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Gillispie School / Elementary

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...

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,...

Welcome to Media Literacy, one of Gillispie's six specialty classes! Gillispie students in Grades 1-6 take a specialty class called media literacy. Media literacy helps students become competent, critical, and literate users of print and digital media. Because reading is the core of both academic and personal competencies, media literacy classes include time in the library to develop students’ love of literature and foster their social-emotional development. The course will also include research skills, keyboarding practice, and...

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! From Kindergarten to Grade 3, students learn Spanish mainly through songs, play, and stories. From Grade 4 on, spoken Spanish, skits, videos for comprehension, and grammar become an emphasis for our daily routine. This week, Grade 4 is getting ready for the very first Gillispie Spanish Spelling Bee. Students have been given a list of 24 Spanish words to study, and some of them are pretty tough! Can you spell alfombra (rug) ? or ...

What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? The concept of fun and play inspired me to become a teacher! I've been around young children since age 12 when I started babysitting for families in my neighborhood. I've always loved kids and their play-based way of thinking, learning, and experiencing life. I worked as an aftercare teacher throughout college, thinking that once I graduated I would need to change gears and pursue a more corporate career. Near...

Kindergarten students have jumped into their handwriting program, Handwriting Without Tears. In one of their first lessons, they learned that all capital letters are made up of 4 basic shapes: big lines, little lines, big curves, and little curves. Using large, hands-on cutouts of lines and curves, students practiced making things with these 4 basic shapes. These tools will help guide them through building letters, copying letters, and then independently writing letters! Learn more about the Handwriting Without Tears program here: https://www.lwtears.com/...

We are excited to welcome Hanna Stagg to our Grade 1 teaching staff! Here is a little more about her: What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? My parents inspired me to follow a career in education. They are both international educators, and they raised my sister and me in Southeast Asia. Teaching was a very natural and easy decision for me. What do you love about your job? Being with children each and every day- 100%! More specifically,...