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Sequoia students are building their very own robot! Over the past week, students have been creating drawings and "blueprints" of what they want their robot to look like and how they plan to build it. After discussing and comparing the plans, they started construction. Using found parts and pieces, they created a "robot workshop" where they used tools and teamwork to begin assembly. Collaboration was key as they discussed every aspect of the project and took turns taking turning...

Pick up a ball and toss it to a friend.  It’s pretty likely they’re going to catch it. Why is that? Currently, the 3rd graders are exploring the predictable way in which things move. Through the time we have spent growing up in and learning about this planet we’re on, we’ve each become an expert on forces like gravity, air resistance, and the push given to a ball by a thrower’s arm. We know that the...

Gillispie’s own Emmy-nominated international celebrity chef, Marcela Valladolid, will prepare a gourmet multi-course dinner for 12 in her gorgeous Chula Vista home. Growing up around expert and traditional cooks in Tijuana, Mexico, Marcela developed an early passion and appreciation for food. After working at her aunt’s cooking school in Mexico, she enrolled in the Los Angeles Culinary Institute and later attended the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris, where she was trained as a classical French pastry...

In Grade 2, students are studying Physical Geography, specifically changing landscapes. Students have learned how various landforms and bodies of water are created, where they are found on earth, and how they are connected/intertwined. Working in groups, they are creating islands that demonstrate the landforms they've been studying. Not only is this project a fun way for students to apply their learning in a hands-on way, it's a great way to practice and develop strong collaborative and communication...

Grade 1 students have been using our Design Thinking model during science class with Mr. Belsha, and this week they were on the MAKE stage. Students were given simple materials like popsicle sticks and Play-Doh and were asked to use these items to design a structure. After their hands-on session, they reflected on what went well and what challenges they faced during the MAKE stage. Some students noticed that creating smaller structures as the building blocks for their larger structures was effective. Others...

It has been over a decade since Gillispie first rolled up its sleeves and hosted the first blood drive, and the tradition continues with our annual Grade 3 Blood Drive and Bake Sale February 11, 2020. An event that was organized to support a former Gillispie family affected by childhood leukemia has now turned into our blood drive--a life-saving, annual event that our local community depends on. Over the past ten years, our Gillispie blood donors have saved...

This week, Grades 5 and 6 students held a musical theater performance for their peers and parents! Bringing their techniques to the stage, they performed two songs from “Hamilton” and a song/scene from “The Lion King." They did a fabulous job! We can't wait until they have a beautiful new theater space to perform in! Click here for a video of one of the songs from Hamilton! ...

Now more than ever, it is crucial that children learn how to become creative and empathetic solution builders, and the development of the skills needed for success can begin as early as preschool. In order to give children the opportunity to hone their creative problem-solving skills, it is important for them to be allowed to construct their own knowledge and understanding of the world through both experience and reflection on those experiences. This approach is referred...

As part of their study of one of San Diego's largest indigenous Native American tribes, students in Grade 3 are recreating a traditional Kumeyaay village. This is just one part of a multi-phase project using the design-thinking model to address the central question of how Native Americans used natural resources. Our resident "building expert" Mr. Jacobs visited the class to help students with the construction process. Some students made fire rings out of branches, rocks, and brush, while others used native grasses...

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