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Gillispie School / Elementary

Each week, the San Diego Union Tribune hosts a cartoon caption contest, and last week Gillispie Grade 4 student Talia S. was chosen as a winner! What an honor! We are so proud of our students for not only their creative writing skills but the courage it takes to put themselves out there for contests like these. Well deserved recognition, Talia!   About Gillispie School: We are an independent toddler through Grade 6 school in La Jolla, CA. We...

Grade 3 students were beaming with pride during the check presentation ceremony of funds raised at their annual Blood Drive and Bake Sale. The students reflected upon the experience by sharing a personal message to our special guests from the San Diego Blood Bank. “I learned that giving blood helps millions of people in the hospital.” -Lucian “I hope everyone that got the blood feels better soon and I thank everyone that donated blood or brought something to...

Olympic fever continues in Kindergarten! This week, students were visited by Team U.S.A. Snowboarder and local 16-year-old Judd Henkes! Judd shared with the children how hard he works to train to do something he loves. He also motivated students by stressing the importance of practice and persistence. Judd has been snowboarding since he was 4 years old and trains in Mammoth every year. He hopes to qualify for the 2022 Olympics in China with his best friend (and...

Great sportsmanship and effort were on display as our Gillispie Geckos played the basketball team from The Children’s School! What a treat to visit their school and meet fellow b-ball enthusiasts. In a squeaker of a game, our Geckos were able to pull out a win! Congratulations on your hard work, Geckos, and thank you to TCS for the great game! About Gillispie School: We are an independent toddler through Grade 6 school in La Jolla, CA....

On Wednesday, January 24, the sixth graders of Gillispie School visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California with the intent to further our knowledge on the Holocaust and other issues of injustice. Our class has been avidly studying the Holocaust as well as civil rights, reading books such as Miracle’s Boys, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This field trip offered us the opportunity to see directly how...

Values and Community  "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service last week, Grade 2 students participated in a beach clean-up at La Jolla Shores. Students collected data on the amount and type of trash they collected that will be sent to the City of San Diego for their records. We are proud of our students for helping keep...

Grade 1 students have been studying dinosaurs in Science class. Their lessons have brought about many questions, specifically centered on how we know so much about dinosaurs given that they are extinct. During a class discussion, students were introduced to the term "paleontologists," and they learned more about this researcher's important role in the discovery and classification of ancient fossils. Each student had the opportunity to be a paleontologist for a day during a hands-on project where they carefully...

Gillispie's elementary teachers are coming together to learn with consultant Ryan Candelario as we continue to refine our delivery of the Lucy Calkins’ Workshops. Adding to our knowledge of the Writers Workshop (last year’s emphasis), we are currently focused on the Readers Workshop in creating a balanced literacy program. While on campus, Mr. Candelario taught students in some of our elementary classrooms while teachers observed his delivery of content in both whole and small group settings. A...

This is a great example of the type of project-based learning across disciplines that helps students further deepen their understanding of the curriculum! As an Art, Science, and Technology cross-study, Grade 6 partners have been creating their own topographical maps of an imaginary island. In Art class, the students hand-shaped their island out of clay and included eight real geographical features such as a waterfall, mountain, sandbar, etc. Once their clay models were finished, the students sliced the models, decided...

As a kick off to the school-wide food drive, Grade 4 students recently visited Feeding San Diego where they sorted, packed, and weighed potatoes, pears, and squash donated by local farms. By the end of the three-hour shift, the children had packed 2500 pounds of food. The food was later delivered and distributed to the organization's mobile pantries around San Diego as well as the UCSD diabetic wellness program. Feeding San Diego feeds over 65,000 people a week, and...