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We'd like to welcome the three newest members of Ms. Cohn's Grade 4 class: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, and Pudding Pie! As you may have guessed, these three little cuties aren't students—they're guinea pigs from the San Diego Humane Society! The Grade 4 students are fostering these little friends while they wait to find permanent homes. A representative for the Humane Society came to campus last week to teach the students how to care for their temporary class...

The Gillispie Library serves all students on our campus. Early Childhood students enjoy songs, fingerplays, and activities related to the books they hear during library storytimes. Students in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades have been listening to a series of books by award-winning author/illustrator Christian Robinson and sharing their responses with partner classes as part of the Global Read-Aloud. Upper elementary students recently learned how to search our Library catalog and how to use Google Book Preview...

DOING GOOD TOGETHER is a national organization that provides opportunities for families to volunteer, or “do good” together. Click on the link below and then look for the blue San Diego square. Click here for a list of meaningful family-friendly volunteer opportunities. Better yet, become a member! www.doinggoodtogether.org...

Students in Spanish class have been learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students learned about Mexico's Independence Day (September 15) by watching videos and making comparisons with 4th of July celebrations. Students are also being taught about different Hispanic celebrities. First graders are learning about Frida Kahlo and her love for nature, while fifth graders are doing a research project about famous Hispanic people in the United States and their contributions to society. Nieves Ruiz, Spanish Teacher ...

This month, students are studying musicians of Latin American or Hispanic heritage for Latin American Heritage Month. Being a Costa Rican-American, this month is particularly special to our Music Teacher Mr. Lewis. Students are learning about Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Selena Quintanilla, and Carlos Santana, to name a few. Did you know that music has many benefits to the brain and to the education of the whole child? Here is what research from National Association for Music...

This month marked the return of a much-loved Gillispie tradition—International Day! Students grabbed their “passports” and traveled to themed outdoor areas representing Egypt, Tahiti, Brazil, Italy, Australia, and Taiwan. Parent volunteers and faculty members decorated the campus, wore traditional dress, prepared ethnic foods, and shared interesting facts about different countries from around the world. Students were provided with an opportunity to learn about life outside of our borders. International Day began as a social studies project, and over the years it...

Gillispie aspires to nurture and encourage global citizenship. As global citizens, we are connected and share many similarities, as well as differences, and learning about the world around us makes us better informed and empathetic. Families and students have asked how, as a community, we can help the situation in Ukraine. So, this Monday, International Day, we are launching a drive to collect the following items, identified by the local House of Ukraine as desperately needed: 1. All...

As part of the 6th-grade social studies curriculum, students studied the timeline of early human history and the features and capabilities of various hominid groups. They also learned about ancient Egypt, focusing on geography, social classes, certain pharaohs, and the process of mummification. In Science and Design, students learned about human ancestors, specifically, the changing structure of the skull over time. Students created vacuumed formed skull profiles and then reverse-painted and labeled distinct anatomical features. In art class,...

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