Category Archives: McGuffey

Read-a-Thon 2017 Begins

Our gnome-friend Reade visited all of our classrooms yesterday to kick off our annual Read-a-Thon fundraiser. The Read-a-Thon is a fundraiser for our school library and summer reading books. It works through sponsors; this year, sponsors will give money based on how … Continue reading

Posted in fundraising, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, partners

Staging and Choreography in Music

For one wonderful week, our students were able to stage scenes of “Singin’ in the Rain” outdoors in glorious, warm March weather. But, as Ohio winter showed up again this week, we retreated inside for rehearsals in the Main Building. Some cast members … Continue reading

Posted in drama, McGuffey, music

March Madness at McGuffey!

As the annual NCAA basketball tournament draws near, our McGuffey students took to the hardcourt. Over the next few weeks all classes will work on basketball fundamentals such as passing, dribbling, and shooting. After we have worked on these basic … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, physical education, Upper Elementary

Scheduling Musical Rehearsals

This year’s musical will afford many opportunities for student-driven organizational work, from backstage jobs to note-taking during rehearsals. For example, this year’s Upper Unit students are more involved in scheduling. They are leading the charge with deciding which songs need more rehearsal time before … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, music

Primary studies South Africa

In Primary, we began our exploration of Africa, with our first country being South Africa. We discussed environment, climate, wildlife, music, art, currency, and traditions. We don’t delve into issues of apartheid at this age, but we do say that … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, McGuffey, Primary, social studies

Self-Portraits with Partners

Last week Lower Elementary students met with their Middle School partners, and together, they completed Lower Elementary’s monthly self-portraits. Lower Elementary students drew themselves as usual, and then their Middle School partners added themselves into the pictures, too! Not only … Continue reading

Posted in art, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, partners

Spiders, crustaceans, worms, and more!

In Primary, we have been exploring animals that don’t have backbones, but aren’t insects. Animals as diverse as jellyfish, coral, sponges, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, mites, ticks, spiders, starfish, worms, centipedes, snails, slugs and millipedes are also invertebrates. They’re having fun … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, McGuffey, Primary, science

Goings-on in Music

Students are getting to know the music in “Singin’ in the Rain” and learning how to read a score, highlighting their singing parts along the way. And while music rehearsals for “Singin’ in the Rain” are in full swing, we’ve been keeping … Continue reading

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, music

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day with Partners

Our Upper Elementary students were able to spend some fun time with their Primary partners getting ready for Valentine’s Day. The students worked together to decorate their card bags with foam hearts, markers, and stickers. Partner work is a special opportunity for our … Continue reading

Posted in McGuffey, partners, Primary, Upper Elementary

Color Party

Yesterday in Art, Ingrid hosted a “color party” for students in Lower Elementary. Grade 1 students study the color wheel every year, but this year our students in Grades 2 and 3 got involved and helped prepare for the party, making … Continue reading

Posted in art, Lower Elementary, McGuffey