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Over the past two years, the Student Learning Center (formerly the Reading Room) at Gillispie has worked closely with classroom teachers to strengthen the use of differentiated instruction in each classroom. Differentiation allows for each student’s unique learning styles to be addressed through a variety of instructional techniques, flexible small group instruction, and multiple learning modalities. Across the primary grades, reading, spelling patterns, and writing instruction are being delivered through whole group instruction as well as through...

At last week’s assembly, representatives from Friends and Families Community Connection educated the elementary students about the organization and what to expect at the upcoming Fight for Hunger event. The goal? If successful, 50,000 meals would materialize. How? Bags would be filled to contain 6 meals each, and with 36 bags placed in each box, volunteers would need to pack 232 boxes. “Whoa!” noted the students.“That’s a lot of math.” And in just over two hours, 51,840 meals were...

¡Hola familias!  ¿Cómo se llama? Here's a quick Spanish highlight: Students in Grade 5 participated in the Llama Contest by decorating a picture of a llama and answering 5 questions about themselves: comida favorita (favorite food), vacación favorita (favorite vacation), cumpleaños favorito (favorite birthday), and cosas favoritas (favorite things to do). After the llamas were done, students swapped their answers and decorated drawings and had to guess who they belonged to. They then voted anonymously for the best llama and the two winners...

In Science, Grade 1 students are learning about mimicry: how animals can resemble another poisonous animal (i.e. with colors and patterns) to scare their predators away. In an experiment, students had the opportunity to become the predator and make a choice based on what a drink looked like. The students tried two different liquids that looked exactly the same (clear and bubbly). One tasted good (sweet) and the other one tasted bad (sour). They were then provided two more...

Students in Grade 6 have been reviewing the concepts of beat, rhythm, and texture. After watching a CNN report with behind-the-scenes footage of the group STOMP, Grade 6 students formed groups, picked out unique objects such as brooms, bubble wrap, buckets, paint sticks, tubes, and aluminium pie pans from a collection of gathered objects and created their own version of STOMP! Near the end of class, each group had to perform their creation in front of their peers. This covers...

Gillispie elementary students kicked off the first full week of school with a Monday to remember. The day began with a new tradition: Morning Announcements. K-6 students gathered on the Sport Court at the morning bell to hear announcements, celebrate birthdays, and learn about upcoming events. These new Monday morning meetings will occur every week that school is in session and are open to all parents, who may watch (quietly!) from the entrance to the play yard....

Gillispie Grade 4 students spent an afternoon on the field with their Spanish pen pals from Stella Maris Academy! Ms. Gersten and teachers from Stella Maris led the students in fun learning activities like musical chairs en Español, a Spanish vocabulary relay race, and Spanish Twister—mano derecha en color azul! The students had a great time connecting with their pen pals and participating in a day of fun together.   At Gillispie School, we believe that learning is a journey...

It certainly has been an exciting couple of weeks as the school year winds down! As an educator, I am always pleased to see students find their individual “sandboxes;” those places where they stretch themselves, gaining excitement and sense of purpose from the challenge. Recently, some of our fourth and fifth graders participated in the county-wide Science Field Day, collaboratively constructing catapults, paddle boats, towers, and a series of simple machines that delivered marbles into cups. This...

Grade 2 students impressed their families and teachers with amazing presentations last week. Each student chose a person of historical significance who they viewed as an inspirational hero, researched the individual, and wrote a two-page biographical report explaining a bit about their lives, accomplishments, and interesting or surprising facts. Working with their teachers and technology instructor Ms. Moore, students used the interactive iPad drawing tool Osmo Masterpiece to illustrate portraits of their subject. Additionally, they created videos with...

It’s tough to be a kid today. So many expectations, so much pressure. Consider that in many places preschool, a place that should be filled with play, imagination, and creativity, is frequently being labeled as “The New Kindergarten”. These preschoolers are forced to move at a fast-forward pace, drilled on letters and math, reading before their eyes are ready, often maintaining busier schedules than adults. Then, it’s off to elementary school, where the pressure is on to...