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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,...

Third through sixth graders really enjoyed the street hockey unit in January. Students worked on stick-handling, passing, and shooting. It is a very popular unit and it was great to see the improvement in skills and strategy throughout the upper elementary grades. Kindergarten through Grade 2 students had fun playing the more informal and safer version of "noodle hockey" on the field. This month, all elementary classes are working on various types of rope jumping. Early Childhood students...

The third graders recently finished their FRD (Fox Relocation Device) Project. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, they set out to more humanely rethink the human characters’ decision to kill the foxes because of their continued raiding of the farmers’ storage houses. Each student’s FRD required designing and planning to meet the specific goals they brainstormed, as well as careful building, testing, and re-designing as they worked through the iterative Design Thinking cycle to create...

In PE, EC students have been working on throwing and catching in addition to strengthening their balance and core with body puzzles and yoga positions. Elementary students have been working on volleyball skills, acceleration through sprints, and honing in on their overhand and underhand throwing. Ed Whelen and Cheyenne Kibblewhite, P.E. Teachers...

Sixth graders have been learning about forensics through a simulated crime scene investigation in which gold was stolen from a train. So far, they’ve worked with several different types of forensic evidence, including fingerprints, documents, and soil. While analyzing each others', as well as our fictitious suspects’ fingerprints, they learned to identify general and sub-types of fingerprint categories, as well as how to notice and compare unique identifiers such as “islands”, “type lines”, and “deltas." To analyze a...

Season's Greetings, Gillipie Families! Our students are hard at work preparing for our Winter Program! We can't wait to present the culmination of their preparation and we are looking forward to seeing family members of students in Prek through Grade 6 on December 17. Pictured is Ms. Collin's and Ms. Young's class practicing, "Hot Cup of Cocoa". Ian Lewis, Music Teacher...

Grade 6 students have been working on finishing their nichos in art class! The nicho is a traditional Latin American art form that uses a three-dimensional or recessed display box as a portable shrine to an important figure or loved one. Timed to celebrate and honor El Dia de los Muertos, each student’s creation commemorates a creative individual, from traditional painters like Michelangelo, to contemporary artists like Banksy. There is a  wide diversity of artists chosen by...

Grades 1-6 are currently in their Flag Football unit. Students have been practicing taking a handoff, holding the ball correctly while running, throwing, catching, punting, kicking off the tee, and running various small-sided games. Kindergarteners have been playing tag games while learning to wear and pull the flag belts. The Early Childhood students have been really enjoying the parachute activities we have been doing over the last couple of weeks. We have also started working on the essential...

Grade 1 started the school year learning about what it means to be a scientist! Some lessons they have covered include making predictions and observations, enhancing their observation skills by exploring the use of their five senses, and learning how to describe their observations with detail and descriptive vocabulary. In discussing their five senses, students considered that some people must use certain senses like touch or feeling as opposed to sight or hearing as a way to navigate the world around them. To explore this further,...