Category Archives: guest speakers

A Visit of Olympic Proportions

Students in Lower and Upper were excited to welcome guest speaker, Keli Smith Puzo. Keli is a two-time Olympian, competing in the sport of field hockey in Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012. Many classrooms have been discussing … Continue reading

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Farming

In January we were happy to host Scott Jasper with his farming equipment. Scott has designed special equipment for children to have hands-on experiences in the planting and harvesting process. Students in Kindergarten and Lower Elementary got to spend some … Continue reading

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France

We studied France in the Primary classroom for the past two weeks and ended this unit with an Art History lesson about ballet. We discussed how ballet was brought to France from Italy, where it developed into the performance art … 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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Taking care of our teeth

Primary continues to study the human body this week. This morning, Primary students  were treated to a visit by McGuffey mom, Jaimie Ross. Jaimie is a hygienist and told us she cleans and takes x-rays of other people’s teeth. She … Continue reading

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Learning About the Myaamia Language

Jarrid Baldwin, son of Darryl Baldwin, Director of the Myaamia Center at Miami University, stopped by our classroom today to speak to the students about the Myaamia language and the role oral tradition played in their culture. We will be discussing … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, language arts, Middle School, social studies, Upper Elementary, upper unit

A Visit From Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz, children’s book author, visited McGuffey’s Upper Unit last week. Gidwitz’s book, The Inquisitor’s Tale, is one of three Newbery Honor Books for 2017. McGuffey Middle School students read and studied the book with Quentin ahead of Gidwitz’s visit and prepared … Continue reading

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The Read-a-Thon Rolls On!

The Read-a-Thon enters its second week today! Our students have been focusing on reading at school and home. Several of our students are challenging themselves to read 24 hours on their own! This is our academic fundraiser so we’d like … Continue reading

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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

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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

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