Category Archives: Upper Elementary

Moving Up

McGuffey families and friends came together to celebrate students who are Moving Up. Moving Up means moving from one classroom to another. We celebrate past growth and future accomplishments. Students Moved Up in Kindergarten, Grade 3, and Grade 6. We … Continue reading

Posted in alumni, Lower Elementary, Middle School, Primary, Upper Elementary

Internet Safety

Upper Elementary has started a unit on internet safety. Using the “Be Internet Awesome” curriculum, we are helping our students be aware of the problems and pitfalls that can pop up online. Using interactive tools like Pear Deck, we can … Continue reading

Posted in practical life, Upper Elementary

The Restaurant

While the middle school students were off in St. Louis the Upper Elementary learned a bit about the real world. Starting with breakfast and a tour of Patterson’s Cafe, we learned about the jobs involved in running a restaurant. We … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, partners, practical life, Upper Elementary

Celebration of Learning

For many McGuffey students, Celebration of Learning is their favorite day of the year. Parents and grandparents visit after school to see their child’s classroom and get a peek into what they’ve been working on. The day of Celebration of … Continue reading

Posted in community, Lower Elementary, Middle School, Primary, Uncategorized, Upper Elementary

Thanksgiving Partners

Upper Elementary spent time with their Primary partners to get ready for Thanksgiving. By combining old-school hand turkeys with our Peace curriculum, we ended up with a fun exercise in gratitude. Younger students stuck with hand-turkeys and older students drew other … Continue reading

Posted in Primary, Upper Elementary


SOAR has begun! SOAR, Students Outside Active and Running, is a Physical Education activity that promotes walking, running and goal setting. Students set a goal for their own mileage and then run or walk during recess for two weeks. They … Continue reading

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

Glen Helen, Day 3

During day three at the Glen, students continued to explore the natural world and its inhabitants. We watched and identified birds, visited the Raptor Center for an up close visit with an American kestrel, and played some cooperative games to … Continue reading

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Glen Helen, Day 2

The all-day hike meant fewer pictures on the trail but the kids enjoyed their day out in the Glen. When they returned we had a fun batch of 4:30s including building primitive shelters and meeting the reptiles of the Glen. The … Continue reading

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Glen Helen, Day 1

McGuffey students arrived at Glen Helen Tuesday and were welcomed by the Glen’s naturalists. Shortly after, students were able to head out on their first hikes of the week.  Everyone had fun during Glen Helen’s 4:30 activities, a time when … Continue reading

Posted in field trip, Upper Elementary

Glen Helen

The Upper Elementary students and teachers are off to Glen Helen! In keeping with McGuffey tradition, the entire school came out to cheer them on. Middle Schoolers volunteered to load bags into the back of the bus. Thank you, Gelen … Continue reading

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