Category Archives: Lower Elementary

2019 Egg Drop

At the Last Day of School Picnic, Wednesday, May 22, we will hold our annual Egg Drop. This is a tradition at McGuffey that goes back decades! Prior to the last day of school, students will spend time at home … Continue reading

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Food Composting

McGuffey celebrated Earth Day by beginning to participate in Oxford’s new food scrap recycling program. We now have a bucket for each building where we collect food scraps from snack and lunch throughout the week. On Saturday, a parent volunteer … Continue reading

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Walk and Bike to School Day

Because our school musical is on May 8th, we celebrated National Walk and Bike to School Day a week early. We had a huge number of students participate this year! Thank you to Jaimie for organizing this event and all … Continue reading

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Walk and Bike to School Day

On Wednesday, May 1, McGuffey will be participating in Walk and Bike to School Day. Join us in celebrating the benefits of bicycling and walking as you come to school that day. If you live too far from school to … Continue reading

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Third Graders Visit Glen Helen

Lower Elementary students who will be bridging to the Upper Unit visited Glen Helen for the day recently and had a great time. The weather was beautifully warm and sunny; we saw the Glen at its spring best. We were … Continue reading

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Open Doors

At McGuffey, it’s important that students feel at home, not just in their own classroom, but throughout the campus. We do this in a variety of ways, including Partners, the Step-Up Program, and Open Doors. Open Doors occurs each month … Continue reading

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#Take3 for PE

The students of McGuffey Montessori found a way to combine being outdoors and active with doing something good for the community. Taking our inspiration from the Facebook group #Take3 Oxford our students set out to pick up trash in our … Continue reading

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Sand Mandalas

Lower Elementary students met with their Middle School partners today to create sand mandalas. The partners first spent time researching images, and then created a mandala of their own. Because the sand is not secured in any way, they are … Continue reading

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Science and Social Studies in a mixed grade classroom

Since McGuffey has mixed-age classes, we often get asked how we teach subjects to a wide range of ages and abilities. In subjects such as language and math, children have an individualized curriculum. However, in science and social studies, we … Continue reading

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Chinese Opera

McGuffey students recently attended a performance of Jing-Ju Opera presented by the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts. Jing-Ju Opera, combines music, singing, mime, dance, and acrobatics. Jing-Ju Opera costumes are graceful, with handcrafted embroidery. The makeup is rich in … Continue reading

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