Another Opening, Another Show


Last night, McGuffey opened its latest musical, Willy Wonka Junior, at the Oxford Community Arts Center. The show was a smashing success. Thank you to all the parents and staff who helped our students put on such a great musical. The entire evening was a testament to the students’ hard work and passion as they gave the gift of song and laughter to our community.

Come join us tonight at 6:30 pm or Saturday at 2:00 pm for the last two performances of Willy Wonka Junior. Tickets are free (read this post to learn how to claim your tickets) and donations are gratefully accepted.

Photo credit: Donna Benkin Danoff

Posted in community, drama, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, music

The Final Dress Rehearsal for Willy Wonka Junior


Today was the final dress rehearsal for our musical, Willy Wonka Junior. Students in Grades 1-8 spent the day at the Oxford Community Arts Center practicing with sets, costumes and props. What a day we had, finding spots throughout the play that were “sticky” and working together to fix these challenges and snags. The students and staff joined together to make the show the best it can be as a gift to you, our families, and our Oxford community.

Come join us for the performances, March 25th and 26th at 6:30 pm and March 28th at 2:00 pm at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

Posted in art, drama, McGuffey, music

Moving In the Sets for Willy Wonka Junior


Many, many thanks to the parents and staff who helped load the sets into the Arts Center last night. We had a ball moving and putting them together while watching the stage come to life for our musical, Willy Wonka Junior.

If you haven’t already, take a moment to sign up to help in other ways here: Musical Onsite Help and Hospitality.

Performances are happening on March 25th, 26th, and 28th at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

Posted in community, drama, music, parents

Willy Wonka Junior Performances This Week



McGuffey’s annual musical is this week! Our students will be performing Willy Wonka Junior on March 25, 26, and 28 at the Oxford Community Arts Center. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The performances on Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 begin at 6:30 pm. Students should arrive at the theater by 6:00 pm.
  • The performance on Saturday, March 28 begins at 2:00 pm. Students should arrive at the theater by 1:30 pm.
  • We need parent volunteers to help us with a variety of tasks for each performance. You can sign up to help out with these tasks and to bring food for our performers at the following link: Onsite Help and Hospitality.
  • Tickets are available and free for each performance. If you are an immediate family member of a McGuffey student, you can claim your tickets by putting your information on the Family Ticket Sign Up form. If you are an extended family member of a McGuffey student, a friend, or an Oxford community member, you can claim your tickets by putting your information on the Community Ticket Sign Up form. Please make sure to read the text at the top of the form before you sign up.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our performances, and we thank you for your help in making this week an unforgettable time for our students!

Posted in announcements, community, drama, McGuffey, music, parents

Audubon Miami Valley Bird Art Contest 2015

IMG_1766Saturday, March 21, Audubon Miami Valley will host their fourth annual Bird Art Contest. Sixteen McGuffey students in Lower Elementary through Middle School will have works or art on display. You can find more information along with a list of student awards at the Audubon Miami Valley website.


Posted in announcements, art, community

Staging the Musical

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Staging for Willy Wonka, Jr. is underway. Now that music and lines have been learned and memorized, each student is learning where they move on stage and when. McGuffey arranged to have groups of students rehearse at the theater at The Oxford Community Arts Center on a few Mondays in March. Taking advantage of smaller groups having their first go at staging has been a boon in terms of confidence for our performers. In two weeks, we will have dress rehearsals at the Arts Center complete with sets and props. In the meantime, rehearsals will be moving outdoors at school to take advantage of both the better weather and space.

We’ll see you on March 25th, 26th, and 28th at the Oxford Community Arts Center for the shows! More information about tickets will be coming soon.

Posted in field trip, McGuffey, music

Chasing Vermeer and Working with Pentominoes

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Recently, our students in 4th and 5th Grade began listening to the book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. One of the main characters in the book, Calder, carries a set of pentominoes in his pocket. Students were interested in learning about pentominoes—so, one day, we had a picnic lunch on the floor and brought out the pentominoes and some puzzles to go with them.

Pentominoes are all the different shapes that can be made from 5 squares. Students had a great time trying to cover a given puzzle using the different shapes. In the story, the characters also used to pentominoes to create a code which they used to write letters to each other. We were able to translate these letters as we read, and we look forward to translating letters which may appear later in the story.

Posted in language arts, Upper Elementary

Staying active in winter weather with Taekwondo

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It can be difficult to get outside and do our usual Physical Education activities when temperatures are below freezing and there are several inches of snow on the ground. McGuffey is fortunate to live only a couple buildings away from Oxford Martial Arts & Fitness—where we can stay warm, stretch our muscles, and learn about the art of Taekwondo!

According to the Oxford Martial Arts & Fitness website, Taekwondo is defined as “the way of the foot and hand.” Indeed, during our weekly sessions every Wednesday, our students have been learning specific techniques of punching and kicking that make the most out of our bodies’ strength and power. They also spend a period of each session learning how to stretch out their arms and legs, as well as learning helpful warm-up exercises.

It is wonderful to see the joy and excitement reflected on our students’ faces as they learn how to tap into the physical potential of their bodies, and Taekwondo also helps them better understand how to control their movements and act with mindfulness and intentionality. We are so grateful for community partners like Oxford Martial Arts & Fitness who help make our winter Physical Education programs possible!

Posted in community, field trip, McGuffey, partners, physical education

Lower Elementary’s Celebration of Learning

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The students in Lower Elementary put a lot of time and effort into preparing for their Celebration of Learning. They vacuumed the carpet, organized and cleaned their cubbies, cut and arranged flowers, prepared an array of snack options for their guests, and created a beautiful and unique banner to welcome everybody to their classroom.

As they arrived with their parents, grandparents, and siblings, they offered to serve their guests a snack, and then began presenting their classroom and their favorite works. Some of the most popular works to be shown off during the evening included tangrams, pizza fractions, and the x-ray skeleton. Each and every student demonstrated patience, kindness, and most of all, pride and excitement in sharing their daily world with their families.

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, parents

Prime Numbers with Nancy


At McGuffey, we all wear different hats—from the literal hats and caps that students wear on Crazy Hat Day (see above for our friend in the fuzzy hat, left hand corner) to the symbolic hats that staff members wear when they take on different roles throughout the school.

Before Nancy became our Head of School, she taught mathematics. Last week, she wore her math teacher “hat” to talk about prime numbers with some students from the Upper Unit. What a gift to have many hats from which to choose!

Posted in math, McGuffey, upper unit