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Good Evening! I hope this update finds you well. I’m sharing with you a few resource reminders, an invitation, and a letter from our beloved Nurse Greene. For advice and support with technical issues that arise while using Google Meet, Google Classroom, and Storypark, please see this document, which is posted in the MyBackPack Resource section and on the COVID-19 page of the Gillispie website. Please note that students will not have classes on April 27, which was originally...

We strive to develop open-minded collaborators and articulate communicators at Gillispie. Every child and adult has to navigate working with others on a daily basis and the tools needed to be an effective collaborator and communicator are not ones students are born with. Skills like these need to be explicitly taught, practiced, and reflected upon just as any other subject in school. Through group projects, students have a platform that not only develops these skills but...

It has been over a decade since Gillispie first rolled up its sleeves and hosted the first blood drive, and the tradition continues with our annual Grade 3 Blood Drive and Bake Sale February 11, 2020. An event that was organized to support a former Gillispie family affected by childhood leukemia has now turned into our blood drive--a life-saving, annual event that our local community depends on. Over the past ten years, our Gillispie blood donors have saved...

Gillispie Families, My name is Ian Lewis and I am excited and grateful for my new position at Gillispie as the Music Specialty Teacher. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at the parent coffees recently, at pickup/drop off, or at Monday Meetings. If I have not met you yet, I am looking forward to seeing you at the Winter Program this year! We are in full-swing in music class, learning how to play instruments,...

Recently, students in occupational therapy have been learning through playing games. In this game of twister, students are strengthening their core muscles, improving motor planning skills, and learning to differentiate between the left and right side of their body. Letters that are commonly reversed have been added to the game to work on letter recognition and directionality. The kids loved it! - Bethany Jenkins, Occupational Therapist...

History class has a bad reputation. Sometimes, it’s well deserved: I remember high school history as a blur of forgettable names, places, and dates. Today’s history teachers go beyond rote memorization. They teach inquiry, research skills, discussion, and analysis. The best teachers spark student curiosity and ignite a passion for the study of the past. Mr. Inigo, a master teacher at Gillispie School, wins praise from his students for his memorable history lessons. Occasionally throughout the year, he...

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