Category Archives: guest speakers

Antarctica guest speaker

Dr. Richard Lee visited Primary last week, and talked to us about his work in Antarctica at Palmer Station. He shared stories of the long journey, life in Antarctica, and the animals that live in the area. He also brought … Continue reading

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Artist Noelle Dingeldein Visits McGuffey

This week, McGuffey students spent an art class with Noelle Dingeldein, an artist from Richmond, Indiana. Noelle recently wrote and illustrated a board book called Walter’s Wheels. She creates her illustrations by making drawings and then replicating them with homemade art dough. Her panels of art dough are … Continue reading

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Deductive Reasoning and Puzzle Solving

Middle School Math students in Marcia’s classes got a wonderful treat last week. Dr. Jeff Wanko visited the classroom and gave a presentation on deductive reasoning and puzzle solving. Dr. Wanko is the chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Miami … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, math, Middle School, upper unit

Learning the Art of Calligraphy

McGuffey’s Upper Unit students are learning the art of ‘writing beautifully’ by using calligraphy. The word calligraphy comes from the Greek words for ‘beautiful writing’—kallos and graphos. By learning about and practicing decorative handwriting, students can gain an appreciation for … Continue reading

Posted in art, guest speakers, Middle School, Upper Elementary, upper unit

Guest Speaker Victor Dandridge Kicks Off Read-a-Thon 2015

Yesterday began McGuffey’s annual Read-a-Thon, during which students are encouraged to find sponsors who pledge to donate a certain amount per page or per book that their student reads over the next two weeks. Once raised, these funds are used … Continue reading

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Donna Danoff generously gave of her time to come to the Upper Unit and share the history and story of Chanukah. Students were very interested and enjoyed seeing the different menorahs and learning about how to play with the dreidel. … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, Middle School, social studies, Upper Elementary

Oxford Empty Bowls 2014

Students in grades 1 and 2 were visited by Connie Malone to discuss the Oxford Empty Bowls 2014 event, for which we have been working on several group art projects. We hope to see many McGuffey Montessori families at this … Continue reading

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Today we welcomed Rohan, a Miami student from the Indian Student Association. He came to talk to us about the holiday of Diwali and the annual celebration that is put on by his organization. Diwali, “the festival of lights,” is … Continue reading

Posted in announcements, community, drama, guest speakers, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, music, Primary, social studies, Upper Elementary

Visitors in Music

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 … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, music

Beautiful glass creations from 4/5 art

Fourth and Fifth graders had a special opportunity to learn about glass crafts with Lisa Ellram, mom of Celeste. Lisa played a video that showed some of the techniques used in the creation of glass artwork and shared examples of … Continue reading

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