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La Jolla, California


Posted on Sep 28, 2012

Elementary, My Dear Watson: Gillispie’s Kindergarten–Grade 6 Science Program

September 27, 2012

“The goal of the science program at Gillispie is to develop an understanding of the connections between scientific knowledge and its application in everyday life. The School’s benchmarks (performance goals that represent the students’ understandings) are grouped at all grade levels into the following three strands: Life Science; Physical Science; and Earth Science.  The investigation of a specific continent at each grade level will shape aspects of the curriculum, as will current events, the children’s interests, and an ongoing commitment to Gillispie’s belief in promoting sustainability.”

–as described on Gilispie’s website

This week’s Sun features our elementary school science program. While Kindergarten and Grade 1 students enjoy the roll-up-your-sleeves experiences of gardening and composting, Grades 2-6 students eagerly head to the science lab twice per 6-day cycle to learn through investigation and experimentation. In addition to the subject matter covered at grade level, the School is excited to announce two extra-curricular opportunities:

Junior FLL

Gillispie students ages 6 to 9 are invited to be part of our first ever Junior FLL (LEGO robotics) team. According to official FLL rules, the team, coached by Mr. Edwards, our elementary science teacher, is limited to just 6 children. Meetings for the Junior FLL team will be after school on Mondays from 3:30-4:30, Oct. 1 through Nov. 5, with additional meetings scheduled as needed.

Adult involvement should be expected: Parents of team members may be called upon for transportation, snacks, technological skills, and other assistance.
At the junior level, LEGO robotics is a non-competitive endeavor: all member teams are given a specific challenge and theme for 2012, team members work together to find solutions, and they then display/present their efforts at an official event.
If you have a child currently within the age range who would be interested in participating, please email Mr. Edwards by tomorrow (Friday) at 3 p.m. (cedwards@gillispie.org; please use LEGO in subject line). Our team will be comprised of three children drawn from an ages 6-7 year old “hat” and three children drawn from an ages 8-9 year old “hat.” Families of the six children drawn for the team will be notified by Saturday to plan for Monday’s first meeting.

If you would like to follow the progress of another LEGO robotics team (this one for older elementary-aged children and led by Gillispie parent John Otterson), please contact John by email at jotterson@svb.com, and put LEGO in the subject line.

Gillispie Science Teams

For the third consecutive year, Gillispie will be sending motivated children, Grades 3-5, to compete in the REMS science meets (Rendezvous for Engineering, Science, and Math).

A team is made up of five children.
REMS limits the total number of teams it registers because of space, and team registration is therefore on a first-come-first-served basis.
To mount enough teams to accommodate all Gillispie students who want to participate, we need adult volunteer coaches (a science background in not needed—just a willingness to organize and be present). Students of our parent volunteers are automatically placed onto a team.
If we have more interested children than we have adult volunteer coaches, student participants will be selected through a random drawing.
Mr. Edwards can answer questions and give additional information, including the season’s scheduled meets, all of which take place Wednesday evenings at La Jolla High School from November to April.
Head coach Mr. Edwards would like the names of interested children emailed to him by Thursday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. (cedwards@gillispie.org; please use REMS in the subject line).

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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