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Gillispie School / Kindergarten

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...

¡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 ...

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...

Kindergarten students have jumped into their handwriting program, Handwriting Without Tears. In one of their first lessons, they learned that all capital letters are made up of 4 basic shapes: big lines, little lines, big curves, and little curves. Using large, hands-on cutouts of lines and curves, students practiced making things with these 4 basic shapes. These tools will help guide them through building letters, copying letters, and then independently writing letters! Learn more about the Handwriting Without Tears program here: https://www.lwtears.com/...

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,...

We are beaming with pride at Allegra G. and Talia S. wearing their Gillispie "kindness" shirts at the KIWANIS La Jolla 5K!  Grade 5 student Ved G. completed his first USA triathlon on May 5, the 2019 Spring Sprint Triathlon! The event included a bay swim, bike race, and run course. We are so proud of these students' amazing athletic accomplishments! #gogeckos ...

This month, the library is abuzz with ballots and brackets. No, it’s not March Madness… it’s Book Madness! We began with 32 best-selling picture books and chapter books and pitted them against one another in a single elimination tournament. The number of votes cast more than doubled from the first round to the second round (growing from 64 to 142 total votes), and we’re hoping the numbers and excitement will continue to grow. The contest has...

Because reading and access to books are the core of both academic and personal competencies, media literacy classes include time in the library which gives students space and time to listen to read-alouds, browse for a “just right” book, read a book for pleasure, and to develop their love of literature. Learning to use the online catalog using appropriate search techniques, to post a book review, or to learn more about a subject of interest, boosts...

At Gillispie, we recognize the importance of preparing children for a future that is increasingly lived online. We give students opportunities to research, communicate, and create using online tools across the curriculum and across grade levels. As children develop these important skills, they must also develop the ability to protect themselves and to behave appropriately while online. Digital citizenship is a recurring theme throughout Gillispie's program in Media Literacy classes and in any other class where online...