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Grade 2 teachers received this beautiful "Thank You" letter from St. Vincent de Paul Village for the Grade 2 Book Drive donations that they'd like to share. Please pass this message along to your children who were kind enough to bring in books for others to enjoy: Dear Students and Teachers: Imagine your life without books. Imagine experiencing your childhood with a very narrow view of the world. You only know what you see and what you hear the...

Gillispie Grade 4 students spent an afternoon on the field with their Spanish pen pals from Stella Maris Academy! Ms. Gersten and teachers from Stella Maris led the students in fun learning activities like musical chairs en Español, a Spanish vocabulary relay race, and Spanish Twister—mano derecha en color azul! The students had a great time connecting with their pen pals and participating in a day of fun together.   At Gillispie School, we believe that learning is a journey...

It certainly has been an exciting couple of weeks as the school year winds down! As an educator, I am always pleased to see students find their individual “sandboxes;” those places where they stretch themselves, gaining excitement and sense of purpose from the challenge. Recently, some of our fourth and fifth graders participated in the county-wide Science Field Day, collaboratively constructing catapults, paddle boats, towers, and a series of simple machines that delivered marbles into cups. This...

Grade 2 students impressed their families and teachers with amazing presentations last week. Each student chose a person of historical significance who they viewed as an inspirational hero, researched the individual, and wrote a two-page biographical report explaining a bit about their lives, accomplishments, and interesting or surprising facts. Working with their teachers and technology instructor Ms. Moore, students used the interactive iPad drawing tool Osmo Masterpiece to illustrate portraits of their subject. Additionally, they created videos with...

Can you describe your family’s moral North Star? How do you serve one another, the world? If those questions seem tough to answer, you may have some work to do. You’ve probably noticed that most successful organizations have a mission statement, setting the framework for who they are, where they are going, and how to work together. These core values and beliefs are often critical to the ultimate success or failure of the business. Family is more...

It’s tough to be a kid today. So many expectations, so much pressure. Consider that in many places preschool, a place that should be filled with play, imagination, and creativity, is frequently being labeled as “The New Kindergarten”. These preschoolers are forced to move at a fast-forward pace, drilled on letters and math, reading before their eyes are ready, often maintaining busier schedules than adults. Then, it’s off to elementary school, where the pressure is on to...

Parents, family, and friends joined us for the 2017-2018 Gillispie Big Project Exhibition on Friday, April 20! With event maps in hand, visitors toured the various exhibits around campus which showcased the work that students have done all year on their specific grade-level topics. Cycling through a design-thinking process, students first researched their topics, developed awareness of the issue as it exists around the world and here in our community, and developed questions, which led to specific areas...

Last weekend, I took my daughters to the LA Times Festival of Books, which is held every April on the campus of the University of Southern California. During the Q&A portion of a talk by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, my elder daughter asked, “What did you like to read as a kid?” DiCamillo answered, “If it was a book, I liked it.” I asked DiCamillo what advice she had for kids who want to grow up...

Recently, Grade 4 and 5 students had a very special guest speaker. Kevin Barber is a Gillispie alumnus and he and his mother Dr. Carolyn Barber helped start a local program called "Wheels of Change" which provides paid work opportunities to San Diego's homeless population. Inspired by a similar program in New Mexico, Wheels of Change uses passenger vans to pick up eight people at a time from a homeless tent located near downtown and transport them to...

Parent volunteers put on a fantastic celebration for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day! The Super Hero theme of this year's celebration was a perfect fit for the super educators we have here at Gillispie. We want to thank each and every one of the volunteers who contributed: it takes a village! Thank you ALL for your time, bringing in items, baking, taking photos, set up and clean up and everything else you did that made the day so...