What if we had the opportunity to build a community from scratch? What style of government would we choose to have? What would our houses and vehicles look like? Would we change anything about how we use resources? Are there mistakes we have made on this planet that we should be sure not to repeat? These are among the questions our K-6 students wrestled with throughout the 3-day project completed recently.
Gillispie faculty led students through a simulation based on the possibility of someday being able to explore and settle an Earth-like planet in another solar system. After being introduced to the real discovery of such planets by NASA’s Kepler telescope, students were asked to consider what we would need to do to set up a successful community on Gillispia, a fictional planet with attributes very similar to Earth. Through a combination of cross-grade-level group work and single-session activities, all students engaged in stimulating discussion, creative design, collaborative planning, critical problem solving, and cooperative presentations. The blend of hands-on and brains-on activities gave all of our students an opportunity to shine and to apply the skills and content knowledge they have been developing throughout the year.
A wide variety of products were produced over the three days including maps, murals, models, essays, brochures, dioramas, audio recordings, and video news reports. Many of these are currently on display in the conference room, while some are still being completed by students excited by the chance to continue improving their work.
Though we may not yet have the means, or possibly the desire, to actually travel light years away to settle a new planet, the Gillispie community relished the opportunity to think through the possibilities and to discuss what such an adventure could be like.
Assistant Head of School & Dean of Students
La Jolla Patch: As of October 3, The Gillispie School’s admissions season for the 2017/18 school year has begun for its preschool through Grade 6 program. Families interested in joining the Gillispie community can now submit their application(s) for priority enrollment consideration for the 2017-2018 school year….read more.
During the procession, the students visit classrooms around the campus to greet students and faculty and deliver sweets.
Leading the procession were the two oldest girls from each first grade class, wearing crowns of evergreen and candles. According to Scandinavian tradition, these girls represent Santa Lucia (or Saint Lucy) herself.
Grade 3 students have been working on coding during their technology time with Mrs. Moore.
Using applications on their iPads, they played interactive coding games to practice their programming skills. After a few fun practice sessions, they took turns using an app called Tickle to remotely control a flying Parrot Drone with code that they had written. If the drone didn’t respond the way they intended, they had to go back to their code to find and correct the line error.
This exercise was a great way for them to connect programming to the physical world.
As a member of this consortium, we will share event hosting duties with other member schools and help to get the word out about these valuable community learning experiences. Please read on for details of this fall’s event and be sure to check the Village Talks website for information on all of the upcoming events for the 2015-16 school year.
Assistant Head of School & Dean of Students
Village Talks Consortium will be hosting a presentation by Dr. Wendy Mogel on Tuesday, October 20 at the Unity Center of San Diego.
Dr. Wendy Mogel is a clinical psychologist, parenting expert, international keynote speaker, and New York Times best-selling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. Her mission is the protection and promotion of self-reliance, resilience, accountability, and exuberance in children. The Unity Center of San Diego is located at 8999 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA 92126. A social period will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Dr. Mogel’s presentation will start at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50. All proceeds will benefit the San Diego Rescue Mission, which serves to educate children from homeless families. Tickets will only be available in advance online, and more information is available at www.villagetalks.com.
“Maris, can I have more play dough please?” Ava asked.
“Sure, here you go,” Maris responded.
“Thank you, Maris,” Ava replied.
“Ian? Can I have more play dough please?” Ava asked.
“Here…you can have all of it,” Ian answered.
“Thank you, Ian. I’m making a beautiful dress,” Ava said.
Through play, the children are exposed to a variety of educational opportunities that encourage social skill development, self-expression, communication, logical thinking, and problem-solving.