Category Archives: guest speakers

Steel Pan Music

Part of the Music program at McGuffey includes the study of instrument families in the orchestra. Grades 1-4 take a close look at percussion, string, brass, and woodwind families. To put a lovely end to their unit on percussion instruments, our … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, music, outside

Upper Unit’s Star Party

McGuffey’s Upper Unit welcomed Aaron Eiben of the Cincinnati Observatory last Thursday night for our Star Party. Aaron brought two large telescopes and star maps for everyone. He guided students and parents through viewing the moon, several planets, stars, star clusters, … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, Middle School, outside, science, Upper Elementary, upper unit

A Visiting Performance of Sleeping Beauty

Earlier this week, we were treated to a performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Windy City Players. This Chicago-based touring group has come to us several times and is a wonderful addition to McGuffey’s Theater program. Our students were not only … Continue reading

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Learning Yoga at McGuffey

McGuffey students have begun yoga practice with the help of yoga instructor Jill Levenderis. Students in every classroom will be enjoying four weeks of yoga instruction, which will give them a basic foundation in yoga and knowledge of several basic poses. Yoga … Continue reading

Posted in guest speakers, peace, physical education

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

Posted in fundraising, guest speakers, language arts, McGuffey


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