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  • 10/24/16--10:13: Primary Studies Electricity
  • Earlier this month, the Primary classroom studied electricity. They talked about how electricity is generated, and travels through different parts of the power grid on its way to houses, schools, and other places. Electrical wires are generally the highest wires on … Continue reading

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    After lots of planning, Lower Elementary happily unveiled their new display of student self-portraits in the classroom recently. Each student’s self-portrait is now framed and sitting on a ledge shelf in our upstairs classroom space. This is quite an upgrade, and students have … Continue reading

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    The Upper Unit students have been diving deep into their reading and searching for treasure in their Humanities Language Arts work. Treasure, in this instance, is taking the form of quotes that have particular value, beauty, or personal significance. As part … Continue reading

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    On Tuesday, November 1, McGuffey is hosting a discussion at Oxford Lane Library about the book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims. Our discussion will be from 6:00-7:00pm. This … Continue reading

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    The phrase “process over product” is often heard when discussing topics in Art education. Our recent exploration of paper chains has demonstrated this concept nicely. We started with group instruction on creating a chain of images. As students began to … Continue reading

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  • 10/31/16--13:51: Sign Language in Primary
  • A tenant of the Montessori classroom is respect; respect for productive work, respect for our environment, and respect for the feelings of others, to name a few. To show respect, the Primary classroom uses sign language frequently during our day. By … Continue reading

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    Today was Costume Day for the whole school. Here are some photos of our Lower Elementary students in their awesome costumes. As has been the tradition for the past few years, Costume Day is also the day when this year’s school … Continue reading

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    The Upper Unit students have been getting ready for the upcoming United States presidential election by studying the electoral process in the US. They have compared party platforms, learned about the electoral college, studied the candidates’ positions, learned about several minor parties, and are … Continue reading

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    We have a new addition to our school grounds this year, thanks to a grant from Butler Rural Electric Company! Butler Rural provided $1000 to help McGuffey purchase a Automated External Defibrillator (AED). For those of you who are Butler … Continue reading

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    “When will we ever use this?” is a question that all Math teachers often hear. Our Grade 7 Pre-Algebra students have been learning about ratios, proportions, and similar figures. They put their knowledge into practice by using “indirect measurement” to find the height … Continue reading

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    Pokémon Trading Card Game Club meets tomorrow (Sunday) at the Oxford Lane Library from 1-3pm. Please note the time change, as our meetings used to run from 2-4pm. All future meetings will be held from 1-3pm as well. You can … Continue reading

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  • 11/07/16--11:12: Partners and Astronomy
  • McGuffey has a spiral curriculum, which means our students revisit subjects at older grades, adding another layer to their existing knowledge. At times, students in different grades will be studying the same subjects. Both the Primary and Upper Units have … Continue reading

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    Lower Elementary students took a field trip to the see the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Taft Theatre last week. We watched a performance called “The Orchestra Lab,” which introduced students to all of the different instrument families in the orchestra, … Continue reading

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  • 11/11/16--15:52: Steel Pan Music
  • Part of the Music program at McGuffey includes the study of instrument families in the orchestra. Grades 1-4 take a close look at percussion, string, brass, and woodwind families. To put a lovely end to their unit on percussion instruments, our … Continue reading

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  • 11/14/16--09:39: Pumpkin pound
  • A favorite work has been in Primary the last few weeks—the pumpkin pound! Working one at a time, children first don safety glasses, and then use a hammer to pound in wooden tees. Each child may pound in as many … Continue reading

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  • 11/15/16--13:49: Did You Know?
  • Did you know that McGuffey accepts students at all grade-levels and throughout the school year? We often have students join us in later grades, even as late as Grade 7! It’s never too late to join our learning community and … Continue reading

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    Our Middle School and Lower Elementary students had an opportunity to work and grow together this week in their Partners program. This always provides a nice experience for both the older and younger students. The Middle School students are developing empathy and … Continue reading

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    Pokémon Trading Card Game Club meets tomorrow (Sunday) at the Oxford Lane Library from 1-3pm. Please note the time change, as our meetings used to run from 2-4pm. All future meetings will be held from 1-3pm as well. You can … Continue reading

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  • 11/21/16--10:29: A visit from Kevin Spencer
  • Recently we were visited by magician Kevin Spencer! Kevin travels throughout the country, teaching both children and adults. Through lessons in the art of illusion, students explore creativity, develop curiosity, and discover new confidence. With he help of several of … Continue reading

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  • 11/28/16--15:19: Gathering Leaves
  • As Fall marches on, we are watching the leaves gather on the ground. The Primary students are fortunate to have a huge conifer in their outdoor classroom, but their deciduous trees are too young to yield much of a pile. Earlier this month, … Continue reading

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