense), kicking off the tee, player positions, and receiver routes, as well as playing mini-games. Early Childhood and Kindergarten students began the year with obstacle courses, cooperative games, and fishing on the field. More recently, our...

Recently, one of our Early Childhood students got the opportunity to tour Lakewood Construction Company, the contractors on our Constructing Sandboxes project. First, he met with Ms. Fleming to discuss the importance of math and language arts in the construction business. He then was able to meet Mr. Wheeler who runs Lakewood Construction. Mr. Wheeler showed him some important tools like a saw, a measuring tape, and a laser level, and let him look over some...

Gillispie Families, My name is Ian Lewis and I am excited and grateful for my new position at Gillispie as the Music Specialty Teacher. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the parent coffees recently, at pickup/drop off, or at Monday Meetings. If I have not met you yet, I am looking forward to seeing you at the Winter Program this year! We are in full-swing in music class, learning how to play instruments,...

Kindergarten students had some very special visitors from the San Diego Fire Department recently. Firefighters pulled up in the Fay driveway in their big, red fire engine for a demonstration. Students learned about the different tools on the firetruck, heard some loud sirens, and even climbed through the backseat! They waved goodbye as firefighters hopped on the truck to get back to their job of helping our community. What an exciting visit!...

What’s new in Gillispie science this year? Plenty! First of all, science has relocated from the Bungalow to south campus, rooms 12 and 16. Secondly, Mr. Edwards is joined by Mr. Belsha, as a secondary science teacher, allowing us to extend the program’s reach all the way down to Kindergarten! Mr. Belsha, Science grades K-2: The year has started off on a positive and exciting note, with enthusiastic and inquisitive students driving what will be a fun year...

Recently, Preschool students in Cypress Room celebrated National Bring Your Teddy Bear to School Day. Each student brought in their own teddy bear (or other friendly stuffed animal) and shared it with the class during morning attendance. Keeping with the day's theme, students made bear-inspired treats during snacktime using cream cheese, blueberries, rice cakes, and bananas. "I've never eaten a bear before!" one student said. Students also drew portraits of their stuffed animals, created animal faces using natural materials, and...

Grade 3 students have been visiting the Kindergarten classrooms to read with their Book Buddies! Our Book Buddies program pairs upper elementary students with their younger cohorts for weekly meeting spent reading or playing together around campus. Kindergarten students are working on their reading and writing skills, while Grade 3 students are working on their confidence while reading aloud. Both classes enjoy the camaraderie and mentorship that the program provides!...

Have you heard the exciting news? Gillispie's Art Room has moved to The Art Bungalow on Fay Avenue. We are loving this new, old space! Built in 1910, the Craftsman-style bungalow is inspiring Gillispie artists with its historic charm and beautiful front garden. Students have been working in their new sketchbooks “en plein air” these past few weeks— even during a passing rain shower! In the kindergarten classes, we learned that Leonardo Da Vinci, at age six,...