Our Grade 2 students have been working on using the pentatonic scale in Music class. The pentatonic scale consists of 5 notes of the octave: do, re, mi, sol, and la. This scale is frequently heard in folk songs all around the world.
First, the students learned to sing the five notes in various patterns. Then, they composed their own songs, singing them aloud to each other. The last step was singing a song, “On A Mountain.” Once they learned the song, the children deciphered the melody. Each student took a turn figuring out a note of the melody and writing the solfège name under the word. The delight and excitement was palpable when these 7-year-olds realized what they were doing! Their final achievement was playing the song on barred instruments.
McGuffey’s Upper Unit welcomed Aaron Eiben of the Cincinnati Observatory last Thursday night for our Star Party. Aaron brought two large telescopes and star maps for everyone. He guided students and parents through viewing the moon, several planets, stars, star clusters, and even two galaxies. Many parents and students also brought their own telescopes from home, and Mr. Eiben offered tips on getting the most out of each type of telescope.
We all enjoyed hot cocoa and good viewing during the brisk, clear fall evening and night. Thanks to Upper Unit Science teacher Susie Lute for organizing this experience.
This past Saturday, some of the McGuffey community gathered for our annual SOAR (Students Outside and Running) Family Hike. Zafer Ozdemir led us on a three-mile hike followed by an optional three-mile run. It was a great opportunity for the students to gain more foot tokens in our SOAR program and enjoy a beautiful day outdoors.
As McGuffey’s annual fundraiser for our outdoor facilities, SOAR ends this Friday. The students have logged over 400 miles so far and we can’t wait to find out their grand total on Friday during our Harvest Supper.
A few students in our Lower Elementary classroom dug up a piece of rock filled with ancient coral and seashells this morning in their outdoor classroom. They used brushes and shovels to dig it out of the ground, and they worked together to carry it to an open space where they could continue to clean it up and investigate it with a magnifying glass.
Then, Kris helped these students begin some online research to try to identify what they’d found. They haven’t come to any definitive conclusions yet, but they will be continuing their research throughout the rest of the week.
McGuffey’s annual Harvest Supper is this Friday, October 21, from 5:30-7:30pm. Please bring a dish to share and we will have cards to help you label items that are gluten-free, nut-free, etc. Please keep in mind that we have a few students who are severely allergic to nuts and peanuts. It always helps when families bring their own plates and utensils, especially if they are reusable! Parents are welcome to walk or run a SOAR lap during Harvest Supper, since this year’s SOAR program will be concluding on Friday, too.
Alumni and former McGuffey students/families are welcome to join us for Harvest Supper this year! We look forward to seeing some familiar faces and old friends.
Pokémon Trading Card Game Club meets tomorrow at the Oxford Lane Library from 2-4pm.
See this page for our upcoming dates. Beginning next month, we will be meeting from 1-3pm instead of 2-4pm.
McGuffey’s Upper Unit Library received a facelift over the summer along with a lot of new books! Upper Unit teacher Allison Brigden along with Lower Elementary teacher Matt Metzler obtained a plethora of new and exciting books and spent the summer months working on the library and its collection. Once school started, however, they were ready to turn it over to the students!
Each week there is a new curated collection in the library set up by one or two students. They bring in, or select, their favorite books, series, author, or genres and put them on display for the entire Upper Unit. This gives students a chance to turn their classmates on to a genre of literature they may be unfamiliar with or introduce them to a new author.
Students sharing their love of books with other students is a beautiful thing to behold.
It’s Fall and SOAR is in the air! SOAR, or Students Outside And Running, is an all-school running and walking program that inspires fun and fitness during the noontime recess and P.E. for two weeks. The entire McGuffey community takes laps of our playground area trying to complete miles and earn foot tokens.
SOAR also functions as our Fall fundraiser to raise money for our playgrounds and outdoor facilities. Your children should have brought home a sponsor sheet; they are encouraged to ask friends and relatives to donate for each mile they walk.
The McGuffey community has really been running hard this year, logging over 160 miles in the first three days! We are thrilled by their excitement about the program, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish by the time this year’s SOAR program is done.