Posted by Gretchen Forsyth on Thursday, May 2, 2019
We LOVE recess at GUS, and not just because it's FUN. Research has shown that when kids have at least 20 minutes of recess they become more attentive and productive in class.
Recess is important for student's wellbeing - both physically and emotionally - and reinforces lessons learned in the classroom. Play helps build skills like collaboration, creative thinking, problem-solving, conflict resolution, among others!
The Importance of Recess from Glen Urquhart School on Vimeo.
The 6th grade students recently journeyed to East Hill Farm in Troy, New Hampshire. All year long, the kids have explored the theme of "The People" and how groups of citizens work together. Our trip to the farm provided the perfect chance to learn more about teamwork, and how farmers around the world collectively work to provide nourishment for us all.
The students spent three beautiful, brisk days working the farm and learning what hard effort it takes to keep everything... Read More
Posted by David Liebmann on Friday, April 26, 2019
We did it! When GUS first began to plan for the playground build last April, 2018, one trustee remarked, “Wow, that’s going to take a lot of hands.” We’re a community of only about 130 families. As a small school, undertaking a community build was an act of hope, faith, and trust. But so is educating children.
On the first day of the build, the groundwork had literally already been laid. Parent and grandparent volunteers had cleared the site, surveyed it, graded it... Read More
Posted by Whitney Buckley on Friday, April 19, 2019
Elliott Buck, second grade teacher and GUS resident wellness guru, has been planting the seeds of mindfulness at GUS since starting here in 2014.
In Buck’s second grade class, mindfulness is embedded into the daily routine, and has become very much a part of the class culture. Each day begins with yoga to calm and focus eager minds, and concludes with a reflection or meditation - sometimes lead by a student. In between, students practice deep breathing and mindful transitions when... Read More
Posted by Whitney Buckley on Thursday, April 18, 2019
On Thursday, April 11 we welcomed our friends from Gordon College for our annual Friendship Concert - a joint performance/informance between the GUS Chorus and Gordon College Choir.
Gordon conductor, Dr. Jamie Hellman, led the audience and singers in choral warm-ups and explanations about the choral arts. Following the warm-up, the two groups, both of which practiced separately leading up to the concert, performed songs jointly. The audience was also treated to a performance by the... Read More
Posted by Whitney Buckley on Sunday, April 14, 2019
It truly took a village to bring this playground to life!
To the many hands that made short work of this project, to those who kept homes running while our volunteers worked away, to those who helped feed our volunteers, to those who supplied materials or services, and to those who financially supported the project: thank you.
This project would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteer project managers:
George Balich, TR, P ’92’96, GP’... Read More
Posted by Gretchen Forsyth on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Teaching and parenting are often confused, and it is clear to me why. As a parent, we teach all the time. We teach our children their first words and how to walk, how to tie their shoes and ride a bike, and how to be respectful and kind.
I consider myself a strong educator, but my skills as a teacher often don’t translate to parenting. As a parent of children who need to always be working on basics, I am never more aware of the difference between parenting and teaching as I... Read More
Congratulations to 8th grade violinist Gabriel Klein for representing GUS at the Massachusetts Junior District Festival.
Out of 109 violinists that auditioned, only 40 were selected to participate in this weekend-long musical event. The festival is run by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), which seeks to support comprehensive, quality music education for all students, through advocacy, professional development, and a commitment to lifelong learning.... Read More
Posted by Whitney Buckley on Friday, March 29, 2019
Artwork by students in Pre-K, grade 3 and grade 4 will be on display at the Cape Ann Museum during the month of April.
Fourth grade Seascapes were inspired by a visit to the Museum, where they had a chance to see the work of Fitz Henry Lane. Students also studied the work Stuart Davis, Winslow Homer, and the French impressionists.
Third grade collagraph skylines were created using a variety of processes and materials. Inspired by their... Read More
Posted by David Liebmann on Thursday, March 28, 2019
After a long winter, it’s nice to see signs of spring on the GUS campus: crocuses and snowdrops are rising up through the soil in front of the library windows. Red-wing blackbirds are exploring the wetlands and singing “conk-la-ree!” Black-capped chickadees are singing their spring song, which sounds like, “hey, sweetie!” And the snow is gone, hopefully for good. I trust you recharged and rested over the break. The faculty and I look forward to a great spring with... Read More