Category Archives: Primary

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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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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Vertebrates and Invertebrates

The Primary began a year of animal studies by talking about vertebrates and invertebrates. We began our discussion by reviewing the science topic from last week: Alive and Not Alive. We then learned that vertebrates have backbones that support their … Continue reading

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The Solar System

This week we began talking about the solar system. We hung models of eight planets and the sun in our classroom so that the children could get an idea of how the solar system might look in space. When children … Continue reading

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Mexico

This week we began discussing Mexico. As our closest neighbor to the south, we see many Mexican influences in the United States, including language, food, and music. We talked about modern Mexico, where there are vibrant cities, busses, and cars. … Continue reading

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Magnets and Electricity

Our science topic this week is electricity and magnets. Students built two different electric circuits, one which could turn a light on and off with a switch, and one which could launch a small fan into the air. We also … Continue reading

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Daily Practice

Today, Kindergarteners worked on Daily Practice for the first time. Daily Practice is a time-honored tradition at McGuffey, started by our founder, Janet Kretschmer. It is exactly as it sounds, things that should be practiced daily until proficient. Some tasks … Continue reading

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