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Gillispie School / Articles posted by Brittany Kaszas (Page 6)

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...

Grades 3-6 science students are deep into investigations of different kinds! 3rd graders are finishing up their close look into optics and vision by studying energy waves, which will serve as a transition into their next major topic, sound energy. To culminate our study of electrical circuits, 4th graders are making their own, functioning electric motors from scratch. As we begin to learn about the structure of atoms, 5th graders choose an element and make a model of it...

Recently, Grade 5 students served lunch at St. Vincent de Paul’s public and family kitchens in downtown San Diego. Combined, the two classes served well over a thousand meals, bussed tables, and restocked condiments and paper goods. Some students distributed food behind the counter, while others delivered meals to the tables for visitors who were not ambulatory. As one student wrote in a post-trip reflection, "Today was meaningful and really showed me that just a little bit of my...

Students are settling into the Art Bungalow nicely. Here are some of the current projects they have enjoyed: Kindergarten: Leaf prints on abstract watercolors First Grade: Oil Pastel watercolor-resist colorful turkeys Second Grade: A collaborative “Peaceable Kingdom” mural after looking at and discussing Edward Hicks' (1780-1849) “Peaceable Kingdom” paintings Third Grade: Abstract glue and pastel faces inspired by looking at contemporary artist Sondra Silberzweig’s artwork Fourth Grade: Cleaning out and preparing gourds for embellishment after discussing California Native Americans' use of gourds. Fifth Grade: Making and using quill...

With "the season" upon us, students in Grade 1 have been learning about different holidays from around the world. Recently, they had a lesson on Diwali, one of India's most celebrated holidays. Diwali (also known as the Festival of Lights) lasts five days and usually falls at the end of October or beginning of November. Families celebrate the spiritual triumph of light over darkness or good over evil by hanging lights and lamps outside homes. Sweet treats such as dried fruits...

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...

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