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Gillispie School celebrated its annual International Day Friday, October 26. Students grabbed their “passports” and traveled to Portugal, Greece, New Zealand, France, Japan, Spain, Botswana, Mexico, India, and Thailand. Parent volunteers and teachers transformed classrooms into virtual countries where children experienced smells, sights, and sounds of the different cultures represented. The students had the opportunity to learn about each unique culture as they journeyed “around the world,” completing crafts, sampling exotic food and drink, listening to live music,...

In a recent Real Simple article, “How to Raise a Problem-Solver," writer Joanne Nesbit quotes a CEO of a cloud-based, reference-checking firm: “Young people’s ability to get things done on their own and take initiative is one of the biggest employer concerns.” Ms. Nesbit went on to advise how we can help children build these critical skills. Her ideas included allowing for open-ended, loosely-supervised play; providing opportunities for children to complete real-life tasks; asking our young ones...

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...

Meet Sarah Swasey, our new Advancement Associate, in our latest community blog post!   What was it about Gillispie that made you want to work here? The upbeat campus environment was a huge draw for me! Coming from the sometimes-lackluster government contracting world, I was excited to work in a creative and inspiring setting on a cause as important as childhood education. Gillispie's staff and students are just what I needed to brighten my days!   What is your favorite thing/hobby...

Meet Taylor Brady, Gillispie's new Preschool Co-Teacher in Rosewood Room! What inspired you to work with kids? I started babysitting when I was 12, and ever since that first job, I knew that I wanted to work with children in some capacity. But it wasn’t until an internship I had in college, working for an early childhood daycare center that was also Reggio inspired, that I realized I wanted to pursue teaching. What is your favorite thing/hobby to do...

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...

  Veronica Herrera joins our Early Childhood faculty as the new Outdoor Classroom Learning Specialist. She answers some questions about herself below!   What inspired you to work with kids? It’s really true when they say that one person can make a big difference. When I graduated high school, I had no idea what career path I wanted to take. I took a few classes at community college and that is where it all changed. I took Child Development 101 as...

[caption id="attachment_8537" align="alignright" width="246"] McNeill's 3-year-old American Bulldog, Albus Dumbledore[/caption] Sarah McNeill joins our Early Childhood faculty as the new preschool co-teacher in Juniper Room. She answers some questions about herself below! What inspired you to work with kids? My grandmother had an in-home daycare and growing up I would spend my summers helping her. Watching the love and patience she had with those babies was so inspirational, she seemed to genuinely be happy and fulfilled every day. What...

Shannon Howard joins our elementary faculty as the new Gillispie School Grade 4 teacher! Learn more about her by reading our latest blog post: What inspired you to work with kids? I have been around a lot of people my whole life, coming from a big family of 9 children. I very much enjoy meeting and being around people, especially children. I started working with children as a mother’s helper at the age of 10, and since then...