Geothermal energy plant

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Last week the kindergartners and Lower Elementary took a tour of the new Miami University geothermal energy plant. The plant supplies all the heating and cooling for all the new buildings on Western Campus using geothermal technology.

The building has been designed with an eye toward education, with huge glass windows and color-coded pipes. Students had a great time guessing what each color represented, and asked questions about how many miles of pipe there were and how many units the power plant serves. They also got to see the green roof on top of the building.

Special thanks to Larry Davidson and his team for taking the time to give our students a tour of their facility. We’re so lucky to have this opportunity right here in our community!

Posted in community, field trip, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Primary

Step Up To A Healthier Community

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Posted in community

Fall Leaf Project


We were excited to collect colorful leaves last week. We enhanced them a bit using metallic permanent markers then decoupaged them. The result is festive and fun! We can’t wait to collect more leaves as more of them turn color.

Posted in art, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, outside

Visitors in Music

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Last week, two Miami University students came to first grade music class. The first graders have been learning about percussion instruments. Jake and Lovell came to show us their drums and to teach us even more about percussion. It was very, very exciting to have them visit! We learned that the snare drum has metal springs on the bottom which make the distinctive sound and that you can remove that sound any time you like. We also learned that the djembe drum can make different sounds depending on where the drum is hit.

Thank you Jake and Lovell and come back soon!

Posted in guest speakers, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, music

Fantastic Fall Trees

photo 1photo 2photo 3It’s becoming a tradition in the McGuffey art room to celebrate the colorful fall leaves. One of our projects this year was to create a fall tree with an extended color palette. We have a few more activities in process… just waiting on the trees outside to finish up their transformation. You can’t rush nature.


Posted in art

SOAR Weekend Family Hike


On Sunday, October 12, at 1:00pm, we will be taking SOAR (Students Outside Active and Running) to the Miami Natural Trails for a McGuffey Community Hike. We will begin by hiking a three mile loop. Immediately following the completion of the walking hike, Amy Lamborg will lead a three mile run through the same course.

Both hikes are optional, but children will be allowed to count these miles toward their SOAR total. McGuffey families and friends are welcome to join us!

Even though staff will be on the trail, we ask that a guardian participate with your child.

Hope to see you there!

Posted in community, field trip, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, physical education, Primary, Upper Elementary

Upper Unit Studies Civil Rights During Year of Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary

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The Upper and Middle School grades started the school year looking at the Civil Rights Movement. We wanted to share and connect with Miami University’s commemoration of Freedom Summer.

Matt Metzler, who has been working for McGuffey part-time, was a Freedom Summer guide. He spoke to the Upper Unit about Oxford’s connection with Freedom Summer, and will be leading a tour of the historical sites on Miami’s Western campus where volunteers were trained.

We discovered that men and women and even children taught the world the meaning of bravery and that who you are doesn’t matter, it’s what you do that makes all the difference. We have discovered being a hero is really just part of being human and every day each person has the opportunity to do something heroic.

Posted in history, language arts, Middle School, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Box Tops for Education Submission Date is coming up!

The submission date for Box Tops is coming up! It may seem like a drop in the bucket, but most years McGuffey raises over $500 through Box Tops—that’s enough to cover the cost of a bus for two or three field trips! Think of each little box top as a dime. They really do add up.

There are a huge number of participating products, from groceries to office supplies, most of which you buy anyway. Remember, this is a program that grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends can participate in. If you are really ambitious, you can easily create an account on the Box Tops for Education website. There you will find ways to add to our school’s total besides clipping Box Tops as well as keep track of how much our school has earned each year. You will also find a list of participating products from which you can clip Box Tops.

If you have a collection at home, please send them in with your child or bring them to the office. You may clip them, double check expiration dates, and count them into groups of 50… or you can send them as is. We have parents on deck to clip and count for Family Work Hours.

Posted in fundraising, McGuffey

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

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Parent Donna Danoff shared stories and traditions of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with our class. We wished each other a sweet new year with a snack of apples and honey.

We learned that we should think about our actions of the past and ways that we can forgive and be kind in the coming year.

Shanah Tovah!

Posted in Lower Elementary, parents

Cincinnati Playhouse presents Roses and Thorns at OCAC


On October 5th, the Oxford Community Arts Center will be hosting The Cincinnati Playhouse’s Off the Hill family series production of ROSES & THORNS (A TALE OF BEAUTY & THE BEAST) by Bret Fetzer. The performance is free and open to the public and is recommended for ages 7 and up.

For more information, check Oxford Community Art Center’s website.

Posted in community, drama