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Gillispie School / Experts in Education

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...

Sometimes, the best, deepest, longest-lasting learning comes from doing (as opposed to, say, hearing about) something. In Science, students very often manipulate materials to create physical expressions of the concepts being addressed in class-- “making,” for short. There is a well-defined thought process called Design Thinking that guides us through our maker projects--it’s a topic that merits its own discussion. Every maker project takes time, which results in a meaningful relationship to the underlying concepts, and...

In music this year students have had the opportunity to share their work, compositions, and even solos with the class. In these experiences, our students develop confidence, empathy, and presentation skills. Many students have requested to perform with instruments that they are learning outside of school. A few weeks ago, one student asked if she could play her violin with her Kindergarten class. For many of our students, this was the first time they had seen or heard a...

The San Diego Museum of Art’s biennial exhibition “Young Art: My World, Our Planet” features four Gillispie School artists. The theme of Young Art 2021 is the environment and sustainability. Landon (K), Maddy (Gr 2), Abigail (Gr 5), and Sydney (Gr 5) are the Gillispie students whose artwork was selected by the jurors. Young Art is a ninety-year-old children’s art celebration and tradition at the museum. The exhibit is on view through May 9 and admission to Young Art is free (the entrance is by Panama...

For Elementary students who LOVE stories, this Online Summer Book Club with Ms. Long will meet virtually for an hour each week to read and discuss a collection of grade-level appropriate books through the eight weeks of summer session. Students will engage in reading throughout the break from wherever your family may travel, and Ms. Long will keep them captivated by her curated list of tales. You can sign up for this club online at www.gillispie.org/summer!...