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Gillispie School / Elementary

Current families looking to apply for their children not currently enrolled and prospective families interested in joining Gillispie may now submit their application(s) for priority enrollment consideration for the coming school year. *Please note that currently enrolled students do not need to re-apply and will instead be sent a re-enrollment contract in late January. This is for new preschool-Grade 6 students. All applications for priority enrollment consideration are due by February 1, 2022. Applications received after the February 1...

Grade 6 students are working on 3D designs in the Makerspace! Using special 3D imaging software, their laptops, iPads, and Apple pencils, they are designing ornamental decorations that they will then export to the laser cutter for the Mexican-style Nicho boxes they are making in art class to honor a past or contemporary famous artist. They also plan to create videos that will add an exciting Augmented Reality narrative to bring their Nichos to life! This multi-disciplinary project spans art, design, language arts,...

Grades K-6 began their soccer unit last week! Students have been practicing dribbling, footwork, passing, shooting, and juggling the ball in class. We have been playing 3 on 3 mini-games with Grades 2-6. Next week we will start mini-games with Kindergarten and Grade 1. I have been pleased to see the enthusiasm and improvement in skills in a short period of time. Our younger EC students have loved practicing large locomotor movements to music on the field!...

Throughout the month of September, Kindergarten students have been studying all things apples! They started out by watching a video that showed the journey of an apple, from being picked at the orchard to ending up in the grocery store. After the video, they did a taste test to see which type they liked best with the choices being Granny Smith, Red Delicious, or Honeycrisp. Throughout this month, students also created watercolor paintings of apples, performed a "sink or float" science experiment, learned and...

Fourth graders are beginning an investigation into rocks and minerals. Enlisting their hands and their creativity, they are seen here working on a learning tool that we’ll be able to refer back to as we progress through our unit of study. This cutaway Earth model is made of air-dry clay and marked with colors to indicate the different layers of our planet’s interior. Complete with the color key, these models will serve to concretize the concepts...

Several students have asked me about free dress and spirit dress days--I suppose they’re longing for the freedom of summer! We are giving you a sneak peek for the first several months! The first non-uniform day is scheduled for September 24, and students may arrive in free dress or in Padres apparel/colors. Sixth graders will decide for November 19, whether it’s a free dress or themed-dress day, and their selection will be posted in the Sun and through Room...

As I shared with Gillispie's Board of Trustees in my end-of-year report, it has been an extraordinary year for each and all of us. Reading the written comments from the 2021 Parent Survey, I recognize that parents missed being on campus to connect with each other and with their children's teachers. Yet, in thoughtful and different ways, we built and maintained a community. "It takes a village," and Gillispie is a Village. Adults on campus had to...