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Posted on Mar 30, 2012

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

Both Grade 3 classes recently walked to the Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla. Focusing on two current, ongoing units of study, the tour highlighted maps of Asia and San Diego. At the conclusion of the tour, the students enjoyed walking around the museum independently with magnifying glasses as they participated in a fun and reflective scavenger hunt.

Speaking of maps, Grade 2 teachers Ms. Blake and Ms. Swaney got physical with their students this week all across a gigantic map of North America (26′ x 35′). Students were asked to respond to verbal prompts, both individually and in groups, to have them locate and discuss a variety of physical and political features of their home continent.

Last Friday, all Gillispie students (toddler through Grade 6) gathered in the gym to enjoy The Malone Academy of Irish Dance as a pre-festivity to this week’s International Day. Four of the Academy’s middle school students, three from Muirlands Middle School, demonstrated Irish dances in soft and hard shoes on our stage. The colorful costumes worn by the girls cannot be simply purchased–they had been earned through years of practice and competition wins.

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