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
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
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
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
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
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
Join us for a fun 90-minute outdoor program on the Glen Urquhart campus during March break. Activities will include creative field games, a guided hike on our woodland trail, and time for songs and stories in our greenhouse classroom. Organized groups and families are welcome.
Dates: Wed. 3/15 OR Thur. 3/16 OR Fri. 3/17 OR Mon. 3/20 OR Tues. 3/21
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Glen... Read More
GUS alumni Charlotte Collins ’14, Maeve Corbett ’14, and Jack Norton ’13 who are current students at The Governor’s Academy received gold key awards, the highest honor in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. This is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative high school students in the United States. Work is judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. Last year, students submitted nearly... Read More
At our Martin Luther King Day assembly in January, we walked in to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech playing on the screen. We’ve all heard it, or at least parts of it, countless times. It’s become so much a part of our collective consciousness that it’s easy to miss the details.
Dr. King intones, “let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia….” That morning in Braemar, I tried to link the personal to the historical as I addressed... Read More
Fourth graders explored the anatomy of a fish this week in the lower school science lab. Cynde McInnis from Maritime Gloucester led the dissection of Sea Perch, a local and sustainable fish. Students took note of external features, like the lateral line that can sense movement in the water, and looked at scales and pectoral fins under dissection scopes. Then, working in small groups, they dissected their specimens to locate organs like gills, liver,... Read More