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Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017
[video:https://vimeo.com/220013252] 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
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Over the past five years, twenty Glen Urquhart faculty have enrolled in the Harvard Project Zero Summer Classroom in Cambridge. The summer classroom experience, held for a week every July, looks at the questions: “How can educators create experiences that engage learners and support the development of the skills that matter most in today's complex, global, and interconnected world? How can the contemporary classroom become a catalyst for learners to become the citizens and... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
[view:gallery=embed_1=1173] During their study of “the city,” third graders learn about architecture, innovation, and urban development. They are asked to construct their own skyscrapers at home, based on planning they have done in class, including the materials they will use, which incorporate everything from toothpicks and aluminum foil to marshmallows and sugar cubes. Students discuss the physical and social impact that the skyscraper has on the urban... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017
At the beginning of December, the upper school began working on a major challenge, the Kindness Challenge. We started by talking about what kindness is. All members of the faculty were asked to contribute. “Nothing warms the heart and heals the soul like knowing someone cares about you.” “Be the friend you would want to have.” “Kindness is the glue that holds community together.  Without it, all is for naught.” “Kindness encourages... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017
[video:https://vimeo.com/215712483] Eighth graders presented their highly anticipated White Shirt Projects to a full house Thursday evening. Students chose an array of different contemporary artists, and their work explored themes ranging from Civil Rights to their journey at GUS, where they had been and where they hoped to go in the future. “I am always in awe of the self-awareness and poise our students demonstrate on Arts Block Evening,” commented Director of Upper School... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
[view:gallery=embed_1=1168] Fourth graders presented their much anticipated lighthouse projects this week. As part of their year-long thematic study of the sea, the students learn about the history of life on and alongside oceans. Each student chose a New England lighthouse, researched its history and architecture, and built a novel and stately replica. The students wrote a detailed research paper and planned additional talking points for their individual presentations. Among... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
GUS students participated in a spirited and poignant assembly on Friday, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students entered Braemar to a video of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by the fourth and fifth grade chorus singing “Dream Keeper” and echoing phrases from the historic speech. Seventh grade students Eve Gujral and Joely Kessel emceed the assembly, introducing each presenter, beginning with Head of School David Liebmann. Mr. Liebmann... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017
Mahesh Sharma, internationally known for his groundbreaking work in mathematics education, returned to GUS to meet with members of the math faculty for two intensive days of professional development. His visit was a follow-up to the work he began with faculty at the beginning of the school year, exploring the philosophy that guides the GUS math program and considering how to best make connections to individual student’s learning styles. Professor Mahesh met with... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017
Over the last week, we sent 80 applications to 23 secondary schools. This is an exciting time for our 8th graders. Every day, the fact that they are graduating soon becomes a little more real. With Arts Night—one of our most fitting rites of passage—happening next week, I am actually watching our “seniors” cracking their shells and preparing to spread their wings. I love stepping through the secondary school admissions process with them, hearing their thoughts, helping... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017
[video:https://vimeo.com/215879987] Open House Thursday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m. Snow date: Friday, January 20 at 9:00 a.m.   At Open House you can speak directly with our talented faculty about our program, tour our campus with current student and parent guides who will share their unique experiences at GUS, and learn more about the value of a GUS education. Personal tours are also given at any time during the year. If you would like to schedule a tour, or if you have... Read More

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