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Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017
[video:] Fifth graders were assigned a hefty task: to design, plan, and construct a 3-D structure that could essentially withstand an earthquake! Working in pairs, students were asked to make their structure at least 2 levels high and 10 inches in height. On testing day, the structure had to hold the weight of a large rock. The students began by drawing rough sketches of their design; they used official blueprint paper for their final sketches.  Phase 2 of... Read More
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017
April Public School Vacation Program FUN@GUS Monday, April 17-Friday, April 21  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Sign up for just one or multiple days) Registration Deadline: Monday, April 10 Cost $50/day Open to the Public All ages   Join us for fun-filled days of games and outdoor exploration, including nature activities, field games, and campfire cooking. Our base each day will be in our spacious GUS Greenhouse for indoor activities. Participants should bring a bag... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
[view:gallery=embed_1=1190] Research has proven that practicing mindfulness-based meditation and yoga in the classroom improves students’ focused attention and self-awareness, which contribute to academic success. Mindfulness-based practices also offer measurable health benefits and can reduce anxiety and depression. These valuable activities have become part of the daily routine in the second grade. Every day, after morning meeting, second graders move through yoga sequences, usually... Read More
Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017
Mars Rover Robotics Video with 6E   [video:] Mars Rover Robotics Video with 6W   [video:] Sixth graders designed and engineered Mars “Curiosity” Rovers using LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Systems. To prepare for the project, students learned about the NASA Mars Rover Mission and saw footage of the actual Atlas V rocket launch. They researched technical aspects of the... Read More
Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017
In kindergarten this week, children created and acted out original plays that they adapted from fairytales. "'Pretend' often confuses the adult, but it is the child's real and serious world, the stage upon which any identity is possible and secret thoughts can be safely revealed." -Vivian Gussin Paley  During their study of fairytales, they discussed plot design, character development, and setting, and they asked such questions as: What makes a fairytale a... Read More
Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017
[view:gallery=embed_1=1183] Fifth graders participated in a special readers’ theater performance of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, an author the class has been studying. The teachers chose this book because of the great number of characters and the quality of the writing. The performances, one by each 5th grade class, were completely designed and directed by the students, requiring a lot of teamwork and collaboration. Every student played at least... Read More
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017
Students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades who are participating in the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program recently had lunch in the library to share their progress. Every fall, Salem State University publishes a list of twenty or so books selected by teachers and librarians. Participating students need to read at least 5 books by spring. At library lunches (they bring lunch, Ms. Crerand provides dessert), the students give informal book talks about what they’ve read so far... Read More
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017
Clubs are a favorite among sixth to eighth grade students, who enjoy the opportunity to explore extracurricular activities and to bond with their peers in a fun and engaging way. GUS intentionally creates opportunities for kids to connect around common interests. According to Director of Upper School Gretchen Forsyth, “Clubs have proven to be a great occasion for students to connect with peers. The positive relationships that result from finding people who share your interest and passions... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Last week in first grade, students learned about states of matter as part of a larger study of winter. To deepen their learning, they worked in groups to complete the Ice Cube Challenge. Their goal was to return a large ice cube to its liquid form as quickly as possible. The only parameters were that the heater and the faucet were off limits, and they had to collect the water to be measured. By experimenting with gloves, towels, blocks, and tools from the Makerspace, students discovered that... Read More
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017
[video:] Acclaimed percussionist, educator, activist and Grooversity maestro Marcus Santos performed at today's assembly. Marcus leads an ensemble of drummers and dancers in a high-energy survey of musical styles springing from his native Bahia-the original capital of Brazil. As students are introduced to soul-stirring Afro-Brazilian spirituals, to the jazz that virtuosic street soloists make with instruments as humble as plastic buckets, to the... Read More