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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!...

We are excited to welcome our new Early Childhood Support Teacher, Sarah Baxter, to our community! What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? I have always loved working with children, and I was fortunate to have had many great teachers growing up who inspired me to become to follow their career path. What do you love about your job? I love helping and working with children and families, and being a part of a great school community.  What is...

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 ...

We are excited to welcome our new Early Childhood Outdoor Classroom Teacher, Anna Gonzalez, to our community! What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? Coming from a large Italian family is what inspired me to become a teacher and work with children. What do you love about your job? I love watching children develop and helping them through the learning process. The energy that children give me every day makes me so happy. What is your favorite thing/hobby to...

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...

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,...

A warm welcome to our new Preschool Teacher Jennifer Takahashi! Here is a short "get to know you" Q & A we'd like to share: What inspired you to work with kids/become a teacher? I appreciate how kids share their unique perspective of the world around them.  When we get time with them and listen, we can let go of our view and see things with fresh eyes. Their curiosity and excitement about life is infectious and it's an...