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Posted on Apr 12, 2017

Settling Gillispia – A 3-Day Project



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.

Jon Bluestein

Assistant Head of School & Dean of Students
Posted on Apr 12, 2017

Summer Camp Registration Now Open in La Jolla!

La Jolla Patch: Registration is now open for Gillispie school’s fun-filled Kindergarten through Grade 6 Summer Session and Early Childhood Camp in La Jolla! Our 2017 elementary program promises exciting offerings such as chemistry, engineering, and robotics, as well as perennial favorites: LEGO® construction, theater, reading, sports, and art classes…read more.
Posted on Feb 22, 2017

Gillispie School International Day

La Jolla Patch: On Friday, February 3, The Gillipsie School in La Jolla held its 14th annual International Day festival on its campus at 7380 Girard Avenue. For 14 years, Gillispie School parents have honored the globally-minded mission of the school by transforming the campus for one day into a festival of international culture and history…read more.
Posted on Nov 03, 2016

2017 Admissions Season

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.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015

2015 Santa Lucia Day

Santa Lucia-555Grade 1 students held their annual Santa Lucia Day procession last week on Friday, December 11. Initiated by Gillispie teacher Ms. Engelhardt more than 20 years ago, the Santa Lucia Day celebration has become a school tradition.

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.
Posted on Dec 16, 2015

Let There Be Peace On Earth

In separate conversations with colleagues and parents regarding recent events abroad and close to home, individuals have found it difficult to process the suffering of others and their own feelings of vulnerability. With the prospect of traveling with young children to the Midwest for the holidays, one parent noted, “The tension that comes along with a long plane ride and dividing time between our two families seems trivial with so much hurt by others.” So true. The following lyrics, as performed last Saturday by 30 of our elementary children at the UTC’s Westfield Plaza, resonated with the audience. They sang Kevin Ross’ “This Is My Wish,” and the words, coming from young voices, brought us up short: This is my wish That peace will find its way to every boy and girl Fill the air with joyful noise Ring the bells and raise your voice Let there be peace on earth Let there be peace on earth I reflect upon the toddler’s sincere declaration “You poked my heart!” and his classmate who eventually stepped in. In dealing with hurts or slights, whether imagined or real, and whether delivered purposefully or unintentionally, it is our ability to respond with kindness, equanimity, and understanding (though maybe not total agreement) that helps us make sense of the world and speaks to our humanity. As our tempers or frustrations may flare, “Let there be peace on earth,” in our hearts and homes. Alison Fleming Head of School
Posted on Oct 12, 2015

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

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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.
Posted on Oct 12, 2015

Enjoy this Upcoming Parent Education Event!

Here at Gillispie, we are excited to announce our involvement in the Village Talks Consortium, a non-profit organization of local schools and centers that have come together to share new research for the betterment of our teaching, parenting, and, ultimately our children. This group’s activity is focused on bringing to San Diego a series of speakers consisting of foremost experts, researchers, and authors in the field of education and child psychology.

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.

Jon Bluestein

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.
Posted on Oct 12, 2015

Gillispie School Admissions Season for Preschool-Grade 6 Begins

La Jolla Patch: The Gillispie School in La Jolla has opened it’s admissions season for the 2016-17 school year! Families interested in joining Gillispie’s preschool-Grade 6 program can now submit their application(s) for priority enrollment consideration for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications are due on or before February 1, 2016…read more.
Posted on Sep 22, 2015

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

IMG_1220During the Cypress Room’s play dough time this week, students practiced their sharing skills and good manners through conversation with one another.

“Maris, can I have more play dough please?” Ava asked. 

“Sure, here you go,” Maris responded. 

“Thank you, Maris,” Ava replied.

Later… 

“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.  
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